05 November, 2020

Meet Rohit Sen from Visions of a Summer Past by Avishek Gupta - @IamAvishek #Contemporary

About the Book:
In 1946, Prafulla Sen, a lawyer of Dhaka High Court, meets Asmani Bibi, a magical woman, who bestows a special power upon him. It changes Prafulla’s life forever and he is smitten by this intriguing lady. Soon, however, the partition of India compels him to shift to Kolkata. He never saw Asmani again.

In 2016, USA, Rohit meets Celeste, a stranger who seems to know all about him. Intrigued, Rohit delves deeper, and the striking revelation blows his mind. Soon, they are in love; but work commitments compel Rohit to return to India. He starts getting visions of his past life and maintains a long-distance relationship with Celeste, until she goes missing one day.

Will Rohit be able to find her back? Why is he getting those visions? How is their story intertwined with Prafulla and Asmani? To know all this and much more, read this magical tale of estranged soulmates.

Book Links:
Goodreads * Pustakmandi * Amazon

Meet Rohit Sen from Visions of a Summer Past

If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?

A break from work will be awesome and I would want to go on a much-needed vacation with my wife Celeste. She stays in Somerville, New Jersey, while I work out of Austin, Texas now. So, it will be good to spend some time together. We have been planning a visit to the Universal Studios in Los Angeles for long and would want to tick it off our list.

If you could spend the day with someone you admire (living or dead or imaginary), who would you pick?

I would want to meet Prafulla Chandra Sen, my great grandfather. There have been incidents in my life which made me believe that I used to be him in my past life, and I was reborn to finish some task that he had left unfinished. I believe I have been able to complete it and would want him to confirm if I have succeeded and get his blessings.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? And, what is your current state of mind?

Perfect happiness would mean a state of tranquility, no sorrows or regrets, and no worries about the future. I really do not know if it’s possible to reach such a state of mind in life.
Currently, my state of mind is rather sublime, I feel at peace at my current job and I’m happy that I get to meet my wife every weekend. However, to reach perfect happiness, I would have to find a way where we can stay together and start a family.

What do you consider to be the most overrated virtue and why? 

I think that in today’s world, the virtue of politeness might be a bit overrated; because you cannot be polite always – you must be assertive and outspoken too if the situation demands.

Tell us 3 things about yourself that the readers do not know about.

I am actually a good cook now. Lol! I try new recipes almost everyday and try to surprise Celeste with a new dish whenever we are together.
Secondly, I have stopped getting those visions from my past life now. I guess I was getting them for a reason, for some unfinished task, which I have been finally able to complete.
Thirdly, Celeste and I plan to visit Dhaka in Bangladesh next summer where my roots are and where my great grandfather used to stay. We will try to visit his home and find out if it still has any of his memories attached to it.

About the Author:
Avishek Gupta hails from Kolkata and currently works in a senior position for a leading software organization in Hyderabad. He has published 7 books, which include novels, short story collections, and a poetry compilation. His books have received positive reviews from readers, bloggers, newspapers, and social media channels. 

His book 15/1 Story Avenue had reached the #1 Amazon Best Seller in the Short Story category in 2016. His Kindle short Zahira: of Love Forlorn was longlisted for the Amazon Pen to Publish award. His novel Visions of a Summer Past has received rave reviews from eminent authors, such as Neil Dsilva, Suhail Mathur, Rishi Vohra, Moitrayee Bhaduri, Sourav Mukherjee, and Maanas Lal.

Other than writing, Avishek's hobbies include reading, music, movies, and quizzing. 

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