Hello Purba, thank you so much for taking the time out to talk to me. 🙂
It’s my pleasure.
First things first: how did you take up writing?
I remember when I was about ten years old, I became extremely fond of writing poems and short stories. I have this fond childhood memory when I wrote about twenty poems in loose sheets and then stapled them. On the first page, I did some doodle and wrote in sketch pen “Poetry book by Purba”.
So I guess I wanted to be a writer when I was ten. I actively participated in the creative writing competitions in school. But then as I grew up, I got busy with studies. However, writing a novel was there at the top of my bucket list. So, after completing my graduation, I started writing my first novel “Walking in the streets of love and destiny”. Since then, there has been no looking back. I realized I found my calling.
What was your very first attempt at creative writing?
Poetry. I started writing poems when I was ten. I used to write them to make my mother happy. Whenever I felt she is angry with me and I am about to get scolded, I used to apply this trick.
Where did you get the ideas for your stories?
By observing people and their behavior. I get drawn to people who seem different, deep and chaotic. I keep thinking about their life that has molded them into the person they are. And my own life experiences also help me. Nothing that happens to a writer is ever wasted. I try to use all my life experiences in my stories.
What in particular gave you the idea for Canvas of a Mind?
I went to Kalimpong in 2015 with my family. We stayed in a guest house. There was a small cottage in front of our guest house where a teenage girl stayed. She was always lost in her thoughts. The remote hill station and this pensive girl gave me the idea for “Canvas of a Mind”. The thought behind the book was even if you are extremely close to someone, you might never know what goes in his/her mind. And if you know about it someday, it might shock you to the core.
You’ve written two other novels – Walking the Streets of Love & Destiny and The Hidden Letters, as well as won several short story competitions. Which do you prefer writing more?
I love writing novels more than writing short stories. The process of adding layers to the characters and building the plot excites me. I get so close to my characters that they become my friends. I love laughing and crying with them.
Do you have particular schedules or writing routines when it comes to your work?
No particular schedule. I write after 7 pm generally as I am busy with work and deadlines in the morning.
A lot of authors are taking the indie publishing route. What’s your view about it?
I have self-published my poetry book “The Heart Listens to No One” in 2016. I think the indie publishing route is awesome as the author is in full control of the entire publishing process. The author can change the price of the book and monitor how many copies are getting sold. The indie authors always inspire me.
If your story got turned into a movie, who would you like to see star as leads?
For the character of Ipsha, I cannot think of anyone other than Alia Bhatt.
What are your future plans for writing? Can you give out a teaser or two for your readers?
I plan to write my next poetry book soon. I will also start working on the second edits of my novel “Is it me you’re looking for?”
Do you have any particular authors who inspire your work?
Many! Rabindranath Tagore, Satyajit Ray, Paulo Coelho, Preeti Shenoy, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ruskin Bond, Elizabeth Gilbert, Paula Hawkins.
What would your advice be to aspiring authors?
Read a lot. Write every day. Don’t let rejections discourage you. Cultivate patience, plenty of it!
What would be an ideal gift for you?
A beautiful book shelf filled with books of my favorite authors.
And finally, if there was a book you could turn into a movie, what would it be and why?
My second novel, “The Hidden Letters”. The reason is because I think it will be interesting to unravel the mystery of the hidden letters in the audiovisual medium. I wish to learn filmmaking someday so that I can make this movie.
Thank you once again for talking to BUZZ Magazine. We wish you all the best with your current work and future works. 🙂
Thank you so much for featuring me. I am grateful.
Purba Chakraborty is a novelist, poet, web content developer, lifestyle blogger and social influencer from Kolkata. She has authored two novels “Walking in the streets of love and destiny”, “The Hidden Letters” and a poetry book “The Heart Listens to No One”. “Canvas of a Mind” is her third novel. Her short stories and poems have been published in more than ten anthologies and various magazines. She is a restless dreamer and wishes to write till her last breath.
She blogs regularly at Love, Laugh and Reflect (www.purba-chakraborty.com)