Nilotpal Kumar Dutta

Author, Sales Leader, Family Person


Sun Sign


Three things people don’t know about you?

I can watch Govinda movies back to back. I'm rebuilding my childhood comic book collection. I love Madhubani painting.

What’s your greatest fear?

Loss of loved ones.

What is your greatest achievement?

Finishing my first book.

High point of your life?

Birth of my son.

Low point of your life

Deaths during Covid in family and friends.

Which living person do you most admire?

Kapil Dev

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Phantom from Phantom comic series by Lee Falk

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Gabbar Singh from Sholay

Who are your favorite authors?

P G Wodehouse, R K Narayan, Premchand

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Roots by Alex Haley, To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, Malgudi Days by R K Narayan, Love Story by Erich Segal

Is there a book you love to reread?

Many from my comic book collection

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Godfather, Swades, The Intern, Billu, Ek Ruka Hua Faisla

One Superpower you wish you had?

Reading Minds

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

Father. Husband. Son. Brother. Friend.

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 - Maybe just where I grew up. Adolescent - 1950s in India. Adult Life - Harappa / Mohenjodaro during Indus Valley Civilisation. Silver Years - Maybe a Buddhist monastery two thousand years back.

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

Playing an instrument

Which book you wish you had written ?

Malgudi Days

When and where do you write ?

Mostly weekends at home

Silence or music?


One phrase that you use most often?

This too shall pass.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

Fortunately none.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

R L Laxman's cartoons.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Write for yourself.

Nilotpal has been working in the Indian IT industry for more than 25 years and is currently employed as Director, Sales with a large IT MNC.

Brought up in Dhanbad, he completed his schooling from De Nobili School, where he was awarded the ‘Most Representative Student Award’ for the outgoing batch. He received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi. Subsequently, he obtained PGCBM from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

His last novel ‘Everything and Nothing’, a pre-partition Bengal saga, was widely appreciated and was mentioned amongst ‘Top Ten Books of the week’ and rated by a reviewer as one of the 28 books that stood out in 2020.

Nilotpal lives in Bangalore.

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