1-2-1 Moments with Dr Navniit Gandhi

Deepika Nambiar
Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Dr. Navniit Gandhi is an academician, writer and an author. She also writes poetry in Hindi and some of her poems have been published in some literary magazines in India. She presently teaches at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Kuwait Centre. She is a member of the Writers’ Forum, Kuwait and the Indian Women In Kuwait (IWIK). She also contributes to IndiansinKuwait.com news portal

IIK: At the outset, accept our best wishes and congratulations... on the publication of your book of poems in Hindi. Tell us something about the book and also that how do you manage to write in Hindi, as well as in English?

Dr. Navniit: Thank you so much, for all your wishes and support always. For me, IIK is a place where I belong and where I can share all my thoughts, achievements and concerns. I always wrote articles, feature write-ups and research papers in English, but I was fortunate enough to get some outstanding and amazing teachers in school and college for both, English and Hindi. Hence, I could make a modest attempt to write in Hindi as well, particularly after coming to Kuwait and joining the Writers’ Forum.
My new Book is titled: Kuch Lamhe hi... and it shall soon be officially released.

IIK: Dr Navniit, you have been a sincere academician all throughout and prepared many civil service aspirants back in India during your own formative years. Can you tell us more about your education, career and all affiliated activities?

Dr. Navniit: I was educated in Mumbai, and have been an academic topper all throughout till my post-graduation. Following my post-graduation in Political Science from the University of Mumbai, I joined a college affiliated with the University of Mumbai as a Lecturer in Political Science and International Relations, while also trying myself for the civil services. In 1995-96, I completed a one-year post-graduate diploma in Advertising and Public Relations. I continued writing and also began to teach Journalism to students of Mass Media in the University of Mumbai. I also began teaching Indian Constitution and International Affairs to the civil services aspirants in some of the leading training centres for civil services in Mumbai.

In 2000, I also launched my own centre for personality development, offering a six-month certificate course in total personality development.

In 2005, I was selected to represent India and go to the US (Fulbright American Summer Institute Program) to join a selected group of 18 scholars chosen from all over the world to understand and debate on the American Foreign Policy. On coming back from US, I initiated my studies for a PhD on the changing dimensions of national security.
In addition to being a Lecturer, I taught in several training centres from 1995-2007 and then I was selected to teach in the Indian Military Academy (Dehradun), for teaching the Indian Political System to the army recruits. I began teaching there, but ultimately had to shift residence to Kuwait in 2007.

IIK: When did you begin writing articles? What was your first published article about?

Dr. Navniit: I wrote my first small article at the age of 13 years. I was disturbed with the raging menace of terrorism in the country (particularly, Punjab) and the piece appeared in the Indian Express. From then on, I wrote several small articles on issues such as quality of teachers, lack of good governance in the country, communal riots, the plight of unorganised labour, etc. My first feature article on the Edit page of a national newspaper appeared at the age of 19 years in Free Press Journal. It was whether we really needed the position of ‘Sheriff’ in our cities. After that I went on writing on issues such as Juvenile Diabetes, Coolies, Skin donation, Suicide prevention, etc for several newspapers and magazines on a freelance basis. I wrote a regular column on International Affairs in the Free Press Journal.

IIK: Can you tell us about your first book titled “Beyond the Obvious”? And also, which other books have you authored?

Dr. Navniit: In 2006, my first book was published by Better Yourself Books, Mumbai. The book is titled Beyond the Obvious. It is about managing people, situations and relationships.

Later on, I authored two work-books in 2006 on Personality Development, for students of Class IX and X, according to the syllabus prescribed by the Maharashtra State Board.

I also authored two E-Booklets in 2007: one, on Growing Regional Chauvinism in India and the other on Electoral Reforms in India.

My book titled National Security: The Emerging Dimensions was published by Pentagon Publishers, New Delhi in 2009 and My Page for Tonight, was published by BYB, Mumbai in 2012.

IIK: Do you enjoy teaching more, or does writing give more satisfaction?

Dr. Navniit: For me, teaching is the mainstay of my life... it is something that has given me pure bliss and a powerful sense of fulfilment. Whenever I find myself in any classroom, and young enthusiastic learners before me, I feel transformed myself. And, I have learnt and grown as a person, either because of my teachers or because of my students. Both constitute my life-line, which motivates me each moment... Of course, writing is almost as satisfactory as teaching is... All of us need to talk, express and share in whatever ways possible and only then all our pressing concerns will be addressed. For me, in Kuwait, IIK is the platform which allows such sharing of ideas and expressions.

IIK: Can you brief us about various other achievements that have highlighted your path till date?

Dr. Navniit: Well, achievements have not been very big or noteworthy... They mean a little in so much so that they have given a feeling of contentment and due to which, I have a treasure of memories.

