Exclusive Interview with Poet & Entrepreneur Dr. Prerna Singla!
Incredibly successful poet and entrepreneur, Dr. Prerna Singla talks to Dronacharya India about her life as an entrepreneur, her interest in writing, the message she wants her readers to grasp and a lot more.
- Yeah! I know you are Prerna, but by chance, my readers may not know you. Can you please introduce yourself?
Introducing myself! … to be very honest, I do not know how shall I introduce myself, on a professional level, on a spiritual level or in terms of cynical world?? The perceived or un-perceived forms of me …. ~smiles~
- What makes you think you are an entrepreneur and a writer?
I do not think so, the world thinks so. ~smiles~
- How did you build up an entrepreneurial spirit along with poetry, do you believe you were born with it or you developed it?
It’s in my blood. But life and circumstances played a pivotal role in polishing my skills at both work and expression.
- Can you talk about people or books you have read that have inspired you to embark on your own career?
Yes. Almost everyone i met inspired me in life. My dad has worked very hard all his life, and he is my biggest source of inspiration in work too. It is from him that i got the inspiration to keep working. Also, from my grandfather who always believed in working till the last breath. ‘Human Body is so useless that you cannot even make shoes out of it.’, my grandpa used to say stating that one should avoid the state of enormous rest and concentrate on putting yourself to work because after you die, even your skin cannot be used, then what is the use of corroding the body with excessive rest??? Following the same steps now I reached a point in life when I feel happy and content when I work. ~smiles~
Talking about books, my personal fav is “the pursuit of happYness” that states the real essence of the being and attainment of happYness.
- How did you overcome your challenges?
By Self-Motivation. I strongly believe in the phrase ‘Never say die’ and I lived it. I used my fight or flight instincts for my survival. And people were a huge inspiration too. My dad says “A man cried when he had no shoes but he stopped crying when he saw a man with no legs. Life is very beautiful, only we do not realise.” … and this is something that also helped me in life. Call it luck or fate, I always received divine help in this regard. When I lost my mom, sometime after the same I met a person who lost his both parents. When I was concerned about my looks, I saw a case of a burnt child (about 11-12 yrs old) who met with an accident at a petrol pump. He had no parents, no studies, no career and in the accident got second degree burns sloughing his skin off. Similarly, I have seen/met many people, who compel you to realise that you are at a much better position. “There are millions above you and millions beneath you. Learn to be happy and grateful for everything you are blessed with.” Says my dad. So combining all this helps me get going…. “Never say die. Know when to take a stand and when to leave. Realise that life is very beautiful and be happy and grateful for everything you get.”
- What are your personal goals/ambitions?
Personal goals… ~smiles~ … I had three personal goals but in last two years I fulfilled two of them. Now the only goal left is to have a villa in Simla.
- What advice would you give to people today who look up to you as their inspiration?
My advice will be my life’s mantra : “Never say die. Know when to take a stand and when to leave. Be honest with your work. Realise that life is very beautiful and be happy and grateful for everything you get. Never compare youself with others.”
- I guess you own Hall of Poets? How did you come up with an Idea for the initiative?
It was a blink of an eye decision while I was talking to a poet friend one fine morning and we were discussing that there should be a platform where people from all over the world can write poetry. And in no time I created the Hall. My friend was amazed. LOL. … soon I started the magazine and now we are expanding it further.
- I guess you also faced some problems we all face when starting? Like, no visitors, things are not moving well etc.? How do you keep moving on in spite of all these?
The problems I faced in the Hall were diverse. People from different parts of the world, have different slangs, with some manner of conversation that may seem normal to one might also seem abusive or rude to other. The state of unawareness about each other’s life or circumstances or medical condition (If any) always carried a concern about what can be hurtful and what not. The expression and its rightfulness was also a concern mainly w.r.t. adult poetry or poetry that expressed to much violence, depression, crime, rage etc things … There were concerns about bullying/ harassment on the basis of race, caste, religion, language and orientation. … There was always a concern about doing things that are meaningful and at the same time not monotonous.
The only way to move forward is to keep improving.
- Do you think your mindset has anything to do with your success?
Perhaps yes. As a man thinketh, so he/she becomes.
- Well, this question might sound funny; do you think it is easy to be an entrepreneur and a writer?
Nopes. It is not easy to be anything in the world. Everything, whatever the field of work, needs hard work and dedication.
- Do you think your initiative is a success? And why do you think so? Can you give us more info in terms of results and achievements?
People have varied definitions of success. For some it is earning billions of money, living in huge mansions.. While for some others it is continuous improvement and satisfactory work achieved. For some it is having love in life as well as an amicable living, for some others it is bricks of notes building palaces. So I do not know which success you are mentioning here. But for me I succeed coz each day I become better than me, each day brings to me new adventures and each day I kind of achieve them too. My life is balanced; my family is enriched with love. For me it is success. ~smiles~
- How long have you been in the business and writing?
I took over my mother’s business after she passed away in 2003. So you can say I am in it since then.
Writing since I do not even remember. I used to write diary entries, then started writing articles, philosophy, human behaviour, poetry, stories, songs. Only recently I displayed my various works and thought processes to public eyes. A shy writer you can call me.
- Are you the only one managing the business or you have staffs?
No I am not the only one managing business. There are many people and I also have support from my family in this.
- If you could turn the time, what would you love to do in regards
to your business?
If I could turn time, I would like to run our chemical industries while my mother was still alive.
- What advice would you like to give to those just starting or coming up?
The only advice I would like to give is never to lose the courage and zest to work. There are times when businesses do not grow up immediately and there are also times when big businesses also come to a halt. Never be discouraged or depressed and never let anyone talk you out of your dreams.
- What do you think it takes to succeed in business and writing?
Pour your heart out, into everything you do.
- In your opinion, what is the most difficult part of the writing process?
For me?? Well thought, Forceful, organised writing. It affects the natural flow of expression and talent. Writing comes to me naturally.
- Any personal ambitions yet unattained? Directing? Producing? Acting?
Two ambitions. One, Understanding the crux of life and living at a soul level (Not spiritual but soul level). Second, buying a villa in Simla, which although can be achieved anytime but I have 40 yrs dedicated for it.
- Are there any new projects you’re working on that you can talk about?
Working on 3 novels, some personal areas of life, an industrial project too. But let’s see how far I can go. My three novels I can share you about.
One among them is a Suspense/Thriller story based on relationships and their consequences when things go wrong at a wrong hour and at a wrong place. The storyline is so carved that it will serve as not only a source of entertainment but also as a lesson learnt in life.
The second one is a horror story based on the struggles of a man when his wife is possessed by a dozen ghosts. This story is inspired by real life events of an old woman who died after struggling with the same for about 40 yrs. Since it is based on real life of a sufferer, it also touches the social events from that era.
My third novel is more of a novella named “The Politics of Love” that I started as daily short story series writing. The story is a drama fiction and based on a teenage daughter who, with her cleverness, combats with her similar aged step mother and gradually brings forth the truths that were long hidden from her father.
- What is the last “one word” advice you will give to my readers when it comes to succeeding as an entrepreneur/writer?
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