BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian newbie author Anirban Nanda to Book Lovers World.
Anirban Nanda: Thank you very much. I am overwhelmed for this kind welcome. Excited about the interview. Let’s start.
BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the launch of your book "Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time". Tell us a little about yourself.
thinking about weird fantasies of my own.Anirban Nanda: Thank you again. I am Anirban Nanda, a small town engineering graduate, confused about what to do with my life. I am currently pursuing research at IIT Kharagpur and also writing my debut novel. I have published many stories in anthologies like ‘Memoirs of Love’, ‘Dream Castle’ and more. This is my fifth anthology. When I am not writing or reading or researching, I am thinking about weird fantasies of my own.
BLW: Tell us about your short story Homework, what it means to you, and how did you feel when you saw your name in the winners list?
Anirban Nanda: Homework is a story about two sixth grade students ─Ani and Tina. They are best friends and personality-wise; they are quite opposite to each other. Carefree Tina always copies studious Ani’s homework. One day, something happen around the homework and their friendship is put to a hard test.
Who would not be happy to see his name as among the winners of a coveted anthology? When I saw the Facebook post announcing winners, I ran to my Mom and showed my name in the list.
BLW: Tell us about the characters of your story. Is it a character from your real life or just a piece of imagination?
Anirban Nanda: As I have stated at the beginning of the story, ‘Homework’ is based on true events that had happened with me. Obviously, everything in the story had not happened in real life and vice versa. Naming ‘Ani’ as a character must have some reason. ;)
BLW: What inspired you to write this short story?
Anirban Nanda: An event in my childhood, when I was in school. A similar incident had happened then. That is inspiration for this story. Although I have never imagined that someday I’d write something on that incident.
BLW: Do you like to dedicate your work? To whom will you dedicate and why?
Anirban Nanda: To the friend for whom this story exists. I can’t disclose his/her name though.
BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) when participating in online contests?
Anirban Nanda: Online contests provide you a theme on which you can build up your story. It actually helps you to slowly nurture your writing ability and by getting comments and feedbacks from the editors, fellow authors and readers, you get to know your weaknesses. When an online contest demands a contribution fee after selection, it surprises me a lot.
BLW: Do you blog? Do you think blogging helps you in learning the art of short story writing?
Anirban Nanda: Yes I have a blog. It is www.anirbanigp.wordpress.com. I blog just to express my feelings about the books I read or about my emotional bond to the art of writing.
I think it varies from person to person whether blogging helps writing better short-stories. For my case, it doesn’t help, but if someone uses his/her blog for writing stories, it can be definitely helpful.
BLW: When do you write the most? Is there a favorite place at your home or office where you write the most? Any props that you feel lucky to keep with you when writing?
Anirban Nanda: A lonely corner of a library with a jug of steaming coffee is the perfect environment for my writing. I like to hear my collection of piano concerts during breaks of my writing. They are the lucky props for me. :)
BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Anirban Nanda: I wanted to be with Pokemon and Pingu.
BLW: What are your inspirations in life?
Anirban Nanda: My parents are my inspirations. The way they have worked hard to make sure I get everything I need has pushed me to do better in every sphere of my life.
BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?
Anirban Nanda: Comic books are the preliminary source from which I started liking stories and adventures. Tintin series is one of them. And when I grew up, Chader Pahar (Mountain of the moon) by Bibhuti Bhusan Bandyopadhyay inspired me read more books. In terms of influence, I’d say ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ by James Joyce is the most influential book for me. Still now, whenever I feel down or frustrated, I pick up this book and read.
BLW: What other secret skills do you have?
Anirban Nanda: Well, I am an active participant in quiz contests and I am quite good with different software and technical knowledge.
BLW: To be a good writer, one should be a good reader. We know you enjoy reading books. What are the best books you have ever read? Name any five.
Anirban Nanda: To be a good writer, one has to be a good reader. The best five books that I have read are:
1. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
2. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.
3. 1984 by George Orwell.
4. The Idiot by Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
5. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!
Anirban Nanda: Keep reading, because only by reading, you are keeping alive thousands of lives and characters.
Thank you so much for your time, Anirban. It's our pleasure to chat with you... And to the readers stay back for more. For the first time in BLW, we're interviewing all the contributing authors of the book. We hope you will like reading the response. Stay Tuned!