Rachana is a Happiness Coach and Author of the book – Happiness ki Khoj. Rachana bid adieu to a successful 16-year corporate career to pursue her dream of enabling people to experience real happiness and celebrate life, here, now!
She has established her secrets of real happiness in three ways – personal experiences, deep observations of social behaviours and extensive scientific research around the world. She has made a life-long commitment to share these secrets with people especially moms. She believes that a happy mom leads to a happy child giving rise of happier generations ahead.
Rachana loves to interact with people and make a life-changing impact in their lives.
Few words about ‘Happiness ki Khoj’
‘Thoda Hai, Thode ki Zaroorat Hai’ sums up the nature of happiness. You’ve this subtle feeling that you are happy but you also feel the potential to be a lot happier. But you don’t know how to unleash this untapped potential within you. This book shows you how not to settle for just being happy but learn the art to celebrate life, right here, right now!
Book provides you a sparkling new perspective on: –
1. What is real happiness
2. How happiness is linked with family, friends, health, success, money & recognition
3. How to be a happy mom that leads to a successful and happy child
4. Secrets of the happiest people around the world that live for 100 years
5. Real people, Real stories, Real lessons
In this interview Rachana talks about his book and writing experience apart from her views on life and happiness.
What is the story behind your book. Where did you get your idea for the book?
Over a decade, I have consciously established my understanding of real happiness in three distinct ways – personal experiences, deep observations of human behaviour and extensive research across the world. As a Happiness Coach, I wanted to share this rich learning & insights to enable people to understand where real happiness comes from. The book is all about real people, real stories and real lessons on happiness.
Challenges you faced while writing this book and in your life as an author?
I have faced multiple challenges in my life and I think challenges are good stimulators that push you out of your comfort zone and make you propel in the right direction. As an author, this is my first book and a self-published one. So there were plenty of challenges during the entire process of getting the desired output, but that’s the phase I have also enjoyed the most.
What is your life mantra?
‘Celebrate life, right here, right now’. The fun part is Now, not later.
What is your writing process like?
My writing process is fairly simple – I sketch out a mind map of the big picture first and then look at the content that needs to flow in and fit seamlessly. I write every day, at the same time for at least an hour. There are times when your thoughts are overflowing and you are itching to sit and write it down, while at certain times even though you know what needs to be written, but the hands simply don’t move. At such times, I zoom out, take my time to tune back in and then start writing.
Anything special about your book that you want to share?
I am immensely proud to be a woman and a mother and this book is aimed at women, especially Moms to value what matters to them the most and become self-reliant on happiness. This book is not another self-help book, but a book that has a great element of fun, simple and powerful stories that will inspire women and Moms to lead a healthy and happy life.
According to you, what are the three qualities an author must have to achieve success?
First and foremost, an author must thoroughly enjoy the process of writing and the journey of creating something that will make an impact on others. Because only when you enjoy what you are doing can you create something that others will enjoy. An author should also be a great story-teller and the stories and the way it has been presented should keep the reader enthralled and engaged in the book.
What are your plans for next book?
I am not sure about the next book, but basis the reader’s responses and feedback of Happiness Ki Khoj, there are plans to develop specific booklets ( short stories) that are easy to read and retain.
What advice do you have for young writers?
I would only tell them to ‘read a lot and write a lot.’ There is no substitute for reading and the more you read, the better you will be able to identify and develop your individual writing style.
Share a quote or line that has been your inspiration.
‘Nothing can dim a light that shines from within’– Maya Angelou