Roshini Shetty is a MDS in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Certified Forensic Odontologist, Certified Laser Dentist, Medical writer, Researcher with patented innovations. She is currently working as a Dentist (MDS). She is working in Bharani Dental care and working part-time in Brihaspathi Academy.
Let us know more about her awards and achievements in her own words:
My innovation, “Versatile Laser Razor equipment” was selected as a finalist in Medical Healthcare Innovation Awards 2013. The selection as finalist appeared in Deccan Herald newspaper on Sunday, August 11, 2013. The innovation was called by NRDC (National Research Development Corporation) to present the working of the innovation. Innovation has been published in patent journal.
Another innovation, “A Grossing Covering” was invited by 3M innovation centre to present the innovation. Innovation got selected in i3 (India Innovation Initiative) among the top 40 innovations from India which was asked to be demonstrated in National Fair held in Delhi. Innovation was presented in front of Manjunatha Maiya from Philips innovation after the former took an interest in the innovation. The briefing of the innovation was broadcast in All India Radio. An article on the innovation has been invited by a medical magazine company.
I won third prize in Conference of Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists. The prize won occurred in IQRA magazine.
Other minor achievements: I was felicitated for scoring highest in Vedic mathematics. I had won few intra school debate and writing competitions. I had got highest in school in a competition conducted by The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). I got second rank in Laser dentistry examination conducted by Manipal University. I received appreciation award for innovations. I give free guidance for people keen on research and innovations through my innovation zone.
I was featured on online radio show regarding the concept of my novel, “Sexual Orientation isn’t, ‘Mr. Simpleton’”. Medical books written by me are being published by a leading academic publisher in India. Articles for journals have been written by me with me being the first author. I was given travel allowance to present a poster in Karnataka Science and Technology Academy conference. I have been active in social service and free dental treatment for the poor and needy. I have composed few unique tunes with my violin. That’s enough! Thank you for going through my achievements!
What inspired you to start writing?
I have been writing short stories, jokes and quotes since I was 8 years old. Real incidences have remained my Inspiration to write. I’m an acute observer and anything which draws my attention and is interesting to me, I write about it.
What did you like to read when you were a girl?
During school days, I would read various adventure stories, Nancy Drew books, Short stories from China, Moral stories, Joke books, Stories from various magazines like Women’s era and Readers Digest. During my later teens, I was addicted to Mills & Boon; I remember staying awake the whole night to read Mills & Boon books. And yes, I even read Mills & Boon during boring Mathematics classes in school!
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
You should be passionate about writing or else you will find shortage of time as the greatest challenge.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
I have done thorough research for many months and have also spoken to various members of concerned community for books dealing with social issues like sexual orientations and cousin marriages but for other books I have written like medical jokes book, a romance novel and some philosophical short stories, I haven’t done much research.
What motivated you to write the book “Sexual Orientation Isn’t, ‘Mr. Simpleton'”?
When a relative of mine had an arranged marriage and found out almost one week after marriage that her husband was a gay. All the problems she had to face and the reluctance of other guys to marry her again though it wasn’t her fault in any way, inspired me to write on this topic. Initially, I was also furious like everyone else on that guy for marrying her knowing well that he was a gay but later on thinking deeply with a calm mind, I realised that even he was a victim to the thinking and attitude of this society. I just want to emphasise on the fact that sexual orientations could be very complicated and a thorough research, open discussions and evidence based results should be produced before branding anything as a criminal offence. Aiming to get an answer for a simple question, “Suppose in future, unknowingly I get married to a gay then, kindly let me know who is responsible for all the miseries?”
Can you tell us more about your latest book “Sexual Orientation Isn’t, ‘Mr. Simpleton”?
The synopsis explains it all, “The fictional story describes a crime and the psychological aspects governing it. In a country where arranged marriages are very common, if you ever happen to marry a gay, then who is at fault? Is it the fault of the girl, the guy, their family, their relatives, the law or the society? This novel describes the story of Adarsh and Aakanksha who are passionately in love with each other but face problems due to their untold truth. The plot revolves around the complicated sexual orientations and the attempt made to understand it better. The story motivates us to do research on the various sexual orientations. It stresses on the importance of more concrete understanding of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community and more evidence based research to make this world a better place to live in.”
How did you come up with the idea of writing fiction genre book?
Fiction writing incorporates various elements of entertainment and knowledge in a simple and interesting manner. Writing on a topic with social issues seems more like a lecture if it is not told in the form of a story which will have people wanting to read more.
Who are your favourite authors?
I’m an avid reader and I read a lot of books of different genre, hence I like works of many authors. I’m just naming a few in the long list of my favourite authors. I like books of Sidney Sheldon, Chetan Bhagat, Arvind Adiga, Stephenie Meyer, Dan Brown, Rhonda Byrne, Robin Sharma, Deepak Chopra and Osho (Rajneesh).
How much time do you dedicate to writing on a daily basis?
I do not dedicate time for writing on a daily basis. In a month, around five days I set aside for writing medical books and articles. Writing fiction to a great extent depends on my mood and instinct.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
Writing and love has a lot of similarity. Whatever may be the circumstance, you can never leave, hate or get bored of anything you love. Writing is a passion, irrespective of good or bad results, a true writer understands that he/she can never leave, hate or get bored of writing!
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