ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Shibaji is a practitioner in learning and development, also working closely in the wealth management space. He graduated from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, followed by a post-graduate diploma from IISWBM, Kolkata. With two decades worth of experience in sales and distribution, he called it quits to be on his own. He is a life enthusiast, an uncompromising foodie and is known for his sense of humor.
Q. Characterize yourself in one word?
Q. Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.
Till We Meet Again is a story of resilience and determination, it’s a heady cocktail of familial bonds, hope, deceit, vengeance, and love.
Q. Briefly, what led up to this book? What were you writing (and getting published, if applicable) before breaking out with this book?
When I think of some of the all-time best of stories that has left a deep and everlasting impact on me, it includes but is not limited to the titles like Great expectations, Wuthering Heights, Oliver Twist, The Hungry Tide, Malgudi Days and Chowringhee.
The stories have celebrated the lives of ordinary people and the socio-political environment, which prevailed during those times. I knew I had a story and I wanted to narrate it. The beauty of writing a story about ordinary people is that it becomes relatable. It comes somewhere between a fiction and the fairy-tale.
So, sometime back in 2014 when I started writing the book, I had a fair idea of the central plot, the sub-plots, and the characters. The first thing that I did was to revisit my favorite books and find out the chapter planning by the authors. The idea was to create a page-turner. I had set myself with three clear objectives, considering the fact that the genre would be a contemporary fiction. The first being, each of the characters must evolve gradually but should not end abruptly.
Secondly, the socio-political environment must be realistic to make the reader believe that he or she is living it while reading the book and lastly, it must have a fairly wide appeal, instead of getting bracketed for a defined audience. The characters are on a first name basis till their surnames reveal their identity with respect to their caste, religion, stereotypes, etc. It was intentional.
Q. What has been your biggest achievement?
To come out of the rut of a 9 to 5 job and being on my own!
Q. Looking back, what did you do right that helped your break-in?
I learnt not to question the wisdom of people. But to frame the right question and get the best out of them.
Q. Did you have a platform in place? On this topic, what are you doing to build a platform and gain readership?
I think there is a definite vacuum of writing real stories in a world, which is overcrowded with the ‘make-believe’ storytelling. The ‘surrealism’ that is dictating and deciding the publishing calendars for the publishers; must start accepting the need to portray real lives and the times that they live in. I have made an honest attempt to break this glass ceiling and I hope that the writers will further this cause.
Currently, my blog www.shibajibose.com is the platform to feature and represent my cause. I have some more plans which will unfold in the near future.
Q. Favourite book?
Very difficult to pinpoint. When I think of some of the all-time best of stories that has left a deep and everlasting impact on me, it includes but is not limited to the titles like Great expectations, Wuthering Heights, Oliver Twist, The Hungry Tide, Malgudi Days and Chowringhee. The stories have celebrated the lives of ordinary people and the socio-political environment, which prevailed during those times.
Q. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
I am scared of cockroach, lizards, and snake!
Q. Future of SALISMANIA.com through your eyes?
Salismania is a platform, which is a promising open architecture for new writers. It must focus more and more towards building an organic audience of book readers, reviewers, and contributors; so that the promotions for writers become unique. Unique in the sense that it caters to a specific genre, writing style and narrative instead of reaching out largely to the paid influencers.
WHAT TO READ: Till We Meet Again by Shibaji Bose
ABOUT THE BOOK:
“Ordinary people have extraordinary stories.” Aryan is a young man with an extraordinary zeal to discover himself. His tryst with destiny begins when his father becomes the victim of political violence. He is suddenly the man of the house. In trying to bring together his breaking family, and win back their family home, he experiences life through encounters with some incredible women. Rhea helps inculcate a sense of purpose in his life. Kavya is vivacious, Flirty and sensuous, who makes him bolder.
Priya teaches him lessons none else could have, and Ahana is an innocent poet at heart, who makes him shed the garb of the hermit. Till we meet again is a story of a sleepy neighborhood, which transforms into a modern-day ghetto of gated communities, riding the real estate juggernaut. A story of resilience and determination, it’s a heady cocktail of familial bonds, hope, deceit, vengeance, and love.
PUBLISHER: Srishti Publishers & Distributors