Interview with Author Manoranjan Ghosh
The author has come in contact with innumerable people of different professions on the long journey. Just as he has deeply mingled with the people of rural Bengal, has become intimately acquainted with the culture and way of life of rural Bengal, so has the writer roamed freely in the corporate world on the job. The crop of long-known knowledge is the ‘nectar of the mirror of life’.
- Tell us something about yourself.
Born in a small hamlet named Boalmari in Pabna District of erstwhile East Pakistan, present day Bangladesh, Kolkata has been my home for over 55 years now. With my schooling distributed across both Bengals, I went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in law, a master’s degree in commerce, as well as fellow membership at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. In a professional career spanning 44 years, I was fortunate to hold key positions in both public and private sector – wherein I retired as the Chairman and MD at a public sector company and whole-time Director & CEO at a private sector organisation. On the personal front, I am blessed to have the company of my family – my wife, my daughter & son-in-law, my son & daughter-in-law, as well as my adorable grandson. Right now, I am enjoying my journey as an author!
- What compelled you to write this book?
Given my life’s journey, I had the opportunity to observe both sides of Bengal – the simplicity of its villages, as well as the sophistication of urban and corporate life. I always had this desire to write about the various kinds of people I have met and interacted with since my childhood. The passion for writing was largely responsible for penning this book down.
- From how long have you been writing this book? What challenges did you face while writing?
My retirement in March 2020, as well as the onset of the global pandemic, gave me a lot of time and opportunity to translate my passion into writing this book. Overall, it took me around 6 months.
There was no challenge as such in writing this book – except the fact that it took us a long time to convert the 1 lakh word manuscript from a handwritten format to Microsoft Word. But once that was done, it was more or less a smooth process.
- What is the most memorable moment for you throughout the journey of the book?
Well, that has to be the time when the book got published! Especially, the day the author’s copy landed in my hands.
- Is writing your hobby or passion?
Writing has been my passion right from my childhood days. I may not have been able to give it much time though during my service days. But now, I am thankful that I am able to devote more time towards it now.
- Are you planning to write again?
Definitely! I have started writing my next book already. Looking forward to publishing it soon!
- Do you believe that when author dies a reader is born?
My belief is a little different here. The journey of both the author and reader starts together. But the journey of the reader continues even after the life of the author.
- For you, what is literary success?
For me, literary success means, whatever you write makes an impact on the minds of the reader.
- Do you have any piece of advice for the budding authors out there?
My only advice to the budding authors is, whatever you feel, whatever you see, put it into your writing. Best to keep it natural.
- What it is like to be with 24by7 Publishing?
It has been a memorable association with 24by7 Publishing so far. With their support, looking forward to make this publication memorable as well.
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