SWETA CHAKRABORTY

I am a ‘happy go lucky person’ type of person. I am addicted to books, friends and a bit of ‘chit chat’. My easy going character found interest in cooking while I was shouldered with the responsibility of two kids. My love for easy cooking gained me fame and popularity with my close circle which later took the form of being a culinary writer. Born and brought up in the ‘City of Joy’, Kolkata I was an eager observer of the culinary culture of my family as well as street corner restaurants. After giving up the job of an ad-agency, I took up blogging as a part time interest.
Presently, I reside in Kenya due to the job preference of my husband and I am actively associated with a charitable organisation run by the Indian Diaspora. Apart from being a culinary writer (which is my passion), I would like to pen down some interesting facts from my personal experience which could take the shape of a novel some day. I am truly ecstatic with the way my readers have liked, encouraged and motivated my endeavour for writing down culinary books and will love to see them be on my side on a continuous basis.

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Sun Sign

Virgo

Three things people don’t know about you?

I am a crazy party dancer, lazy bone while comes to making Sunday morning tea (prefer my hubby for that) and an instant party planner.

What’s your greatest fear?

My laughs and giggles should not fade away anyway.

High point of your life?

The acceptance of my manuscript which later took the form of ‘Magical Tiffin Box’, my first book that gave me recognition as an author.

Low point of your life

My dream of holding a government job in my motherland which shattered due to various reasons.

Which living person do you most admire?

Amitabh Bachchan

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Robin Hood

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Mogambo (from the film Mr. India)

Who are your favorite authors?

Nigella Lawson, Satyajit Ray, Chetan Bhagat, Corinne Hoffman and Mahashweta Devi.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Sonar Kella (Bengali), Jay Baba Felunath (Bengali), Badshahi Angti (Bengali), The White Masai (English) and Two States (English)

Is there a book you love to reread?

Of course, all the Feludaa series authored by the maestro Sri Satyajit Ray.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Sonar Kella (Bengali), Sholay (Hindi), Three idiots (Hindi), McKenna’s gold (English) and Jamaloye Jibonto Manush (Bengali)

One Superpower you wish you had?

Let corruption be eradicated from this world.

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

Be the dictator of your own life.

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?

Well, I would choose my childhood to be in Kolkata (India), adolescent in Kolkata (India), Adult life in Paris (France)and Silver Years in Mumbai (India).

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

Being a super woman in real sense (Yes, my country demands so)

Which book you wish you had written ?

Any book where the ordinary but super talented gets justice.

When and where do you write ?

I write at my desk and lucky laptop whenever I get some free time from my family and work.

Silence or music?

Of course music

One phrase that you use most often?

Live life king size

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

Never

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Paranormal (I know it does not exist)

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Write from your heart, do not worry about outcome.

Sweta Chakraborty was born in Kolkata. Like many young children, she was keenly interested in observing the techniques her family members used to prepare traditional food for religious ceremonies, as well as normal fare. A post-graduate in Public Relations, Sweta began her career as a marketing professional. As an ardent admirer of the culinary arts, Sweta has been a food blogger since 2011. Her food writing has become extremely popular and been showcased by various food websites on both national and international platforms. Her e-books are cherished by many a food lover. Sweta drew the idea of this book from her own experiences as a home-cook and from her extensive travels when she had the opportunity to explore the culinary delights of many countries. Her work has multifarious influences, from family recipes to popular restaurant and street food. This book is a collection of some of her all-time favourite recipes. Sweta defines cooking as ‘kitchen chemistry’ and the kitchen as her personal laboratory.

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