Born January 8th
Place of BirthKhadakwasla, Poona
City of residencePoona
Siddharth Dasgupta is a 33-year old Indian writer whose debut novel, Letters from an Indian Summer, has been receiving widespread acclaim. He’s enjoyed a sterling 14-year career in advertising, but writing has always been his primary passion. Wanderlust is another major addiction, and Siddharth spent more than a decade abroad before returning home to India… and duly penning his first novel.
Fantastic Few – Few of my favourite books
Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk Bitterly, brazenly perversive – a frightening treat.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson A deliciously deviant journey filled with deliciously deviant characters.
Desolation Angels – Jack Kerouac Lost in the pages of a beat poet’s sad, hypnotic dream.
Tell us about your earliest attempts at writing. When, where and from whom did you learn the nittygritties of writing?
Painfully earnest essays on flowers, birds, and the like. I must’ve been five. As for my schooling in the art of writing, my father has been and always will be my strongest guiding light.
Where do the ideas for your books come from?
Something as straightforward as life itself.
What does your typical writing day look like?
Early mornings in a room dappled with dawn. Two hours of writing, if I’m lucky. And a consistently wayward day, post that.
What is one habit / trait of yours that makes you effective / productive as an author?
I don’t know about effective or productive, or whether this technically qualifies as being a trait either, but I think
as time goes by, seems to do the trick.
What is the one thing that you recommend every aspiring author should do?
Tell us something about yourself that very few people know?
As I’m a first-time author and in that sense, am completely unknown, I’m assuming that every thing about me will be a revelation to most people.
Does technology (the Internet, software tools) help you in your writing process? If yes, can you tell us about them?
It helps expedite the process, surely.
Is there any other way in which technology can help you in your work as writer?
I don’t want to give technology too much importance.
What people have influenced your thinking and might be of interest to others?
A few people, many of whom are too cool to have either blogs or websites or twitter profiles.
Can you tell about what you are currently writing and other works in the pipeline?
There are some vague thoughts floating around in the air, I’m not sure I can quantify that as a book though, not as of now.
Your book suggests that you love to travel and have travelled a lot. When and how did this wanderlust bug bite you? Can you tell us interesting experiences from your travel?
It’s always been there, I haven’t had to consciously cultivate it or anything. As for interesting experiences from some of my travels, go read the book!
If you get a movie offer for the book, who would you cast in the lead roles?
Right now, I’d just like people to read it. Lots of people. The movie can follow later.
How does your advertising career help in your career as an author?
My reliably consistent (mis)adventures in advertising have certainly helped in sharpening the quickness of thought and a flexibility of the mind. In a purely practical sense, my self-taught virtues as a designer have helped me shape and create the visual identity of this novel’s journey, including its widely-appreciated cover.
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PlusMinus’n’More: Thank you Siddharth, for being our guest on F-pages and sharing with us your experiences as a writer.