After speaking to Shuchi Singh and Aditi Mathur, today we speak to another army wife turned author Swapnil Pandey! She is very excited as to speak to us about her and army life and her new book, Soldier’s Girl which has just been launched!
How has army life treating you? If possible could you tell us about some of the places in India where you have moved to.
Oh! It’s been wonderful. Lovely, adventurous, funny and mostly nostalgic especially when you shift bases all so frequently! I have been to Kolkata,Nashik,Jalandhar,Jammu and now Guwahati on postings.
Which of these places have you enjoyed the most and why? How many times have you moved house since you married?
I guess Deolali cantt. in Nasik. There was something in the air itself. The weather is awesome, grocery is cheap and Mumbai is 3hrs and Goa is an overnight journey. I mean what else you want from a fauji posting! Though I equally loved being in Fort Williams, Kolkata.
Have you been able to keep in touch with friends made along the way?
Keeping in touch with friends have never been easier (unless you talk about physical presence) We have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms which are very effective in maintaining the friendship. All my friends and relatives are connected with me online!
How does it feel living this “nomad” kind of life? How different is it from everyone else’s? Which one would you have preferred?
It’s pain sometimes, but mostly it’s thrilling. It’s surely different from everyone else’s as this nomadic life enhances your exposure and broadens your horizons which ultimately evolve you as a person. You never have a dull moment. Each city has something to offer to you. And so yeah! I would prefer this nomadic set up any day, over settling down in one city!
For how long have you been blogging? How did you stumble into blogging? Please share your journey – ups and downs.
You’d be amazed to know that I will complete 1 year in this April! My blog has some 93000+hits just in a year with audience all around the globe. I started just out of my passion for writing and have had a positive experience!
Your new book ‘Soldier’s Girl’ is out now. Tell us about it!
The book is like a baby to the author so you got me all excited asking about it. See it’s a tale of a Para commando in love with a fashionista . Captain Aakash, Ananya and Captain Anant plays lead protagonists. The entire narrative is through Ananya’s perspective who knows nothing about army but eventually realizes the real meaning of being an Army girlfriend.
The book starts from the college life of Ananya. It takes her to the Army world of brothers in arms and army wives – only to be deserted later when the love of her life leaves for the war, that breaks out between India and Pakistan. There are many more interesting twists and turns to the book! You’ll have to read it to find out!
So many army wives are becoming authors/bloggers why do you think this trend is picking up?
I don’t think its a trend yet, but yes, army life has so much to offer to broaden one’s horizons! The life is certainly different and adventurous which at the end can be scripted into a book or a movie – may be! Haha!
Does packing, moving and unpacking still seem like a daunting task to you?
Oh yes, Ask me! It is! No words can describe the pain during shifting out and shifting in.
Before learning about EZMove, how did you choose a particular Packers and movers? How has your experience been with them? Would you be willing to try EZMove for your next move?
It has always been some local packers and movers from the local area but yeah now that I know about something from the fraternity itself then surely I’d like to rely upon EZmove.
Do you have any funny anecdote or hilarious moving story?
Well at one particular station the formal tea out and bid farewell from everyone in the unit took so long, that we missed our flight! We had to return back and have another dinning out tea, before leaving the next day!!!
Lastly, since you are a moving pro, could you share a few tips or tricks with our readers?
Keep a good thick diary and use it at the time of packing and moving with all the details. Then prepare your own purse with travel essentials tickets etc a week before the D day. And yes, don’t forget to write on all the boxes what’s inside! It helps, a lot! Trust me!!
We at EZMove.in wish Swapnil the very best for her book! Hope we get to read more from her soon!!