Arnab Dutta-Talukder

Author, Auditor, Algorithmic Trader and Physics grad

Sun Sign

Aries

Three things people don’t know about you?

I still have a broken arm, I had a short story published when I was thirteen, I have been in two earthquakes

What’s your greatest fear?

Things not going to plan

What is your greatest achievement?

Being able to turn £25 into £5000 through trading when I was sixteen

High point of your life?

Having my book published three years after starting it

Which living person do you most admire?

My dad, never needed an idol besides him

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Robert Langdon

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Lord Loss (from the Demonata series)

Who are your favorite authors?

Dan Brown and Darren Shan

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

The Lost Symbol, The Immortals of Meluha, Demon Thief, Mockingjay, Boy Soldier

Is there a book you love to reread?

The Lost Symbol

One Superpower you wish you had?

Being able to speak and understand every language

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

I would stick to the time period I was born and grew up in. Nothing compares to the advancements of modern medicine and technology.

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

Humour

Which book you wish you had written ?

1984

When and where do you write ?

Afternoons and evening, in my house

Silence or music?

Silence

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Economic analyses

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Figure out the right punctuation early on, it saves a lot of time and effort down the line.

Arnab Talukder was born in Gujarat in 1998. He has since then, moved from Jamnagar to Gurgaon, from Gurgaon to Kuwait and finally from Kuwait to London. Throughout it all, he kept a keen interest in Hinduism and Indian culture. However, this diminished over time as there were better sources and curriculums at school regarding Roman or Greek history. Philosophy and religious studies were tailored to primarily Christian and Islamic theology.

Over time he chose Philosophy along with Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Geography at A-Levels. Throughout the entire time he felt lacking since he didn’t command the confidence that he did in Christian or Islamic theology as in his religion of Hinduism.

While staying at his aunt’s house in Bangalore he came across the Arthashastra, being bored during a blackout he started reading it. It was exactly what he wanted, no long contradictory hymns of the Rig Vedas, no over the top reverence of the Bhagavad Gita. Just a concise, albeit large, treatise on ancient Hindu states. With more and more analysis he started working on a story at the end of his first year of university. Continuing to do this throughout his Physics degree he also did more philosophy and theology at the university alongside Physics. Gaining valuable insight into things such as how important visions were in ancient Mesopotamia, which was also the case in ancient Hinduism.

He discussed the contents of the Arthashastra with his maternal grandfather who had worked in the PWD in India his entire life. As expected, his grandfather stated that things were far better then, than they are now. Spending more time with his grandfather he realised who he wanted to thank for humouring the mundane topics such as how roads should be built. His grandfather passed away before the completion of the book however.

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