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