Team Kitaab is in conversation with Suhit K Sen, author of The Hunter of Lalbazar (Published by Speaking Tiger, 2022)
Retired journalist and academic Suhit K. Sen writes fiction and political commentary, as well as researches and writes on India’s postcolonial political history. He is the author of The Paradox of Populism: The Indira Gandhi Years, 1966- 77. He lives in Kolkata
Team Kitaab: From being a journalist to an academic and now being a writer. Can you talk about your writing and publishing journey so far?
Suhit K. Sen: I started ‘creative writing’ at an early age. But I suppose like most younger people who wanted to write back in those days, I wanted to write poetry. I did write poetry assiduously for more than fifteen years. Now I think its economy attracted me. Not coincidentally, I practically stopped writing poetry, when I started working on my Ph.D. The rigours of the latter became more fascinating. When I finished my dissertation, I was cured of the idea that writing long prose pieces was much too daunting. Then I went into journalism and got into the habit of quick-fix pieces.