Know your Bookstagrammer: Vidhya Thakkar
If you are a member of Bookstagram community since some time, then you must surely be following Vidhya Thakkar (Ok, if you are not yet following, then you should do that immediately). Her Instagram handle @reader_viddh will delight your eyeballs with amazing minimalist bookish picture. Apart from Instagram, she has a pretty impressive blog Inmydiarybyvidhi and is also the co-founder of #Mumbaibookstagrammers. Her Instagram bio describes her as an avid reader, writer, lifestyle blogger and entrepreneur.
We asked Vidhya some questions which is definitely on every bookstagrammer's mind as to how she manages her blog, what are her inspirations and how she juggles between so many different things.
Bookstagram Handle: reader_viddh
Favorite Author: Paulo Coelho
Favorite Book: The Secret
Favorite Quote: Passion Rules us All/ I want to inspire, I want them to say, Because of you I didn’t give up.
Brief Bio: A girl whose eyes craves for magnification of dreams, A soul with never stopping goal. A BMM graduate from Mumbai University. An avid reader and a lifestyle blogger, also a social media marketer who loves to travel, communicate and click. She’s also a Marketing trainer at various Institutes. An entrepreneur and co-founder of #Mumbaibookstagram- A platform for Mumbai based book bloggers. Books and food along with Facebook is her escape. A versatile personality. A social butterfly. A Gemini Soul.
- First of all, tell us a little about your background and how you started blogging / bookstagramming?
Well, I have done BMM, where we have assignments like writing poems, a short story, that’s where the journey started. I wrote my very first poem which was loved by my friends after which I started writing. I made my blog where I wrote poems, some life lessons. I was travelling and I uploaded a picture of my book. That’s where I came across some Bookstagram accounts and thus, my journey started.
- Where do you get your inspiration from? And how you overcome the days of non-inspiration where you cannot get anything done?
Inspiration!! I get it from words! I love reading quotes, poems. I have a wall full of my favourite lines and quotes. It’s like a power booster, whenever I feel low, just a look at my wall charge me up. If there are days of non-inspiration, nature is the best teacher. I love observing nature. It inspires me to adopt change.
- What are your views on the Instagram community? How supportive are they? How has been the response so far?
Bookstagram community is love. When I started, I had no idea about theme, engagement, contacting publishers and all, it was my Bookstagram friends who guided me each and every time. There are so many wonderful people whom I now call friends.They are too supportive and encouraging.
- What tools do you use for your blog and bookstagramming?
I have my blog on Blogspot, I customize and develop it using codings. I Don’t use a specific tool. I edit my images on Instagram itself. But one can use a tool like picsart, photoshop for editing.
- Which are your favorite Genres? Also, which book(s) are you currently reading? And which are the books you would recommend everyone to read?
My favourite genres are Romance, fiction, Mystery, and thriller. I am currently reading Soul Mates by Deepak Chopra. Books that I would recommend will be Written in the stars by Keshav Aneel, An Unsuitable Boy by Karan Johar and if you like love story Take a chance on me by Sapna Bhog.
- Apart from the blogging / bookstagramming, what else you do? How do you manage your time and energy juggling between all of them?
- What is the best advice you have received and how that has improved you?
Umm. It’s Never Surrender your dreams, follow your passion. This is what one person told me and that statement became my life. It’s passion that rules us all. I got many opportunities but, I left it all for my passion, and Today I am here, following my dreams, my passion.
This advice improved me a lot in person. I tried to find a new path, a new way where I can go ahead. I have heard a lot of things from people but never gave up on my passion.
- What is your advice to newbie bloggers who have just started? What would you suggest them to do?
Have Patience. Yes. I myself being impatient person know what it is to have patience. When I started I wanted things to go fast, grow fast but I ended up making a fuss. Later I started slowly and the results were good. So have patience, Things will take time to happen, but Do not give up, ever.
Also, Interact. Try to interact with as many people as you can, you will get a new perspective on life, from everyone you meet. It will help you Grow.
- Fill in the Blanks: I’d love to see ________ answer the same questions.
Papiya – Founder of BooksnBeyondbox
- Is there anything else you’d like to add that might be interesting to readers and followers?
You will get many opportunities, choose the right one and grow. Also Read, read and read. Read as much as you can, try reading different genres, and yes, Do not give up on your dreams. Because The trouble is you think you have a lot of time.