Saikat Baksi

Life is too short. Too many lives to be lived. Too many missions to complete. Too much of happiness to embrace. Too many tears to drink. And then tell a story to the world that says life is good!

Sun Sign

Capricorn

Three things people don’t know about you?

I am a task master in professional life. I am a bad enemy until I forgive and forget. I always keep a large fragment of mine with myself.

What’s your greatest fear?

My children may do the same blunders that I did in life.

What is your greatest achievement?

My five novels.

High point of your life?

Not reached yet. Life is like a stock-market price chart. It moves up, takes a couple of breathes and falls a bit. Then moves to a new high again. In any case, I still can feel the excitement I had felt that morning thirty years ago when my first poem was published in Ananda Bazaar Patrika!

Low point of your life

So many! Each low point feels like the lowest one. But there comes another high. Well… I truly felt low when I had received the first rejection slip for my manuscript ten years ago.

Which living person do you most admire?

Gulzar

Who are your favorite authors?

V S Naipaul, Orhan Pamuk, Ernest Hemingway

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Old Man And The Sea, Magic Seed, My Name Is Read.

Is there a book you love to reread?

Tao Te Ching

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

I am not a big movie buff.

One Superpower you wish you had?

To be in the present and forget the past as well as future like a Zen monk.

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 wish to go back to 19th century France where the greatest of the artists poured their spirit onto the canvas to express their souls. I wish to spend my morning noon and evenings in those cafes rubbing shoulder with a struggling Van Gogh, distraught Gaguin, passionate Lautrec and so on…

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

Skill like Leonardo.

Which book you wish you had written ?

The outsider by Albert Camus.

When and where do you write ?

I prefer to write in the night seated by a wide open window overlooking the vista from a large height.

Silence or music?

Silence

One phrase that you use most often?

And then....

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

No. But unless I am possessed by the spirit of the plot I am planning to write, I don’t write.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Thrillers with no deeper essence.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Write small sentences without tongue-twisters.

Saikat Baksi is an author and an artist. His passions include theology, art and the sub-atomic world. He is a Mechanical Engineer by qualification and works in the Sales & Marketing department of an Engineering Multinational. He doesn’t find any conflict among his roles as an executive and an author or an artist. He lives his life the way it comes and writes about it. He paints what he sees around himself and in his own mind. For him, the world is full of painting and stories. He just lays them down on paper and canvas. Over the years, he lived in seven cities and towns spanning from far south of India to the far north. He felt the pulse of each part of the country he lived in. He shares an intense ‘love and hate’ relation with Kolkata, where he grew up. He does not believe in settling anywhere because, in his view, the settlement is death and motion is life. He currently stays at Anand, Gujarat and cherishes the idyllic charm of the countryside.

Other novels by Saikat Baksi
Something in your eyes
Far beyond the dead end
Did you see the joker?
Fallen Leaf, Withered Wind… And Love

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