Ri- Homeland of Uncertainty is adapted from the National Award Winning Khasi film by the same name.
Trapped in the limbo between ideology and conscience, Manbha finds him himself part of a terror outfit. An unexpected opportunity, anger, squalor and disillusionment – followed by and armed combat and injury lead to the soul- searching that form the substance of this moving tale.
Meet the Author
Born in Shillong, many moons ago, with schooling at Loreto Convent, and an English Honors from St. Edmunds College, PaulamiDuttagupta started her career with All India Radio Shillong. She had written and also given her voice to a few shows there. Later she came down to Kolkata and got a post graduate degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University. She had also taken up a fancy to learning Spanish, but today confesses that she has forgotten most of it.
She has written for ‘The Times of India’ in the ‘Guwahati-Shillong plus Edition’ and also ‘The Shillong Times’. Television had always attracted her and was connected to the Bangla TV industry for about 6 years. She was associated with ETV- Bangla, Akash Bangla and Sony Aath in this period.
Having left her day job in 2012, Paulami took up full time writing. Her first novel, “Pinjar” released in early 2012.
Her second novel “Unplanned Destinty” released in 2014. She is also the screenplay writer of the national award winning Khasi film – “Ri Homeland of Uncertainty”.
“Ri” has been adapted into a novel and was released on September 14,2014
She is currently working on her next project as movie script writer.
Apart from writing full length novels, she has written several short stories and articles. She has also contributed to the “Minds@work Anthology” and the “Family Matters International Anthology” in 2013.
Recently she has contributed to the “Learning and Creativity Anthology” , “Her Story Anthology”, and “Celebrating India – Love across Borders Anthology”.
When she is not writing or watching movies, Paulami is either reading biographies or classic pieces of literature. Cricket, food, cinema, books and music are an integral part of her life.
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Some extra Info on the book
This book is an adaptation from a movie. Why? The author will answer that in one of our blogs which we will post soon. Stay tuned !!!
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Greetings everyone. Today we have the graceful and talented Paulami Dattagupta with us . Let us see what she has to say about her famous book, RI : THE HOMELAND OF UNCERTAINTY
Qs.1> What quality do you think a writer needs in order to write ?
Passion and love for life and creation. A good listener/ observer and a mind that has an opinion of its own! Also it is necessary to train that mind from being overtly imaginative and running in dozen directions.
Qs.2> If a person has a good control over grammar, does that mean s/he can write ?
Control over grammar is a good thing. It makes the editor’s job easier and delays the inflow of rejection slips. But it could also be like a person who knows all the keys of a keyboard but doesn’t essentially have much music within. Technicality is a much needed tool but not essentially something that always makes quality work.
Qs. 3> In this age when chick- lits are flooding the market, do you think that other genres are not getting the popularity they deserve?
Popularity is a very relative term and I am sure the writers who dabble into lesser known genres actually don’t look for Facebook likes and umpteen followers on twitter. For example look at the writers who make it to the lit fests and look at the bunch with ‘best seller’ tags! They are a completely different set and there’s a space for both. It’s like the movies that make it to film festivals and the movies that make 100 + crores.
Qs. 4> How difficult was it for you to create the whole film in a small novella?
The film script had gone through many drafts and when I started writing the book it was pretty easy. Only regret is I blew up a chance to add more space and flesh for the characters.
Qs.5>What is your advice to aspiring authors?”
Keep writing. Not social media posts but stories!
Thank you so much Paulami didi for giving this exclusive interview 🙂 We wish you all the best 🙂