An Enchanting Discussion with the Renowned Author Sabarna Roy
Sabarna Roy is a trained Civil Engineer and passed out with a First Class Honours Civil Engineering Degree from Jadavpur University in 1988. He is presently working as Senior Vice President and is in the 25th year of his employment with Electrosteel Group.
Sabarna Roy is engaged in giving leadership to Business Development, Applications Technology and certain key Strategies in the Electrosteel Group.
He has a technical book, titled: Articles on Ductile Iron Pipelines and Framework Agreement Contracting Methodology published by Scholars’ Press in European Union with two of his Co-authors, which have been translated into 8 major European languages.
He has been visiting national and international conferences to talk on various matters concerning ecology and environment. He is a firm believer in Paris Climate Accord and believes in lowering the Carbon Footprint in the industry to reverse the climate change effects on the planet.
He is an active participant in the multifarious activities of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, Confederation of Indian Industries, Central Board of Irrigation and Power, and Indian Geographical Committee of International Water Resources Association.
Sabarna Roy is an author of critically acclaimed bestselling literary fiction of six published books. They are: Pentacles; Frosted Glass; Abyss; Winter Poems; Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012 – 2018, and Etchings of the First Quarter of 2020.
His 7th book: Fractured Mosaic will hit the markets in February 2021.
His literary works have been published by Leadstart Inkstate, Mumbai.
He is a Goodreads author with present rating of 4.05 with reviews and ratings in excess of 1,750 and on Amazon, he is rated between 4 and 5 with reviews and ratings in excess of 1,500.
He has been covered by all prestigious national and international media including The New York Guardian, Nigeria Tribune, Kathmandu Tribune, Financial Nigeria and The Guardian Post, and he is on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabarna_Roy).
He was an invited speaker on the opening day at the Noida International Literary Festival 2019 and a panelist at the Tata Steel Literary Meet on the opening day at a session, which discussed the Dark Side of the Mind.
He has been awarded the Literoma Laureate Award in 2019, Literoma Star Achiever Award 2020, Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012 – 2018 won the best book of the year 2019, the A List Award for excellence in fiction by the NewsX Media House, Certificate for The Real Super Heroes for spreading a spirit of positivity and hope during the COVID-19 Pandemic from Forever Star India Award 2020, and the Certificate for Participation in the Indo Russian Friendship Celebration 2020, and the Literoma Golden Star Award 2020: Lifetime Achievement.
Conversation with Sabarna Roy
What inspired you to write after choosing to be a civil engineer?
I have been maintaining a journal from an early age, since my school days. I have been into writing intensely during my University years. In fact, my first book – an anthology of English poems – titled: Pain was published in the year 1986, and it was published by my mother. It was a very slim book, and the production quality was not great. However, it created a stir in the students’ community in Calcutta, including literary academia. After I joined the corporate sector, I became more or less an on-and-off writer until 2002, when I started practicing oral storytelling, and this continued up to 2005. I started writing very seriously since July 2007. It was an almost a kind of a bug that hit me deep inside my soul, and it was not possible for me, without writing, to keep this bug at bay. I have not suffered writer’s block till today. You have to understand that a civil engineer handles almost all of the variables of nature including soil, water, wind, and earthquakes. These pose indeterminate problems to human beings, and as such, civil engineering in many ways, more than one, helps you to become interdisciplinary.
A successful writer, a successful engineer also a social activist, what next?
I practically have no other talent or interest except being a passionate author, engineer, and a limited activist because of the times that we live in. Passionate people do not measure their progress in life by material successes. If the passion is unrelenting and unending, they will continue to do their work in the best possible manner they can.
If you could share a few details on your current book? What is it about? What inspired you? If you could share something about your favorite character in the book?
I have signed the book contract for my 7th book, titled: Fractured Mosaic on December 2, 2020. Fractured Mosaic is a yet another kaleidoscope from my arsenal of journals that should take the readers to a mesmerizing whirlpool of philosophy, politics, and stories. Most of the works published in the book have been earlier published in reputed media houses as my musings, and in this book, they have been brought together for the benefit of all the readers. After the success and popularity of my earlier six books, I have been constantly writing in the format of a journal to imitate how the mind works in real life. This book will be released worldwide on January 25, and its Kolkata launch will take place on February 12.
What are your thoughts about the current scenario in the World, anything that inspired you to write another story with any character you might have it in mind to write about?
The current world is facing hate politics and bigotry of unimaginable proportions, and climate change is for real. I think even authors like me will have to engage in direct political action, may be in a limited way, to be able to fulfil the needs of what we talk about. The farmers’ protest recently is deeply disturbing because of the way the legislation came about in an authoritarian manner and how the protest is being handled by the Government without any empathy. This requires support from all sections of creative people who want to make others think and make the world a better place to live in.
What’s next, what can your readers expect from Sabarna Roy? So many accreditations, how do you feel about it?
You must understand that an author feels fully satisfied when he or she is able to connect with his or her readers with his or her core-thoughts. Accreditation helps us in the process because it gives us some more visibility.
Writers do have an image, usually people have a portrait towards a writer, how they look, what they do, how their image is. What would you like to say about that? Do you require a silent place, or your space to isolate somewhere in Mountains for months to finish writing, how do you manage between the day-to-day life and write?
I do not want to be trapped into any image. What one writes is more significant than the author. People may be interested about the imagery of an author, but that they should be able to decode from reading the author’s works. I prefer writing in my writing studio, which also has a library, rather than in the mountains because while I am in the mountains, I would prefer to go for long walks. Juggling between multiple works and professions is something which I have adopted because of the cooperation of my employers and my family; otherwise, this seamless shifting on a daily basis could not have happened.