Today we’d like to introduce you to Apuroopa Kavikondala.
Hi Apuroopa, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
When COVID hit way back in 2020, I had a lot more time on my hands because of school shutting down, and then summer hit. I’ve always had a passion for helping people and that same year in January, I worked with a non-profit to choreograph and perform a dance on mental health. Thus, combining these two things (helping others and mental health), I wrote my first book called “The Voice At The Back of My Head”, which was about an Indian girl who moved from India to the US and how the changing environment and peer pressure affected her identity and her mental health. Then, I started writing articles on a platform called Medium about life lessons and positivity. One year after my first book, I published my second – Please Just Stop, which is a narrative on the impacts of mental health when bullied. I continued writing articles on a weekly basis, however, I switched to another platform called Substack in which I created my own publication named “Can’t Be Silent.” This was year two of my authoring/writing career. Then, this year I am about to publish my third book – “Us AF” – on September 1, 2022, which is about how grades do not define you and is a multi-viewpoint narrative on three students who each face their own battles in school and with their grades. I hope to continue pursuing my passion of writing even in the future, but for now, my third book will be the finale of what I like to call my “mental health trilogy”.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
As much as I wish it would’ve been a smooth road, I also know that I wouldn’t have learned everything that I did had it been that way. Some of the major challenges I’ve had throughout the journey were managing/balancing school and this personal work and also finding the motivation to come up with the content on a weekly basis. For the first one, school this year was very stressful because I never had a freshman year, meaning we jumped directly into the deep end without any warning. Thus, I was always trying to stay on top of school, which was a bigger priority than my writing. Second, sometimes I could not think of an idea to write about. In those cases, I had to be creative with what I learned that past week or just write about what I was feeling, kind of like a diary. On weeks like those, I found that I wasn’t alone and that a lot of people needed to hear what I wrote about and know that there was someone else also in the same boat as them.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a 2 (almost 3) times published author along with owning an online publication called Can’t Be Silent, where I have a weekly newsletter that covers quite literally everything about my life and what I’ve learned thus far. I’m known for being a huge advocate for mental health. I’m most proud of taking the initiative to talk about and bring awareness to this subject. I’d like to say that I’m unique not just because I’m a published author at 16 years old but more because I used my passion to help others and make an impact.
Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
My favorite childhood memory has got to be playing outside in the summer and spring with my family because I was always happy and smiling when I was with them playing football or basketball, etc.
- My books on Amazon – 12.99
- Website: apuroopakavikondala.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/itsapuroopa
- Other: apuroopakavikondala.substack.com