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Journey of being a writer

The idea of writing my own fiction crept up my cranky brain when I was in 8th standard i.e about 5 years ago, when all of a sudden our English teacher came to the class and asked us to write a short fiction in forty minutes. We were given to choose the genre but at the same time we were confined to the opening line given by her.

I was so confused and unprepared. WHAT TO WRITE ?????????? Time was running out and I just wrote something. And yes, it was disastrous. Now when I read it, I realise. It seems to have popped out of typical Bollywood melodrama (an effect of watching too many movies 😀 ). That’s why the teacher remarked “DON’T WRITE SUCH THINGS IN THE EXAM”. So you can guess how pathetic it was.

Then one fine day (that was I think about six months after this episode) one of my close friends suggested, ” Why don’t you try writing a thriller ? I would love to read it”.

Like a daredevil I took the challenge and with a determined mind I sat down to write. O God !!!!! writing a thriller is so tough !!! Creating mystery, suspense, drama, action through words is a pretty challenging job and at that time I was still reading Enid  Blyton’s ” Secret Seven ” and ” Famous Five ” and Satyajit Ray’s “Feluda” series as detective novels. I hadn’t tried authors like Sidney Sheldon, Dan Brown or Jeffrey Archer. I had not even read Sherlock Holmes at that time. I was still clinging to kids’ books. So naturally I had limited idea. But still I tried. And it took me about a year and a half to complete – that’s the maximum time I have ever spent on a single short fiction.

I got a lot of help from my classmates, actually almost our whole class loved reading novels be it any genre so almost everyone had some idea or the other and they readily helped me. At last when the story had its ending and I had done the first round of editing, I went to our class teacher who happens to be an English teacher for proof-reading. And I got a nice rebuke from her for jumbling up my tenses like using past tense in one sentence and then present continuous or present perfect in the next.

Then I made my second round of editing and went back to the teacher. This time she was satisfied and said that it was worthy enough to be printed in the 50th anniversary edition of our school magazine. But for some reason it didn’t get printed. Anyways I am happy I could write that and discover a talent in me.

I would like to thank all the English teachers of my school who trained me throughout my school life. Its because of you people that today I can speak and write grammatically correct English. I sincerely thank my 8th standard English teacher Mrs. Amrita Basu for forcing me to write fiction and  also one of my close friends Ms. Prakriti Sarker for challenging me to try writing thriller as it is because of her I am more confident in taking up challenges in writing.

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10 books that have changed/inspired me

My Facebook friends had challenged me to write the name of 10 books that have changed/influenced me. I successfully completed the challenge. I thought I should share with my blogger friends too.
So the list goes:
1. David Copperfield (Charles Dickens)- I had read this book for the first time in fifth standard. This was the first book that gave me an insight about life, the reality.

2. Love Story (Erich Segal)- I love reading romance. This is one of the reasons why.

3. Till the last breath (Durjoy Datta)- My first experience of a medical drama and it was phenomenal. This taught me that love is not all about what we see in stereotypical Bollywood romantic movies, there is something more deep-rooted

4. The Fault in our Stars (John Green)- Love has no terms and condition

5. Hold my hand ( Durjoy Datta )- Ditto as 4

6. Feluda Series (Satyajit Ray)- This series has aroused a great interest in me towards detective fictions.

7. Aporajito (Bihutibhushan Bandhopadhyay)- I am a Bengali so I should have an interest towards my native culture and great books like this one has intensified my interest.

8. A Prisoner of Birth (Jeffrey Archer)- A phenomenal thriller. Kept me grasped in its charm and suspense till the very end. A very reason for Jeffrey Archer being one of my favourite authors

9. Shobuj Deeper Raja {king of the green island} (Sunil Gangopadhyay)

10. Wings of fire ( A.P.J. Abdul Kalam )- It gave me an outlining knowledge regarding rocket science and is a great inspiration for the readers to keep struggling to reach the ultimate goal.