Brought up on a nutritious diet of books, music, cinema and conversations, Shalini is in awe of the human spirit that is eager to create, communicate and nurture. Words are the catalysts she taps into as she seeks to take this spirit forward, whether it is to tell or to listen to the stories buried within. After all, it is the story that matters. Her creative impetus comes as much from melancholy as it does from joie de vivre. A firm believer in life-emerges-from-death and peace-emerges-from-chaos, Shalini loves the dichotomy of chalk and cheese life tends to be.