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Orange Sky & Blue Sun – Subhadip Mazumdar

Orange Sky & Blue Sun – Subhadip Mazumdar

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Orange Sky & Blue Sun – Subhadip Mazumdar

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 who exist in different geographies, who 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 they 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.

 

You portray many lives in these ten stories. There are also a wide range of issues and characters that you’ve written about. Who is your favourite character from your book?

Thank You. Well my favourite character is that of ‘Didimoni’ in Time to Go. 

 

Have the characters from your book been inspired by your real life, or would you say they are all fictitious?

            They may not all be fictitious. Some stories were inspired by people who I had met as a student in the University of Life, rest were born from my imagination of a world that I would perhaps like to create. I tried to create my characters with colours of emotion.

 

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 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 you. 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 intent to explore the genre of novel writing next?

            I have got two books lined up. The next one that I am currently working and schedule 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 by Youtube Channel called Saleswalah Studios, where I have started a show called ‘Leisurely Baatein’, so in all, a busy calendar of creative inspirations.

About the Interviewee:

Subhadip Mazumdar is an Indian Author born in Bihar, India. 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, India 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 had given him the opportunity to travel across 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.