I am fortunate enough to have met some of the most amazing women in the world through my blog which is completely dedicated to highlighting their stories of grit and determination. One such woman whom I am proud to have met on Facebook is Sukanya Basu Mallik. Sukanya is a multi-genre author, film and book critic. Her works have been published in various journals, magazines, and anthologies nationally and internationally. She began her journey with The Telegraph in Schools and then went on to write for Reader’s Digest, Times Of India, Sahitya Akademi Bimonthly Journal, Lucidity International Poetry Journal, SEAL (South East Asian Literature) festival anthologies, and AIPF Int. Anthology(Austin International Poetry Festival). She has also received a number of awards; The Best Manuscript Awards for fiction &non-fiction categories (Mumbai Litofest, Literature Festival 2018), etc. Her short story ‘Healing of wounds’ has been awarded a certificate of merit by National Children’s Literature Festival led by eminent author, Ruskin Bond. Her latest releases include Mocktail and#Metoo. Her movie reviews have been published in various newspapers and journals of repute like ‘Just film’ magazine, Different truths,’Creation and criticism’ ISSN: 2455-9687(A Quarterly International Peer-reviewed Refereed e-Journal Devoted to English Language and Literature) and many more. Her first research paper on literature was published by ‘The Expression: An International Multidisciplinary e-Journal’, ISSN:2395-4132 (Online)| A Peer-Reviewed Journal |Impact Factor: 3.9. She’s the only undergraduate student researcher to be considered for publication by the journal. Her 2nd research paper, “THE AERONAUTS: AN AMALGAM OF MANY DIFFERENT SITES AND MANY DIFFERENT VOYAGES” (ISBN:978-3-7487-2794-1)was based on a contemporary movie. She is The influential women 2k20 awardee and a Top 100 debut author 2020 awardee. Her upcoming projects include a poetry film and a song that she has written. On my request, Sukanya agreed to share with us how she discovered her passion for writing and became the successful author she is today! Read her story in her own words.
My truth: from a confused child to a writer with a purpose!
People ask me when I started writing. Honestly, I don’t remember when I didn’t. I always loved scribbling visual stories on the blackboard that my grandfather bought for me. Then I started maintaining my personal diary which I then called Terry because I had a huge celebrity crush on Terence Lewis. But I never thought that writing would make me stand out or become my identity because it felt so natural that I thought maybe it was something which was just a part of my life, like breathing. The first time that my work got published in a newspaper, I was in middle school still trying to figure out who I am. My confusion, my introverted nature and my teenage troubles fell in place and I kept writing and the world reciprocated. Since then I have written for a lot of different magazines, newspapers and journals nationally and internationally besides writing books. Awards and media coverage followed, but my truth never changed. I write like I breathe because I can’t live without breathing. That’s my truth, nothing else matter.