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An Interview

I was interviewed by Boloji.com, the web clearinghouse for Indian news and information, during my recent trip abroad.

The interview was published over the weekend. I hope you enjoy reading it:

Ramendra Kumar (Ramen): Amitabh, how did your tryst with creativity begin? When did you first start writing?

Amitabh Mitra (Amitabh): I was entranced with reading during my school days. There use to be an American Peace Corps Library very close to my home run by a volunteer called Earl R. Choldin. I always wondered as a boy about how he can be an Earl and yet be an American and live in such a small house. I lost a cycle which my father had bought for me a few days back thanks to my passion for books. The cycle was parked in front of the library and while I was engrossed in a book inside some enterprising soul swiped it. In 1967, I got a school award for my story writing skills. The title of the competition was ‘The Haunted House”. Mrs. Vijayan, the teacher teaching English in the Carmel Convent, Gwalior encouraged me to write, selected books for me to read and made me write a page of critical viewpoint on each book.