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November 16, 2015

 Readers are our oxygen. All I could ask them is to read more and more of our books and drop in mails – Paulami Duttagupta


Today we have with us one of the brilliant issue based fiction writer Paulami Duttagupta. Some of her acclaimed books are PINJAR (2012), FAMILY MATTER (2013) Ri Homeland of Uncertainty (Adapted from the National Award Winning Khasi film by the same name) and the new release A THOUSAND UNSPOKEN WORDS.

  •  Tell us about yourself as a person.

Now this is the most difficult part. Am I supposed to say good things? 😀 I am incredible lazy, so much lazy that if I efficiently get past all my set targets I pat myself on the back. I am also a little on the introvert side and sometimes romanticize the idea of a loner. Am also kind of minimalist and do not expect much from life. Good food- at most times unhealthy, a steady supply of films and silence makes recipe for a perfect day.

  •   What inspired you to be a writer?

    With parents
    With parents

I’ve always been writing. In my childhood I would write a lot of ‘Once there lived a king’ stories, but at that point of time there was little exposure. Later while in college I would line up for competitions on essays, quotes, stories and even once had tried poetry. Needless to say there were no prizes for my bizarre poetry. In my final year I was also one of the student editors of the college magazine. Then there was a little of writing dramas for AIR- Shillong.

That was one of the most exciting phases of work life. It was followed by stints as feature writer in a plus edition of TOI and The Shillong Times. But the break up with writing was really long. I did not write for almost four years. And then I got inspired by a very filmy serial in one of the Hindi channels and started writing Fan Fiction. As I had a readership base who wanted me to post chapters on a daily basis, it became a routine. After writing almost for a year, the idea for my first novel came up.

  •    How would you like to describe your journey so far, as an author?

I still feel I have barely begun. Both as a scriptwriter and as an author. There is so much to learn, so many stories to narrate. The journey has been fulfilling but also challenging. From delayed book contracts, rejection slips, royalty cheques that have never shown up there’s been an entire bunch. But this journey has given be lovely editors, publishers and reviewers who have given be useful tips that have largely helped me to grow as a writer. Some of them have even become friends.

  •    You have long been associated with Bangla Television industry (ETV- Bangla, Akash Bangla and Sony Aath) and movies. Tell us something about your new venture in that field.
With bro
With brother

Televison was fun, though more stressful. And my work profile was something I always dreaded. Numbers and formula! Media analysis was challenging, waling up early on Wednesdays and churning out data…the phone calls from seniors and colleagues all wanting to know how the channel had done for that week, that is something I miss now. Also for Sony Aath I would make the entire program schedule for the month, so it was very challenging. If the TRPs wouldn’t rise, I could only blame myself. Maybe I don’t miss that part.

  •     Your books PINJAR (2012), Family Matters (2013) Ri Homeland of Uncertainty are associated with issue based subjects. Could you please tell us more about your writing style?

I like reading a lot on politics, history of the subcontinent and cinema. So ultimately these are the topic that I end up picking.

  • Tell us about your forthcoming book.
    A Thousand Unspoken Words
    A Thousand Unspoken Words


A Thousand Unspoken Words’ is my next. The lanes and bye lanes, the famous yellow cabs of Kolkata, Bengali cuisine etc formed the images in my mind. And then it was my characters Riddhimaan and Tilottama who made me write the story. These characters are a little complex, they love, but they judge too. They are not exquisite characters, rather very much like the people we see around us.

  • What do you consider the biggest challenge in writing?

Disciplining a mind that is always eager to run in a dozen directions. Routine is necessary.

  •  Any message that you would like to give to our readers and aspiring writers.

Aspiring writers should realize that any form of art is not easy. One should be prepared for heartbreaks.
Readers are our oxygen. All I could ask them is to read more and more of our books and drop in mails. There is nothing sweeter than reader feedback- be it positive or negative.

