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Quiz: Some of the Whole by Abhijit Bhattacharya: Win 5 copies!

Hi All,

Here’s an opportunity to win an autographed copy of Abhijit Bhattacharya’s, “Some of The Whole” – a collection of interlinked stories. I have 5 copies to giveaway.

You just have to answer one question and leave it as a comment on the blog, “What does the title, “Some of the Whole” mean to you”?

I am very excited to host this contest through my blog. The closing date oft his contest is the 7th of February 2012.

You can follow the author on twitter on: OB_noxious

You can read my review of the book here

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?

Some of the Whole by Abhijit Bhattacharya

Buy Some Of The Whole, Abhijit Bhattacharya, 8122311482Ok here is the deal: I think a lot of people are  writing these days (including me). There are writers more than you can remember or name at any given point of time. To a certain extent it is largely ostentatious, how everyone is on the bandwagon of writing. There are times I also eat my words and this is one of those. A friend of mine casually called me one day and asked if I would like to review a new writers’ work. I jumped at the opportunity of reading and reviewing (I always do).

I received a call later from the author and we discussed books, his book, Raymond Carver and Haruki Murakami (I think.). I received the book in my email account and read it. “Some of the Whole” is real. It is at times raw and at times fantastical. The stories do not bore you (New writers tend to do that. I mean we have read it all right?). It is a collection of 10 stories based across Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi. They all have the element of loneliness in a big city and sometimes the hope that lies only to be found.

The stories are to the point. There is no beating around the bush, and yet the element of surprise will not fail you. Almost like  when you bite into a lemon and know that the feeling of sourness will flood your mouth and yet it shocks or surprises you nonetheless. My favourite story in the whole lot has to be “Where is the Love” for its sheer brilliance in writing. Here is a sample:

Love becomes a habit after some time. It becomes mechanical. Like smoking. You start smoking because you get a high out of it. But, after a few months, or years it becomes a routine. One does not enjoy it; neither do they get a kick out of it. It becomes a pure custom.

It is because of such simple prose that I enjoyed the book. Every title is taken from a song, and that according to me is quite unique (even if done earlier, it does not matter). The sum of this whole and its parts  is a treasure to read. Do not miss it.

Some of the Whole, Bhattacharya, Abhijit, Cedar Books, Rs. 199, Available at all book stores.