Savita Harjani was born and raised in India and has lived in the US for nearly four decades. She is a lawyer but retired from the practice of law to become her mother's primary caregiver. After concluding her tenure as a caregiver she is now exploring being a writer in the third act of her life, commencing with her debut work, Postcards from Within: Random Ramblings of an Ordinary Human, a memoir
Tell us about the featured book. What is it about, and why did you choose to write it?
Postcards from Within is a memoir of an introspective journey I took during my tenure as my mother’s caregiver. It is a mother-daughter story of love, loss, and grief. It is a journey of self-discovery where I encountered my own humanity and vulnerabilities but also strengths. It is an expression of the shared human condition where we are more alike than different.
Tell us a little about your writing process. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Postcards from Within, my debut work, is a memoir that resulted as a coping mechanism during a very challenging time in my life. I moved to India to become my mother’s caregiver and was with her for over four years. I discovered an outlet in writing and captured my thoughts, insights, moments of joy, frustrations, and challenges as I was experiencing them. My mother knew I wrote because she would see me every so often jotting down stuff. Sometimes I would share my writings with her, and she liked the way I expressed myself. The day before she passed, she blessed me by saying, “you write.” These were her last words to me; these were her last words on Earth. She has delivered on her blessing in the form of this book. My mother passed away in May 2020 and I returned home to the United States. With encouragement from my husband and a couple of close friends, and my mother’s last words echoing in my head, I decided to share my journey and wrote Postcards from Within.
Are there any writers or authors who have influenced your writing? If not, who are some of your favorite writers?
Some of my favorite writers (to name a few) are: Paulo Coelho, Jane Austen, Khaled Hosseini, JK Rowling, Mitch Albom, William Dalrymple, Alexander McCall Smith, PG Wodehouse, and Agatha Christie.
When you’re not writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Some of my favorite things to do are: I like to hang out with my family, I travel a lot, cook, do jigsaw puzzles, and watch British mysteries.
Favorite place to visit in Minnesota?
I love going up North to Duluth, Tofte, Grand Marais, and the Gunflint Trail. My husband and I love eating out. Some of our favorite foods and restaurants are: Estelle, Dilla (Ethiopian), Ons Thai Kitchen, Teahouse, Gorkha Palace, Sweet Green, Young Joni’s, Centro and many more.
Where can readers find you online?