Writing out of love, or for readers? – Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utshob

The second session at the Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utshob, being held at the Oxford Bookstore, Park Street had speakers like Anish Deb, Prachoto Gupta, Bani Basu, Ullash Mullick and Dipanwita Ray.
The authors seem ideal for this session, as all of them are from varied fields of literature. Anish Deb deals primarily with ghosts and the supernatural, while Ullash Mullick is a filmmaker and Bani Basu is a prolific author whose works have been regularly published in Desh, apart from others.

In Session.
In Session.

With a very witty introduction, involving how diabetes patients will always crave for sweets and how its not always okay to comply with what the heart wants.

Bani Basu began with how all authors initially write out of love, but then mould it into something that readers will love. Whether a writer ultimately will love the finished product or not, is debatable, but the publisher, primarily has to like it.

Pracheto Gupta, says how his writing is mostly born out of a fusion of both. He writes to satisfy himself, as well as, to earn a living. According to him, it is a constant quest for an author to fuse both sides –  to please himself and to impress readers. He says, a reader will love a writers writing only when the reader is inquisitive about what the author’s heart wants.

Anish Deb went on to use the analogy of which came first, the hen or the egg, to describe the topic. Generally, he has observed that whatever pleases him the most, also seems to impress readers a lot. He would always choose to express his feelings and write his heart out, instead of thinking about whether readers would like it.

Ullash Mullick, who mostly writes humorous pieces, says that its a reflection of his humour in real life. He feels, that in todays age, he cannot claim that pleasing readers can be of much good as the readership has decreased significantly anyway. He prefers writing, and laughing on his own.

Bani Basu says, when she reads, she prefers knowing the genres she hasn’t explored or doesn’t know of herself. As a reader, its those pieces that intrigues her most. Anish Deb says, writing science fiction has been his passion right from his childhood.

The discussion, indeed, made me think too. It is true, that each reader is different and preferences vary widely. Some love cheesy romances and some love action and the thrill. As an author, it is perhaps a very tough job to understand what he should cater to. It is important, that the works are loved and read. Pracheto Gupta summed it up pretty well. He said, that every author also becomes a reader simultaneously. He needs to close his eyes, and let himself get into his own writings and let his own writings make him laugh and cry. How the reader interprets a writing, whether he relates to the character or not, should just be left to the readers. It isn’t something that can be predicted or anticipated. That shouldn’t be tampered or bothered with. As an author, he needs to be content even if five people read and love his books instead of looking for numbers.

With the flow of writings, often, writing takes its own course. Characters form in the flow and often, even the author is left astonished. The discussion, involved wit, humour and serious debate amongst much more. Topics like generation gap, literature for kids and much more were also discussed in great detail. Most importantly, the discussion gave me a clear insight into what goes on in the mind of the author. Indeed, writing needs both. One without the other is not a very happy possibility.

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