I am Swapna Kishore, a muddled collection of multiple roles, the predominant ones currently being writer, blogger, and resource person for dementia/ caregiving in India.
I write stuff that insists on coming out, even if it gets mangled in the process. I have written both serious stuff and fun stuff as part of my professional work and my volunteer work. I have written about personal things that touch me, and things that make me wonder. And when puzzled, I have written to understand things.
Most of my recent writing and resource creation is related to dementia care in India. This stems out of my concern about the problems I faced as a caregiver and what I have seen other caregivers in India face. Driven by the lack of support and systems around dementia care here, I have created a 100+ page website to specifically support dementia caregivers in India at Dementia Care Notes (and also created its Hindi version here: Dementia Hindi). I have uploaded English and Hindi videos for dementia caregiving topics. I maintain/ update the online resources to ensure they remain up-to-date and usable, and also support dementia caregivers. I have blogged on wordpress.com to share my experiences, observations, and concerns as a caregiverg, and have created Resources for volunteers helping caregivers. My work in the dementia domain is currently my main focus.
As part of my professional work (software consultant, trainer and author), I have, over the years, written several books on process and quality. The more recent of these are available as Kindle eBooks, such as the quiz books on CMMI®/ People CMM® that I co-authored: Quiz Book on CMMI® – DEV (V1.3), Quiz Book on CMMI® – SVC (V1.3), and Quiz Book on People CMM® (V2.0). Among the professional books I have written, my personal favourite is my business novel, Aligning Ferret: How an Organization Meets Extraordinary Challenges. Aligning Ferret is a story that uses a crisis in a fictional organization to explore concepts of strategy and performance management systems for organization-wide alignment. I enjoyed creating and depicting a very normal ‘hero’ who faces extraordinary challenges at work even as he struggles for that ever-problematic work-and-home-life balance. No stodgy, preachy stuff here. The book has got good reviews, too, and is now available as a Kindle eBook(See: Amazon.com / Amazon.in)
Some years ago, I was also deeply involved in writing short speculative fiction (and all the fun reading I could justify as “research”). I have some published stories under my belt, including sales to professional (SFWA) markets. Information about my creative work can be found here. This type of writing is currently suspended. Given my current priorities and my extremely lengthy to-do list and wish list, I don’t see fiction-writing as feasible for me in the foreseeable future.
On the personal side, hmmm. Long ago, in what seems another lifetime, I studied engineering and management (IITD and IIMA), and then went through a series of jobs and assignments before ending up as the muddle I currently am. I live in India with my husband, Rajesh Naik. My son, Vipul Naik, is much into mathematics and other such stuff.
And I love reading and taking long walks when time permits. I am at my creative best while finding excuses, I mean reasons, to avoid socializing. I like to call myself a “realist” though I’m not sure how that matches with the hours and hours I can spend re-reading the Harry Potter books. Which reminds me, if you know where I can get a time turner, do let me know.
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