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Interview with Soumon Chatterjee – Author of Book The Calcutta Conundrum

About the Author:

Soumon Chatterjee is a sailor, sailing as a captain of merchant ships and an author of book The Calcutta Conundrum.


Tell us about the idea behind the book?

It’s the first mystery of a series , the introductory sleuthing of the protagonist Pratik. It is an English adaptation of my Bengali book released in September 2020.

Your favourite part from the book?

The part where Pratik unravels the shades to Swadhin’s character through the many accounts in the diary.

How much time did it take in the process of writing?

About a month to adapt it to English, the Bengali book took me two years to write.

What did the process of writing this book teach you?

That writing a book is as exciting as reading one. 

What inspired you to write this book?

The lack of good clean mystery stories in Bengali since Feluda/ Byomkesh

5 books one must read in a lifetime

Naming only the English ones here……leaving my favourite Bengali ones.

1. Far from the Madding Crowd- Thomas Hardy

2  Tom Sawyer/ Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

3. Dr.Jekyl and Mr Hyde – R.L. Stevenson

4.To kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

5. The Godfather – Mario Puzo

Honorary mention – the Trial (Franz Kafka), Kane and Abel(Jeffrey Archer), Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri)

A book that had an impact on you, which helped you in writing this one?

Feluda mysteries by Satyajit Ray/ Byomkesh mysteries by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay.

Tell us about your publishing journey in 5 words.

Absolutely seamless with Amazon Kindle.

Tell us about your plans? Planning a new book?

My 2nd Bengali book is releasing on 15 October 2021, during the Durga Puja. The English Adaptation – STARSTRUCK will follow in Jan ’22

What is a literary success for you?

To reach out to sufficient readers so that I can be a full-time writer.

A message for all the readers.

Be proud of yourself. In a pacy world where many have forgotten the fun and sense of satisfaction in reading a book, you have hung on to it. 

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