Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.


Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age? 

Orbindu : First of all thank you so much, Fiona and hello to everyone. Am Orbindu Ganga, 35 years young.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Orbindu : I was born in kannur, a northern district of Kerala. Kerala is a southern state of India, one of the most literate state in India. Better known as God’s own country. But I reside in Chennai, a metropolitan city in southern India.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

Orbindu : I did my schooling in Central schools in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, southern states of India. Am a science post graduate from Madras Christian College, Chennai. It is one of the oldest colleges of India. My corporate career has so many facets. Started my career as a quality analyst in banking. Then swirled to market analysis for a dutch firm. Had my analytics in investment banking for a dutch bank. Been a communication trainer and a coach for a while. Then switched to e-publishing as a content account manager and whirling by freelancing in content writing.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Orbindu : After my debut book on emotional nuances, am now continuing my writing for my second book which will be completely different from the first one. Let it be esoteric …

 Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Orbindu : Writing was serendipity. I was not a born writer. It was in 2014, working for a dutch publishing house, I starting scribbling on the pictures I saw. That scribbling made me to continue writing. Only after three years I have started  publishing my works.

 Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Orbindu : It was a difficult choice to make myself realise, if I was good enough. Starting my literary journey from 2014, I just kept writing for pleasure, for solace. Only after three years, I realised that I was good enough to show my creation to the world. An opsimath.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Orbindu : It was my unborn daughter who made me write. I understood the veracity of the ink only through her. When I started, there was no looking back. It was copious.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Orbindu : I was always fascinated with etymology and semantics. It didn’t take much of my time. Searching for a word in English hasn’t helped me since the word I was looking didn’t existed. I had my love towards rare words which had sauntered across the globe. Coincidentally my favourite foreign word was so apt for the title. SAUDADE is a Portuguese word whichmeans feeling with nostalgia and melancholy.

 Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

Orbindu : I used to add more sarcasm to my writing. But as the years went by, I understood that it is all about how realistically one can paint. My canvas has become mundane with earthly sketches. More of Tagore’s influence.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Orbindu : I think most of the works have the chiaroscuro affect of the real incidents in one’s life. My work is an influence from the nuances of life but has more fictional touch to it. My subjects are more poignant, leaving a lasting influence on the reader. Realistic with tinges of uncertainties …

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Orbindu : My creations are more on the first touch. I take a while to write. But once I start, it has a path which has a conclusion. Thoughts just wander, I try to fix it through my ink. Places don’t matter to me much. What does matter is the intuition to write where ever I am. Unless and until the work is completed with the thoughts formed, it is difficult for me to sleep. At times, there is the block of thoughts. Yes, the writer’s block wherein it becomes very difficult to write a word.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Orbindu : I gave my publisher a better idea of what my content should be depicted. The creative team came up with a magical piece. And I loved what I got. It was much on the expected line.

Fiona: Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?

Orbindu : My creation has more emotional sprinklers. It talks about the relationship and the essence of love. I have given more vividness and vivacious traits of how deep a love in any relationship could be. The value of the relationship and the care one need to sow throughout the journey has been carved.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Orbindu : Not read many of the new authors. But I always had inclination on spiritual and self-help books. Robin Sharma has fascinated me with his thoughts. He certainly is not a novice anymore.

Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

Orbindu : Vikram Seth is one of my all time favourite writer. I think the audacity with which he plays with so many characters, and circumlocutory style has impressed me a lot. One need to have enough patience to read his work. Such elegance and poise he carries with his characters in the books.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Orbindu : My Facebook friends and office colleagues gave me much needed support when I had my own apprehensions. One of my close friend was always behind me when I didn’t take my writings so seriously. He gave me so much belief in myself.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Orbindu : I have seen my silence and whispered to my breath. She gave only one answer. Yes, it is time you realise it. It took some time for me to believe in self. The thought has imbued so deep that I can’t live without my ink …

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Orbindu : I am someone who never wants to think again. If I go back and try to analyse my work, I shall definitely make a lot of changes. It is not that I should have done it earlier but every time when you try to look back, there is always a thought which wouldn’t have come before. So, I would like to have the contentment of what I had created rather than to disturb my creation and feel sorry for how my creations have not be so perfect. Living in what I do in the present is what I believe rather than pondering in the past …

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Orbindu : I learn every day. The book was a journey. Being a student of life, it was such a pleasure to get into my characters. The pleasure of being and living the character was a roller coaster ride.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Orbindu : I would prefer Will smith to add the shade to it.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Orbindu : Being a novice, I am not that equipped enough to give an advice. I can only share my thoughts to my fellow writers to chase their dreams even if they have to wait for long. Perseverance, patience and fortitude are the weapons to make your dream come true … Above all, HOPE is such a vital ingredient in this journey.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Orbindu : Just read, read, and read. And enjoy the journey with your own imagination.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Orbindu : One of my favourite genre has been philosophy. Finally got the time to read one of the classics. I am reading Plato’s “The republic …”

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Orbindu : Yes, I still remember the first book which I read in my school days. It was Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Seas by Jules Verne.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Orbindu : The love in any relationship.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Orbindu : It is very difficult to point out an individual. There are many but there are two personalities whom I have followed so much, they had influenced my thoughts and the way I think. My philosophical thoughts do share with that of the great philosopher and writer Jiddu Krishnamurti. And my spiritual perspective has a shade with Shri Aurobindo Ghosh. Though both of them are no more now, would have definitely interacted with them given a chance.

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Orbindu : Writing has become my soul. I write on spirituality and life. Being a multilingual poet, I have given my space to other languages as well. I am a sketch artist. Being interested in English literature, my taste have always been living with words. I love etymology, semantics, and neology. I love reading classics, self-help, biography and autobiography. Being a science post graduate, my love for entomology, oceanography, human behaviour, anatomy, physiology have always fascinated me. Neuroscience was my favourite subject. The study in psychology and counselling have made me think better and have a perspective of my own. Philosophy has made me think deep and influenced my writing on my non-fictional piece of work.

Looking in the past and reading those wonderful works have made me fall for history and archaeology. Studying the heavenly bodies and its association has made my inquisitiveness to grow and get imbued for astronomy. Spirituality has absorbed me to live a life with a direction. Travelling is another fascinating area of interest which I love. Video editing has given me a choice to look the life with amedo. Music is such an essential part of my life, anything soulful is my treasure. Quizzing have been my long time interest from my childhood.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Orbindu : I watch all genres in all languages. Though I would always prefer parallel or serious cinema. Any movie which have a good script is my taste.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Orbindu : Anything prepared from the traditional way of cooking in an earthen pot has always been a delicacy for me. Last time when I did have such a delicious dish was in my school days. Sky blue is my favourite colour; it brings so much freshness, a new thought and renaissance. When it comes to music, anything which is soulful and touchy. Coming from a very traditional background, I prefer Indian classical music – Carnatic and Hindustani.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Orbindu : As I said, I have a lot of interest in other subjects. So I will have my concentration on those. But without being able to write, will create a lacuna which cannot be filled.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

Orbindu : Au revoir …

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Orbindu : Yeah … Here are those …

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