Som Prokash Das

An author, a worshipper of literature, natural singer and musician, book lover, love to inspire others and get inspired by life.

Three things people don’t know about you?

Though I don’t want to keep any secret. Having said that, my three information will be- firstly, I have taken talim of sitar for twelve years from Ustad Ali Akbar Khan’s daughter Smt Anima Parera. I have worked at WIPRO. But left the job for my writing. And lastly, my first novel is in Bengali. It is called as “SHAROD MILAN”, published by the Karuna Prakashoni.

What’s your greatest fear?

I love writing. I get scared if I think that one day God will stop writing his words through my pen.

What is your greatest achievement?

I received a mail of one of my readers. She was depressed and wanted to end her life. After reading “Weaving The Waves” four times, she was highly inspired by Kabir. Now her goal is to serve people who are in distress. It is undoubtedly my greatest achievement.

High point of your life?

Whenever I write something good, I relish it as my highest point of my life.

Which living person do you most admire?

My parents and my elder sister are the main source of my inspiration. They are my lifeline. If I have any dream, they fuel it for me. They are the persons I admire the most.

Who are your favorite authors?

I love to read the works of Rabindra Nath Tagore, Sunil Gangopadhya, Agatha Christie, Mitch Albom, Paulo Coelho, etc.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

There are quite a few. But if I have to make a list. The first one is the “Shesher Kobita” by Rabindranath Tagore. The second is “Prothom Alo” by Sunil Gangopadhya. I will give the third position to “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom. Fourth is the “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie. And the fifth is “Around The World In Eighty Days” by Jules Verne.

Is there a book you love to reread?

When you reread “Shesher Kobita”, you will find something new every time. I have read it several times. But I feel the urge to read it again and again.

One Superpower you wish you had?

I want a power through which I could transform every person into a reader. Books can help human to win over evils. Only then the World will become a more beautiful place to live.

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

I was here for you.

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 think the life I am living is the best for me. So, if I get a time machine, I will love to revisit my childhood and adolescent period.

Which book you wish you had written ?

I love reading so many books. But never wished that I would have written them. Those books are the creations of other authors. I can admire them but can’t make them mine.

When and where do you write ?

I don’t have any specific time for writing. My room and my writing table are my writing companions. Without them I feel a little uncomfortable.

Silence or music?

They are opposite side of the same coin. If a Sitar player don’t take any pause then his music will become monotonous. Only silence can make his music more attractive. So silence and music are equally important .

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

I don’t have any writing ritual. But writing is like a prayer, so I lit an incense stick before writing.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Writers are born they are not made. So you are already a chosen one. Believe in God, yourself and keep writing.

Som Prokash Das is an Arts graduate, who worked in the IT industry for a while before leaving his job to pursue his call as a writer. Apart from writing novels in English and Bengali, he also composes poems, songs and short stories in English, Bengali and Hindi. Apart from writing, Som Prokash is passionate about music.

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