Interview with Dr Sarika Jain
Dr Sarika Jain, author of an impressive debut work, SHE, is from West Bengal. Multi-talented and having a versatile background, she runs an educational institute and also takes interest in writing. She writes poems, short stories and also essays. Devoted to better ideas for a better world, she has authored her debut work SHE: A message for those who belittle girls. The book is based on facts that tell how women and girls are being unfairly treated and subjected to discrimination and many other problems they face. Her book is not a redundant echo of the same arguments – she brings afresh – she has shared the positive side as well as the examples who will inspire women.
Alok Mishra: You have a versatile career and work background, Sarika. The first question would surely be that how you turned to writing?
Dr Sarika Jain: Thank you for this nice question. I have been thinking about this question for a long time. Yes, I have a versatile career and work background, but I have this feeling that we aren’t hapless creations put on the earth to eat, talk, earn money, and die. I feel like we were put here for a purpose, to make it better. We are here to change the world. I turned to writing because I want to leave something that adds value to the world, something that lasts. I want to make a difference by my writing. I want to bring about a change in the world by making it a better and healthy place to live in. Besides this, I am an ardent reader and I often write poems and I write my diary daily, so that is also an inspiration that turned me to writing. My life and its experiences and my observations have also played an important role to become a writer. Writing helps me to understand myself better, so that is also quite an inspiration and motivation to turn towards writing.
The world has enough gossip and enough chatter about temporary things. Does it really matter what Kareena Kapoor Khan wore yesterday? How is that contributing to society as a whole? What does it show us that we value as a culture? We need to talk and write about such things that is going to get our blood pumping and move us to emotion like the plight of girls and women around the world, global warming, corruption, racism, honour killing, sex trafficking, plight of the orphan or the widow, gender discrimination, rape and sexual abuse, child labour, depression, youth addiction, etc. I want to persuade people to open their minds with my writing. I want my readers to tell me that I inspired them; that because of something I had written they did something bold, adventurous, and good.
When I was a little girl I thought I could change the world with my writing. Now that I am a woman, I know that I can. Each one of us has the power to change the world by our words and thoughts and has the ability to make a valuable contribution to the development of our country, society, and nation.
Alok Mishra: Many people are inspired and moved by many different things in their lives. What was the moment that inspired you to write SHE?
Dr Sarika Jain: Though Indian women and girls are now leading the way in a society that is changing rapidly. They are breaking the so-called glass ceiling, speaking up against oppression, and fiercely protecting their right to choose the life they want to live. They are redefining limits and pushing boundaries. They are proving that beauty has ceased to be a one-dimensional word. They are proving that brave is the new beautiful. Their contribution to society in whole and to women, in particular, is invaluable. They showed the world that women and girls are capable of doing everything. These brave and powerful women and girls have gone on to set stellar examples for the rest of females to follow.
Women have achieved monumental feats in different fields, and have touched the lives of thousands and influenced millions. They made their parents and country proud by achieving excellence in their respective fields. But still, I get to read every day in the newspaper that in India and across the world; countless girl children are aborted, killed, and abandoned. Only some are discovered and recorded, countless others are dismissed. Many dowry deaths occur in different parts of the world. Several girl children are forcefully married against their wishes. Numerous honour killings occur because the girl dares to love and choose her own life partner. The cases of domestic violence against women keep pending in the courts and many girl children, adolescent girls, and women are raped and molested daily in the offices, on the streets, at homes, at schools, colleges, shelter homes, public transports like cars, buses, taxis, trains, aeroplanes, and even in safe holy sanctuaries like temples and mosques.
Then, I began to ponder when girls and women would become truly safe and free in our country so that other country people can say that India is the safest country for girls and women. After observing the sufferings of the girls and women in my country and beyond; how they are being discriminated, broken, ill-treated, hurt, belittled, and abused in their daily lives; I wondered what could I do to bring about a change in the perception of people towards females, and what could I do to inspire and empower females to stand up and fight for their rights to live their life fully, and spread their wings and fly high despite the boundaries. Then I decided to write this book – SHE. I chose ‘SHE’ as a name for my book, where ‘SHE’ stands for “Stop Hurting Me Every Day.” ‘She’ refers to both girls and women, but I have put more emphasis on girls because each and every woman is first a girl than a woman. SHE is the voice of each and every girl and woman in India and across the world who are belittled for being SHE.
