Short stories have the freedom to reach beyond the word limits
I began playing around with a particular character in a novel was writing, and she claimed a story of her own. ‘Marital Chains’ comes from a far more personal space though, recently, some of my very close friends had had abusive relationships and that sort of thing made we wish to protest. Now, I neither have strong arms, nor do I have huge weapons to brandish, so I did what I could, I wrote.
Short stories have the freedom to reach beyond the word limits and creep into your mind. I remember growing up and falling in love with O.Henry and how he used the medium. The mundane suddenly become fantastical.
We don’t get a lot of preachers for Shirley Jackson round here, but, ‘The Lottery’ is genuinely one of the best pieces of fiction to ever be written. It made me realise that social issues and hyperboles would always be a part of my stories, and I have been living by that book ever since.
‘The Glass Palace’ by Amitav Ghosh – I remember being intoxicated by the entire diaspora of characters and I just wanted to write more.
People who have inspired me
Mostly I owe this love for writing to two teachers, Ms Santa Sarkar – who taught us English and Mr. Tapan Karmakar – who taught us drawing. In an age when I was falling into depression, they made me write and do art, and while, I am the one writing, I feel they would always be a part of my stories.
About the author:
Uttiya is a person who reads a little too many books in a reader’s nook in the City of Joy. He writes literature with the naive dreams of changing a bit of the world, and aspires to research so as to help humanity to progress more.
He also writes wonderfully in this blog.
Uttiya’s story is part of our latest book – Jukebox : A collection of stellar short stories by budding writers of India. An outcome of Melonade – A nationwide writing competition by writersmelon.
Excerpts of all shortlisted stories are available here.
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