Author Story Article Release
Hello Sourish Roy, on behalf of all the readers, we would like to discuss something about you and of course, your book as well. This conversation will help reader to know more about you and your debut book.
Criticspace: Most welcome to Criticspace, Author. We heartily congratulate you for being a published author. It’s really a great achievement. First thing, we would like to know about your basic info as a person, daily life, career so far and anything you would like to share about you with your readers.
Sourish Roy: Before I begin, I must thank the divine almighty for having been gifted with this very opportunity of sharing my thoughts with the world, and also I remember my late Baba for being that very source of joy of freedom which kept me moving along the stream of consciousness, unhindered. And, when I am onto speaking about my debut book, I must admit that my Maa, Bunu, Bhaai and Moni, my wife, Ribhu, my ever-enthusiastic son, and some other inspirational relations, my friends, teachers, students and all have contributed to the stories of the book in their own way. For, I’ve drawn the characters of my stories from real-life experiences, from what I have seen at home and outdoors. Yes, what I have seen so far, are my stories. Being a resident of this unostentatious fringe of northern Bengal, the hilly terrains of the Dooars, the free-flowing Teesta and Torsha, the intermittent rainfalls, the Kaash flowers in Autumn, the typical festive mood of Durga puja, the foggy winter, and all the other natural aspects of the region have imbued my senses from the very beginning… Yet, I feel more inclined to the rickshaw-puller who must start his day earlier, the daily-wager for whom the seasonal whims do not matter much, and above all the perpetual struggle, if not competition, for existence in this fast-changing modern world that has well adapted to the tune of globalization. TALES FROM BENGAL is all about them.
Criticspace: That’s really great; please tell us something about your journey of becoming an author. When you actually started writing and how was the circumstance? Did any person or situation influenced you to write your debut book or was it your childhood hobby of writing?
Sourish Roy: Well, speaking about the inception of my literary journey, I must mention the day when we, four college friends led by Sankhamani, Prabal and Chiranjib, decided to run our own Bangla magazine ‘Eeha’- the endeavour, in the year 2001. But that we could not continue for long as higher studies came down heavy on us. And, I kept myself aloof from writing for twelve long years. In the year 2013, I received a proposal from one of my professors whether I would like to contribute to his compilation of essays concerning education in India. That’s the first ever occasion when I tried myself at English composition. In a sense, that very non-fiction rendition triggered the subsided zeal for fictionalized composition. And then, it started happening. One after another, nine stories were ready for submission within a year and a half. But perhaps, I won’t have tried English rather than Bangla as my medium of expression but for my wife’s fortuitous suggestion. Yet again, the names I must take at this juncture are Sri. Suhail Mathur, my literary agent and Sri. Dipak Yadav of my publication house, who did their very best in order to make it happen for me in the form of TALES FROM BENGAL.
Criticspace: Please tell the reader something about your book. What is your message to those readers who have still not read the book? Why they should pick it up for reading?
Sourish Roy: TALES FROM BENGAL is all about Bengal that is still unexplored from a socio-economic perspective given its modesty and disinclination to affectation. Much may already have been written about the rural traits and the spectrum of life countryside Bengal showcases, but my concern is the psychological play of some pure rural minds, and their responses to the afflictions inflicted by the world’s propensity for urban domination at the cost of inhibition of rural instincts. What I aim through these stories is how my characters get themselves used to this pattern of social build-up, or whether they cope with it at all, or submit themselves to this mercantile fervour for profiteering. While ‘Absolution’ deals with a one misled youth who forsakes charm of life only to return in the end, and ‘Anomaly’ is built on the incongruities of suburban living with trails leading back to rusticity, ‘The Quack’ shows how one unsuccessful youth of the city turns to the countryside for fulfilment of his cherished desire by illegitimate means. Likewise, all the other stories have something or the other to tell about rural Bengal with special reference to the mind-play of the characters concerned. In other words, the book can be termed as a fictionalized insight into rural psychology.
Criticspace: And yes, the most important thing we would like to hear from you is what is your message to those new writers who have not yet started their journey of becoming an author? You have been their source of motivation, please convey your thoughts with them.
Sourish Roy: Even I am still learning. Learning never stops. The way I felt ecstatic at heart the day I wrote my first ever correct sentence in English in the fifth standard, I feel quite the same today when I am composing stories. It was there within even when the contract for my debut book was finalized. So, I should say whoever is trying to have the first book signed has to have that feeling of initial joy alive in the conscience. But of course, he or she has to first decide whether the abstract mysticism of the mind or the concrete palpable facts of life should be the goal to go after. Once you are clear about the path to follow, then it’s just a matter of finding the plot. (Yeah, in my case I come by the plot, not create one.) It applies to poetry as well, although I believe good poems are those that speak the mind, not the brain. But above all what matters is keep writing on. So, all those who have got themselves engrossed in creating a masterpiece, I wish them all the luck. May the pleasure of success find their hearts!
Criticspace: That’s really great! We wish you all good luck for your literature career.