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Meet the Author | Siddharth Dasgupta | The Sacred Sorrow of Sparrows

Having travelled the world and written about so many places and their cultures:


  1. How has that embellished your writing or helped you grow as a writer?Author_


The more I travel, the more those emotions and assets that contribute to making a believable character or a story tinged with poignancy—empathy, humanity, passion, persistence, beauty—get honed. All travel, in a sense, is a window into a life just a touch alien from yours. We have these core human experiences and characteristics that bind us, which is a wonderful thing. What restlessness for new horizons does, most of the time, is expose you to life through another prism and in an avatar slightly different from yours. This seeing the world through different eyes, especially for a writer such as myself (whose works often inhabit universal canvasses and characters sprinkled around an ethnic cast of cities), is invaluable.   Fresh horizons and a collage of diverse encounters and experiences also add certain textures and depth to the words. It isn’t necessarily a conscious decision even; sometimes, it’s just an inevitable outcome. I travel, often. I try and keep myself open to the thought of the new. I throw myself into newer immersions. And when I come back home, hopefully, some of this gets filtered through to something resembling a story, or even to just a certain fluidity of mind.


  1. How has it impacted your worldview and how do you see India in comparison?


I’m not quite sure how to answer that. Much of travel is a confirmation of things you already know to be true. The other half, of course, is this phenomenon to be surprised and often, confounded. I think this mixture of two halves makes for much discovery and wonder. I suppose one way to look at it is that constant interaction with different cultures and peoples and ancestral roots brings you closer to this whole cosmic roundabout. I’m come to fall in love with countries, I’ve come to be addicted to certain cities, and I’ve come to view many addresses on this earth as my own, without ever laying claim to them through constant physical interaction. My worldview is that we’re more alike than different, that we’re more partial to the thought of hope, and beauty, and goodness than the negative aspects of life, that we’re more conducive to getting along with each other than not. I’m also quite fond of the fact that a life tethered to discovery and movement is a discovery unto oneself, something that can’t really be scoured through degrees and other academic/career-related notch points.


Strangely, the more you go out into this world, the closer you’re drawn to your own country. Freed from bonds of attachment, you’re privy to your land’s specific characteristics—its beauty, its fallacies, its magic, its fault lines, its confluence, its catharsis, its blessings—in an undiluted way. Travel slowly chips away at your concept of “us” and “them”, slowly convincing you of a more laidback definition of nation, nationality, and loyalty. I don’t really have to “see India in comparison”. I can simply enjoy my land for what it is—this enchanting intertwining of religions, cultures, tastes, aromas, and resonances.


  1. What has been most inspiring about this journey?


This journey thus far has thrown up an endless ocean of treasures. Wanderlust and its individual tributaries feed my imagination, nourish my literature, enhance my understanding of myself, and ultimately bring me closer to my understanding of life and human beings. At the very least, it does away with notions of monotony and profitability. Often, that is inspiration enough.

admin | 27-Mar-2017