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“Every Book Teaches Me Something”: Srijata Saikia, Author Of The Month, September 2017

Posted: September 28, 2017

Srijata Saikia examines the prism of women’s lives through their interpersonal relationships and the result is some pretty evocative writing.

Every month, we choose 3 exceptional contributors to feature as Author of the month. Srijata Saikia is among the 3 authors of the month in September 2017. You can see her writing on Women’s Web here.

Authors are often asked this question, but everyone has their own reasons, very personal to them. So, why do you write? 

I write because it gives me satisfaction and some kind of inner peace to see my thoughts on paper. I am not very good at expressing myself vocally. But when I write, I find myself being expressed through my words and that people understand me better. Writing is an outlet to my deepest of thoughts and feelings.

What do you enjoy reading? Does any of it help your writing?

I enjoy reading stories with a purpose. The books I mainly read are the ones which give me food for thought, and helps me to understand some hard facts of life. Women portrayed as the protagonist never fail to allure me. The last book that I really loved was A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

Every book teaches me something. So yes, of course it does help me to write. Each and every book that I have read has influenced me in one way or the other. These are my true inspirations.

When it comes to writing on/for/about women, what questions and issues drive you the most?

Women centred issues I believe are very important. Be it career-oriented topics, health, society and its expectations from women, every issue is sensitive and I think that there are many more topics which we ought to focus on.

Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why/Why not?

I consider myself as a person who believes in women empowerment and protection of women’s rights. I cannot say I am either a feminist or I am anti-feminist. But I believe in working for women in general.

Name 3 other writers or bloggers on Women’s Web whose writing you enjoy reading.

I enjoy the various topics that Women’s Web touches on. But Maitabi Banerjee, Hip Grandma and Shreya Das are the ones I enjoy reading.



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