Reetwika Banerjee is professionally a Data Security Consultant, currently associated with Accenture. She has completed her Bachelors in Electrical Engineering. Working for a brief period as lecturer she moved ahead to accomplish her Master’s in Business Administration from a prestigious International University.
Apart from writing, Reetwika is also a trained voice artist who has received the ‘Visharad‘ (meaning expert) title in the recital domain from Sarva Bharatiya Charu Kala Mandir. She has delivered multiple live performances on stage and television in her recital career. One of her finest childhood memories is when she performed her first live concert on television.
What inspired you to start writing?
Due to my intolerant attitude towards treachery, I had been subject to defamation and immense humiliation many a times. However it was my faith on my thoughts and actions, I was able to come out of it. In fact the extreme stress I had taken and mental strains I had gone through stand out to be the most powerful source of inspiration for me. It drives me to stretch myself, pen down my experiences, express those hard-earned realizations, human behavioural patterns and character sketches through my writing.
Once you get into some trouble, you get to know the real character behind many people around you.
What did you like to read when you were a girl?
I liked to read novels in childhood. With time, I started feeling tired of waiting so much to know what finally happens at the end. So started reading short stories and soon became an avid reader of the genre. Be it in any language I kept reading them. I enjoy quickly getting into the climax. Soon short stories too seemed too long to hold my curiosity back and I was slowly growing impatience to read them as well. Started looking for even shorter stories in the racks.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
Lack of focussed time for writing.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
I enjoy writing free-flowing contents more than heavy research based works.
Every day we come across so many new things, happen to meet so many people, experience so many things around us – I believe every little thing adds up to motivating me towards writing. It’s my passion which never stopped me from penning down my thoughts on paper. I have been a regular creative contributor to various little magazines across the country. I write to express my feelings. In a lighter note, I really enjoy the liberty an author has. As a writer I can simply play with my characters the way I like. It really acts as a stress buster for me.
How did you came up with the idea of writing collection of short stories genre book?
Well, before starting with my micro story concept, one question frequently came to my mind, – In today’s speedy world, do we really have enough time to relax and enjoy a full length novel? Keeping the fast pace of our promising nations, is it not high time to make a paradigm shift of the contemporary literary styles? Such thoughts ran behind me for months till the time I came up with the concept of MICRO STORY.
Who are your favourite authors?
I love reading short stories – be it any language. One of my favourites being Anton Chekhov.
How much time do you dedicate for writing on a daily basis?
It is not a routine work like my office. Writing is something which I enjoy during my leisure. No fixed schedule as such.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
Keep writing. Don’t get disappointed even if you do not find a single reader. You never know which of your creations will soar you to the zenith of recognition.
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