“Be Original and Never Stop Aspiring” - Namramita Banerjee

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1. Tell us more about your background and journey.

I was a science student in school and wanted to pursue medical. Because of some personal reasons I decided to pursue Masters in English and then Masters in Psychology.

Then I completed my B.Ed. It was during my graduation days when I started writing. Initially I started my career as a professor and alongside I also worked as a depression counsellor. It was the easiest choice I had since my mom and dad are also professor.

However, I realized that writing is not just my passion. I wanted to take it up as my career. Soon I got opportunity to assist few well known writers of the bollywood industry. Since then I never looked back.

 Currently I am working with one of the best production house for television serials and at the same time I am also working on my independent projects.

2. When did you decide you wanted to be a writer? 

I never as such decided to be a writer. It was in 2012 during my graduation days when my first poetry was published in an International magazine. Since then I cannot think of anything better I can do apart from writing.

3. Is it a financially stable career? 

Writing can be a financially stable career if one is extremely determined and consistent. Previously it was difficult unless one wrote a bestseller book. But nowadays, there are multiple ways to earn money through writing.

 If not by writing books or films; one can definitely make a financially stable career through content writing or blogs. So yeah, it is definitely a financially stable career.

4. Who is your favourite writer and why?

Gulzar saab will always remain my favourite writer. His words are emotions in itself.

5. Where does your inspiration lie? 

I feel that nothing can give you a better inspiration than your life. The more I experience life the more I get inspired. And of course my parents are my biggest inspiration.

6. What does your typical day look like? 

My day begins with a hot cup of coffee followed by visiting production house for meetings on story development. Once I am back to home, I start working on scripts. I try to keep less work on weekends so that I can spend time with my husband.

7. What piece of advice would you like to give to future aspiring writers? 

Be original and never stop aspiring. Also, write for yourself first and not just for the readers. Accept the writer's block and stay motivated.

8. Which is your favourite book and why?

Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho. This book is a beautiful poetic piece of hope and happiness. It helps people to talk about mental health and well being. It puts a smile on my face everytime I read it.

- Namramita Banerjee

Interview By - Rupali Rawat

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