Interview with Deblina Bhattacharya
About the Book: 'These knots that do bind, make thee one of a kind'
Knot is a collection of poetry and prose about love and heartbreak, tragedy and grief, survival and loss. It's a journey through the numerous knots that we tie in life, and the ones we tangle and untangle with. It explores the realities of mental illness and suicide, social taboos and violence against women, pain and darkness, self-love and healing in all its naked glory. The rhythm of knots resonates directly with the poet's heart, conveying to the readers that there is a way to untangle every knot in life, but sometimes, some of these knots are what we are made of.
Let us know more about the writer of 'Knots' Ms. Deblina Bhattacharya:
I know I have to let you goCause you ain't no good for meBut what can I do boy?My heart is a locked cofferAnd only you have the key. - Deblina Bhattacharya
1.Tell us something about yourself?
A: Hi, I’m Deblina Bhattacharya, an author and poet from Kolkata. Growing up surrounded by literature, I’m quite naturally a bookworm and a logophile. I also love music, travelling and movies. I’m a fun loving person, but I’m very shy. Being a depression warrior myself, I’m a huge mental health advocate and feel that everyone should talk about mental health issues openly. I write poems and stories which are firmly rooted in reality.
2.What is the feeling of publishing your first book?
A: Publishing my first book was an exhilarating experience. I remember, the day it was supposed to go live, I could barely sit still. It has now gone to become a number 1 bestseller in poetry, and I am so thankful.
3.What made you write your first book?
A: So, the poems in KNOTS, they were all written at separate times. When I was writing them, publication was the farthest thing on my mind. They were all written at certain crucial points in my life. It wasn’t until this year that I realized I had stacked up quite a bunch of poems, and thought to take a leap of faith and publish it.
4.Tell us more about your book?
A: My book KNOTS is a poetry and quotes collection. Most of the poems are based on my personal experiences, and cover a wide range of topics, from love to mental illnesses. Each and every poem contains a piece of me in it. The book covers various phases in my life during the last few years.
My heart bleeds ink
My soul breathes words
My pen screams poetry
Pain lacing each and every verse.
Every scar I bear
Tells its own story
Every heartbreak leaves its mark
On the tear-soaked pages,
In all its glory.
5.Who is your favourite author and book?
A: To a bookworm like me, it’s indeed the most difficult task to choose a single favourite author and book. However, an author I really idolize is JK Rowling. And Harry Potter books define my teenage years. Another author I really admire is Jules Verne.
6.Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
A: I think the thing I struggle with the most is descriptive writing. Capturing the very essence of an emotion, a person, a setting even, is a very challenging thing to do. I try to improve myself every day.
7. How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book?
A: I never intended to become an author or a poet. Writing and poetry happened quite fortuitously. I always loved writing essays and little stories for school. But I started writing seriously only in 2015, when tragedy hit me hard. I took up writing as my hobby in those dark times, as a way to vent, to express myself. Now, I simply can’t imagine myself as anything other than an author.
8.What do you want to say about the publishing industry and its future?
A: I think self publishing has truly revolutionized the industry today, and it will continue to do so in the future. Indie books that were once looked down upon as poor literature, are now capturing the attention of readers. The future of Indian publishing industry, according to me, now relies on the indie community.
9.I read your poems on different themes ranging from darkness to love and you portrayed it nicely, was it not difficult at your age?
A: First of all, thank you. And secondly, I don’t suppose it was difficult, because most of my poetry is confessionist poetry. I write poems based on my own experience, and when you are really familiar with the emotions, it isn’t hard putting it into words.
10.Anything you want to say to the readers, to me and to aspiring authors?
A: To my readers, thank you for supporting me thus far. I couldn’t have done it without your help. Please keep showering your love on me, so that my journey in this world of literature continues. Thanks to you, Eshan, for being so kind. You’re an extremely talented writer yourself, and I thank you for this opportunity. It’s an honour. To the aspiring authors, never try to cater to the readers’ tastes or write what’s popular. Write only what you want to, what your heart and soul tells you to, and I promise you, you will see success one day. Never give up, write on.
11. Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
My book is now available for purchase on Amazon kindle worldwide – mybook.to/knots
Follow me on Twitter as @authordeblina and on Instagram as @author_deblina
Congratulations Deblina Bhattacharya for your upcoming poetry book, 'Knots'. It was fun interacting with you. We wish you a great future in literature!