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Ahona Das

ON A CHAT SESSION WITH THE AUTHOR OF 'THE HIDDEN LETTERS'~PURBA CHAKRABORTY

Ahona Das Book reviewer and editor

 

ME-       When faced with adversity, some people come through fine, while others seem to just fall apart. What gives you the courage to keep going when times get tough? 

PURBA-  Adversity and prosperity are the two sides of the same coin. It’s like day and night and both of them will greet us from time to time.
 During times of adversity, I read a lot. I try to learn new things to divert myself from the feeling that nothing is going right. I also read the emails that my readers have sent me all these days. I take out a print out whenever a mail touches my heart. And at the end, I try to calm myself by practicing meditation and believe that this phase will pass soon. Faith in the divine helps me get through all the tough times.

 

ME-        What are you reading currently? Are there any authors (living or dead) or books that you would name as influences?

PURBA-  Currently I am reading Adultery by Paulo Coelho, a short story collection of Tagore and another short story collection of Ruskin Bond.
I am an ardent fan of Tagore. His poems, stories, novels and songs have a huge impact on my life. Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” influenced my life a lot and made me believe in signs and helped me to trust my dreams. Robin Sharma is another writer who works as a great influence for me. I love his books and I am a regular reader of his motivating blogs. I also learned a lot from Jhumpa Lahiri and Preeti Shenoy.

 

ME-       Give us three "Good to Know" facts about you.  Tell us about your first job, the inspiration for your writing, any fun details that would enliven your page.

 

PURBA-  My first job was working as a trainee in Outlook India magazine.
The inspiration for my writing is relations, people and life.
I love to sing and want to be recognized as a singer too. (Some day!)

 

ME-       How much of the protagonist of “The Hidden Letters” resembles you? Or does it? 

PURBA-   It does in some aspects. First of all we both are authors (though she is an acclaimed one).
Secondly, I also have a sleeping problem like her. If I am worried or anxious, my sleep suffers.
Thirdly, I also don’t leave my hopes too easily.

That’s it. I am not as strong as her and not much balanced like her.  I have learned a lot from her in the course of writing this book. She will always be one of my favourite fictional characters.

 

ME-       Have you ever faced writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? 

PURBA-  Definitely, I have.
I don’t think about it much. When words fail me, I switch to music. I start recording some songs or listen to a lot of music. I also indulge in dancing and shopping. And the block goes automatically after some time.
If it lasts for many days, I read my own writings and that helps to a considerable amount. 

 

ME- What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your passion for writing? 

 PURBA-   After writing “The Hidden Letters”, I realized that writing is my true calling. I am not good at any other corporate work. So I took up content and technical writing as my profession. It was a little weird to explain people why I chose this profession instead of being a Marketing/sales manager.  But I am a very determined person.  When I realized that the best I can do is writing (both content and creative), I didn’t feel I need to do other insignificant things in life.  I enjoy my work and it makes my life worthwhile. So it was tough to convince my family initially, but now that all is going fine, everyone is happy and things are going smooth.

 

IT WAS FUN CHATTING WITH HER... DO LET ME KNOW HOW"YOU" (THE READER) FEEL ABOUT THE CONVERSATION....
EAGER TO KNOW YOUR OPINIONS! ^_^

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