Alok Mishra: SHE is based on facts, your opinions and possible remedial courses to be taken by society. How much do you think, Dr Sarika, that a book can bring about changes in the society?
Dr Sarika Jain: Yes, SHE is based on facts, my opinions, and possible remedial courses that I want the society to adapt to improve the conditions of girls and women in our country and beyond. I know it is very difficult to change people’s thinking and societal perceptions towards girls and women because these thinking and perceptions are continuing since ages and decades. But still, I believe that books change people. They make people. They form who we are and who we will be. I see this in almost every single biography/autobiography/memoir I read. Have you ever noticed how many of today’s most successful women and men will say that they were big readers in childhood? Many of them would cite Robin Sharma, Shiv Khera, Paulo Coelho, Arundhati Roy, Jhumpa Lahiri, Rashmi Bansal, (whom I love).
Every single book has changed someone in some way. Fiction and non-fiction can empower and teach. We find courage from the protagonist and knowledge from the villain. We can find refuge when we need a safe, quiet place to hide. We can see other cultures through the eyes of the characters and can discover new worlds. Sometimes, we immerse and attach ourselves so much with the characters in the book that we begin to feel their pain and tears roll down from our eyes. In the present time, when many are struggling with what’s happening all over the world when families are torn apart, and a country is divided, books can become a saviour. I believe people can be changed through books as one good book in a day keeps all our worries at bay and helps us to become a better person, and if people would change then it can bring about some positive changes in the society. So, I am happy that I have taken up the job that can help bring that change.
Alok Mishra: As a woman yourself and also as an author, how do you see some of the problems faced by women that are majorly because of certain social perceptions? What needs to be changed to change certain perceptions about women?
Dr Sarika Jain: Even though the world keeps improving to make a better environment for women, and women are better off today, but still far from being equal with men, and they still find it difficult to live in a society that perceives women to be less than men and how much people keep looking down on them. As a woman myself and also as an author, I feel women and girls face several problems in their day-to-day life that are purely based on certain social perceptions – stereotypes of supposed “Women” Characteristics as perceived by society:
- Having to be “nice” and “kind” always, as being aggressive is considered to be a male trait.
- Criticized for being “career-minded” and “demanding”.
- They cannot have their own identity.
- Women are made for kitchen and are born to make adjustments and sacrifices.
- No matter how independent a woman becomes, she is supposed to take her family’s word as a final decision.
- Staying single is not encouraged or even supported in any format, marriage is the only alternative, as it is a social perception that a woman always needs the support and protection of a man.
- Single mother (absolutely not).
- Being super ambitious is not mandatory. It’s an option, which means one should be an expert at domestic housekeeping.
- Been called “hostile” for standing up for themselves.
- Been told they can’t do things because they are women.
- Not being seen as financially independent.
- Machismo (strong or aggressive male pride) leading to the violence and sexual abuse and assault of women and girls.
- Unequal pay for the same job.
- People not hearing their opinions.
- Lack of respect.
- Being a stay-at-home mom and people not taking the job seriously.
- The Glass ceiling effect.
- Being blamed for things like rape and sexual assault for what they wear.
- Stigma against women’s health (menstruation/widowhood, etc.)
- Not given the right to choose their life partner.
- Kids vs. Career and many more…
These are all my personal observations and in no way related to hurt others. To change certain perceptions about women, people and society need to change their mindset and improve their thinking towards looking at girls and women. They need to start treating them as individuals rather than a girl or a woman. I personally think that the right education is the key. I am specifically pointing the word “right” because I have seen people who even after completing their higher education from premier institutes are unscrupulous. “It’s not only about the degree we owe that matters but about the values and thinking we follow that makes a difference.” We do need to make certain amendments in our social behaviour to ensure women safety and make them feel more confident.
Though lots of steps are being taken by the government for women safety, still we can find news on rape. So, this can be stopped only when people would take responsibility and realise it by themselves. We need to encourage and empower girls and women to make decisions about themselves and their lives instead of forcing our views on them because a woman can achieve anything and everything when she is given freedom, respect, and space that she is entitled to. We need to have healthy discussions about issues women’s face, only then we can implement some healthy and positive solutions and would become successful in eradicating gender inequality that prevails in our country and our nation. At last, I think being an “independent women” is a lot better solution to remove such dark myths and perceptions of society and overcome it!
