ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Saugata is a Central Banker with experience in fields as varied as currency management, human resource planning, financial supervision, foreign exchange dealing, and market intelligence.
His career with the Reserve Bank of India has taken him literally to all the parts of India. In his leisure, he likes to travel, even more, picking up conversations with absolute strangers along his way, within and outside the country.
A voracious reader since his primary schooling days, his foray into creative writing in English started in early teens and gathered steam while studying at the University of Calcutta for his post-graduation in Accounting.
He is a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance and holds A Certificate in Dealing from ACI, Paris. Trained in Corporate Communications at IIM-Ahmedabad, he is as good a listener as a narrator.
In between the University and the RBI, Saugata was briefly associated with academics and both his past students and he cherish the memories from that era till date.
Even now, he continues to deliver speeches on different aspects of financial markets and frauds in institutes across the country. His other muse is wildlife photography and he is passionate about the conservation of endangered species.
Q. Characterize yourself in one word?
Wanderlust. (Hahaha, does that require an explanation?)
Q. Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.
‘They Go to Sleep’ is a collection of 12 short stories from different genres with mystery playing out in the background.
Q. Briefly, what led up to this book? What were you writing (and getting published, if applicable) before breaking out with this book?
My followers say I write best when I write prose in Bengali. But, my Bengali writings have so far been limited to a few little magazines. We, in Reserve Bank of India, have this national in-house journal ‘Without Reserve’ where I started writing in English back in 2012.
From the features, I soon migrated to short stories. Last August, my first feature reappeared in the 50th Year Special Issue of ‘Without Reserve’ made of select writings over all these years.
Q. What has been your biggest achievement?
‘They Go to Sleep’ reached the eighth position in Amazon India’s bestseller list of short stories on its debut. I was in touching distance from anthologies of Ruskin Bond. It was a great feeling! I won’t mention my achievements in central banking here.
Q. Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in?
Observing. Orson Scott Card once said "Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any."
I am not saying I am a good writer, but I do tell a lot of stories. Storytelling also requires the ability to see a good number of those ideas that we walk past.
Q. Did you have a platform in place? On this topic, what are you doing to build a platform and gain readership?
Yes, and no. As I have stated, ‘Without Reserve’ was a platform for reaching out to a pan India readership. At its peak, 13,000 copies of WR used to get printed. But it has a severe limitation as it is only for internal circulation.
On the other hand, it did give me a handful of avid readers who would look forward to my next story. Yet, the decision to reach out requires a much larger platform.
Visibility is important and hence, I have started approaching a few professionals who take great pride in their exclusive work of reviewing books.
One thing I am pretty sure about is the content. I am only getting that revalidated by few who are known for their penchant to give honest reviews.
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One too many. But, if I have to pick up one, that would be ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams.
Q. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
That I used to be afraid of heights, and that now I fake it!
Q. Future of SALISMANIA.com through your eyes?
A website that runs into 80+ pages all talking about books and authors and still growing is bound to attract more and more readers. I wish it becomes the top Book Promotion Site in India in the coming days. BUY NOW: THEY GO TO SLEEP by Saugata Chakraborty