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First Floor – Writing, Articles and Stories – Going Up!

October 1st, 2014

Palak-Shah-blogDoes the name Palak Shah mean anything to you? Probably not (yet). But listen, she lives in Vadadora, a university city with a population of 1.8 million which sits on the banks of the Vishwamitri river in Gujarat, western India. With an MBA in finance, she’s already worked for four years with multinational companies, and spent three years as a professor in educational institutes – so she’s a bright spark.

In September 2013, she started the Writers Bureau Comprehensive Writing Course and, to date (so in one year), has completed five assignments earning herself over 40,000 INR (£400). This for an incredible seventy six articles in various print and digital publications.

Now, I don’t generally go in for horoscopes or palm reading, and I even take the weather man with a pinch of salt. But I’ve a feeling that Palak Shah will be doing something BIG sometime soon. Check this – her favourite writer is Jhumpa Lahiri, the Indian-American author whose inventory of qualifications, culminating in a PhD, reads like a dissertation in itself. Lahiri’s debut short story collection ‘Interpreter of Maladies’ won the 2000 Pullitzer Prize for Fiction, and her first novel ‘The Namesake’ was adapted into a critically acclaimed film in which she also acted. So as role models go, she’s pretty good.

Of course, whether any Writers Bureau student will achieve that level of success remains to be seen. But given her background and all the great things she’s already accomplished, you wouldn’t bet against this one, would you? Of herself, she says: “My ambition is to become an accomplished writer who can inspire people and bring out the best in them.” And given her record so far, she most surely will.

So, clock the name: Palak Shah. And when you next see it, remember – you saw it here first.

Keep on writing!

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