About Upama Ghosh:
Upama is an Assistant Professor of English. Her poetry book ‘Pratibimba’ (a collection of 10 Bengali poems) & ‘Into the Hue: Beyond the Horizon of Horizons'(a collection of 25 poems in English) got published from ‘Atmajaa Publishers’ & the ‘Shades Publishers’, Kolkata. She’s also a performing recitation artist & have participated at various poetry festivals. She has been awarded ‘The Pioneer’s Flair Awards 2022’ by ‘The Pioneer’s Haven’ for being the ‘Best Published Author of the Year’ for her book ‘Into the Hue: Beyond the Horizon of Horizons’.
Lately she has sponsored an underprivileged girl child’s education, who is a student of ‘Inner Wheel Club of South Calcutta (District-329).
She is also a core member of ‘Gender Benders’, an organisation working towards Gender Sensitisation.
LiFT: Tell us about your book, the journey of writing it and its content?
Upama: This collection of 25 poems, will help the readers to dive deep into a different hue, hence the name ‘Into The Hue’. The idea behind these poems is an outcome of personal lived experiences, introspection & memories. These were written during the pandemic, when the author was hoping for hope. Once the book is out now, the journey of basking in hope, is on the go.
LiFT: Why you chose this title?
Upama: This is an outcome of personal lived experiences, drawn out from varied life-introspection & memories which metaphorically stands for spectrum of colours hence the name ‘Into the Hue’ & with the hope that the readers would find that horizon to ‘look beyond’, once reading this, therefore ‘Beyond the Horizon of Horizons’.
LiFT: When did you realize that you want to be a writer/poet and what’s your inspiration behind it?
Upama: Since my childhood, I was always inclined towards reading books & from a tender age, I found happiness in writing. That happiness is now an integral part of my existence.
My best friend, whom I fondly regard my ‘soulmate’ Asmi, my parents, my grandparents, Rupayan Ghosh, Rita Basu Aunty, Debdut Mukherjee, Maitri Bhattacharya, Arjun Bhattacharya, Tathagata Sen Sir, each of my students & teachers, my school, South Point & my beloved city of joy, Kolkata; along with my well-wishers have inspired me throughout.
LiFT: Where do you see yourself ten years down the line in the world of literature?
Upama: I would try to follow my heart & keep writing, pouring my heart out loud & enjoy the process of writing, at large.
LiFT: How much do you think marketing or quality of a book is necessary to promote a particular book and increase its readers?
Upama: Yes, marketing & quality of a book, definitely plays a crucial role to increase the promotion of the same, thereby increasing its readability.
LiFT: What is the message you want to spread among folks with your writings?
Upama: Writing heals one from within.
Writings may help one to drive away all that might make one restless & hopeless. Through my writings, I want to light up the spark of hope.
LiFT: What do you do apart from writing?
Upama: Am an Assistant Professor of English. Besides, am among the core members of ‘Gender Benders’, an organisation working towards Gender Sensitisation.
LiFT: What are the activities you resort to when you face a writer’s block?
Upama: Reading, reading & reading.
Trying to write something or the other, pouring my heart out, believing in myself.
LiFT: Are you working on your next book? If yes, please tell us something about it.
Upama: Yes, I am.
My next book will definitely be a collection of poems, a piece of my mind.
LiFT: What are your suggestions to the budding writers/poets so that they could improve their writing skills?
Upama: Read, Write, Analyse & Repeat.
Never stop learning.
Dream, dream & dream on.
Never stop imagining.