Authors should not underestimate the maturity of Indian readers – Sourabh Mukherjee

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Sourabh Mukherjee has been writing for as long as he can remember

 From writing poetry in children’s magazine, to making illustrations of his own stories, to travelling the world as an IT professional. If there was one thing that stayed all throughout his life so far, it has been “Writing”.  However, the real motivation for taking a shot at publishing his work came when he won the Golden Pen Award in 2014. It was for a short story in Sulekha’s Monsoon Romance Contest. His first novel, In the Shadows of Death: A Detective Agni Mitra Thriller was published by Srishti Publishers the very next year, in 2015. The book was highly appreciated by readers, book critics and mainstream national media. It recieved more than 100 reviews on Goodreads and Amazon India. An eminent blogging site called it one of the 6 books that broke stereotypes in 2015.

Story is a vehicle to talk about issues that matter to me

In my first novel, I spoke about several topics that are usually considered ‘taboo’ and are best pushed under dusty carpets. I talked about the “sexual harassment” of the male teen in the supposedly secure confines of home. I talked about workplace politics, sexual harassment of men, ‘reverse’ of what we often hear. And painted a stark picture of adultery and infidelity rampant in the modern urban society without being judgemental.

‘When the book was released, I was sceptical about the reaction of my readers. But within a few weeks of the release of the book, my confidence in the maturity of Indian readers was validated.’  And I was encouraged to take up in this novel, issues that continue to fuel debates across the nation.”

Writing while balancing a day job 

It is often very encouraging to know how authors write novels after novels with their day jobs and also manage to survive in the super competitive grind of the publishing industry. Sourabh thinks it is all because of his passion which somehow helps him find time and the fact that writing helps him”unwind” and chase a dream that is worth all the time and effort he puts into it.

Stories have grown from thoughts I pen down at airport lounges or on long flights during my business travels. Honestly, I do not follow a fixed routine when it comes to my writing. I create a basic structure and chapter outlines and then I start writing the chapters with the basic premise in sight. And I let go, letting the sights and the sounds in my mind take over. It is, therefore, extremely important for me to be in the ‘appropriate’ frame of mind to write, irrespective of the time of the day or my surroundings. I need to be in those situations myself”

The Colours of Passion is Sourabh Mukherjee’s latest work of fiction, published by Readomania.  It is a fast-paced thriller that breezes through Kolkata’s glamorous world of industrialists, movie stars, models, and fashion designers laced with drug addiction and illicit liaisons, with a heart-wrenching tragedy at its core.

“In my story, I talk about the passion for our work, our craft. I talk about the almost oppressive desire to excel in what we do, which keeps us awake through nights. And how that passion often makes us blind to our sense of propriety.

And then, there is the passion one feels for another human being. It can have a variety of shades – some we are ‘comfortable’ with, some which do not conform to societal definitions and are readily dismissed or looked down upon.

‘I wanted to paint Kolkata in all its glorious inconsistencies. The city is a living, breathing character in the book – The Colours of Passion’. She had to be introduced in all her glory – warts and all notwithstanding – to the world, all over again.

I am looking forward to what readers and critics have to say about the book. ”

A little peek into his bookshelf & reading list

“Being from Kolkata, Sourabh has grown up reading Satyajit Ray’s Feluda and Saradindu Bandopadhyay’s Byomkesh. Jeffrey Archer is my all-time favourite. I think he is an institution when it comes to storytelling. I have been a big fan of Agatha Christie – mainly because of Poirot’s methods of investigation, the witty repartees, the human emotions at the core of the crimes. Among more recent authors, I like the Alex Cross, stories by James Patterson. I am also a big fan of Keigo Higashino, Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn.”

Some advice for new writers

“It is important to create real, identifiable characters in a story. Correct use of the language is essential. An author should ensure that a story progresses at a uniform pace – a story that slows down after an energetic start is a big let down for me. Finally, it is not about the length but always about the impact of a story. I have read 1-page stories that have left me thinking for days”.

About the author : Sourabh Mukherjee is the author of two psychological thrillers The Colours of Passion: Unravelling Dark Secrets behind the Limelight (2017) and In the Shadows of Death: A Detective Agni Mitra Thriller (2015). His earlier works include the immensely popular e-books Nargis Through my Summers and Loves Lost, available in paperback as Romance Shorts (2016). Recipient of the Golden Pen Award in the Monsoon Romance Contest (2014) organized by Sulekha.com. He has also written columns for Yahoo! Sports and Sportskeeda. An Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, he is a Vice President with a IT major and has worked  in a variety of roles in leading global information technology firms. Sourabh speaks regularly in various national and global conferences and technology summits.
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Author(s): Sourabh Mukherjee
Publisher: Readomania
Release: August 2017
Genre: Fiction/Thriller
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