Interview With Shri Subhajit Ghosh
On behalf of Adbhut, Dinker Charak interviewed Shri Subhajit Ghosh via email. We thank him for taking time out to talk to us.
Has Did Sci-fi take off in India? If yes, what makes you believe so? If no, will it ever?
Not really. Though I don’t see any reason why it can’t take off in our country.
Is Sci-fi a “western” concept? If yes, will it always be considered so and be seen as something that was imported? If you believe that some ways it is and in some ways it is not, do you see a struggle between “western” and “Indian” for readership?
Sci-fi has been written in several Indian languages for quite some time now, but I am unsure whether western concepts or authors influenced the writers of those pieces. If yes, then it can be considered as an imported concept. Barring a handful of them, well-established writers of Indian origin rarely write on something that can be considered as sci-fi. Indian output is far too weak to really put up a struggle against western output.
Has writing (and reading) Sci-fi increased a scientific outlook in your life? What comes first — scientific outlook and then love of sci-fi or love of sci-fi and then scientific outlook?
To a degree. I would say scientific outlook and then love of sci-fi.
How does Sci-fi differ from ordinary fiction?
It rests on a scientific belief.
Is a certain level of intelligence needed for an appreciation of Sci-fi?
Cover pic by Blake Patterson.