Paulami Duttagupta
Paulami Duttagupta

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Karmic Kids 
The Story of Parenting Nobody Told You !
by 
Kiran Manral 
Synopsis 
Move aside Tiger Mom and forget Helicopter Parenting, Karmickids is the view from the other side of the fence – of laid back parenting, of giving in to food jags, of making unstructured play time mandatory and of not bursting a blood vessel when your child’s grades are not something you might want to discuss in public.
A roller coaster ride of love, laughter, and a few tears, Manral takes you through the beautiful chaos of the early years of parenthood. Written in a gently humorous style, this home grown, hit-the-ground-running account of the chaos of day-to-day parenting is peppered with anecdotes, reminiscences, a little practical advice and is a non-preachy, hilarious take on raising a spirited child while retaining one’s good spirits through it all.
Grab your Copy 

What others say about Kiran Manral 

“I enjoy reading Kiran’s books. The genre of easy reading and happy reading with inevitable style, she keeps you hooked on the book from the first page to the last.”– Tisca Chopra, actor
“This quick paced, fun new book had me enthralled.”–Tara Sharma Saluja, Actress and Co-producer and host of The Tara Sharma Show
“Kiran’s writing style is witty, humorous and makes you think. She has a penchant for making even the most mundane, interesting because of the razor sharp observations, served with a dollop of dead-pan humour.” —Preeti Shenoy, bestselling author
“Kiran’s writing is that rarity in today’s world – the ability to be really good without taking itself too seriously. This is writing that is effortless in its humour and also its fluidity. It asks not for heavy literary criticism but for a certain laid-back enjoyment.” —Parul Sharma, bestselling author
“Kiran’s stories are fun, engaging and always fresh – and her droll style, of course, inimitable!”– Yashodhara Lal, bestselling author
“Kiran’s writing is delightful, her wit inimitable and her sense of romance untarnished by cynicism that is so typical of our times.”— Shunali Khullar Shroff,  bestselling author
“Kiran Manral’s sparkling sense of humour leaps off the page, every page. Her blog posts, books and columns have given me great joy over the years. She has a distinct original voice that brought a breath of fresh air in the world of Indian Writing in English.” – Devapriya Roy, Bestselling author  


About the Author 

Kiran Manral worked as a journalist with The Asian Age and The Times of India before she quit full time work to be a full time mommy. One of the leading bloggers in India, her blogs were listed in Labnol’s list of India’s top blogs, and her parenting blog, Karmickids, was ranked among the top five parenting blogs in India by Blogadda. She was also a Tehelka blogger columnist on gender issues.

She was listed among the 10 non-celebrity ‘social media stars’ on twitter by the TOI and IBN Live named her as among the 30 most interesting Indian women to follow on twitter and among the top 10 Indian moms to follow on twitter in 2013. Fashion 101.in named her as amongst the most stylish authors in India. Womensweb.in listed her as one of the 20 women authors from India to be followed on twitter.

Post the 26/11 terrorist attack in Mumbai, she founded India Helps, a volunteer network to help disaster victims post 26/11 and has worked on long term rehabilitation of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack victims and 13/7 Mumbai bomb blast victims, amongst others. She was part of core founding team behind Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Month (www.csaawarenessmonth.com) and Violence Against Women Awareness Month (www.vawawareness.wordpress.com), two very well received social media awareness initiatives.

Her debut novel, The Reluctant Detective, was published by Westland and her second novel Once Upon A Crush, was published by Leadstart a couple of years later. Her third book All Aboard! was published by Penguin Random House in August 2015. Karmic Kids is her fourth book and first nonfiction book. She has one more book due for release in 2015.

She is on the planning board of the Kumaon Literary Festival, an advisor on the Board of Literature Studio, Delhi, an Author Mentor at sheroes.in and a columnist at iDiva.com. She was awarded the Women Achievers award by Young Environmentalists Group in 2013.

She currently blogs at www.kiranmanral.wordpress.com and is on twitter @kiranmanral.

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