Partridge India Author| Debraj Bhattacharya, Tales from the Margin
Partridge India introduces Debraj Bhattacharya, author of Tales from the Margin.
Please briefly describe your book.
In this city, a 73-year-old man discovers he has a special talent to attract women the world over, a clerk is visited by a young woman’s ghost, a sex worker dreams of travelling the world and an abandoned wife decides on an unusual revenge for her straying husband.
I welcome you to my collection of short stories: Tales from the Margin.
Who is the author “behind” the book?
I am 45 old man of average height with a beard and based in Kolkata, India. I am an alumnus of Presidency College, Kolkata. I have earlier edited Of Matters Modern, a volume of essays (2008) and written a monograph, Exploring Marxist Bengal (2016). I have also written articles, papers, blog posts and (boring) reports. Three stories from this collection have been published before. My only bad habit, if you do not consider writing as one, is that I am a pipe smoker. Otherwise I am an average, married, tax paying citizen of India.
Which influences have inspired you, with regard to your writing style and your book itself?
I grew up in a bilingual tradition of reading books in Bengali and English. As a result, many writers have influenced me from childhood days. The list will be a long one. Hence let me just mention a few – Rabindranath Tagore, Manik Bandydyopadhyay, Subodh Ghosh, Satyajit Ray, Saradindu Banerjee in Bengali and Roald Dahl, Martin Amis, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allan Poe and Ernest Hemingway in English. Among European writers, I was influenced by Albert Camus, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and Anton Chekov. However, I have been influenced by movies also, such the work of Woody Allen. And not so literary works like Mad Comics.
Hopefully, I have managed to learn, unlearn and find my own voice.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers about your book?
I have tried my best to write an enjoyable book. Most of the stories have an element of humour. I request you to give this book one day of your life.
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
It is a stand-alone book.
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?
I am currently talking to marketing experts. But the best form of marketing is the opinion of the readers.
What was your favourite part of your publishing experience?
Partridge is very professional and they have worked at incredible speed.
What did you think of your Partridge experience?
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Read a lot and then find your own voice. Get used to rejection.