Disha Chhabra is an Alumna of DCE, IIM Calcutta. She is currently working with Amazon India as Head of Products for Amazon Home Services. More than a decade of experience in companies like Paytm, Yatra.com & Mentor Graphics.
She is a silver medalist at IIM Calcutta. Topper DCE & Rank 2 – Delhi CBSE Boards. Her previous books include “My Beloved’s MBA Plans” and “Because Life is a Gift”. Let us know more about her writing.
What inspired you to start writing?
Sometimes you meet people in life whose stories you find compelling. You wish to tell the world about those people, their stories. Real people like you and me inspired me to start writing my first book “My Beloved’s MBA Plans”. And ever since, stories kept coming my way and the journey continued with “Because Life Is A Gift” and now “Corporate Avatars”.
What did you like to read when you were a girl?
Ayn Rand was always my favorite. Her way of thinking, her characters always stood out for me and made me define my own thought process as a young girl.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
Discipline. Amidst all the business-as-usual stuff, how do you find time to follow your passion can define your journey in finishing a book. I hear every day from so many people who struggle to find the discipline. Writing a book is a long journey just like entrepreneurship where the idea is as important as execution.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
A lot. All my books are non-fiction books and hence I need to spend almost 60% of my time researching and may be 40% writing out my findings.
What motivated you to write the book “Corporate Avatars”?
11+ years of living life day in and day out as a corporate employee. Waking up every day to go to office with passion, determination and love for work rather than for money is difficult when you have personality conflicts with people around you. Having dealt with some of those challenges myself, I wanted to take a step back and bring out my learnings in a light-hearted way. And that is how “Corporate Avatars” started.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “Corporate Avatars”?
“Corporate Avatars” talks about 40+ different people and personality types we meet at our workplace. Be it a demanding boss, a lazy co-worker, an email spammer colleagues, Mr. Meeting, Mr. Dumb, Mr. Free Rider; we all have met these people in some form or the other in our lives. The book is a satirical take on corporate life and talks in depth on how to find a great working relationship with these people and rise up the corporate ladder. The book, I hope, will find a way into every Corporate Professional’s hands and make your working relationships so much better.
How did you came up with the idea of writing self help genre book?
Writing to me is about changing lives. I love if my work can make a dent in your universe by positively inspiring you in some way.
Who are your favourite authors?
Ayn Rand remains my all time favorite.
How much time do you dedicate for writing on a daily basis?
Honestly, I am a weekend writer J
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
Know why you want to write and follow your passion. Do not worry too much about the sales numbers. Even if one review talks about how you changed that reader’s life, the journey is worth it.
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