Interview with Ms. Haimanti Bhattacharya, Author of ‘Bombay Tales’
Haimanti Bhattacharya hails from an entrepreneurial family. Being a new author, her book ‘Bombay Tales’ was accepted quite well by the readers in spite of it being a mid-pandemic release.
With her expertise in relationship counseling, she has been able to give sane relationship advice, as she has always prioritized resolving conflicts rather than flamming them.
She believes good book and a good food can make any human happy. Her love for food and writing led her to conceive her own novel.
She has also hosted many dating events in order to help people find genuine companions. She plans to make Bombay Tales a real place in the future, that one can explore.
After spending a decade in the corporate world, working with renowned brands, Haimanti Bhattacharya decided to take the plunge into writing and become an author. Her love for food and writing led her to conceive her own novel.
Her love at first sight were her childhood books and there was no looking back after that. Reading soon became a part of her daily life.
She began deriving inspiration from real people whose stories would go on in her mind, the beginning of an urge to pen them down. Hence started the journey of Bombay Tales.
Bombay Tales is her first fiction book which deals with love- love for self, food and another person in a holistic and dependent way, where one is incomplete without the other.
Being an English Literature student she acknowledges the best way of expressing emotions is through words and has tried to use them to weave a contemporary story in millennial Bombay of the 2000s. She believes good food and a good book can make any human happy.
Bombay Tales has been her dream and she loves dreams that come true and plans to make Bombay Tales a real place that one can explore.
What did you want to do when you grew up?
Haimanti Bhattacharya: Like all young people I was confused but I knew I wanted to be in media and communications. Writing was always a passion but I never thought I had the capability to author a book.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Haimanti Bhattacharya: Pushed by my very dear friends, I started a blog on Blogspot Living Today and wrote about life and relationships.
I was surprised by the acceptance and by my friends’ appreciation. Therefore one fine day I just started penning a new story down.
I was at one of my restaurants and started writing a story that appealed to me. I realized that it is writing that made me immensely happy. It was then that I just knew this is what I want.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Haimanti Bhattacharya: I started writing while at work, after being back from work until the wee hours, on weekends, and actually wrote an entire novel.
I sent out the first draft to my sister and close friends looking for validation and then started the hunt for a publisher.
When I first got a reply from one of the publishers showing interest I knew I am a writer and of course when I first held the dummy copy I was overwhelmed and dared to consider myself a writer.
Where do you get ideas for your books?
Haimanti Bhattacharya: I am a storyteller at heart. I weave stories in my head all the time. I just wait to pen them down before I forget.
How many books have you written?
Haimanti Bhattacharya: As of now one book that is published and one is a work in progress.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Haimanti Bhattacharya: Honestly, I am always working and writing. I am a restaurateur and writer and I love both equally.
I have never really found the time to keep separate for writing. I am still the one balancing both my passions but I look forward to the day I ll be on an island taking a writing break.
How long does it take you to write a book?
Haimanti Bhattacharya: My first book took almost 3 years with all the breaks in between and changes and let’s see how much time my next novel takes.
When did you write your first book?
Haimanti Bhattacharya: It has been a good one year for my first book
What is the most difficult part about writing for you?
Haimanti Bhattacharya: The most difficult thing is to find a time that is dedicated to writing. Also building the supporting characters is a challenge that takes a lot of thought.
What advice would you give new writers?
Haimanti Bhattacharya: I would say shed the fear and if you want to, then just write. Stop analyzing your pros and cons, thinking you need to do courses, you need validation from people or any other push.
Just write what comes to you. Writing is creativity so it comes to you it can’t be a created need. Follow your heart.
Where can readers purchase your books?
Haimanti Bhattacharya: My book is available on Amazon and all crossword bookstores.
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