Smriti Gour

Smriti is an author, feminist and business owner. She believes strongly in telling stories about mental health and working towards removing the taboo attached to them.

Sun Sign

Libra

Three things people don’t know about you?

1. I wrote my first book when I was 12 2. I am a PhD dropout 3. I worked as a bartender, waitress, tutor and a janitor in New York all at the same time

What’s your greatest fear?

Not reaching my full potential

What is your greatest achievement?

Writing Lurker despite not being able to read or write clearly

High point of your life?

When I found the strength to take big decisions like moving back to India from New York or quitting my PhD

Low point of your life

When I was diagnosed with Keratoconus, and reading or writing, two things I love the most, became a struggle

Which living person do you most admire?

My husband, Dr. Shivam Malhotra

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Hermione Granger

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Sauron

Who are your favorite authors?

Alan Watts, J.K. Rowling, Yuval Noah Harari, Jon Ronson

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

1. The Book, Alan Watts 2. Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari 3. Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl 4. Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts 5. The Difficulty of Being Good, Gurcharan Das

Is there a book you love to reread?

The Book, Alan Watts and Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy 2. Bareilly ki Barfi 3. Gully Boy 4. Anand 5. The Marvel Series

One Superpower you wish you had?

Telekinesis

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

She lived, always hopeful and without fear.

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

I wouldn’t want to go anywhere at all!

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

Painting

Which book you wish you had written ?

Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts

When and where do you write ?

Coffee shops, all through the afternoon

Silence or music?

Music

One phrase that you use most often?

“First of all”

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

None

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Light hearted romance

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Believe in your book but be open to constructive criticism

Smriti is a writer who has an undergraduate degree in Bio-Medical Engineering from Samrat Ashok Technological Institute and a Master’s in Biology with a major in psychology from New York University. After shifting her focus from engineering to Biology and eventually to psychology, where she found her calling. She began working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and wished to continue her work with them in India where she felt she could make a difference in working towards the destigmatisation of mental health disorders. ‘Lurker’ is her first book, born out of her experiences with her patients with depression, where the need to understand depression lurking in the corners of the mind resulted in this novella. Smriti now aspires to write about mental disorders in a fictional setting to raise understanding and awareness, while continuing to work with children with developmental disorders and at Lumos clinic, where she hopes to make people’s lives better with her husband. She currently lives in Bhopal, M.P.

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