A deep thinker, poet and music lover by nature, Sheetal Bhadauriya works as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst at MistEO, Kerala. Other than her full-time job, she follows causes for animal welfare and child-education. Recently Sheetal published her debut book called Feral Thoughts, which features her poetry and prose writing that can also be seen as a comment on the society. She talks, narrates and throws off the shackles that otherwise lessen the voice of women. Standing for feminism, she shows her discomfort with anyone who doesn’t believe in the idea of equality when it comes to addressing the gender roles in India.
Curious about her journey so far, we decided to dig deeper to find how things unfolded for her. Scrolling down her digital profiles, we found her blog by the name of Feral Thoughts Foundation where we learnt that she teaches underprivileged children for free and raises mental health awareness amongst her surroundings and online audience. Sheetal has herself faced mental health issues and very well understands the need to be vocal about breaking the stigmas around it in the society. Before penning Feral Thoughts, she contributed to health awareness organisations like Epilepsy Sparks.
“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman.” – Melinda Gates
Sheetal Bhadauriya follows the likes of influential women as pop star Beyoncé and Former First Lady of the United States & celebrated Author Michelle Obama. She is also a fan of rapper Raja Kumari whose raps she remembers to a tee. Having talked about her influences, we see a similar voice emerging from her.
Showcasing some of her prose writings from her Instagram handle.
About Feral Thoughts
Feral means in a wild state, that too after escaping from subjection. The meaning behind Feral Thoughts is pretty simple to understand from Google’s point of view. But if you take a deeper look that is from the Author’s eye, it’s actually a comprehensive compilation of Sheetal’s journey. A journey that has experienced from everything to nothing. However, in between and post-life rides, evolution happened. This evolution now became untameable, free from all subjections. (Human species keep on evolving, so does the human brain.)
Sheetal’s poetry creates a connection with the reader that it questions, interacts and makes one ponder for a long time. GRAB your copy of Feral Thoughts here.
As we reached out to her for a short discussion, she agreed to answer some of our questions for our community. Here’s a tête-à-tête with Sheetal.
Team AA. How did the idea of publishing your poetry book come to your mind?
Sheetal: To be honest, I was thinking to publish this for a month, but on a shared live show with a friend when I shared this news, I actually heard myself saying these words for the first time. “I’m going to publish my book”. Sound good and afterwards I started working for it. Whatever it took. It’s a lot of work keeping in mind I have a full-time job, but I thankfully submitted the manuscript on time as I wrote most of it earlier.
Team AA: Your favourite poets or writers.
Sheetal: Maya Angelou is one of the best poets I’ve ever read. Rupi Kaur styled my way of writing. Kumar Vishwas, R.h Sin, Amanda Lovelace are few to name when it comes to poets.
Team AA: Is there any specific time of the day when you write?
Sheetal: In a single word, No.
I keep my phone with me or my diary most of the times. I try to focus and put my interpretation into perspective.
Team AA: What does a normal day in the life of Sheetal look like?
Sheetal: Tough question there. Hahaha.. I don’t want to rant, but mostly the days especially this month is most hectic. I wake up around 9. Take my medicines cause I’m epileptic and as usual it makes me drowsy. Because of which, most of the times I miss my morning calls. I bet my peers would kill me one day. 😂 To beat that guilt inside of me, I work from morning till almost evening, then lunch, again medicines, after 6, I connect with the kids in the village to teach them English and GK. One hour there and then, I either go out for a walk or prepare to write another blog and then family time. My phone is mostly is on focus mode and on grayscale which makes it boring to use, so yea, that’s pretty much is my day.
Team AA: How has your experience of blogging been? How often do you post on your blog?
Sheetal: I love writing. I think letting it all out is the best way of communication. And that’s how I keep my rage and pain out of the way. Unfortunately, I couldn’t post much on my blog lately, but soon I’ll be posting. I miss writing and my “To-do” list is just increasing exponentially.
Team AA: Advice for budding writers or poets?
Sheetal: Try to give your best shot. People while giving out manuscripts, I’ve noticed don’t even look twice or edit before giving it to the publisher. The publishers can never understand what your poem wants to convey. Take your time, edit yourself, tell them that to take time to edit. Don’t be in hurry to be a published author I would say.
Team AA: Importance of role models in your life? What role have they played in your writing this book?
Sheetal: There are few role models I have in my life. And there are poems which are very personal and I’m simply venting out in those poems. Those poems resemble what would they have done. Because mental health comes first for me. It’s a priority. Inspirational figures like my own family, friends, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Beyoncé, Maya Angelou and Michelle Obama – all have their own struggles and life stories. It always gets me thinking what would they do?
Team AA: One book you would re-read without any doubt.
Sheetal: “How To Be A Bawse” By Lilly Singh. This book acted like crutches to me when I couldn’t walk on my own. Uplifted me, showed me the real world and told me how to unleash the feral within.
Team AA: What channels you use for marketing online?
Team AA: Are you satisfied with the response of readers to your work online?
Sheetal: I never checked much. Last time we promoted, it was okayish.
She signs off.
Feral Thoughts is available internationally on the leading e-commerce websites like Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play (Books), Barnes & Noble, Notion Press, Kobo and Flipkart. Two anthologies feature her poetry as well. They are:
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