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 stories that insist on coming out, even if they get mangled in the process. I write both serious stuff and fun stuff as part of my professional work and my volunteer work. I write about personal things that touch me, and things that make me wonder. And when I am puzzled, I write to understand things. Most of the recent writing and resource creation is related to dementia care in India.
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 recently co-authored: Quiz Book on CMMI® – DEV (V1.3), Quiz Book on CMMI® – SVC (V1.3), and Quiz Book on People CMM® (V2.0). Amongst 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! Check the Aligning Ferret ebook (including reviews and samples) on Amazon.com or Amazon.in.
For well over a decade I was caring for my mother, who had dementia. Concerned by the problems I faced and saw other caregivers in India face, and the lack of support and systems, I created a 90+ page website to specifically support dementia caregivers in India at Dementia Care Notes (its Hindi version is here: Dementia Hindi), and uploaded English and Hindi videos for dementia caregiving topics. My mother has passed away, but I continue to maintain/ update the online resources and also support dementia caregivers. I blog on wordpress.com to share my experiences, observations, and concerns as a caregiver, and have created Resources for volunteers helping caregivers
Speculative fiction fascinates me, and I delve in it whenever I can. Some years ago, I was 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. My fiction writing has been suspended for some years because of some other projects and responsibilities. For quite a while now, I have been trying to organize and consolidate my involvement in various spheres hoping to squeeze out more time for this activity, but I don’t see that happen sufficiently any time in the foreseeable future. Life is just too scattered and jumbled.
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 who is a consultant, juggles a lot, and also shares information and thoughts on operational excellence, process models, and performance management at Alignmentor. My son, Vipul Naik, is much into mathematics and other such stuff.
And I love reading books 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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