Author Koushik Majumder – I usually work on multiple stories or books.
A brief about author Koushik Majumder (in his own words)
An MBA from IMT Ghaziabad presently working as a Business Consultant in Chennai. I was born and brought up in Kolkata and did my schooling and engineering from Kolkata. I like writing stories and poems and making them into audio stories and films. I have been writing stories and poems since childhood.
My works are published in “Ai: Love on the Rocks”, “Varna” and “Unitatis” by Ukiyoto Publishing and selected for “The Fallen Leaf” to be published by Half Baked Beans. My story “The Male Child” is selected for Juggernaut selects Program. My collection of Bengali poems is set to be published in a book called “Oprokashito” or the unpublished by Affordable Publishers.
How long did it take to get your first novel / book published?
My first story took around 6 months to publish. It was a competition conducted by an online platform where my story was selected nationally among top fifteen stories. My second story was published within 2 months as it was specific to the theme the publisher provided and they liked my story.
What mistakes did you make with the publishing of your first book which you try not to repeat?
I think in my first one or two stories I was not very aware of the story editing process and my editors helped me to understand that. So after that I usually revise my stories many times before sending them ahead so that there is minimal editing to be done.
Can you focus on working on two books or stories at the same time?
Yes I usually work on multiple stories or books. For books, I keep working on them over a period of six months and in between I complete several short stories which I can think of or publisher requests.
Is there a modus operandi you follow and formulate before you actually start writing your next book?
Yes, I usually try different methods for different stories. Sometimes I outline the chapters like what will happen in which chapter. Other times I will just start writing and on the way, I will try to formulate the next part. Both have their pros and cons. So, it mostly depends on whether I am completely ready with the plot or not.
Does the writer’s block actually exist? Any tips you would give to come out of it.
I haven’t felt writer’s block yet as I have concepts ready to be developed into stories as soon as I finish one. But I think there might come a time when I might feel a dearth of ideas and then I hope I might feel a writer’s block. But I feel if someone is constantly reading or staying informed about diverse things then they will always form new ideas and that can help come out of writer’s block.
What was the book that most influenced your life, and why?
I would mention two books not only for their topics but also for their style of writing. One is Delhi by Khushwant Singh. I think that book has left a very deep impact on me as I became a fan of historical fiction genre after that. Especially the use of subtle humour attracts me more.
Another book which I read in Bengali but is also available in English translation is Those Days by Sunil Gangopadhyay which is based on 19th century Calcutta and the Babus and zamindars of those times. This also portrays a beautiful image of our society of those times and we find all those evils of those times still existing in our society and few good men still trying effortlessly to fight them.
How often do you read other novels? Who are your favourite authors?
I am an avid reader and usually read two books a month. I always have books waiting in queue. I try to read both Bengali and English books, mostly fiction. My favourite authors are George Orwell, Khushwant Singh, Jhumpa Lahiri, Amitabh Ghosh, Garcia Marquez and Rabindranath Tagore and Sunil Gangopadhyay.
Links to his books:
Varna: Dating (My story)
Ai – Love on the Rocks -3: Untimely Rains (My story)
Unitatis: My poems appear in this book