In 2005, I was selected to represent India and go to the US to join a select group of 18 scholars chosen from all over the world to understand and debate on the American Foreign Policy. It was one fine, memorable and a rare opportunity for a person who is deeply interested in International Affairs.

In 2012, I presented a paper on the relationship between India and Iran and what turns it ought to take, in an international gathering of scholars in New Delhi, and the Conference was hosted by the Ministry of External Affairs and other Centres that do academic research in the realm of International Affairs. The interactions and conversations that always happen at the academic fora are a valuable treasure for me.

All throughout, I have participated in several International and National Conferences and presented papers on contemporary issues and also have been writing for several magazines and newspapers in India.

IIK launches 1-2-1 Moments, an exclusive platform to chat with Dr Navniit Gandhi. 1-2-1 Moments is about 500 or a little more words on matters of personal, social, national and international interest—preferably in succession, towards the end of the first week, every month.
1-2-1 Moments is a voice from the heart... There cannot be an intended offence, malice, or putting anyone down; rather these are a few moments we can spend reflecting together...You can read 1-2-1 Moments here

is an academician, and a freelance writer/columnist. She has been writing extensively for several newspapers, magazines, web-portals and academic publications and has authored five Books, till date.
View Profile

Express your comment on this article

Posted on Sunday, August 21, 2016

great lady with good sense of humor she was best since her school time and she kept tooo - all the best Nevu

Submit your comments...
Disclaimer: The views expressed here are strictly personal and IndiansinKuwait.com does not hold any responsibility on them. We shall endeavour to upload/publish as many of the comments that are submitted as possible within a reasonable span of time, but we do not guarantee that all comments that are submitted will be uploaded/published. Messages that harass, abuse or threaten other members; have obscene, unlawful, defamatory, libellous, hateful, or otherwise objectionable content; or have spam, commercial or advertising content or links are liable to be removed by the editors. We also reserve the right to edit the comments that do get published. Please do not post any private information unless you want it to be available publicly.

Creating History in Quality Construction, Dr. Abdul Razzak Rumane

Dr. Abdul Razzak Rumane, a Registered Senior Consultant (RSC) with The Chartered Quality Institute


We chose happiness and compassion; we chose life

It is a widely accepted fact that the ultimate aim of anyone in this world is to attain the state o


Just Imagine

I had the flu. I had never felt so alone. I missed my family. Shivering, I huddled deeper inside th


A Satvik Restaurant in Kuwait

“A recipe has no Soul; You as the Cook must bring soul to the recipe” -Thomas Keller Yes, you ha


Together we grew…We share the values…

A lady brimming with positive vibrations, she spreads love, joy and a passion for life around her.


Redefining Lifestyles…… the Indian Way

There could not have been a name more apt than Harmony House, for the place that it is. Rabindr


Open letter to class XII students Some tips on how to live a successful life By Dr. Anis Ahmad

My Dear Students, You are at the threshold of a new beginning. You are going to be an adult. S


Chatting with Chaitali

Chaitali B Roy is the author of ‘Women of Kuwait : Turning Tides’ (Har- Anand Publications) . She i


Good film is a truthful representation of its time, says veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah

The state of Bollywood films is the same where it was started, said Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah



Another year has come and gone, but in the tech world, it means lot more major innovations are on t


Experience Indian Corner Tandoori Nights at Al Manshar Rotana Hotel

Al Manshar Rotana Hotel at Fahaheel, Kuwait launched an authentic Tandoori Night with an Indian cor


Biryani & Kebabi restaurant opened at Arabia Mall in Egila

Biryani & Kebabi is the newest addition to Al Sabah & Kohli food and beverage brands. Al Sabah & Ko


Indulge in the luxury of Indian dinner every Tuesday at Jumeirah’s Garden Café

We all love luxury. We have many occasions to celebrate life luxuriously. Be it our anniversary, bi


A delightful treat to our taste buds- Samrat Restaurant Weekend Buffet.

Delicious Food.. Good Company with Family or friends ... That’s what all look for on a weekend. B


Kuwait Cricket announce 25 Probables for ICC World Cricket League Division 5 Qualifier

Kuwait Cricket Board is pleased to announce the 25 Probables for the all important ICC World Cricke


IGC’s 3rd Annual Volley Ball Tournament – 2017

Promoting Unity and Goodwill, Islamic Guidance Center (IGC) Kuwait organized successfully its 3rd


KCWA Cricket Cup 2017

Kuwait Canara Welfare Association (KCWA) held Cricket Cup 2017 on Friday, 3rd March at Boulevard Pa


Aneef & Bastian lifts professional doubles crown in the 6th IBAK- Pizzahut Master’s Cup – 2017

Ilayaraja claims singles title The 6th IBAK – Pizzahut Master’s cup was held on the 23rd and 24


MAK Champions Trophy 2017 – Volley Ball & Throw Ball Tournament

MOGAVEERS ASSOCIATION KUWAIT, the community welfare association of nonresident Mogaveers, based in