20 July, 2015

#Interview with Diptendu Sekhar Chakraborty, #Author of 3 @ a Time

About the Author:
I am a published fiction author with my debut book. My debut literary achievement   “3 @ a time” published by Omji Publications was released on 28th February 2015. It is gathering astounding and remarkable positive reviews and rated 3.5/5 by most of the reviewers. OTTT also ranked 31st among top 50 bestsellers on Salisonline. 
I always believed in the fact that love can happen more than once in everyone’s life. However, people are too reluctant to accept such facts in reality which prompted me to bring out a story where the protagonist falls in love with 3 girls at the same time. 
I have worked as an editor for my college magazine titled Vyaktitvam during my post-graduation. I love to read fantasy, Romantic thrillers and sensual stories. Unexplored destinations excite me and I love exploring new places. I usually travel to lonely places to write and search for stories and motivations. 
Next in line is a book comprising of story based romantic poems titled ‘Lonely Shadows,’ a romantic, dreamy, passionate and inspirational set of poems with fragments of tragedy and slices of betrayal perfect for everyone who has ever fallen in love. 

I compose short stories too, though I am not seriously chasing that dream as of now.

My Novels:
1. 3 @ a time
2. Lonely Shadows (To be published by end of September)

Interview with the Author:

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
As a child I had a lot of stories in my mind for not getting good marks in exams or not attending classes regularly. For a record I was never punished for either of the reason till date. So I had a story telling ability right from childhood which slowly but steadily developed into writing for school magazines during my graduation and later during my MBA. In fact it was during MBA I realized that I have got a lot of stories to tell which can be formulated into a book. The idea of being a writer came from that thought itself.

What inspires you to write?
During our day to day life there are so many stories which includes Love stories, Crime stories, Family related dramas that keeps spinning around us. However, we hardly pay heed to them. If one can give a logical conclusion/explanation to all these unfinished stories happening around a particular person, a perfect story is created. I want to give a logical conclusion to all these stories happening around everyone so that people can relate themselves with my stories. All these day to day incidents that keep happening around everyone and the thrill to see the reader’s expression when they relate themselves with these stories inspires me to write.

How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
My current story is an amalgamation of a lot of stories tucked together. Although the reader would never feel that the entire book is a combination of many stories as every chapter is a continuation of the previous one, not a single thread of the story is loosened. All the threads are tied in a knot. 
The basic idea for my current story came from one of my closest buddies during my graduation who was in a relationship with 2 girls at the same time. Keeping that idea in mind I started formulating different characters of my story along with the combination of different other stories and finally I had a complete story in my mind.

Is there some stories tucked away in some drawer that was written before and never saw the light of the day?
Yes, there are a lot of stories which are still written in my personal diary and urging to see the light of the day. In fact some of those stories are integrated with the story of my current book “3 @ a time”. Rest of the stories are in the process of becoming a novel soon.

Tell us about your writing process.
Ans – Whenever I am writing a story I usually create a background of the protagonist and the character sketch of all the artists involved in my mind and after that I start processing a relation between all the characters involved which transforms into a story altogether.
For me the start, the end and the connection of in- between chapters forms the basis of a story which creates a long lasting impression in the mind of the reader.

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
I can’t really choose my favorite scene as the entire book is extremely close to my heart and all the chapters and scenes are my favorite. 
However, given a situation I have to choose one particular scene, which would be from “Chapter 17” titled “3 Girls 1 place expected result”. I especially like the scene of this chapter when the protagonist is confronted by all the 3 girls that he was dating together. This scene is my favorite since this is a true incident that actually happened with my best friend in front of my eyes. Unquestionably I loved writing this scene with minute details and whenever I am reading the scene a nice grin is reflected on my face as the actual incident flashes in my mind.

Did any of your characters inherit some of your own quirks?
I believe only 5% of my character was inherited by the protagonist which included his hard work and dedication towards achieving his goals.

What is your most interesting writing quirk?
The way I bring twists and turns in my stories is factually my most important quirk since that’s what keeps the reader attached to the story throughout as you never know what will be the next twist and how the story will take a turn after that twist.

What is your usual writing routine?

I absolutely dedicate myself to writing after my office hours and also on weekends. So practically it sums up to around 15-20 hours a week.

Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?
Yes, apart from writing after my office hours and during weekends I do read a lot of books which include novels by JK Rowling, Jhumpa Lahiri, Nicholas Sparks, Audrey Niffenegger and Mills & Boons.

What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
Ans – One of the renowned book reviewers had made a remark that “This is the best Teen Romantic comedy fiction she has read till date” after reading my book. Her remarks is by far the best piece of advice that I have received till date.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Ans – Just follow your instincts to write a story of your own choice. Let your mind do the weaving of a story and let your keyboard it accordingly. Never think about publishing or other external factors for getting the story published. If you have a good story and a proper characterization of your plot, your work will be appreciated and accepted all over.

What would be the Dream Cast for you book if it was to be turned into a movie?
Ans – Practically speaking there are a lot of characters in my story and each and every character has his/her own traits and individualistic appeal. So, I would rather prefer my book to be turned into a series. A series would actually do justice to the story of my book as fitting everything in a movie might churn out disastrous results.
Still if I am allowed to convert it into a movie and allowed to choose a Dream Cast for the movie, I would choose Varun Dhavan as the lead protagonist along with Alia Bhat, Illeana D Cruz and Parineeti Chopda as the leading ladies.

If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?
My Laptop, My Hard drive and lots of interesting story books.

How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
I love to dance whenever I am alone. Apart from dancing I love writing poems during my free time and read new stories. Apart from these hobbies I love watching movies a lot, so a lot of my free time goes into watching a lot of movies.
I love the sound of water splashing on the sea shores. If I am alone I go near sea shores just to hear the sound of water splashing on the shores of a beach.

Tell us three fun facts about yourself.
- I have an immaculate comic timing. I can make people laugh within fractions of seconds.
- I can speak a sentence in exactly the reverse order anytime. 
- I can move my ear without touching it with my hands.
What do you have in store next for your readers?
Presently I am co-authoring a book “poems from the heart” with my friend Mr. Nitin Chopda. It consists of love and heartwarming poems and it will be in market soon. 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
“3 @ a time” is not only a love story about 4 people. It’s a journey which transforms a boy to a man. It tells you that life is an unexpected ride, sometimes it goes in the path that you want and sometimes it turns its ways. So neither be complacent on your victories nor be demotivated on your losses.
Please read the story of “3 @ a time” and provide me with your honest reviews at: 

About the Book:

Falling in love is one of the most exquisite feelings that one can experience in their lifespan. But what if while searching for your true soul mate, you end up having that "exquisite feeling" for three people at the same time

3 @ a time is the story of Deepankar and his tryst with trust, love, relationship, betrayal and humiliation with 3 girls at the same time along with maintaining his reputation as the wonder boy of his college.

Deepankar- Strong, laborious; with a never-say-die attitude while searching for true love ends up in a relation with three girls from his college...

Notorious yet dedicatedfor his deeds at college, Deepankar seeks love from his dream girl who turns out to be Homosexual! 

And then destiny plays its game... 

And the reason - GIRLFRIENDS...

But one should never back down and nor did Deepankar; Pooja stood by him in full support.

And In the End... 

It does matter... 

Will the search for his soul mate be completed after his rendezvous with all the 3 girls?

Will Deepankar restore his faith in others or will life throw curve balls at him? 

Will he be able to maintain his reputation or will be hailed as a onetime wonder?

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