Alok Mishra: Your book also consists of many examples of women and girls who have achieved their goals in various fields. Usually, the books on such issues only deal with problems without taking a glance on the possible solutions of exemplary inspirations. Why did you include that in your book SHE?
Dr Sarika Jain: Yes, I do agree that books on such serious issues only deal with problems without taking a glance on the possible solutions of exemplary inspirations, but SHE consists of many inspirational examples of brave and exceptional women and girls who have achieved their goals and made their mark in different fields and professions like Gita Gopinath, Durga Shakti Nagpal, Kunjarani Devi, Sita Sahu, etc., and stories of many ordinary girls and women who faced biggest challenges and still stood strong. They fought for their right to choose their life partner, right to education, young girls who said NO to child marriage and became “messengers of social change” and became inspiration and role models for many other girls to desist from marriage at young age, girls and women who fought against dowry, and so on and so forth. These women and girls have not only risen from the ashes but have emerged stronger and powerful than ever from their adversity. They are not just “survivors,” but “winners,” “champions,” and “achievers,” who are an inspiration to all girls and women and who restore our faith in a woman and girl power.
Once again, a very nice question… I have included ample examples because I want to boost up the confidence of girls and women to do better and inspire them to fight and bounce back rather than being submissive and accept things like their ‘fate,’ because no one can change their life and their destiny until and unless they take the charge of their life and stop suffering. The examples would motivate women and girls to do better and achieve more. I want to make them realise through my examples that if these women and girls can do unthinkable then they can also achieve their goals and dreams in life. I want to make them believe that they are not born to suffer rather they are an individual and a being, who is entitled to live their life on their own terms and conditions as brave girls and women can only make countries and societies stronger. I want them to handle all the sufferings and situations of their life with a bang. The examples and stories would teach them to prioritise themselves over anything else and would help them discover the true power of women.
I just want all girls and women to realise their worth and become a fighter in life instead of a victim, and convert SHE, described as – “Stop Hurting Me Every Day” on the book cover to “Start Hearing Me Every Day,” by making their voices heard; by speaking up for themselves and for all other girls and women in the world. Through the examples given in the book, girls and women would learn to live their life to the fullest, make their dreams come true, set goals and targets and would strive to achieve them. After reading about certain women icons, role models, and real-life stories of successful women and girls who stood tall in every situation and refused to be shackled by societal expectations and restrictions; they would realise and become aware that they can also conquer the world with their strong willpower and indomitable spirit, and would become mentally tough and strong while dealing with the different situations of their lives.
Alok Mishra: Tell your readers about your routine, Dr Sarika. You are also a professional; how do you balance your time between your works and writing? Do you write certain pages a day or it’s just based on your call to write?
Dr Sarika Jain: Yes, I am also a professional as I run an educational institute to impart knowledge for a better tomorrow. But, I manage to balance my time between my work and writing. Writing is not just based on my call to write. I write certain pages in a day. My alarm starts to ring. It’s at 5 am. I get out of my bed, splash some water on my face, and gulp down a refreshing glass of warm water. I meditate for some time and then, I sit down on my desk with my paper and pen to jot down points and notes that will be important for my writing and start typing those lines on my laptop keyboard. I prefer writing early in the morning as it is an ideal and peaceful time of the day and nature when no one disturbs me and I can continue calmly with my writing with the rising sun and chirping of birds. I write till 8 am, I don’t work well at home, so after eating my breakfast, I grab my laptop, and head on down to my institute, where I read few books, newspaper, check my mail, and prepare notes for my classes. After taking my classes whenever I get some idle time, I start tapping away at my keyboard, with the occasional break to eat something or gaze out the window at the beautiful nature or the busy pedestrians as they rush by. Around 8 pm, I go home, have dinner, chat with my family members for a while, and then go for a moonlight walk.
I come back fully exhausted but satisfied. The walk is great for clearing and refreshing my head. Then, I watch a movie or listen to some soothing music that enlightens my soul, read a book, write a poem, or browse the internet for a while.
I take a few minutes to reflect on the day and spend some time with my best pal – My Diary. I write my daily happenings in my diary. I also write my to-do list for tomorrow. Then I turn the lights out and drift off to sleep at around 10:30 pm. I wake up feeling refreshed the next morning, pumped up to do the whole thing all over again.
