Sulagna Chaudhury

A strong believer in making the best of any moment, I live by the mantra that big or small, I can make each moment mine so that when I retrospect, I don’t regret. Continually trying to enhance my creative skills, I am an active blogger, author, vocalist and a radio jockey whilst building my business skills, I am working on pre-sales, client relationship building and management, communication and PR, branding and project management across Information Technology, Media, Academics and Retail Banking.

Sun Sign

Sagittarius

Three things people don’t know about you?

I am at times “a cleanliness freak”, while I love travelling, home is still my favorite place on earth and anyone with a pessimistic approach turns me off completely.

What’s your greatest fear?

The world turning so virtual that people stop connecting in reality.

What is your greatest achievement?

Authoring Monsoon Masala

High point of your life?

Quite a few… Holding my daughter in my arms for the 1st time, signing my 1st autograph on the cover page of Monsoon Masala, reading my interviews in various newspapers.

Low point of your life

My 1st show on air… thanks to my nervousness I sucked and felt so! But over the 12+ years of radio jockeying things became more and more fun and flawless.

Which living person do you most admire?

My father… hands down

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Diana Prince… multifaceted personality who starts as an Army nurse to becoming a military intelligence officer (promoted to higher ranks), then later a civilian employee, businesswoman, astronaut, or staff member at the United Nations, etc.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Catwoman… with her love hate relationship with Batman

Who are your favorite authors?

I have been an avid reader from my childhood. While my childhood was full of Enid Blyton, Satyajit Ray, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, TarashankarBandopadhyaya…as I grew up, the works of legends like Rabindranath Tagore, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay fascinated me. I am in complete love with Jeffrey Archer, Sidney Sheldon, John Grisham, R. K. Narayan, Jackie Collins, Daniel Silva, Jhumpa Lahiri, Bikram Seth, Arundhati Roy, Amish Tripathi. Honestly my list is endless…

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

While I have a long list, top of the mind -Noukadubi, Parineeta, A Suitable Boy, Interpreter of Maladies, Black Widow

Is there a book you love to reread?

Quite a few actually – right from the favourites I have listed

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Sound of Music, English Vinglish, Bawarchi, Police Academy series, Balika Vadhu

One Superpower you wish you had?

Being able to multitask flawlessly– attending deliverable calls, playing with my daughter and working on my next writing project simultaneously.

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

Miracles are just a stone’s throw away… you just need to believe in them.

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?

Adolescent… best time indeed with dreams daring to fly.

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

Lyrics writing… words do touch the heart.

Which book you wish you had written ?

Interpreter of Maladies

When and where do you write ?

Usually during night, in one corner of my room

Silence or music?

Music

One phrase that you use most often?

Somebody stop me!

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

Have to visualize what I write

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Mills and Boon!

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Often I hear the statement that “today almost everyone feels he can write”. While the statement is not motivational, it is true! With the plethora of paperbacks, flurry of publishers, diverse medium options writing got a fresh lease and is bringing out a new generation of writers altogether …people who are gifted with the art of “connecting” but unfortunately who were not writing much and for the larger audience previously. If someone says that quality is getting compromised, my thinking is that readers are not takers of everything that’s comes out. In the flood of paperbacks…people still rate … talk…and with active social networking, the word or should I say, the judgment spreads! And so my 2 cents - don’t give up… write what you believe in… while commercial success is definitely the dessert to crave, personal satisfaction is the hunger you will satiate!! Honestly there is nothing sweeter than leafing through the pages of your own creation. And you never know your belief just might be something people believe in / identify themselves with. After all, one of the famous words of wisdom that stand strong through centuries happen to be “Pen is mightier than sword”!

With over 15 years of experience, Sulagna Chaudhury at present works with a reputed MNC as a Client Services & Sales professional. She is the owner of a contemporary dance group “Jhankar Beatz” and in her free time doubles as an MC doing corporate as well as public shows. Hers is a multifaceted career that also encompasses stints as a lecturer and a banker while living her “radio” passion and ruling as a popular RJ across cities and radio stations for more than a decade. She is an active blogger who loves penning her thoughts on diverse topics and proudly lives her mantra of “Life is all about moments ... it is you who decides to make it large.” She currently resides in Bangalore, India, with her husband and her 5-year-old daughter.

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