I’m Aishwarya Javalgekar, a writer and poet residing in Mumbai, India.
Books are my first love. I was born in a family of book-lovers and hoarders, so I was always surrounded by an ever-expanding collection. My childhood was a decade-long binge-reading about child detectives and girls in boarding schools. I’m talking to you, Enid Blyton! I remember trying to write my own stories during the summer vacations, inspired by the ones I had read, with blond-haired protagonists named Jeffery and Harriet.
I wrote my first poem at the age of 13, inspired by my favorite book series but definitely not my favorite character – Harry Potter. Since then, I had an on-again, off-again relationship with the poetry.
Then I went went to FLAME, Pune, and started doing mildly impressive things, like starting this blog. It began as an experimental stint in writing, and became the voice of an opinionated feminist Indian writer and poet.
Here, I dabble in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. My writing is almost always inspired by my experiences, and the experiences of those around me. Through my poems I try to explore mental health, the feminine identity, social issues, issues of urbanization, and invariably, love and heartbreak.
P.S. I love compliments. If you like my writing, don’t hesitate to get in touch.