Showing posts from May, 2017

Musings: 5 Things That Brought Me Story Ideas

People: According to both Boy Meets World and Girl Meets World sitcoms, the secret of life is that people change people which are absolutely true! The world would have been a sad, lonely place to live in if we had to stay here all by ourselves. It is essential to have relationships in order to draw our experiences from there. Most of the characters I have written have been inspired from real life. Sometimes the fictional versions become the paler realities. So people have definitely brought me story ideas.
Places: The other thing that has always intrigued me are places. I started saving up money and travelling in the last few years because I just wanted to write about different places. Because all my novels, novellas, short stories always had Kolkata as a backdrop. Even though I haven’t used any of the locations that I had gone to in the recent past in my stories, I have made sure that I remember every single detail from the trips. Because you never know when a story might hit you!

Musings: All Signs Lead to Wales

Well, it started with a story. 
To be precise it was Ashwin and Diya’s story. I was managing the BEE Books stall (Hall 2, Stall 627), like I had been asked to for the International Kolkata Book Fair 2017 and in walked our in-house editor, Sugandha along with the delegates all the way from Wales.
She was coordinator of the Valley, the City and the Village Project. (In office, we started referring to it as the VCV Project.) I remembered meeting the publisher of Parthian Books, Richard Davis, a few months before. And I remembered having met Gary Raymond. I was delighted that they remembered me too. When asked what I had been up to lately, I told Richard that I’d written a new novel and it had been published by BEE Books. It was called AllSigns Lead Back to You. He was delighted, bought a copy promptly and asked me to sign it for him. Needless to say I was delighted too.
What I never anticipated was that he would finish reading the book during the length of his stay in Kolkata and be impres…

Writer Wednesday: Writer Fashion

You’re probably wondering what on Earth does one mean by Writer Fashion? As in, what would writers wear to their book launches? Or would they wear if they got invited to Book Award ceremonies? Or is it something else? Well, no.
Writer fashion is what you wear when you’re writing. Usually, I like wearing my lose pajamas and baggy t-shirts. But sometimes because I am so annoyed or just cannot calm down my mind enough to write, I dress up. It’s a good way to make yourself realize you need to start working. And maybe it’s psychological but if you are dressed up enough you tend to want to work more. Your brain snaps out of the lazy mode and begins working. So I am either dressed to the nines when I am writing my stories or I am not. There’s no in between for me. Because when I am feeling utterly lazy, getting dressed up is a good way to trick my brain into thinking that I am about to go out and I really need to be at the top of my game. So, sometimes I will wear the fanciest of clothes and …

Poem: This Is How You Fix Yourself

“If you love someone, let them sleep.” Anonymous
Countless jokes have been made about this. How sleep is the one stop cure for all our problems. Because, come on, if you sleep it off then you’re bound to feel better in the morning. Human beings should after all work exactly like machines. When something doesn’t work, don’t we suggest that we switch it off and turn it back on again?
Why should human beings be any different? When the world doesn’t go your way, just sleep off. It doesn’t matter that there’s someone who might be breaking. Because hey, as long as you get your beauty sleep, all will be right with the world! Who cares that there are questions and troubles gnawing at them, Eating them up from inside! But you would shrug your shoulders and ask them to sleep. That is the solution to everything after all: sleep. The one thing that is supposed to fix everything – Your mood swings, your broken heart and even The fact you are sometimes awake at night.
Just sleep. Everything else can wa…