(Nominated in the category of English Fiction for the REC-VoW Book Awards, 2019)
Excerpts from the interview with Subhadip Mazumdar:
By Tanya Singh
How did you come up with the idea for this book – a collection of emotions through short stories? How long did it take to write?
Great Question. The honest answer to that is I wanted to share a collection of emotions covering people from various walks of life, across different economic segments, which exist in different geographies, may look different but feel similar from within. Their boundaries may be different but their battles at the hands of life would be similar. I chose the format of short stories as the best form to represent the above, much like a bouquet of flowers that could make my readers take a journey together for some time with my characters. Hopefully, these resonate with them.
It took me around 8 months to complete the book. However, I have been collecting the stories for over a decade till I finally decided to share them with my readers through Orange Sky and Blue Sun.
Who are some of the authors of short story novelists that have had a profound impact on you? Would you like to recommend any books for our readers?
There are many authors that have had a profound impact on me. Ruskin Bond is my favourite and I am a great follower of his style of simplicity. I love the works of Jhumpa Lahiri, Haruki Murakami, Anita Desai, Sunil Gangopadhyay (Bengali). Recently, I was introduced to Nirmal Varma and I am enjoying reading works of this great writer in Hindi.
Books that I would like to recommend are: Lowlands – Jhumpa Lahiri; Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri; All of the Rusty series by Ruskin Bond; Asura – Tale of the Vanquished – Anand Neelakantan; Norwegian Woods – Haruki Murakami.
This is your debut novel. What was the process of publishing like; was it difficult to find a publisher?
Well, it was not too difficult to find a publisher; it was more difficult to choose the right one for myself. I had got a lot of guidance from a friend of mine who is a published author. Finally, I met the team of Invincible Publishers and I am very fortunate that they agreed to publish the book. I am enjoying the partnership with Invincible.
When could your readers expect another novel from you? Would the next one be short stories as well, or do you intend to explore the genre of novel writing next?
I have got two books lined up. The one that I am currently working on and scheduled for launch in early 2020 would be a book on Business Story Telling, non-fiction genre. The one after that would be a novel which I am hoping to finish by early 2021. Meanwhile, I have also launched my Youtube Channel called Saleswalah Studios, where I have started a show called ‘Leisurely Baatein’, so in all, a busy calendar of creative inspirations.
Subhadip Mazumdar was born in Bihar. He grew up in Kolkata, where he completed his schooling from Don Bosco, Park Circus. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, followed by his Post Graduation in Management Sciences from University of Canberra, Australia. He has been working in the Information Technology Industry for over two decades, both as an entrepreneur, and for large multi-national companies. His work gave him the opportunity to travel across a multitude of countries covering both hemispheres. His travels motivated him to collect emotions, and thus present them through his first book ‘Orange Sky and Blue Sun’.
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