Q: What do you usually read? Which language do you prefer to read in?
Contemporary and also some relatively old Bengali writers - I like to read fiction. I also like to read books which have lot of reference to nature, or books based on history.
I prefer to read in Bangla.
Q: Do you have a favourite book / author and why is it a favourite?
'Aaranyak' by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay. When I was small, I learnt to think about nature only after reading this book. Also, it unfolded the godliness of nature to me.
Q: You have contributed to StoryWeaver immensely. How is the journey unfolding for you?
The StoryWeaver journey is thrilling and novel.
Q: Can you share one BIG thing that you have taken away from this experience?
It is toughest to write for children. To do that well, one needs to revisit childhood.
Q: How does it feel when your story gets published online?
I feel enormous joy to see my name there. Also a great happiness thinking so many young eyes are moving on it :)
Q: You have translated / reviewed a handful of stories for us. Which one has been your favourite and why?
'Reeti and Mithu'. I cried while translating it. Freedom moves me a lot. It also brought back memories of my pet parrot who used to talk and who died suddenly. I was not there with her when that happened and it shook me for a long while. I got to know what death was, for the very first time.
Q: What is your key driver in taking up Bangla translations of children's books?
I feel strongly about language - particularly about my language, Bangla. It means a lot to me - it is not only an expression - rather it has a quantity, a certain depth. Prose written by Bankimchandra is heavier than prose written by Sharatchandra. I feel strongly about stories..and of course, I love to be with my language.
Q: How else do you think we can join hands in taking bigger steps for children’s literature?
We can encourage children to write a few lines about the stories they read. We can provide them a basic plot and ask them to develop that into a story, help them become story tellers.
Q: How has the overall experience with StoryWeaver been?
স্টোরি উইভারের সঙ্গে কাজ করে অনেক শিখেছি। কখনো মজা পেয়েছি কখনো নতুন কিছু শিখেছি। মনে মনে একটি শিশু হয়ে যেতে পেরেছি।
My experience with StoryWeaver has been an enriching one - I learnt, I was amused, I felt occupied and most of all, I am happy to read innocent stories.
Q: Whats the secret of behind your truckloads of enthusiasm and super quick response time?
I am generally enthusiastic about everything. Sometimes I think I am not a grown up at all! I still itch to pick up a Pepsi bottle from behind unguarded Pepsi trucks or throw a stone on a clean and shiny window pane!
Sanghamitra Ghosh has translated several stories for us to Bengali, which you can read and enjoy here.