Writing is a hobby for many, but for writers like Sharanya Haridas, it is so much more. It is a vehicle for self-expression and a tool that has the power to shape the world. This is why Haridas is meticulous and strategic within her writing.
Haridas, who is also a digital media entrepreneur, has been turning heads in academia and the social and political arenas for decades. Her immense body of work coupled with the recognition that she has earned and the powerful impact she has had on her readers all combine to reveal one thing. Her pen (or keyboard) is indeed mightier than the sword.
A Published Author
As per GoodReads, Haridas has published three literary works. The first is the poetry anthology entitled ‘The Tramp Speaks’ which was published in 2010.
The second is entitled ‘India’s Generation in Transition’, which was also the subject of a successful TedX talk executed by Haridas. Haridas’ TedX talk ‘India’s Generation in Transition’ has over 43,000 views on YouTube and can be watched here:
The third is entitled ‘Poetry in India – Voices in Shade and Sunshine’ and was published in 2016.
As an advocate for the voiceless and underrepresented, Haridas has tackled some of the major issues affecting access to equal opportunity around the world. These issues range from race to gender and technology.
Haridas Wows the World
The world first encountered Haridas’ prowess in digital media in 2012 when she founded the magazine ‘That’s So Gloss’, a publication that was designed to cater to the young female population of India. This was a demography that was, at the time, underserved by the existing publications. Haridas made history with that publication as it was the first of its kind in India. Global attention turned her way when the publication emerged as top contender in a global business plan competition sponsored by Emerson Electric Company. The publication later gained further recognition as Toronto’s Ryerson University decided to incubate it in its Digital Media Zone, a leading global start-up accelerator.
The International Media Takes Notice
Haridas’ talent has not gone unnoticed by the world either. Haridas and her work has been featured in numerous media powerhouses such as the New York Times and Forbes Magazine. She also has an impressive collection of articles curated on the popular digital platforms Buzzfeed, Goodreads and Huffpost. The topics range from social issues to e-commerce and emerging technology trends and their role in shaping a better society.
A Digital Megastar
Haridas has developed a powerful global reputation for excellence, fuelled in part, by her digital presence. She absolutely dominates the virtual world, with established pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others. This virtual world has allowed her to reach millions of people around the globe with her work, and the feedback has been astonishing. Her Twitter account is on fire with over 20,000 followers and daily additions to this number and on Instagram and Facebook she has over 20,000 followers combined. This, when added to the millions of views, likes and up-votes coupled with the numerous praises and commendations online reveal the magnitude of Haridas’ talent when it comes to writing to entertain, inspire and enlighten.
Other thought-provoking tweets on her Twitter page include: “The best artists and visionary creators are hardly ever easy and popular. They’re often way ahead of their times, against the stream, difficult, unpleasant, unlikeable people leading unconventional, imbalanced lives” (April 17, 2021).
With authors and digital entrepreneurs like Sharanya Haridas on the mission, the world is set to become a more inclusive and accommodating space and by extension a better place for us all to share. Undoubtedly, this is what her rapidly growing fan base has recognized, and this is why they continue to support, follow and admire her.
It is impressive that one woman can have such a phenomenal effect on the world. There are many things about our world that need to change in order for everyone to experience a comfortable and productive existence. Voices like Sharanya Haridas’ help to urge action where none would have been taken.