Writer, Wood Worker, Wanderer

Close your eyes and don’t see a red-faced monkey! There, you’ve done it. You just saw a red-faced monkey before your brain hit the edit button and changed either the color or the noun, showing you either a blue or yellow-faced monkey or a red-faced elephant or tiger! A scientific study has found that the unconscious mind cannot process negative. Which is why words – the commands sent to the brain are so important. This passion for words, to understand, wield and respect their power is what led me to starting this blog.

Armed with an MBA in Marketing from the University of Mumbai, I spent an enriching five years in pre-sales and marcom in Capgemini, of which some time was spent in Sweden, amassing a world of experience, knowledge, and of course, amazing memories and wisdom. My family and my newborn child’s need took precedence and I quit the job.

Subsequently, we moved to Japan, where I was in a unique position to teach business english to some high ranking people in the corporate sector. Needless to say, it was challenging and ex·hilarating, for the officials spoke only Japanese, and understood no other language!

Homeland beckoned, and another opportunity presented itself, this one being especially precious because my alma mater was looking for a French teacher. I approached them with my B2 French certificate, the fourth level in the six level course. A couple of trial sessions later, the school hired me. The feeling of being on the other side of the table, in the classrooms I had studied in, was humbling, and renewed my respect for my teachers, my gurus, and showed me my calling.

One day, the lesson for the day over, our class had some time to spare, and we began chatting about mundane topics. This chat birthed the idea of sustainability in my mind, which in turn gave birth to my first book, “City Cousins Visit the Village,” an effort I am extremely proud of despite the myriad editing mistakes.

The American Dream was hard to refuse when it presented itself, and I duly turned in my resignation. By this point, my mind was already busy with my next book, “The Mystery of Mia.” Around that time, I also founded my own LLC, “Arts by Ira,” an attempt to bring beautiful artifacts from artisans from underdeveloped countries to those that would treasure them. The business did well enough, and I shut shop when I became too crunched for time.

For now, I keep myself busy with study how to teach (Masters in Education) writing short stories and occassionally wood working – a skill I never knew I had. My wood projects are posted on my instagram handle: wonderoflumber. In addition, I also brielfy volunteered in the Toy Group at the Wood Workers Guild of Alabama, to help make toys for the patients in several hospitals in and around Alabama, including the Children’s of Alabama.

Feel free to browse around my website, using the menu option to access pages. I hope you enjoy reading the stories as much as I enjoy writing them! Happy reading!!