Alok Mishra: What are your goals of writing, Sarika? If I ask you why do you write, what would be your answer? This question meets different answers – what’s yours?
Dr Sarika Jain: Goals are important, because unless a writer knows why they are writing; their writing will be shapeless and misdirected. It guides them in deciding what to write. I write to communicate my ideas to the readers. The main goal of my writing is to convey what’s in my mind and to express the thoughts hidden in the depths of the mind. I want to emotionally connect with my readers through my story. I am not so much concerned about being famous or earn recognition, or make money, or win prestigious awards through my writing. Mostly, I want to discuss certain serious issues that people hesitate to talk about in public and shy away from discussing it with their family members and close friends. I want to give people a chance to change. I want to inspire them to do something themselves. I hold the belief that writing is the easiest way to change the world. It’s a quick and easy way to spread your message to millions of people, especially with the internet. Anyone can do it. It’s not limited to a particular set of people. This isn’t to say I want to change the world with my writing, but the power my words have certainly imbued me with a respect for the craft and a motivation to do what I can. I think another goal for me is just getting something in print. Being able to write and publish a story or a message, so that I could go to a library or a bookstore, find my book, feel the pages, and see my words in print to help people heal through reading my book and to refresh their perspective on the world and themselves. I believe the reader can briefly catch a glimpse of life through the eyes of someone else.
I want to leave a positive mark on this world through my writing, no matter how big or small that mark may be in the end. My goal as a writer is to take my readers on a journey they can relate to. If someone reading my book laughs out loud, cries, celebrates something that came out of my imagination or becomes a better person, then I have achieved my goal. The written word CAN empower the powerless. The written word CAN embolden the timid. The written word CAN offer hope to those in despair. The written word CAN encourage those who feel like giving up. The power of the written word cannot be quantified, evaluated, or measured. The written word is a powerful tool of education. If we think about it, for a moment, if we introduce even ONE new concept, into the mind of a person… that person will NEVER be the same, ever again… Such is the POWER of the written word. I want my messages and stories to speak to the reader’s heart and soul, and stay with them forever. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to answer such a wonderful question.
Alok Mishra: As we move towards the conclusion of this conversation, I would like you to tell your readers about your debut book and its uniqueness. Is there any special audience of your book or it’s open for anybody to read?
Dr Sarika Jain: Thank you for this interesting question. The title of my debut book is – SHE – SHE is described as ‘Stop Hurting Me Every Day’ on the book cover and the subtitle sends a clear message to those ‘who belittle girls.’ After taking a glance at the cover of my book, many readers especially boys and men must be thinking, “Oh No! One more book on feminism… bashing men and society for the ill-treatment and plight of girls and women, full of negativity and problems with no room for inspiration, positivity and solutions, as the author would be biased towards girls and women without understanding the feelings, emotions, and contributions of boys and men in society.” I would like to tell them – NO; this book doesn’t end up becoming a men-bashing playground with no room for facts. It is based on facts, analysis, opinions, and ideas.
In the book the readers especially boys and men, would find examples of praise and positivity:
- A girl who praised the man of her dreams for being the first person who ever asked her, “What is your dream?”
- A man tied the knot with “I am not taking dowry,” appearing at the top of the wedding invitation.
- A girl says, “My father is my hero.”
- A man’s impassioned plea, to empower women and allow them to have the freedom to do what they want.
- Men working on demystifying menstruation and the story of the menstrual man.
- A man coming forward to marry a widow.
- A father says, “I feel very happy, when people know me by my daughter’s name, and come and congratulate me.”
- A father who says, “My girls are my pride, and I taught them how to earn two times meal.”
- A father who trained his daughters to excel in a male-dominated sport – Wrestling, and many more exemplary examples of appreciation for men and our society that openly supports the ambitions, dreams, and aspirations of girls and women.
On the other hand, girls and women must be thinking, “This book would only highlight our pains and sufferings and nothing else…” For them, again my answer would be NO, because this book – SHE; doesn’t only speak about problems and sufferings, but in this book, you will also find solutions and ample examples of many women icons, and truly inspirational stories of women and girls celebrating independence, responsibility, and achievement:
- A woman truck driver.
- Women warriors of Kargil.
- A woman river pilot.
- An Indian woman who ruled a US company.
- A woman IPS and IAS officer.
- A woman biker.
- A woman boxer and cricketer.
