The new edition of the much anticipated literary festival in the country has just been announced. The Bangalore Literature Festival will be held at the Royal Orchid hotel (Near KGA) on 5-6 Dec 2015. The event is free to attend but early registration is recommended. Click here to register.

Open Road Review caught-up with one of the bestselling popular writers Durjoy Dutta, who is also a successful screenplay writer for many television series, an entrepreneur, and a speaker.

Durjoy DuttaKulpreet Yadav: There are two kinds of readers in India. Those who like Durjoy’s writing, or those who don’t. But the girls are only of one kind. Those who love Durjoy’s book. What’s the secret?

Durjoy Dutta: I wish that were true! I don’t think there’s any secret but it’s just that my readers, especially girls, are more vocal about their love for my books. That’s the only difference.

KY: You have been experimenting with your creative abilities. I say this because you write for the TV too and have constantly tried your hand at speaking & entrepreneurship. Have you ever considered writing books in another genre, say detective fiction, or horror or science fiction?

DD: Having grown up reading thrillers and fantasy novels, I have been dying to write one in both these genres. I have been trying for the last five years to break out of romance and try something different. I have written hundreds of thousands of words that are all lying in the junk folder because they aren’t good enough. I gave up a little while ago but I’m working on a thriller and a fantasy novel right now. I’m still not sure if I will ever finish those novels but I’m trying my best.

KY: Who is your favourite Indian writer under 40?

DD: I will have to Google how old they are . . . Wait. Okay, so Jhumpa Lahiri wrote her first two books before she was forty and I was a fan, so I guess that counts?

KY: What is the craziest thing you have heard from your fan.

DD: Someone got a tattoo, another girl named a kid Durjoy. So yea, that was pretty crazy.

KY: How would you describe yourself in one sentence?

DD: I’m more or less a happy, content guy who’s living the dream.

KY: Everyone has a fantasy. What is yours?

DD: It’s hard to pick one. But leading a lazy writer’s life is probably what I would love the most.

KY: Your best book & why.

DD: I think it’s always the book I’m writing because I’m so close to it. Once I’m done writing and editing the book, I move on. From then on, it becomes the readers’ book.

KY: Your thoughts about Bangalore. About the girls here or anything the place helps you to connect.

DD: I love Bangalore. I like coming here a lot. The pub culture of Bangalore is unmatched. I feel like I’m back in college every time I get here!