“Girls like her were born in a storm. They have lightning in their souls. Thunder in their hearts. And chaos in their bones.”
― Nikita Gill
Nikita Gill is a modern-day poetess giving voice to the emotions of women around the globe through her writings. Nikita has loved reading and writing since her childhood. She started writing her own poems when she was just a little kid. Gill was born in Belfast. Her parents came back to India when she was a few months old. She studied in a but wasn’t a very good student. Fortunately, she had an understanding and compassionate teacher. She used to be a naughty child and didn’t do her homework. But her teacher understood that she was a different child. She encouraged Nikita to write. At the age of 12, Nikita wrote a story about her grandfather and it got published in a newspaper. This motivated her to write more. She felt it was a strong medium to convey her message and feelings to the world.
Nikita Gill nurtured the dream to be a writer since she started writing in her childhood but her mother and father like other parents wished her to study and make her career first. So for some time, Gill gave more attention to her studies. She pursued a degree in design at a university in New Delhi, India. Later on in the year 2012, Nikita Gill went to the United Kingdom to pursue a Masters’s degree in young people dealing with ADHD, ADD and dyslexia. This made Nikita keen to work with specially-abled children. It also kindled in her a desire to write again. It made her feel she should give her voice to the voiceless people around her by writing her heartfelt emotions.
Nikita Gill began writing on a Tumblr blog in 2015. Soon she became a very popular writer. She started sharing her works on Instagram and gained thousands of followers. Nikita’s writings on coping with the trauma, mental health awareness and struggle in relationships got published in Thought Catalog, a youth culture magazine. Nikita wrote a collection of poems Your Soul is a River that got published both online and offline. NikitaGill’s poems are based on the challenges of life and being yourself, accepting yourself as you are, women empowerment, the retelling of fairytales and Greek myths from a feminist’s point of view.
Nikita Gill is extremely empathetic towards fellow women going through difficult times in life. Her writings show her compassion and love for women around her. It takes courage to write about the things you haven’t gone through. Nikita Gill faced sexual abuse, eve-teasing, and molestation while growing up in New Delhi, India. Due to the security concern, her parents didn’t allow her to go out at night. She felt suffocated because of all this. All her boyfriends turned out to be abusive. She was bullied in school and college. Writing helped Nikita deal with her emotional turmoil. Nikita Gill feels emotionally healed by expressing herself in her writings. She loves reading Robert Frost and Sylvia Plath. Nikita Gill is very concerned about raising awareness regarding mental health issues. She wants people to openly talk about it. She is making efforts through her poetry to encourage people to shed their garb of ‘being and feeling normal’ to be acceptable in the eyes of this ruthless society.
“We have calcium in our bones, iron in our veins, carbon in our souls, and nitrogen in our brains. 93 percent stardust, with souls made of flames, we are all just stars that have people names.“Nikita Gill