- A woman sarpanch.
- A woman combat soldier.
- A woman scientist.
- A female athlete.
- A woman who chose to fight and raise her voice against rape and led the way to women empowerment.
- A woman acid attack survivor who became a role model for many women across the world.
- A small town girl, who fought for her rights and eventually, succeeds in becoming a writer and non-governmental organisation worker.
- A woman who stood up for herself when she was asked to abort the girl child in her womb.
- A girl who is the beacon of hope for her village.
- Women who refused to bear torture and fought against domestic violence and abuse.
- The lady from Kerala who is a symbol of courage and bravery.
- A woman who successfully fended off all the shackles of regressive traditions and societal norms.
A woman who single-handedly created a forest… and many more exemplary examples of bravery and courage that would help girls and women to understand themselves better, and would certainly inspire, empower, and motivate them to fight for their rights and never succumb to fate. This book would encourage them to see dreams and fulfil them. After reading this book, women and girls would learn to CHOOSE the life that they want to live.
There are other sets of readers, who would be thinking after reading the title and subtitle of the book, “What is new in this book… this book contains no entertainment, no fun, no inspiration, nothing… This book would only talk about the problems that girls and women are facing in our society… everyone knows about the condition and sufferings of girls and women in India and across the world; who is she (the author) to teach and give us a message on how to treat girls and women… we know better than her… no one can change our thinking.” For them, my answer would be, “Yes, I know that everyone is aware of the sufferings of girls and women, and you know better than me on how to treat females of our society… and I can’t change your thinking.”
I accept all the points with an open mind, but I want to say that neither I want to teach you a lesson nor I want to change your thinking. But, I just want to discuss the problems that the females confront worldwide; taking a glance on the possible solutions of exemplary inspirations with some inspirational examples and stories; by appreciating males and society who have supported and provided ample opportunities to girls and women to showcase their talents and achieve their dreams; to create and establish their own mark and identity in diverse professions and fields. I believe that a woman business leader, women sailors, or a woman Prime Minister cannot be produced in a country or society that doesn’t support women empowerment. Yes, the condition of girls and women has improved since the earlier times as women and girls are getting access to education and employment, but still, a lot needs to be achieved to address the gender gap prevailing in our country and around the world. There are numerous problems that a girl or a woman needs to face in their daily life. Girls and women suffer internally in silence, so as a responsible member of my society I have discussed and wrote freely about those problems in my book – SHE.
SHE is not a botched narrative with all bashing men and society – howsoever headless or factless. It is a well-researched content and message based on reality, facts, data, numerics, and ideas. I have analyzed the problems and have also tried to present different inspirational examples and true stories of inspiration within the society in the context of those problems along with my ideas and opinions that can serve as possible remedies of the diagnosed problems, which we need our societies to think and implement – well, at least in this 21st-century when we dream of becoming a new India with opportunities and space for one and all! So, these are the few uniqueness of my book – SHE. Few people might also think that SHE is a non-fiction book, so it must be a boring book with no characters and story. I just want to tell them that read it once, then you would come to know about the USP (Unique Selling Proposition) of SHE. You will find characters and ample stories, and poems at the end of every chapter that would enlighten your mind and fill it with immense happiness, joy, and pride. SHE is made up of different inspirational characters and stories that can change your outlook towards SHE; because I believe that feminism is not about hating men and bashing society but it is all about – EQUALITY and RESPECT!
Readers will also think after looking at the girl’s picture and reading the title and subtitle of the book that SHE is only for girls and women who are suffering, or SHE is for those people who belittle girls. My answer is – NO. SHE is open for anybody to read. Though, the subtitle of the book emphasizes – “A Message For Those Who Belittle Girls!”… But, the uniqueness of SHE is that it includes many true exemplary stories for those girls and women who have lost all hopes in life. The book includes different inspirational stories and examples for those girls and women who are independent, as it would help them to become a better version of themselves. It is storytelling for young girls; to imbibe the idea that just like the brave girls and women spoken about in the book; princesses don’t need a prince to save them. The book contains many valuable facts, ideas, and opinions for those men who always support and inspire their wife, daughter, mother, and sister to create their own identity and achieve something big in life. The book also contains some valuable information for those people who believe that girls are not less than boys! So, there is no special audience for my book, as SHE is open for all to read and share their valuable feedbacks and reviews.
