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Stretchery Organic Stories - Meet Prachi Gangwani

Prachi works as the Relationships Editor for iDiva, a woman’s lifestyle website. She is also the author of ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ which was published in June 2017 by Juggernaut Books. She is a Yoga lover and the anchor of iDiva’s original web show Real Girl Yoga.When she’s not writing or doing yoga, Prachi gets busy reading, playing with her cats, or daydreaming about her next vacation. 

Prachi is now working on her second book, which is a commentary on how patriarchal principles harm men in the context of romantic relationships. 

Why did you choose to write? When did you realize your calling?

I’m a woman of many interests, and easily bored with one thing. But, one place where I find that I can manifest all my interests, and at the same time, keep myself intellectually stimulated, is writing. I switched careers from being a full-time psychologist to a full-time writer 3 years ago, and it was the best decision I’ve taken. There’s something new to read, write, and learn every day! My writing is also where I apply my other two loves - psychology and yoga. I feel that words are a powerful tool of change, with a wide reach that has the potential to outlive the writer. That thought is exhilarating and daunting.

How do you feel when you write?

It depends on what I’m writing. But, on most days, it is a glorious combination of excitement and catharsis.  

What inspires you?

Inspiration is literally everywhere! There’s a story in everything that you do, witness, or feel. You just have to pay attention 

Would you consider Yoga as an integral part of your life? If so why and how? If not then what is?

Yoga is what keeps me centered through the ups and downs of life, and work. So, yes, it is very much an integral part of my life. I started yoga as a physical practice, but over the years it has become much more than just moving my body. The mat is where I connect with myself, and it is through this connection that I nurture nearly everyday, that I can connect with other people, my work, and my life experiences. Without my yoga practice, I would be very out of sorts.

What aspect of being a woman would you celebrate or think needs to be celebrated the most today?

I think today is a wonderful time to be a woman! For years now, we have been fighting for a voice, and today, we have that voice. We are heard, acknowledged, respected. We have opportunities that our mothers didn't. We have laws to support us. We have an education. Many things that were a taboo for women - staying single, going out, having jobs, choosing not to have children - are slowly but surely breaking. Many men, too, are not starting to value independent women who can think for themselves. We are in the thick of an intellectual, emotional, social and sexual wave of liberation, and it is exciting! There is a lot that women can do today to impact the world, in whatever sphere they like. Couldn't ask for more! 

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