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PREETI ZACHARIAH
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Interview Twenty-two year old ShomPrakash Sinha Roy says his while his debut novel has autobiographical elements, it is a censored version

“Iprimarily credit JK Rowling for any inspiration that I had,” says ShomPrakash Sinha Roy at the launch of his debut novel The Pink Smoke (Grapevine publishers Rs. 100) at Landmark store, Forum Mall.

Set in Bangalore, the novel traces the life of protagonist Siddhant Roy as he deals with love, desire, ambition, friendship and addiction.

For 22-year-old ShomPrakash, it is a dream come true. He traces his foray into writing, “My dad had this huge cupboard of books and I picked up Love in the time of Cholera . I picked it up because the book jacket looked similar to Harry Potter and that book changed the way I looked at everything. I kept reading more and more books from the cupboard and somewhere down the line; I realized I wanted to write.”

He recalls how he began writing, “I started writing these short stories—I didn’t have a computer so I used to write by hand and submit it here and there. I had a wonderful bunch of teachers who would see the things I had written and told me to submit it to local magazines which I did.”

What really changed thing for this technical consultant at Dell International Services was blogging, “I opened up blogs on every portal. Instead of having a diary, I started blogging. I guess that’s how a lot of writers start.”

And blog he did—through his eventful tenure in a engineering college which saw him leave the course without having getting his degree, various addictions, eventful love affairs, tryst with music, his first job and through the writing of his book.

On whether his book was autobiographical he laughs and admits though it certainly was, the version presented in the book is a censored one, “Reality is more bizarre than fiction sometimes,” he laughs.

On future plans he admits that he has a couple more books begging to be written and he is working on them, “Being a writer changed the way I looked at the world,” he says.

PREETI ZACHARIAH

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