Now, the readers must be thinking if the book SHE is open for anybody to read then why did the author choose “A Message for those who Belittle Girls!” as the subtitle of the book. I would like to tell them that before I started writing the book, I knew that my first book would be based on women’s and girls’ empowerment, feminism – portraying the issues of females that they have to face every single day and advocating safety, equality, and justice for women and girls, because every day I used to see, read, and experience that girls and women are always belittled, hurt, abused, and broken by their loved ones and by the very people they trusted the most. So, I thought that writing about the topic is the only way to improve and change people’s thinking towards girls and women and create a difference in society. I had already decided that the title of my first book would be SHE, and I thought that I should describe SHE. So, I came up with the full form of SHE as – “Stop Hurting Me Every Day.” I chose to describe SHE as such; because I wanted to become the voice of all those girls and women who are suffering in silence every day. Though nowadays, we can see females in almost all professions and the stories of their achievements are commendable and impressive, but still, there are many females whose dreams get buried with them in their grave and they suffer each and every day for being born a girl.
The subtitle of my book is – “A Message for those who Belittle Girls!”. I chose the same because whenever I pondered about the pains and sufferings of girls and women in my country and worldwide, then I thought that this subtitle would be apt for my book and I will include various real-life examples and stories of successful women and girls in my book with the analytical, realistic, and achievable solutions to the problems faced by females that would make people (those who belittle girls) aware about the sufferings of females and female power, and would inspire and motivate them to respect, support and understand girls and women better. SHE would prove to the world with actual facts how women have proved to be stronger and equal or better than men over decades by coming out with flying colours in various fields and achieving their goals and objectives more efficiently and effectively. The readers can have a glimpse of the real issues on the ground that females confront every day that need amendments, amendments on a priority basis. No other subtitle was going well with the title of my book – “Stop Hurting Me Every Day!”… So I chose it, but this book is for one and all – boys, men, girls, women, someone who belittles girl, and someone who respects, empowers and encourages girls to make their life worth living. It is a well-researched work full of examples from the seamy as well as the brighter side of the spectrum. SHE tells the story of our society that is designed in a way to weigh men more than women. It is suitable for all ages and genders.
Alok Mishra: Have you planned other writing projects in the future? Would you like to share your upcoming works or their ideas with the readers?
Dr Sarika Jain: Yes, I have planned other writing projects in the future. It’s not perfectly planned… but yes, I would continue with my writing in future and perhaps, my future writing project could be a fiction based on friendship or love, or non-fiction that would be based on the life, because depression has surged to epidemic proportions in recent decades. It is widespread, at one time it is estimated that more than 300 million people have depression worldwide. Small children, youths and adults, are the victims of depression. Small children are depressed because they are not able to handle their parents’ expectations regarding their studies and marks. Youths are depressed because they had a terrible break-up in a relationship or they had to face rejection in love, or their love married someone else. Adults like men and women are depressed; because sometimes men are not able to fulfil the needs and expectations of their family, and women are depressed because they are not able to bear the abuse, torture, and pain at the hands of their in-laws and husband daily.
Few people speak openly about their depression, but there are those people and families who don’t want to talk or speak about it or don’t want to consult a psychiatrist, counsellor, or psychologist for the treatment, because they think that speaking about it and visiting a psychiatrist would label them as ‘mad’ or ‘mental’ in the society. They believe that only a person with mental disorder visits a psychiatrist. There are also other kinds of people who are not aware that they are being trapped into depression, because of which suicide rates are increasing day-by-day in our country and across the world. I feel it’s the need of an hour that we need to speak openly about depression and should find some viable solutions to cure it and eradicate it completely from the world.
Loneliness is a terrible feeling and it increases further if nobody understands our feelings and emotions, and is not willing to listen to us or hear us. It creates a vacuum and turmoil inside us that compels us to lose interest in life and force us to end our life with our own hands. At this phase of life, a book can become a counsellor and a good friend of a person that can help them to overcome depression and enjoy life. So hopefully, my upcoming work could be based on this issue and my professional independence will certainly support me in bringing many more books alive in the near future.
Alok Mishra: Many thanks for participating in this conversation for Author Interviews, Sarika! I wish you the best with SHE as well as others to come in future!
Dr Sarika Jain: Thank you so much! It’s my pleasure to be a part of this wonderful and lovely conversation.