BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian author Rounak Bhowmick Roy Chowdhury to Book Lovers World.
Rounak Bhowmick Roy Chowdhury: I’m pretty much excited and tensed about this. After all the first ever interview in my life.
BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the launch of your book “Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time”. Tell us a little about yourself.
Rounak Bhowmick Roy Chowdhury: I am currently in Standard Eleven in a private English Medium School. I live with my family at Kolkata. I love writing, I love reading, I love listening songs. And that’s it.
BLW: Tell us about your short story TWO LITTLE SPARROWS, what it means to you, and how did you feel when you saw your name in the winners list?
Rounak Bhowmick Roy Chowdhury: Well, firstly Two Little Sparrows is a story which is really close to my heart. It revolves around the true and unbroken friendship of two teenaged boys and the hardships that follow, it means to me a lot. That day I just came back from my school and like any other day I opened my mail was checking it. I saw a mail from Shades Publications in my inbox. I opened it. It provided me with the link to the results and when I opened it, wow, it just felt so awesome. I was so so happy and ecstatic on seeing my name there. It was just, I can’t express it how I felt that day.
BLW: Tell us about the characters of your story. Is it a character from your real life or just a piece of imagination?
Rounak Bhowmick Roy Chowdhury: There are two characters Bittoo and Raju. Bittoo is coming up from slums and Raju is the son of a rich engineer. Bittoo is always very supportive and has that protective big brother kind of attitude towards Raju who is a bit immature still. Bittoo is good in academics and helps his friend there also. The two boys despite coming up from different socio-economic backgrounds, always treat each other equal and Raju is always dependent on Bittoo. The story revolves around them and their hard times which are yet to come. They are both imaginary characters.
BLW: What inspired you to write this short story?
Rounak Bhowmick Roy Chowdhury: I just wanted to write something that gives a lesson. It should not be just a mere story. It should be a lesson, a lesson which the readers will remember for at least sometime. A lesson of friendship, a meaning of true friendship in this case. That true friendship doesn’t sees background or it doesn’t always happen between equals. And I hope I did that well. Now its up to my readers to judge me.
BLW: Do you like to dedicate your work? To whom will you dedicate and why?
Rounak Bhowmick Roy Chowdhury: I would like to dedicate my work to my friends and family. And especially to my best friend without whose support and cooperation this wouldn’t had come in my life.
BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) when participating in online contests?
Rounak Bhowmick Roy Chowdhury: Nothing of that sort really.
BLW: Do you blog? Do you think blogging helps you in learning the art of short story writing?
Rounak Bhowmick Roy Chowdhury: Nope I don’t blog because I don’t feel it really helps you in any way. See if you blog, you expect a mass who will reach out to you. But do that really happen? Nobody has time now a days to sit down and read from a blog and that too of an unknown writer. And thus, if that doesn’t happen how can one expect in turn that they will judge you? And again, in turn, if that doesn’t happen, how would you learn? How would you grow as a writer from inside?
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?
Rounak Bhowmick Roy Chowdhury: There’s no fixed time of writing for me. Nope, there’s no favourite place or any props either. I don’t believe in superstitions.
BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Rounak Bhowmick Roy Chowdhury: When I was a child, I wanted to join army. Then as I grew up, it changed to astronaut, then it became engineer and then it became doctor. There were many, really.
BLW: What are your inspirations in life?
Rounak Bhowmick Roy Chowdhury: My inspirations are Sir APJ Abdul Kalam and Sir Chetan Bhagat. Sir Kalam taught me to dream, Sir Chetan Bhagat taught me to write.
BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?
Rounak Bhowmick Roy Chowdhury: The book which really turned my head towards writing is ‘Two States’ by Sir Chetan Bhagat.
BLW: What other secret skills do you have?
Rounak Bhowmick Roy Chowdhury: There’s no secret skills kind of.
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.
Rounak Bhowmick Roy Chowdhury: Two States, Revolution 2020, Inferno, The Immortals Of Meluha and The Fault In Our Stars.
BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!
Rounak Bhowmick Roy Chowdhury: Read as many books as you can. A book is a man’s best friend. They can indeed teach you many things about life.
Thank you so much for your time. 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!