Acharekar is a passionate logophile, an avid reader, a complete movie buff and a singer in places that reverberate. In that order. She has been writing since her school days – stories and poems for her school magazine. An active blogger and poetess on various online sites, her articles have made it to the featured lists on platforms as Momspresso, Women’s Web and YourQuote.
She is an avid Chetan Bhagat fan for the love of the simplicity in his writings – Five Point Someone and Two States being her favourite works of the author. The Harry Potter series follows as her next favourite book and she loves reading Dean Koontz and Shobha De.
“I remember reading books from the library in my school voraciously, with the constant thought about having just a few more years to complete school and too many books to go… When a teacher would be on vacation, during zero periods I would gulp down every Enid Blyton book in The Famous Five series. I wrote a story of about ten thousand plus odd words during my 9th grade which I still treasure as my motivation to write.”
As of today, Acharekar has three published books to her name. Based on the genre of dark romance, her first fiction novel Faith, Fate and a Fairytale (2017) is the closest to her heart. Her first book in the non-fiction genre – Let Go, Yet Glow – was published in January 2014 under a pseudonym KaTHaa. Purple Winters (2020) is the third of her books which is a collection of 150 free verses.
“Yeah, I never seem to stick to a genre and keep experimenting.”
So after non-fiction, fiction and poetry; Acharekar came up with Stories by Sneha in 2020 – a podcast that plays on all podcasting channels viz. AnchorFM, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Hubhopper, KukuFM, RadioPublic, Castbox, Breaker, to name a few. The podcast features short stories written and narrated by Acharekar and she successfully managed to cross over 30k listens overall – that being a good number considering the span and the popularity of the medium with Indian listeners.
Acharekar calls herself resilient because she has learnt it the hard way through many life challenges. Yet, her faith remains strong in the doctrine of Agathism – all things tend towards ultimate good. “Perhaps my struggle wasn’t much when compared to many others who go through many strives everyday, but they were still stressful from my point of view. I have a lot to look back at, and feel grateful that I’m not in that situation anymore. The past gives life a perspective that everything is a phase and only makes you stronger. Things fall in place when they’re destined to. You just need to keep moving towards that time and not give up.”
Acharekar considers herself lucky to have supportive parents, a loveable spouse and the most loveable daughter. She’s currently working on content for Season 2 of Stories by Sneha that will begin sometime soon in 2021. If you’re a writer and want your story to reach a relatively large listener’s base, reach out to her on her Instagram handle @the.agathist