ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Anirban Chatterjee is a first generation entrepreneur from Kolkata. It was a surprise to all his acquaintance when in 2017, his debut novel “STREAKS OF DAWN “was published.
It’s an urban romantic fiction in which the author takes the readers on an enthralling journey portraying the life of its main protagonist in his quest of friendship and love and is widely appreciated in literary circle.
He is always a keen observer of his surroundings and gets his inspiration from the most beautiful and also the most mundane of places which are always reflected in his writings.
He always has a true passion and interest for sports, and hence readily agreed with an assignment of co-authoring football legend Pradip Kumar Banerjee to pen his autobiography.
After an intense session running over a year, “Beyond 90 Minutes” is now ready to hit the stand. It’s an enthralling heart- touching autobiography of Padmashree, P.K.Banerjee, undoubtedly greatest footballer and coach India had ever produced, spanning over eight decades of his life.
Many untold stories are told from yesteryears which will be beneficial for any aspirants following this sport closely in this country and many people from earlier generations can relate to those stories.
Anirban lives in Salt Lake, Kolkata with his wife, Mahua, and son, Ankit.
Q. Characterize yourself in one word?
First generation entrepreneur who has a deep passion for writing.
Q. Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.
Its an autobiography of living football legend Pradeep Kumar Banerjee (P.K.Banerjee) as he is popularly called by millions of his fans. Its a called "Beyond 90 minutes" covering over seven decades of his life as India's leading footballer and illustrious coach. This book is co-written by me.
Q. Briefly, what led up to this book? What were you writing (and getting published, if applicable) before breaking out with this book?
The very thought that though numerous pages were written about this grand old man of Indian football, and few autobiographies were published periodically in Bengali magazines, there is no official version and I feel numerous aspirants of sports mainly football aspirants will immensely benefit from treasure trove of his rich experiences and hence I approached him with the proposal. I was delighted when he readily agreed and I started this project two years back.
I was writing and out thriller (murder mystery) set in the wilderness of Gurgaon and Faridabad highway which will God willing see light sometimes in 2020 before this came my way.
Q. What has been your biggest achievement?
P.K.Banerjee is a living legend and I think I have maintained a right balance with the flow of the narration and hence the book is hugely appreciated in Kolkata International Book fair and is currently in No 1 position for soccer books on Amazon.in. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: RAVI DABRAL INTERVIEW
Q. Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in?
P.K.Banerjee is a huge personality, being FIFA Player of the Millennium and Padmasree. I think I have narrated my intention in a very positive manner hence he readily agreed with my proposition.
Q. Did you have a platform in place? On this topic, what are you doing to build a platform and gain readership?
My biggest platform is that there are millions of fans of P.K.Banerjee all over India especially in Bengal and that is the biggest platform for me. There is a huge craze for this book with an offer from a renowned Publisher in Kolkata to translate in Bengali by this summer and book is topping sales chart on Amazon. So, overall, its a good space to be in at this moment.
Q. Favorite non-fiction book?
It has to be the autobiography of Tennis Superstar Andrei Agassi- Open.
Q. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
I have tremendous passion for writing but will never become a full-fledged one as all my creative juice only flows after I am spent up in my business so its a happy combo for me.
Q. Future of SALISMANIA.com through your eyes?
Book promotion site like Salismania.com is an absolute essential for all the authors because our reading habit as a society is in a steady decline and we must reach to maximum people through this portal.