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Author Durjoy Datta Inspired by real people in his new book

Thursday, 26 June 2014 - 3:09pm IST | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA
Author Durjoy Datta talks about drawing inspiration from his college life in his new romantic book, When Only Love Remains that was launched recently in the city

Durjoy’s latest novel is about a struggling musician, who has been trying to make it big on the music scene for almost three to four years, but is too scared to face the failure. Although a small community of people in his circle admire him, he finally finds his first supporter in a girl from Delhi. For a long time, this girl has been listening and following his music, which has kind of become her saviour in life, and how she wishes to meet him one day.
“The story starts with her being obsessed with him. She is full of flaws and when they finally meet, she finds out that this guy has a lot of flaws in his personality too, and how despite their flaws, they make a perfect love story is the whole plot. There’s a tragedy in the end, and how the two lovers cope with the problems is the basic crux of my story,” says Durjoy.

Like his other books, in this one too, he has drawn a lot of inspiration from his own life and situations. And there is an interesting side story behind it. “There is a lot of fanboy- fangirl culture which is picking up in our country recently. There are some people with whom you think you can share your thoughts and issues, which you may not be comfortable sharing with your own friends and family. For instance, sometime back, I created a page on Facebook and asked people to write to me about their problems which they are not comfortable sharing with others. I was overwhelmed with the huge response. I received thousands of emails from boys and girls across the country. In fact, there are some authors who I personally look up to, and continuously try to keep in touch with them through mails. So, in this book, I have tried to bring out that kind of relationship, where you just need someone who can listen to you. In this case, it’s between the fangirl and a musician.”

Durjoy’s television youth show Sadda Haq which is also getting great response from the audience draws many instances from his life. It’s one of those shows which are totally different from the regular saas-bahu sagas we see on most channels. Talking about what made the show click, he said, “The main reason why I was brought in this show was that I was a mechanical engineering student in Delhi. Amongst the 100 students in my class there was just one girl. The first few months of my college life, I was very good friends with her and the character of the lead actress of Sadda Haq — in many ways — is like my classmate. Why the show has clicked is because we have managed to create a character who is very adorable but, at the same time flawed in many ways. The general idea of an onscreen heroine in our television industry is a prototype of Tulsi, but in our show, the heroine’s character is real. She is selfish, sometimes stumbles, runs over others’ dreams to make her own, and this is why most of the youth relate to her.”


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