Updated: Jan 18
HARMONY THROUGH WRITING | Sharing Stories
Sharing Stories aims at featuring aspiring Authors from across the world to bring World Harmony through Writing. Under this campaign we aim to get into the minds of these talented writers and inspire the world to start spending 15 minutes every day on writing, de-cluttering their thoughts and thereby bringing clarity in their life.
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This edition, we are in casual conversation with Sourish Roy, Author, Singer and Guitarist is a published Author with the title "Tales from Bengal"
Sharing Stories in Conversation with Sourish , a talented Singer and Writer from Bengal.
1. What or who inspired you to start writing?
The objective behind the composition of the stories of TALES FROM BENGAL has been taking these very unostentatious fringes of northern Bengal out to the readers worldwide. Till date, not much has been written about this region in English literature, barring the Bangla masterpieces by eminent writers like Debesh Roy and Samaresh Majumdar. Perhaps I am not overstating, even if I say, considering literature as a whole, this part of the world has remained unexplored, if not ignored, to date. I just tried to initiate the process through my book. And now, given the immense response to the book, I can say that perhaps my book has started working towards that goal.
2. Can you share a few lines from your book and maybe give a bit of background?
To me, the tag line of my book would be: ‘Satyam’ isn’t always ‘Sundaram’ to one seeking comfort in concealment. (Story: Anomaly) The broader meaning of it is that life is not always a gift. It may also seem a curse to those struggling for a living, an unsurmountable onus to one doing everything and yet eventually having to do the unimaginable or the unspeakable on failing to make the ends meet.
3. Can you talk about any interesting character from your book?
To me, the most interesting of all would be that of Subal, the male protagonist of the story ‘Anomaly’. The character in himself is an enigma. His nature is an intrigue to the readers. The readers will have to decipher whether he is the hero, or the anti-hero, or even whether he is Subal at all or somebody else. Also, they have to choose either him or his wife Seema for the central character of the story. Actually, the whole story has been presented as a riddle.
4. Tell us a bit about your family, likes and dislikes as a person.
Reply: I have dedicated my book to my late Baba. For, had he not let me feel free with my own world of imagination, perhaps I won’t have been to penetrate so deep into the life and the struggle associated with it as I have tried to in the book while trying to sketch the gruelling drudgery of the characters. Now, I have my Maa, Bunu, Bhaai, and Moni, my wife who has to play the role of a reader of the unedited version of my stories, and of course, my ever-questioning son, Ribhu.
When I am not writing, I spend time with my guitar. Rather, music plays the most important part of my life. I love Hindi Golden Oldies, especially the inimitable numbers composed by the Pancham-Gulzar duo.
5. According to you, which books should be included as a part of the school curriculum that can bring positive change to humanity?
Malgudi Days by R. K. Narayan, Prof. Shanku stories by Satyajit Ray, and other stories for children by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Sunil Gangopadhyay and the likes can be added to the school curriculum.
6. What were the challenges faced by you while writing?
Not as such. I had the plots ready at hands. But an interesting sort of challenge was describing the workshop of a village blacksmith which is quite different from the ones we find in the cities. For that one, I had to visit the faraway villages for about a week.
7. What is your take on Sharing Stories Campaign, “Writing for Harmony- Writing 15 minutes a day to bring clarity in life”?
Such campaigns are of irrefutable importance. These kinds of initiatives are sure to generate the urges for providing expressions to our inherent feelings, for giving shape to our thoughts which otherwise may remain untold forever.
Rapid Fire Round
1. Your First Love….
The ‘M’s in my life: Music, Maa, Moni and …
2. Favourite Place, Person, Food, Beverage….
The hills of Dooars, R. D. Burman, Eggroll, Pure Lebu Sorbot (Lime Sorbet).
3. Your other Talents….
Can play on the guitar a bit besides being a vocalist.
4. Your Mentor….
All those who have been alongside me from the very beginning.
5. Sports & Sportsperson…
Reply: Cricket and Sachin Tendulkar.
What if Round
1. What if you had to live with only three things all your life, what would the three things be?
Music, Eating and Sleeping.
2. What if you were given the power to change one thing from this world, what would you change?
I would have removed the corruption-prone politics from the world.
3. What if you had all the money in this world, what would you do first?
A philanthropist system of schools and colleges to provide free education to all those who have to forsake learning for the sake of livelihood.
Author to Readers
If you had the chance to ask one question to our readers what would it be?
Do you sit at your reading/writing desk even when you’ve nothing to read or write?