Friday, 23 March 2018

Author Interview - Dhruba D Roy

About the Book:

“Oh God, why me?”

This is perhaps what we think of when we go through a ‘breakup’.
This story is about Anirudh and Anvi.
Both of them have their own thinking which are not alike.
The story begins with Anirudh meeting with and accident. As he slowly succumbs to the pain, he starts reflecting about his bygone college days where he found his love for music. He loves Anvi dearly who is a long-lost friend of Anirudh.
The story reveals how Anirudh struggles as the hands of reality strikes him down.

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Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
For me, it’s a gift. I am actually not very good at expressing myself when I am around people. So writing gives me that medium to reciprocate my thoughts and feeling.  
Sometimes  my thoughts in the form of writings might not be well accepted by the people, but that’s the life of a writer. Our thoughts and writings are different, some people will like it, some won’t and I appreciate that fact. Perhaps this is the driving force that inspires me everyday to be a better writer.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
All of it.This is my debut novel and I am very new to this. I never plan out my chapters. Ofcourse I have a few things in mind, but the writings are more about discovering myself and that’s very challenging.

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don’t remember precisely the first story that I read, but I remember one story that I read when I was a kid and I was heartbroken by its ending. It was called ‘The Postmaster’ by Rabindranath Tagore. Being a kid I always expected that all stories would have a happy ending, but that’s where the kid Dhruba D Roy learnt that the ways of life can be mysterious.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Hahahaha… this is embarrassing, but I will still answer that. It was my about my imaginative cartoon character whom I named ‘Mosquito’. The story was also about a Mosquito who was a vegan.

When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go? 
It a two way process. I do have a sketch in mind of how the characters will be like and also improvise them at the same time.

How did you break into publishing?
It was a long process. Most of the Authors will tell you the same story as I am about to. My Manuscript got rejected on numerous occasions, sometimes it was the in 1st round of selection and sometimes it was in the last round. A time came when I thought of even quitting my dream of being a published author. Then one day (after a long interval of  2 years) I received a mail that my project had received funds, but there were certain terms and conditions that I had to accept first. It was good enough for me and here we are with my debut novel,  My first Breakup.

About the Author:

Dhruba Das Roy  is a freelance writer, a musician by passion, and a software engineer by profession. He is from Assam, but born in a small town of Meghalaya, where he finished his schooling. He then obtained his degree in engineering from the esteemed college of National Institute of Technology. He discovered his love for music there and was the lead vocalist of his band, “The Rozarts”.

He loves rock and roll and is a great fan of the pioneers of rock and roll-(Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen and the list goes on).Unfortunately, as engineering life came to an end, the band had to split. Recently, he moved to Kolkata where he is working in one of leading software service based companies in India.

Not everyone can put their thoughts into words. Dhruba had never tried his hand in writing; but he had an experience, an experience which changed his life for the better. Being a vocalist, his only way of expression was through the creative way. He decided to pen down his thoughts and he discovered that writing came naturally to him. His thought process in the novel relates to the general mass in many ways. He decided to stretch his limits and ended up voicing his thoughts in a different way this time.

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