An Interview with Abhijit Bhattacharya

So this is my 100th post and I am super excited!! A century and my blog feels proud. Way to go hungryreader!! And so while I ranted and raved about “Some of the Whole”, here is a quick interview with the author himself!!

Why song titles for the stories? I know you have been asked this several times, however why the songs?

To me, music is unarguably the most universal constituent in our lives. Thus, if there is anything that can bind various elements together, it is music. And hence, music was always going to be the best fit to connect some of the stories to make it into a whole.

 Abhijit as a person…

is extremely lost, lethargic and loud. And yes, did I mention that he loves picking his nose when he is hungry, has sex with his alter ego and proclaims himself to be the last standing monarch of Machu Pichu (guffaws).

 Who have been your literary influences?

Emily Bronte, O’Henry and Paulo Coelho. 

Your favourite short story in the entire book? I know they are all close to your heart, but I am sure there is one favourite as well.

You are asking me to choose between my son and my daughter. That is unfair. But since you insist, I would rate Papa Don’t Preach and What Goes Around, Comes Around.

 Currently reading….

Some of the Whole (with a serious deadpan face).

The writer and the person are not very different and yet a balance needs to be maintained. How do you achieve that?

I honestly believe that the writer and the person SHOULD not be different. If they are, then one is not doing true justice to the stories that is being written. So, if your read Some of the Whole, you will know the real me.

What environment does Abhijit need to write? I remember reading that Raymond Carver used to go to his cabin and shut himself from the world. Does that happen to you as well?

(Laughs). I remember I wrote a few stories while my wife was screaming at me; I wrote some by the sea at Bandstand (Mumbai) and I wrote one while on my flight back from Kolkata, with a baby wailing right next to me. So, probably, I am one who can create life in mayhem.

Love Stories or Satire? Which one would Abhijit as a person choose?

Abhijit the person and the writer would choose a satirical love story, with an element of twist somewhere hidden in it.

Most writers immerse themselves in music. Any favourites?

The Man Who Sold The World (Nirvana) – there is a fleeting reference of the same in one of the stories. And yes, I also love Losing My Religion. As a genre, I like soft rock.

The voices in the stories are distant and yet ring true and one can relate to them. How did you achieve that?

I am a very keen observer. I love noticing things. In a party, you would always find me in a corner observing people; their emotions. I do that everywhere. At home; on the road; at office. That is me. And that has helped me in bringing about the rawness in my characters and stories. That explains, does it?

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