Only a few people take the initiative to lend out a helping hand in today’s world. Despite being a successful writer, Upalparna Dey is that person who has mentored many lives over the years. Thus, today, we are glad to gift our readers with her wise words so that they get the inspiration they deserve.
- Can you define WRITING in 3 words?
Communication; Expression; Inspiring
- When the first time you realized that writing was your life?
Being the only child, I often needed a space to express myself. My parents and teachers encouraged me to write as they believed I do it well. I started writing diaries, letters from a very early age with their inspiration. With time realized that writing was a meaningful way to express the journey of human beings.
- Would you say that there is an author who has led you to believe in writing? If yes, who is that personality?
One author who left a deep impression on me was Somerset Maugham, especially after reading ‘Of Human Bondage’ a couple of times. There were other authors too who left a mark, but it was after reading Maugham I believed that nothing can be more moving than writing.
- If you were asked to write a short story or a poem, which one would you rather write and why?
A Short Story – on life & relationship
A Poem – I just started writing one yester-night.
The subject line – A woman even today is said to be incomplete if she doesn’t get married, is not an ideal wife, doesn’t have children, raise a family and take a major part of the responsibilities in the household. There’s more to a woman’s life than just these and a woman can only be complete once she breaks the shackles of social taboos that bind her up from unleashing herself.
- Do you think being the editor is more difficult than being a journalist? What has your experience as the Sub-Editor at The Telegraph taught you?
An Editor and a Journalist have their own roles to play. Both of their job profiles are difficult in their own ways. There are challenges, there is sincerity, there is a passion that drives them to follow their professions.
I joined The Telegraph as a Sub Editor in 2009 and when I left in 2016 I was the Senior Sub Editor. I was looking after the advertorial vertical. Advertorials are the editorials which act as an interface between the Ad-sales, Brand, Circulation and the Editorial team. The content, page design, conceptualization of these features/supplements were my responsibility.
The interaction with the cross-section of teams and the variety of subjects that I covered over all these years was definitely a learning lesson for me. It not only enhanced my writing skills, designing capabilities but also enhanced my interpersonal communication skills.
- As a child, were you naughty?
- What is the craziest thing you have done so far?
Too many I guess.
- Tell us about a dream of yours.
- How do you think the students should be trained and so that they take up writing as a career?
Creativity is a passion, something that comes from within. The skills can be honed by formal training, but to be a writer one has to learn to express and relate to any situation or experience.
If one has the desire to express and can do so well in words, then definitely should take up writing as a profession and grow personally.
- The society still does not look at a writer in a good way. Would you like to address the society regarding the same?
As the famous saying goes, ‘The Pen is mightier than the sword.’ A writer today is given more respect than before, with the diverse fields they write on. A writer is a voice and a voice needs to be heard and read.
As a writer and a communicator, I have come across a cross-section of people in life who all have a story of their own. Good, Bad & Ugly. Most of them go unheard, with dust piling up on it. A writer takes an extra step forward to voice the messages of life. Be it technology or art, a writer is also a communicator who reaches out to the mass with the happenings of daily life. Imagine not being able to know what’s happening within us and around us if writers would not exist.
- How would you like to inspire the budding journalists and writers?
The answer lies in answer 9 and 10.
The one more thing I can add to that is, in times where the world is shrinking with technology, being a journalist and a writer, you can reach out to millions of people who are trying to communicate with each other.
- Any take on StarWords India and the platform?
I met Shreya on LinkedIn. The spark she had led her to build the platform of StarWords India. A mighty motivating platform and worth the passion that lies in a writer.
Shreya Dutta is the Founder & Creative Head of StarWords India and the author of “Dance in the Rain”. She is an engineer by qualification and a writer by passion. Years ago, when little girls were jotting down their bucket list, Shreya was lost in her dreamland in which she was immortal. Dutta had started off writing at an early age because she believed that writing not only helped her to voice her opinion but also led her closer to immortality. With every write-up that gets published, Shreya believes that she gets embedded in the pages of history to inspire the youngsters who dream likewise. Writing is not just her passion; it is her way of taking the road less travelled.