A Tale of Two Passions: Writing and Tech

June 14, 2017

A book lover by heart, Vibha Malhotra has been writing since she was seven years old. In 2010, she took a five-year hiatus from Adobe – after being with the organization for seven years – and completed her Masters in Creative Writing from Newcastle University in the UK.

During her time away, Vibha also turned her passion for writing and storytelling into a career, becoming a published book reviewer, interviewer, poet, and editor.

Vibha rejoined Adobe in 2016 and since then, has managed to find the right blend between her job and her literary passion. Currently, she is the editor-in-chief of the literary e-journal Literature Studio Review and a Sr. Lead Software Engineer at Adobe.

Her recent co-authored motivational book, titled Know Your Worth, has been published by General Press and was named a ‘Best Read’ in India by Amazon for May 2017.

We recently sat with Vibha, who talked about her time at Newcastle and her decision to return to Adobe.

When did you first discover your love for writing and storytelling?

My tryst with writing started early, and it was mostly because of a literary tradition that runs in my family. My paternal grandfather was a highly learned man who could read and write at least 15 languages – Arabic, Hebrew, Pashto, Urdu, English, Punjabi were some of them.. I started writing poems when I was seven years old and short stories when I was 10.

What are you most passionate about writing?

I love writing poems and fiction. However, I am most interested in writing fiction for young adults and preteens. This is the age when young minds start getting acquainted with uncomfortable aspects such as loss and crime, making it challenging to write engaging yet appropriate fiction for this age group. And yet, some of the bravest writing is coming up in this genre. The truth is that children are far more observant and intuitive than we give them credit for, and superficial books do not engage or interest them.

Why did you choose to return to Adobe?

Coming back to Adobe was like coming home to family and was a natural choice after pursuing a Master’s degree in Creative Writing. I have created a decent enough footprint in terms of publications and have managed to carve a tiny space for myself in the literary world. After nearly six years of immersion in the world writing and creating a footprint in the publication and literary worlds, I decided that I can now pursue my love for writing comfortably alongside my love for technology. And that is when I decided to come back to Adobe.

How are you able to apply your learnings from your Master’s program to the work you are doing today at Adobe?

One would think that a Master program in creative writing is in no way related to a career in technology. However, technology is one aspect of the work we do at Adobe. Other aspects are teamwork, communication, leadership, people management, and innovation. Learning creative writing (or for that matter, any form of art) teaches you to focus and observe better. Writing helps you hone your ability to analyze people, places, and situations. This has, in turn, helped improve my communication skills and interpersonal relationships.

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Great going Vibha. Perfect fusion of creativity, innovation, passion and more importantly life. It’s treasure to know as a colleague and a friend. Keep smiling as always.