HOW DID PAULAMI DUTTA CONCEIVE "A THOU­SAND UN­SPO­KEN WORDS"?

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It was just af­ter I had fin­ished the screen­play of my sec­ond film that a Writer’s block sat heav­ily on me. But this time I was sure to not let it grow. So I started writ­ing a bit of non­fic­tion- so­cial and po­lit­i­cal ar­ti­cles. The de­bates on free­dom of ex­pres­sion were also at an all time high dur­ing that time. This de­bate and the writer’s block made gave me the idea of A Thou­sand Un­spo­ken Words.

This was also my first story set in Kolkata. The lanes and bye lanes, the fa­mous yel­low cabs of Kolkata, Ben­gali cui­sine etc formed the im­ages in my mind. And then it was my char­ac­ters Rid­dhi­maan and Tilot­tama who made me write the story. These char­ac­ters are a lit­tle com­plex, they love, but they judge too. They are not ex­quis­ite char­ac­ters, rather very much like the peo­ple we see around us. It was a lit­tle ex­haus­tive when they fell in love. Two com­pli­cated char­ac­ters, who are also a lit­tle ego­tis­tic, al­most took me for a ride. Af­ter a point of time, I did not know whether I was writ­ing them or they were sit­ting across the ta­ble.

I re­ally en­joyed writ­ing this novel. My pre­vi­ous book was on ter­ror­ism and po­lice ac­tion and was more factual. A Thou­sand Un­spo­ken Words was an al­to­gether dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence for me and a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence too.

Paulami DUT­TAGUPTA is nov­el­ist and screen­writer. She shut­tles be­tween Kolkata and Shil­long. She has worked as a ra­dio artist, copy writer, jour­nal­ist and a tele­vi­sion an­a­lyst be­fore tak­ing up full­time writ­ing. As an au­thor, her short sto­ries have ap­peared in var­i­ous an­tholo­gies and literary mag­a­zines. Paulami also writes on pol­i­tics, so­cial is­sues and cin­ema. Her ar­ti­cles have ap­peared in Swara­jya, The Forth­right, NElive and The Frus­trated In­dian. Her first film, Ri- Home­land of Un­cer­tainty was awarded the Na­tional Award for the Best Khasi Film. Her sec­ond film Onaatah- of the earth is at post pro­duc­tion stage and will re­lease in 2016. A Thou­sand Un­spo­ken Words is her fourth book.

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