Mona Mohanty has led a life travelling the length and breadth of India. Born in Kolkata, she has studied in places as far spread out as Chandigarh, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Lucknow and Delhi. She passed out in 1987 with a B.A. (Hons) in History from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi.Armed with an M.A. and M. Phil in History from JNU, she qualified for the Indian Revenue Service in 1991. Currently, she is a Commissioner of Income Tax.
Writing has always been her passion . A love for words has been second nature to her. Finally, she decided to bring a semblance of order to all the jottings over the years and collate a minuscule portion of them into a book. *Betwixt Twists And Turns* was the result of this endeavour. This was followed by another collection of short stories titled, ‘ Volcanic Moments: Heart popping tales’. Currently, working on a novel, she has also contributed short stories for international magazines like Confluence.
1) What does words mean to you?Words , in my realm, is the equivalent of oxygen for living beings. For me, it is the be- all and end – all of existence. As a medium of expression, words convey thoughts, emotions and action; not necessarily, in that order.
2) As both of your works have been short story collections we would love to know little insights on how do you go about collecting them? My short story collections arise out of my observations of people ( and animals) in varying situations and places. The setting can be a high end hotel, a village waterhole, a crowded shopping mall , a dreary office… the list is unending.
3) Anything new you are or planning to work upon?I am working on a novel. I don’t want to spill the beans now.. I love to keep people guessing.
4)What do you think is lacking in current generation with regards to literature work? It’s a bit sad, that the current generation doesn’t have the time or the patience to relax with a book. I see it amongst youngsters in my family too. Give me a book over a party. There is never a quandary regarding the choice.
5) A small message for our writers and readers?I can only wish and hope that the love for the written word continues to soar and that each of us do our bit to keep this precious part of our lives immortal. For, words maketh the man!