Interview with the Author Dr H.P Roychoudhury

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1. Tell us something about yourself.

I am a boy of India born in 1941 before partition and started my schooling in a region of the village of Sylhet District, now in Bangladesh. But by the time Pakistan came into being, and the threat of rioting began to realize. All of a sudden I was separated from my parents due to some incidents of rioting. I became a street boy and began to grow up in Karimganj, once a subdivision of Sylhet District but luckily now a place of Assam of India due to Redcliff’s river-line. Demarcation of Indo-Pak boundary.

The details of the life of street-boy are written in an “Auto-biography of a street boy”. However, I could complete my schooling, then Hons B.Sc and in Assam. I was lucky to see my parents after 20 years in 1971, at the time of the liberation of Bangladesh. My parents went back to Bangladesh and I made my journey to the UK for research. I completed my PhD in the UMIST (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology) and began to work at the University. But my hidden agony could not allow me to stay there; I return to India in 1979 and worked in Cotton College of Assam till retirement (1999).

2. What compelled you to write this book?

Answer. Throughout the journey of my life, I could see the sufferings of my relatives, the sufferings of my village people, and the sufferings of the people of the country how they have been suffering leaving their ancestral homes, and in India how they were suffering in poverty or distress. I was looking to their suffering before and after 1979 as I was mature enough but could not do anything. My helpless looking and thinking continued for long 20 years (1979 – 1999) in the midst of service where I was engaged in the study matters of my subject. However, in 1999, I get retired and get the time of doing the study to know the past and know the reasons for the sufferings of my people and the country people. That compelled me to write something for the cause of their sufferings.

3. For how long have you been writing this book?

Answer. What challenges did you face while writing? …I was looking, realizing, and thinking for these people for long 20 years 1979-1999 but actually began to write after 2000 and by the time of 2021,  I have written about 15 books, all about the cause of sufferings of the displaced people and also the sufferings of the country people. Challenges are there in the interpretation of the right of religion, right of upper caste or lower caste, right of political power to enhance fame and luxury, and whatnot.

4. What is the most memorable moment for you throughout the journey of the book?

Answer. Throughout the journey of the book, I could know the INS and OUT of the political leaders of India as well as the political leaders of many developed countries. In India, I could see the narrow, short-sided thinking of Political leaders of India namely, Gandhi, Nehru, Petal, and Jinnah, and wide, far-sided thinking of Political leaders of few developed countries such as Abraham Lincoln of USA, Winston Churchill of the UK, Mao-sa-Tung of China and Lee of Singapore.

5. Is writing your hobby or passion?

Answer. Not at all. It was due to long-sufferings of life as the life of a street boy. (Present in Auto-biography of a street boy).

6. Are you planning to write again?

Answer. It… Not likely to be possible as I am now crossing 81. Mental health might not permit me to write more.

7. Do you believe that when an author dies a reader is

Answer. A writer writes something right or wrong, as such, it becomes a record of history; later a reader reads the history and makes his own assessment. This is the process of the transformation of information.

8. For you, what is literary success?

Answer. Yes, success is there. Something is in my writing right or wrong, an opinion in favour
or against which are published in so many books and published by renowned publishers.

9. Do you have any piece of advice for the budding authors
out there?

Answer. Yes to write something one has to go deep into the matter
to find out the real truth taking the different opinions in favour or

10. What it’s like to be with 24by7 Publishing?

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