Okay, you want to know the person behind the insanity. Seriously?
You know I never have figured out this complicated skill of bio-writing in the third person. I don’t like doing it, though I have had to do it pretty often. Why should an indirect, passive-voiced account of oneself be perceived as more professional than a direct Hi-my-name-is-Anthony-Gonsalvez type approach? It completely mystifies me.
Words have always fascinated me. And I have always made my living out of them. Reading stories, listening to people, finding patterns across places, looking for motifs and a-ha moments and folk tales and market feedback to weave into a cohesive tapestry.
I was born in India, grew up in West Africa, and I've spent most of my life perfecting my technique being a trailing family member. Somewhere along the line, I've managed to acquire a Degree in Mathematics and a Diploma in Marketing, though I see no reason absolutely why those M-s and D-s should be capitals, they’d look much better in lower case. In fact, the whole world would look much better in lower case, and I would happily follow cummings and jennifer (of Love Story) were it not for the pickiness of the editors I have to submit to, in more ways than one.
I have lived, and sometimes reluctantly worked, in 6 countries and 3 continents. And I have travelled another 20 odd. Lived and worked and visited among people who speak many different languages ranging from Hausa to Hindi to Bengali to Arabic to French, Fijian, Spanish and English. People who use idioms and words vastly different from mine, their backstories have somehow fed into a stream in me, illuminating, enriching and magical.
I write. Every day. That’s what I do, that’s who I am. I have written market reports on bread and wine and paint additives and textile machinery. I have written poetry and short fiction, in Bengali and English. I have written travel articles and memoirs. And essays on power cuts and punctuation. Some of them have been published, in print and online. Some are here on the blog. A few have won competitions.
Four small words can sum me up really, none of them fancy. Writer. Poet. Researcher. Mum. The rest is dross.
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