Bhuban Patra

Reader, Writer, Traveller, Artist and an Optimist.


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Three things people don’t know about you?

There are many and I would like to keep it that way, a secret.

What’s your greatest fear?

I don’t like confined spaces.

What is your greatest achievement?

When I published my first book.

High point of your life?

My first solo trip to Nepal during 2002 was probably my first high. I was out in search of myself, and the divine mountains helped me.

Low point of your life

There was a brief period when one of my ventures did not work as I had expected, and I had to shut down its operations.

Which living person do you most admire?

Mr Ratan Tata. ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’ is the right phrase to describe him.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Iron Man because he is a Genius, a Billionaire, a Playboy and a Philanthropist. :-)

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

The Night King from Game of Thrones. He is a real fantasy villain and could make the greatest of heroes shiver. (Not from the web series though and definitely not from season 8)

Who are your favorite authors?

R K Narayan, Amitav Ghosh, J R R Tolkien, J K Rowling, Jhumpa Lahiri

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

The Guide, IBIS Trilogy, Shiva Trilogy, Sapiens, The Book Thief

Is there a book you love to reread?

I would love to read the Harry Potter series. I never get tired of the adventures, and there is a new revelation every time I read it.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Lord of the Rings, Shawshank Redemption, 1917, Lagaan, Lakshya

One Superpower you wish you had?

I would probably like to be a Shapeshifter and posses powers like ‘Mystique’ from the X-Men series.

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?


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?

Childhood and Adolescent – 400 CE, during the Gupta empire and be part of a period that is known as the golden age of India. I would grow up and move to Nalanda and begin my learning journey at its famous university. Adult life – Early 1900’s Bengal and actively participate in the freedom struggle. Silver Years – 1100 CE at Kalinga and relive that glorious era when the Lord Jagannath temple and Konark sun temple were just constructed.

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

I would wish to be an Indian Polyglot.

Which book you wish you had written ?

Lord of the rings written by J R R Tolkien

When and where do you write ?

I can write anytime and anywhere, but it is mostly guided by the state of my mind.

Silence or music?

70/30 Silence/Music

One phrase that you use most often?

‘Good Girls’ for my pets.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

I do not have such a thing like ritual or superstition. I make it a point to write every day.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

I guess ‘Mills and Boon’ as these were my first set of books I read early during my school days.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

One needs to read a variety of works and keep writing every day.

I am an Author by choice and a marketing executive by profession. I have a degree in management from Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands and hold a certification in Social Media Marketing. I was born in Balasore, a quaint town in Odisha and was raised up in Bhubaneswar. I currently reside in Hyderabad with my wife Nidra and two pet daughters (Nilu & Peppy).
I guess I am like most of us around, mired in quotidian details. I try to live a simple life while appreciating the creations of mother nature and empathising with the other living creatures around. I travel a lot, explore cultures, meet many exciting people and try to live positively. Travelling in a way helps me see this world differently and keeps me young, whereas writing keeps my mind active.

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