Written for Isahitya
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Jyotirmoy Mazumdar is the new addition to the Indian book world. He is all of nineteen but has achieved a lot in his life. His debut novel, ‘Did She Love Me?’ hit the stores in the beginning of this month. He is presently a first year student of B.Tech in Computer Science from SRM University, Delhi. He is basically from Guwahati and is blessed with a writer Mom. I guess the writing skills come from his genes. According to him he is a writer by accident. Budding authors do have a new inspiration.
Jyotirmoy, in a candid talk with Harshita Srivastava talks about his book, the obstacles he had to go through while getting his book published and life apart from writing.
Qus: How does it feel to hold your book in hand?
Jyotirmoy : Well, my release was delayed by a long time, that made the anticipation a bit weak but when I held the book in my hand it was something I can’t describe. I was feeling happy in the same time I was a bit nostalgic and emotional. I wished if my parents would have been with me, but overall it felt very good to hold my first book in my hand.
Qus: How did writing come into existence in your life?
Jyotirmoy : My mom is a writer but I won’t relate that it helped me become a writer, I am a writer by accident, there were some incidents in my life which made me compose poems and songs. But then those poems and songs weren’t enough to express my feelings, the book came out
Qus: Being a debut author, what hardships you had to face while writing as well as getting your book published?
Jyotirmoy : Being a debut author, the hardest thing is getting a good publisher and a good deal which you deserve for your book. There are many publishing houses but not every house entertains new authors easily. Writing a book is the easy part I suppose over to getting it out in the market. I was rejected a few times but I waited and finally got a couple of offers for myself and I hope I got the best one.
Ques : Tell us something about your book.
Jyotirmoy : My book is basically a story of a boy named Jayrish, and how his life unfolds with hurdles and wrong decisions when he falls in love. Love makes him do all the things he never thought he could do, be it fighting or revolting with his parents or going to unknown place for his love. The way he leaves his dreams and selflessly loves his girl that is remarkable.
Qus: In your book, you’ve shown the protagonist to be an epitome of selfless love. Do you think people like him actually exist in today’s times?
Jyotirmoy : I wouldn’t have got the story if people like him were imaginary. Yes people like Jayrish exist in this world, they are hard to find but when you find them you know how good this world can be.
Qus: How did you come up with the title of the book?
Jyotirmoy : The initial title of the book was “She Played Around” but that title kind of revealed the total story of the book. When I gave a thought to it, this title came to my mind as even when the story ends Jayrish is not sure if she really loved him or was it just an illusion from her side.
Qus: Is there any message you would like to give through your novel?
Jyotirmoy : Yes, there is a message I would like to give through my novel, no matter what happens we should stand for our dreams and love at the same time, wrong things happen but that’s when we learn. No one and nothing is perfect, so we should learn to accept the people and live our life with the faults. One more thing I would like to say is that we should never disrespect our parents.
Qus: Is there any particular age group you are targeting?
Jyotirmoy: Not really, but the teenage would like the book more than the elders.
Qus: Tell us something about yourself.
Jyotirmoy : I don’t really like speaking about myself but if I have to speak, I would say I am just a normal guy with some big dreams, an average student now. I like to write when I find time. I did my schooling from Happy Child High School, Guwahati, till my 10th and then I shifted to Delhi, now I am a first year engineering student from SRM University with Computer science.
Qus: What are your future plans? Do you plan to take up writing on full time basis?
Jyotirmoy : In India, we can’t totally depend on a full time writing career until you are someone like Chetan Bhagat who sells over 15 million copies per book. I will keep writing till the end but a career as writing is not clearly in my eyes.
Qus: What kind of reviews have you got for your book till now?
Jyotirmoy : I have got positive reviews till now. Not a single negative review. I did not expect this but I am happy to see that people are liking my work. I am looking forward to more reviews from the readers, because it is the masses who decide if a book is good or not.