I am Shailja (pronounced as shal-jaa), the owner of Word Delights. I reside in suburban Panchkula (India), in the foothills of the majestic Himalayas.
An editor of five years, I got into this profession rather accidentally. Here’s my little story.
I grew up in a multilingual environment, learning as many as four languages – Hindi, English, Pahari and Punjabi – at home and school. Along the way, I realized that I had both a penchant and a flair for languages, which realization led me to add a fifth language – French – to my repertoire.
When it came to career planning, I turned toward social sciences and went on to earn two master’s degrees from universities in India, France and Germany. In spite of very concrete steps in a very different direction, I ended up with a full-time editing and writing job. That was in 2009.
In mid-2012, I took to full-time freelance editing. Lately, I have begun taking up translation assignments too. I am thoroughly enjoying my new way of life, which gives me the freedom to make my own decisions. I also have the luxury of having some good quality leisure time, which I utilize by reading books of the nonfiction variety, cooking of the experimental kind, and watching birds of the feathered type. :)
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I look forward to hearing from you.