Tushar Sen, associated with the banking industry for the past 11 years now. His MBA degree helps him stay employed. Most achievements are in the field of banking, literature and photography. Let us know more about his writing.
What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve been writing since I was in school, the acceptance of my articles in journals and magazines kept me motivated to keep writing. A few awards also came my way and fuelled my passion for literature. The process became frustrating only when I decided to write a book, the number of rejections
What did you like to read when you were a boy?
Reading is often a product of your environment; influenced by your mates and the school curriculum. At least that’s what happened with me, I grew up studying Shakespeare, Shaw, Byron and Tennyson. My teachers made me fall in love with those writers, and I was consuming more of that literature than what was prescribed in my syllabus. In my spare time I lay my hands on Christie, Doyle and Dickens.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
Apart from framing correct sentences and avoiding converting (not translating) your thoughts in the native language to English, the greatest challenge would be to keep the readers engrossed. Readers like stories they can relate to and characters they can empathize with. A good storyteller reveals some and conceals some to keep the readers interested in his tale.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
Research forms the back bone of any good novel, even if your story is totally fictitious. You cannot win over your readers by providing half-baked information about the subject you are writing, whether it is gothic magic, mythological thriller or even contemporary romance. The author needs to provide details about the place, architecture, culture, traditions and ergonomics. The readers need to be comfortable to settle down in the environment created by the author, and that needs research. My job was even harder, I wrote about real-life characters and events in my book.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “Pandora’s Box”?
My book Pandora’s Box has 21 stories and most of them are weaved around real life incidents or characters. And these characters are picked from everywhere, including your garden and kitchen and cellar.
I wanted my readers to have a completely different reading experience from what they may have read till date. To be part of a story where you imagine goons chasing a pauper stealing rice, though in the end it turns out that they were actually cats chasing a mouse. Likewise, my other stories too deal with such characters, such events which take place everyday right under our noses and go unnoticed.
Some stories are inspired by characters around you who touch your lives in so many ways yet go unnoticed. Some climaxes will urge you to read the story again with a new perspective.
How did you come up with the idea of writing anthology genre book?
I must admit that the primary reason was convenience; I had already written quite a few short stories for different contests. Secondary reason of course was to test if the world is ready for the awesomeness of my full-fledged novel.
Who are your favourite authors?
I adore Jhumpa Lahiri for her flawless writing, apparently she makes over 500 drafts for each of her books. I admire Amitav Ghosh, Rohinton Mistry and Salman Rushdie for their extraordinary narration.
How much time do you dedicate for writing on a daily basis?
I’d love to dedicate my entire day to writing if I could, between writing and the author there’s a whole lot of worldly affair that needs to be attended to. But there are times when I write from 6 in the morning to 1 past midnight, those would be weekends and bank holidays. The coffee shop near my house is kind enough to allow me to sit there for long hours. Otherwise, I manage to squeeze some time after dinner and before breakfast.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
Before you set out to submit your work to publishers you should have corrected at least 100 draft of your manuscript. One mistake can ruin your chances of becoming an author, those fond of reading have an eye for aesthetics, and they have to like what you write. Do you like what you wrote, this question will help you build your career as an author.
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