Author interview : Sudama Chandra Panigrahi

Humble beginnings in writing, lots of reading and finally a published novel! The journey of a first time author is always interesting and inspiring. Author’scorner at writersmelon is featuring : Sudama Chandra Panigrahi and his book : Love across the borders. 

Sudam(a) (Name is Sudama officially but his wife ate the final A…hence unofficially Sudam) …………hails from Jharsuguda in Orissa. He loves reading and writing has given an extension to his creative expressions in midst of a regular job and a mundane life like many of us.

Roshni Nair : A recruitment consultant based out of Pune , avid reader, currently a stay at home mom and an active Melonite gets into the author’s mind through this interview and tells us all that went into writing this book ….

We have seen many love stories. In print and on the silver screen. A few leave a deep impact on us. A few make us ponder over the circumstances. A few make us relate to our own lives and a few fade away from our thoughts without an effort. But when the love story revolves around two people from neighboring countries which do not see each other eye to eye, we might want to stop in our tracks and take notice.

“Love across the Border” by Sudam Panigrahi is one such story. Based on Indo-China relations which have been  fragile since the war in 1962, this story weaves around a Chinese girl and an Indian boy and how their feelings have to face the wrath of the differences between the two nations. According to the author, this fictional story revolves around real issues and this book is an attempt to make a wreath of words to highlight the issues as far as possible. The confused common man who finds himself in the midst of war is generally helpless and is dragged into the vortex with only a feeble ray of hope for peace. 

“Love across the borders”- a love story against the backdrop of Indo-China relations. What prompted you to bring such a theme across in your first book?

I have been a student of Political science and foreign relations. The theme was in my subconscious mind. It got revived when there was a Visa crisis for alleged encroachment in the North East India as China claimed Arunachal Pradesh as its own territory. Hence the love story to highlight the sore points between the two countries.
Being an avid reader, which Indian author’s works have impressed and inspired you the most? 

Recently, I read Hungry tide, Amitabh Ghosh, Yellow Emperor’s cure by Kunal Basu, A fine balance by Rohinton Mistry, the Vicks Mango tree by Anees Salim, Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil….I loved all these books. Apart from these, the Shiva Trilogy of Amish Tripathy, Asura: the tale of the Vanquished, Anand Neelkanthan, A calendar too crowded: Sagarika Chakraborty also caught my attention for their freshness of theme and modern approach.
When did you first consider writing a book?

In early nineties, I started writing my first novel…since then it’s writing off and on.

How was the experience of penning down your first book?
Writing certainly gives satisfaction and I always enjoy writing.

Some authors work with an outline of a plot and build from that. Some just write as the thoughts flow. How would you describe your writing style?

It’s a bit planning and much of flow. Planning at times, check flow, so sometimes it’s better to let loose the pen to do its bit.

And now a very cliche question..How easy or difficult is it to have a book published for a first-time author?
It’s very difficult to publish a book for debutant.  Pitching a manuscript and getting a response from a publisher is th
e greatest pain a writer undergoes.

According to you, how important is research while writing a fictional novel?
Research is sine qua non for fiction. Research gives a writer to know the loopholes and bridge them. Research brings out the fact that a writer moulds according to whim or the demand of the story. I think, without research it’s pretty difficult to write a novel.

What advice would you like to give to budding writers?
Never ever stop unless you write the ‘end’.

What should the readers expect after “Love across the Borders”?
I’m busy with a social novel in a rural setting. Or maybe a sci-fi romance comes out in between. So keep tab.  😀

— Interviewed by Roshni Nair 
A part time sales professional, based out of Pune. Mother of a active toddler and a proud iMelonite. 

 – An initiative to feature notable authors. 
Love across the borders — By Sudama Chandra Panigrahi  is the book “In Focus”.


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