Neena Arya, a Delhi-born goes abroad for further studies and decides to settle down there. Determined to be a 'somebody' from a 'nobody' she blends with the Americans via the accent and their mannerisms while having a live-in relationship with her European boyfriend, Adan Somoza.
When illness hits home, Neena rushes to meet her ailing dad. Tragedy strikes and amidst the mingling with relatives and friends, she finds herself suffocated with the two different cultures that she has been breathing since she moved to the United States. How will she strike a balance between both the cultures as she continues to support her widowed mother? Will she be able to do justice to her personal and professional life after the loss?
Amidst the adjusting she bonds with an ally and learns about ties beyond blood. On what grounds will she be able to form an invisible thread that she has longed for since childhood?
Breathing Two Worlds ventures into cultures and ethnicity allowing Neena to ponder upon her foundation and priorities.
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If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
Go for a walk and sit on a bench and watch the world pass by me. I love to capture the various emotions.
If you could spend the day with someone you admire (living or dead or imaginary), who would you pick?
Would not mind a day with my late parents. Took them for granted while growing up, now I feel the vacuum of their absence. I want to actually treasure those 24 hours spent with them.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? And, what is your current state of mind?
My idea of perfect happiness is none since I believe it is a ‘’state of mind”
My current state of mind fluctuates from being stable to erratic, but fortunately I am aware of my heartbeats thus, become mindful of my thoughts…
What do you consider to be the most overrated virtue and why?
I am a ‘nobody’ to judge.
Everybody does things due to some circumstances or their perception over things. I as an individual choose to accept it or ignore it, and go on with my life.
Tell us 3 things about yourself that the readers do not know about.
• A Dreamer
• Have a Sweet tooth
• Have a laughter that starts with giggles and then chortle while applying brakes now and then.
About the Author:
Ruchira Khanna, a biochemist turned writer, left her homeland of India to study in America, where she obtained her Master’s degree in Biochemistry from SJSU and a degree in Technical Writing from UC Berkeley.
After finishing her studies, Ruchira worked as a biochemist at a Silicon Valley startup for five years. After the birth of her son, Ruchira took a job as a technical writer, so that she could work from home. Soon, she began doing freelance writing work as well.
Her love of writing grew and she started working on her own books. After four years of freelancing, Ruchira published her first book, a fiction novel for adults called Choices.
Then came the children’s book The Adventures of Alex and Angelo: The Mystery of the Missing Iguana. She got a thumb’s up review from Kirkus Reviews.
In January 2016, she has published her second fictional novel Voyagers into the Unknown. It talks about the quest for happiness as the heavy hearted tourists travel miles from different parts of the world to Raj Touristry in Agra, India. Return to their respective home with a healed heart. This book talks about their journey!
In Breathing Two Worlds, Ruchira talks about ethnicity and cultures, and helps to strike a balance via a fiction-drama novel as her characters breathe two worlds.
In addition to writing books, she is a holistic healer associated with Stanford Healing Partners and also maintains a blog of daily mantras on Blogspot, called Abracabadra. Ruchira currently resides in California with her family.