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Sagarika Chakraborty author of ‘A Calendar Too Crowded’, in conversation with Nishi Roy, shares her vision and inspiration behind writing her debut novel.  Read on to know how women, working from home, and publishing can happily co-exist with each other. 

Nishi Roy ( NR): It is not too often that someone so young writes her first book dedicated entirely to the trials and tribulations of women. What prompted you to do so?

Sagarika Chakraborty (SC): Yes, I am young and it is very unusual for people my age to pick up something so serious (often tagged as dark), but then I have been brought up by two ladies (my mother and my grandmother) who have always led me to believe that it is we, the youth, who have the power to change the society we live in, and that pen is the mightiest weapon of all.

NR: How do you get the time to write and when do you?

SC: To me writing is the biggest stress buster. I always feel I lose out on expressing a lot of things through verbal communication. I am a workaholic, so time management has never been an issue for me and being an insomniac, the silence of the night just helps me de-clutter my mind as I research, frame my thoughts and paint pictures with my words. My biggest fear is picking up a newspaper one morning and finding that there isn’t an article to encircle to which I can dedicate the day for research.

NR: Any personal experiences that you have weaved into your stories?

SC: Loads! Each story in the book is attributed to someone I have met or known. That is one of the reasons why I have preferred to keep the stories nameless – which few readers have pointed out that as a drawback. I strongly stand by the nameless stories mainly because I know the face behind each one of them and thus I wanted to leave them out and instead spin tales with just voices which represent millions. I want those voices to transgress all boundaries of geography, religion, age and caste to become one voice— the voice of womanhood.

Speaking of personal experiences, the story filed under March, “When the Ganges Ran Dry”, is actually a depiction of my relationship with my grandmother who has been one of the most important guiding forces in my life. The story dedicated to Women’s Day, which is a critical take on empowered women, is actually based out of a long debate I had with my mom a few years ago. And yes, there’s a story on sisterhood too, which is attributed to the most wonderful sibling bond I share with my sister, my hero.

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Feel free to enlist your own creativity today to solve any problem that may come your way. Don’t feel like you absolutely need to take a rational and methodical approach. This sort of frame of mind has already been tried. Now it’s time to explore a more intuitive way to complete any task that you wish to tackle now. Exercise more of your sensitive nature.

Picking up a hitchhiker on the side of the road may at first seem quite risky, but could actually prove to be a rewarding and enriching experience. Dispel the myth of the “dangerous stranger,” in which there is always fear of something or someone unknown. Take a risk with the unknown today and don’t let your fears keep you from missing out on a potentially wonderful experience.

You may have a difficult time today keeping your sense of balance. Part of you is very independent and part of you wants the safety and security of a predictable life. In romance, you can seem uncaring because you would rather show your love through action than through words.

Today you’ll feel as though your energy has come home. Oftentimes, if you aren’t feeling 100 percent yourself, you’ll refuse to leave the house. Today you should feel much better and ready to take on the world. Your emotions are in line with your actions, and things should be crystal clear for you. You know the route you want to take. The path is obvious.

Keep yourself open to all the possibilities that the day brings. You’ll be surprised at the incredible opportunities that come your way when you stop judging people and their actions. This is a time to be social and humorous. Keep things light, and remember to always have a healthy perspective on any situation. Words will go a long way today, so make sure to use them with great care.

Friends in creative fields might join forces with you today to start a new project that makes a difference to all of you. This could be something as mundane as a garden in a park or as exciting as a new rock band. If you’ve been thinking of moving in an artistic direction, this is the day to make plans. You’re determined and focused and your inspiration and enthusiasm are high.

Oppressive stress on you or those close to you could cause disconcerting upsets within your relationships today. Try to be objective and work things out rationally instead of going to pieces. Avoid being sucked into quarrels where you might say things you’ll regret. Don’t let this temporary situation get the best of you. Make the effort to stay focused and relaxed. Tomorrow all should be back to normal.

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