In Conversation with Tushar Sen – Author of Pandora’s Box

Tushar Sen makes his entry into the budding fraternity of Bankers turning into Writers with his maiden attempt – Pandora’s Box. He lives in Mumbai and can be reached at sen.tushar@hotmail.com or followed @tusharsarojsen on twitter.

Tell us something about yourself?Self2

Well, to begin with I have no laurels to my name yet. I am an MBA like the other millions out there and I have a penchant for writing like another million my publisher told me about. I am the usual 9-5 job guy working for a bank trying to make ends meet. The only thing special about me and my writing is that both of us managed to find a publisher bold enough to take up the project.

 

Why did you write a collection of short stories instead of a full-length novel?

A collection of short stories is no less than a full-length novel, albeit it offers more for the same price. Actually I started my writing career when my stories started winning literary contests and getting published by magazines and journals. Ergo I took the next step and started writing a book.

The book deals with very varied topics which is really commendable. How did you get the ideas to write for such varied topics?

I sat under a banyan tree for days at a stretch, visited far-off lands in the north-east and holy sites of Varanasi, Gaya and Kashi. But non of it worked until I actually sat down with my typewriter and started writing about everything I encountered in my journey from the rains to the bugs to the exotic perfumes to the tribal dances and the folklores. Nothing but a collection of short stories could have emerged from such myriad experiences. So here it is- Pandora’s Box.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?Self1

Comparison. Let me explain, each time I would sit down and write something I would read it to myself and say – doesn’t sound even remotely like Rushdie. And I would redo the entire paragraph again and again until I could no longer find a better replacement. Critics like you otherwise won’t like it if it doesn’t appeal to your finer senses, therefore I believe narration is queen if content is king.
The next hardest thing was finding a publisher.

 

Do you plan the structure of your stories prior to writing them or you go with the flow and develop them as you write?

That’s an excellent question! I would actually give away my style if I answer this one, but nevertheless, yes I work a lot on the structure. I draw the plot on a whiteboard before I begin writing.  A short story has very little scope to deviate/digress within the limited time span it has at its disposal to evolve the whole plot. Ergo a tight structure is imperative to short story writing. But that’s my style others might have a different approach.

Who are your favourite authors.? Are there any new authors that have captivated your interest?

Sir Salman Rushdie, Robert Gregory Davis, Roald Dahl, Jug Suraiya, Richard Bach and Ayn Rand. Among the new Jeet Thayil and Aravind Adiga really impressed me.

 

When did  you first realise your passion for writing? What made you decide to sit down and actually start something

The realization dawned upon me when I was forced to write my first essay by my English teacher, irrelevant as it was, it completely changed my then existing set of hobbies from flying kites to reading and writing.  First serious writing happened as a collection of poems for my college magazine, stories happened sometime later when I accidently participated in a literary contest and won. Since then I have been writing, winning some and losing many.

IMG-20151219-WA000After getting your first book published, do you think you have evolved creatively and how?

Getting published has definitely evolved me creatively; I designed marketing material myself, created my book trailer video myself, and learnt to use social media creatively to publicise my book. I believe an author evolves creatively while writing his manuscript because after publication he becomes more of a marketing professional. Contrary to what my peers believe I think Creativity has got more to do with learning than producing; One cannot just pick up a typewriter oneday and start producing good literature, his/her learning is imperative to his deliverance. Ergo learning/practice/”riyaaz” becomes the foundation of any creative pursuit.

 

What are your ambitions for your writing career? What are your current projects?

My ambition is simple: to be known as an author who produces good literature. I would love to see my readers relating to the characters I build in my stories and to empathize with the Geo-political situation that has marred human development in half the globe. Most readers have termed my stories as out-of-the-box experiences, my endeavour has been to take the box itself out of the picture. My sincere effort was to make my work appeal to every reader, albeit you’ve categorized my work as Esoteric literature in your review. My current projects involve an Indian love story set in early 50’s and an Indian detective series based on real life Geo political crimes.

 

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One Response to In Conversation with Tushar Sen – Author of Pandora’s Box

  1. Subir says:

    Well done.. A remarkable job. One must come out of the shell and do something like this apart from only living 9to5 life.
    All the very best…
    Feeling proud.

     

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