Author Radhika Jindal is a well-known blogger and a mother of a 3-year-old. She loves writing about relationships, motherhoods, books, parenting and self-care. She shares her thoughts through her blog, www.radhikadiary.com. This is her first book. When she is not writing, she is busy making happy memories with her princess.
- As we know your book is featured in the top bestselling list on Amazon. Please shed some light on how you achieved this?
Author Radhika: Yes! The book has been in the bestselling category twice and I have shared a screenshot of this on my Facebook page “radhikadiary” too. I feel overwhelmed on become a bestselling author within a week. It feels amazing when you see people appreciating your book and leaving positive reviews. I am pretty sure that the book will help a lot of new expecting couples who are always seeking for advice, and I feel blessed to know that my book is helping someone somewhere. But even though my book seems to be an overnight success, there is a lot of hard work that went behind it
- Did you feel any changes in your life after becoming an author?
Author Radhika: Yes! I am a proud self-published author. I am more confident than before. I love the moment when my daughter picks up my book and starts reading it and saying, “Mumma! I like your book so much. See, your picture is on the book.” A mother feels like she has accomplished the best when your toddler appreciates you and claps for your efforts.
My life has changed a little bit, as now wherever I go, people talk about my book and how it got started and ask if I am writing another book or not etc. The questions are endless. Book reviewers keep messaging me to review my book, and inviting me for Instagram live chats but I have always prioritised my kid and the family. Even during my book writing journey, I used to write either late at night or early morning before starting my day so that it didn’t affect my family roles and responsibilities.
- Any challenges or struggles you had to face during the entire process?
Author Radhika: I never thought of becoming an author but I don’t know… some magic happened one day. I just decided to became write a book. There was a fire burning in me to become an author. Finally, I just decided to sit down and jotting down everything on a paper. You will not believe I had written almost around 2000 words of notes in my diary in just a couple of days. Then, I started reading a lot of books and attended a lot of webinars on book writing. Later, when my “why” was clear, I couldn’t stop myself from sharing the story with everyone in the world, especially those first-time expecting moms who are always looking for advices and tricks. I could feel the pain, the urge for knowledge when I was also at the same stage. So, I thought why not help them via a book.
- Could you please explain a little what your book is all about? And, who would you like to give the credit for your book?
Author Radhika: In the first part of the book, I have clearly described the nine months of the beautiful journey of being pregnant and all the dos and don’ts. In the second part of the book, I have written about how it feels like being a new mom and how to adapt yourself with the new changes. You can expect a lot of advice and guidance from experts in the book like on PPD (postpartum depression) etc. I have put in my best efforts to provide my readers with the scientific facts and true life experiences based on my personal journey.
It’s been four years since I conceived and all thanks to my princess, Divanshi, for giving me this beautiful gift of motherhood. Also, I would like to express my gratitude to my husband, Mr. Kapil Jindal, and my family for being supportive throughout the journey, and of course my book coach, Amrita Mitroo.
- As a writer and an author, any words of wisdom you would like to share with your readers?
Author Radhika: As my book cover defines it, I would say “Every pregnancy is different”. Never ever compare yourself with anyone. Pregnancy is a short journey but the rollercoaster ride starts once you enter into the motherhood phase. Your child should feel secure and happy to see you at the end of the day and that’s what matters the most. You need to read my book to know more about it. Hahah!
- Apart from the above responses, is anything else you like to highlight in the article?
Author Radhika: On this mother’s day, I wish you to believe in whatever you’re doing for your kid. You’re doing the best. Never doubt your parenting. You’re also growing in your motherhood journey along with the kid. I want to end with a few lines from Chapter 5 of my book –
“Being hurt doesn’t mean that you’ll punish yourself.
Making a mistake doesn’t mean that you’ll end up getting it more messy.
You’ve to be kind, soft-spoken, and forgiving at the same time.”
Author Radhika Jindal
(The Essence of Motherhood – The Ups and Downs of being a MOM)
Book link: https://amzn.to/3u1sM9c
Blog: www.radhikadiary.com Instagram: radhika0001