Sahadev Sahoo

A bibliophile, silent observer and a prolific writer. Writes both in Odia and in English.

Sun Sign

Virgo

Three things people don’t know about you?

I cannot keep a secret. Either I speak out or if I cannot speak out, I write in my stories or novels.

What’s your greatest fear?

Meanness and hypocrisy in any person

What is your greatest achievement?

Yet to come

High point of your life?

When I became a father, blessed with a daughter.

Low point of your life

When I was rejected for a post of lecturer in a government college. I wanted to be a professor. Could not be.

Which living person do you most admire?

Manoj Das, the writer

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Karna of Mahabharata

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Ravan of the Ramayan

Who are your favorite authors?

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Fyodor Dostoyvsky, Albert Camus and Manoj Das

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Hundred Years of Solitude by Marquez, Crime and Punishment by Dostoyvsky, The Outsider by Camus, Animal Farm by Goerge Orwell and Neelsaila (Odia) by Surendra Mohanty

Is there a book you love to reread?

Crime and Punishment

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

I am not a movie buff

One Superpower you wish you had?

To have a magic power to make the people around me smile always.

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

A dreamer who fails to translate his dreams to reality, but never gives up dreaming

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?

In an Odia village of my country, in a hut situated on the bank of a river.

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

The gift to sing.

Which book you wish you had written ?

Brothers Karamazov of Fyodor Dostoyvsky

When and where do you write ?

I write in early morning in my bed room. I wake up every day at 4:30 in the morning.

Silence or music?

Music

One phrase that you use most often?

Down to earth

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

I have the main character in each of my stories or novels with a name beginning with ‘S’

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Nothing of the sort

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Live the life as it comes; make best use of your experience in writing.

Sahadev Sahoo writes stories and novels in Odia and English. His stories are being published in all the distinguished literary magazines of Odisha. Fifteen books penned by him have been published so far: eleven collections of stories, three novels and a collection of three novelettes in Odia. A few of his stories are published in different literary web magazines including museindia.com, indianreview.in, facenfacts.com, etc. He writes a blog which can be accessed at sahadevsworld.blogspot.com. Besides, he writes features in English and Odia for the newspapers and magazines on taxation matters and current affairs. He has been felicitated by many organisations in Odisha for his literary activities and has won the prestigious Bisuba Jhankar Galpa Samman and Subrat Smaraki Galpa Samman. Sahadev Sahoo, a Finance Officer, is presently working as Joint Commissioner for Government of Odisha.

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