LOVE IS SELFLESS, RELATIONSHIPS ARE DEMANDING - SIYA IN EXILE
Vineeta Asthana is a noted name in the field of Media Academics. She has worked with top media institutions, including, Indian Express Group, Network 18 Group, Dainik Jagran Group, Dainik Jagran's institute, Indian Institute of Mass Communication among others. As An Author, Blogger, Journalist, Educationist, International Relations Expert, Media Relations Consultant, Trainer and Expansion Expert, Vineeta has many feathers in her hat.
Vineeta is now, working with Prestigious IIT Delhi as Project Coordinator for ASEAN PhD Fellowship Programme. Vineeta joined this project looking at the possibility of establishing Education Diplomacy in India. This programme will be a game-changer and a milestone for India to establish its name on the International map in the filed of higher education, starting with a research fellowship. Vineeta is coordinating with the Top Educationist and Diplomats of 10 Countries through MEA to create awareness about this ambitious project of Government of India, sponsored by Ministry of Human Resource Development and Supported by Ministry of External Affairs.
Her expertise in strategic expansions and partnerships make her the popular choice for people, wanting to launch or introduce innovative pedagogy and experiential learning in their institutions. Her professional network consists of Academicians, Journalists, Communication & PR Professionals, Corporate Heads among others. Industry stalwarts from Media, Education and Bollywood to be precise. She has a fulfilling and flourishing career and worked with leading Media Houses and Media Institutions.
Born and brought in the city of Nawabs, Lucknow, Vineeta completed her early education from the 'City Montessori School', renowned for the quality of education and extracurricular excellence. She was a bright and active student, who has won many medals at the state level athletics. She has also played hockey tournaments and represented her college.
Vineeta is an extremely creative person and a gifted painter as well. She has won many art competitions at the college level. She was the first runner-up for 'Pratibha Khoj' in UP. Vineeta completed her graduation in Humanities from Isabella Thoburn College, popularly known as IT College. She pursued her higher education in Mass Communication from the College of Media and Communication, New Delhi.
Vineeta started her career with print media and went on to work with electronic media before getting into Academics in the year 2006. She is passionate about teaching. and prefers to support her sessions with case studies. Vineeta takes interactive sessions by engaging students in research work and field assignments. For students, she is not just a teacher, but a mentor and a friend. She believes teaching isn't just a profession but a responsibility.
She is a keen observer and explorer. She is a non-fiction writer, popular on social media for her posts and blogs with insight. She has a nose for news and an eye for a story in every individual. 'Siya in Exile' is her first work of fiction, inspired by true-life stories.
Writing came naturally to Vineeta in the form of poetry. She started to write poems at the age of 12. She started writing her views on the 'Babri Masjid demolition' when she was in class 8th. Her teachers and parents realised that her writing isn't just about birds and bees. Her zeal for expressing her views in the form of writing was very well motivated and recognised by her family and friends. Her interest in writing inspired her to take up journalism for her higher studies and she moved to Delhi to pursue that. She chose Reform at Tihar jail over softer and easier topics, to produce her final audio-visual project in the college.
As she does not like it easy, she left her well-paying desk job with a well-established newspaper to become a trainee reporter with The Indian Express Group. Her first story was published on the very second day of her joining. Working for print media has been her first love ever since. In her career from active media to passive media, she has always kept content intact. Be it writing for the websites or brochure or writing for students' projects and documentaries, Vineeta always has a story to tell and write about. From controversies to politics to films and campaigns, her writing has a variety of subjects covered under her blogs. She finds her contentment in writing.
You can follow her writings on https://vineetaasthana.wordpress.com/ and read her poems on facebook.com/ankaheepoems
'Siya in Exile' is the first work of fiction by Vineeta, the book is inspired by true-life events and stories of real people. Vineeta conducted wide research to be doubly sure about her plot of the story. This research gave her clarity, that her plot and book is not about any 'venting out the frustration or prejudice'. It helped her understand the fear and insecurities of women from diverse backgrounds and orientation. This research gave her an insight into the reasons for suffering and approach to tackling those fear by women.
Rape topped the list of crime; women are petrified of, followed by an acid attack, sexual harassment and domestic violence. Women from different age groups, ethnicity and backgrounds also had similar answers. Shockingly, precautions and safety measures opted by the women of different origin and countries were almost the same. Her book is a very well researched subject, that you can relate with. Her book will make you a co-traveller in the journey of her characters, you will feel their pain and happiness while reading.
Don't be surprised, if you identify a 'Siya' around you after you read the book. Siya isn’t just a story, its a journey. It took her 10 years to realise that she must introduce Siya of 21st century to the world. Vineeta believes if reading her book can change one person's perspective towards their fellow women, if it can help someone sort their life; she will be happier than to receive any award or recognition.
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