Shiwani: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Partha P Dasgupta: When I was in the Second Year of English Honours batch at Jadavpur University . The Class would go on and sudden moments of epiphany brought tears to my eyes.
Shiwani: How long does it take you to write a book?
Partha P Dasgupta: a) If it is a book with lots of authentic research material, a novel takes even two to four years.
b) If the novel is a pure construct of imagination, it takes the same time. As my novel ‘AND AUTUMN CAME ‘ fuses profound research and intense imagination, it took four years to complete.
c) If a novel emerges more from personal experience than the two mentioned above, it may take less than a year.
Shiwani: What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Partha P Dasgupta: a) Usually midday or late evenings during holidays and vacations ( as I work as the Principal of a College)
b) A line or two during around 5 PM, if I can manage on weekdays.
Shiwani: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Partha P Dasgupta: During travelling, in bus or train ,when I can sit at peace for some half an hour at a stretch
Shiwani: When did you write your first book and how old were you?
Partha P Dasgupta: When I wrote my first novel ‘THE ONE WITHIN’ I was 23. It was published by Minerva Press.
Shiwani: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Partha P Dasgupta: Internet surfing, watching International song videos and taking care of my family.
Shiwani: What does your family think of your writing?
Partha P Dasgupta: Its ok for them; as long as it does not steal any time, preserved exclusively for family care.
Shiwani: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Partha P Dasgupta: Writing is like the flow of an unstoppable river; it makes it’s own way.
Shiwani: Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Partha P Dasgupta: Dont rush to publish; keep on writing; your time will automatically come.
Shiwani: Does your family support your career as a writer?
Partha P Dasgupta: To an extent, not fully; no family does .
Shiwani: When are you writing your next book?
Partha P Dasgupta: Am writing it now.