May 14, 2012, Pune, India: BookChums interviewed Sagarika Chakraborty, author of A Calendar too Crowded. In this interview, she discussed her childhood, her interests, her writings, and her passions straight from the heart.
A Calendar too Crowded is Sagarika Chakraborty’s first book. It has been inspired by myriad women she has interacted with during research paper writing from all walks of life. She described her intention behind narrating her accounts in a book as, “During the course of my eight years of research work I met a lot of women and noted their stories. Thus, while the policy researcher in me weaved in statistics and other mundane details to make a report, the thinker in me wondered if I am doing enough. Do the reports make sense to the common man? Will those who actually make up the society ever read my research findings? All this made me decide to show the society mirror through the way it shall affect them the most – by telling stories.” This book is a collection of 25 stories; each one is different from the other and it reveals stark storytelling with a lot of sensitivity.
Sagarika Chakraborty advices aspiring authors, “Know where your heart lies before you pick up the pen.” She advises against adhering to the herd mentality of trying too hard to sell or trying to be unique. Further she believes that nothing in life happens by chance.
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