Today We got a chance to talk with Mr. Anandajit Goswami, He is the author of two Published Book, his recent book “Lucy Meets Artificial Intelligence“ published by MyBooks Publication is a 2nd Book of Series of Lucy’s journey, It’s 1st Book of this series is “Lucy and the Train: Tryst with Sustainability“.
Tell us something about yourself and when did you first realize you want to be a writer?
Anandajit Goswami: I belong to a middle class (though I am not sure of these definitions anymore with the changing social and cultural fabric of present times) Bengali family of Kolkata and did my masters from JNU (from the Centre for International Trade and Development) and completed my further higher education in New Delhi. I have worked in the domain of sustainability science since 2003 end to till now and also on several south collaboration issues since 2007. As a professional, I led research projects in the domains of sustainable development and sustainability science and have also worked with United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and several other UN organisations in various research projects. My other areas of passion are music, sports, films. I have been practising the art of music since the age of 7 when I was gifted a harmonium by my mother at the end of school annual examination (which has been the only so-called tangible gift from my mother, however, there are several other intangible gifts of love that I have been ushered with from her).
If you ask me when did I first realize to be a writer, the answer is – “The realization is still not conceptualized properly as I am still struggling to be a writer. But yes, I have always realised a metaphysical feeling of certain expressions that I want to communicate in my own way and sometimes they have taken the form of abstractions, texts, poetry, painting (mostly pencil potraits, doodles, charcoal, pastel experimentations, etc), music composition, performances or expressions through sports and short documentaries. So the process of realization as a writer is always ongoing and dynamic and like a nomadic traveller it goes from one corner to the other and takes various unexplored routes. But what has stayed constant since childhood is the metaphysical feeling to be a communicator of certain expressions using different forms as mentioned”.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Anandajit Goswami: As I shared, as a child I used to write diary, poetry, notes, prose, anecdotes in my own notebook diary and will also put some of them on trash bins silently after writing without showing it to others. The reason why I was doing it was mostly due to an outcome of a spontaneous response to what I was seeing around. It was also because whatever I was reading was generating a metaphysical response within me to communicate. I was not doing it intentionally but it was an uncontrollable action and response. It also had a cost: The cost was often being completely lost and being termed as an unsocial person within different circles and getting subjected to subtle teasing by friends in a wryly way. The more they happened, I think the metaphysical feeling within me increased to see the responses around me from society and everything (including nature, all animate and inanimate objects, organisms) in order to get inspired to write and communicate more. These communications started coming out from an early age in the form of personal anecdotal diaries when I was travelling in Lalgola Express, Black Diamond Express to my Maternal and Paternal Aunts house in Krishnanagar and Durgapur (two places in West Bengal). Later these anecdotal writings transformed to my travel notes of what I will observe during my field travel as a part of my professional career during 2004 – 2016. Some of my observations and readings also culminated to reference books on issues of sustainability science, economic modelling, the creation of my own blog space (geekonomistdiary.blogspot.com) . However, I realized that I was not doing enough to transform my thoughts and metaphysical urge towards a character creation or a fictional characterization. Hence, that gap inspired me to a create a character called Lucy to potray issues of sustainability in a fictionalized way. There are innumerable people who have directly and indirectly inspired and contributed to the creation of this fictional character and they have been mentioned in the Acknowledgement and Preface Section of the two books – “Lucy and The Train: Tryst with Sustainability” and “Lucy Meets Artificial Intelligence”. This space is too little to mention so many names, huge body of work, innumerable people who have contributed since last 32 years (assuming my first serious reading was at the age of 5 which was Rabindranath Tagore’s Shohoj Path) in the creation of Lucy.
Tell us about your books.
Anandajit Goswami: Before writing the two books – “Lucy and The Train: Tryst with Sustainability” and “Lucy Meets Artificial Intelligence”, I had coauthored Reference Books on domains of sustainability science. The first science fiction book – “Lucy and The Train: Tryst with Sustainability” is a journey of the self that leads to sustainability. Narrating the conflict within self, surroundings, and imagination, the book highlights the symbolism as expressed by René Descartes through his words “I think therefore I am”. The story takes the reader on a surreal journey of sustainability by knitting an intricate, complex yet beautiful arras of human mind, relationships, and environment. It is an attempt to bring in science fiction, fantasy, evolution of western and eastern philosophies into the domain of sustainability science. The second book coauthored with Dr. Debashis Chakraborty – “Lucy Meets Artificial Intelligence” starts from where the first book had given a cue for the reader.
In the second book after Lucy completed her nemesis and the journey through train compartments, she needs to confront the larger challenge of survival between humanity, sustainability, and artificial intelligence. I would appeal to all readers to buy the book and see whether Lucy will be successful in facing the impending struggle/survival and overcome the unknown, unchartered corridors of a strange surveillance by Artificial Intelligence impinging on sustainability?
What made you write on these topics?
Anandajit Goswami: I really don’t know, what made me to write these topics. As I told you in the writing journey of more than 20 years (mostly in the vernacular language Bengali) and in the professional journey of more than 13 years, I realised a gap between my metaphysical response to the changing world and what I was doing every day. I felt Lucy as a character can fill that void within me. Hence, I started communicating expressions to fill the gap (conciously not using the word writing here) through these topics as I felt that these topics were showing me a direction to fill that void.
Where do you get the information and material for the book?
Anandajit Goswami: The literature that I had to read and all reference material that I had to go through has been mentioned in both the books. But I owe a lot to a wide range of work to come up with these two books. In this interview, I can only name a few, but I am sure by mentioning them I will actually miss more names which are not mentioned. With that disclaimer in mind, some of the literature and reference material and people whose works have inspired me for the two books (this includes also the second book that I have co-authored with Dr. Debashis Chakraborty) are:
- Lewis Caroll & Sukumar Roy
- J. K. Rowling
- Rene Descartes
- Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, Jean Marc Rochette
- Christopher Nolan
- Neill Blomkamp
- Alex Garland
- Denis Villeneuve
- Satyajit Ray
- Arthur C Clarke
- Immanuel Kante
- George Bernard Shaw
- Premendra Mitra, Hemendra Kumar Ray, Khitindranarayan Bhattacharya, Narayan Sanyal, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Adreesh Bardhan
- H.G. Wells
- Jules Verne
- Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Douglas Adams
- Nicholas Georgescu Roegen
- Herman Heinrich Gossen (a very unknown, not popular Prussian economist who is often regarded as the first to talk about general theory of marginal utility) – not mentioning the more popular names intentionally as they are cited everywhere
- Wally Pfister
- Stephen Hawking
- William Dalrymple
- Joanna Russ
and many more… the list is unending here
Name one thing you learned while writing your book.
Anandajit Goswami: That a writer (if the word writer is correct to write) is an isolated nomad, sailor, traveller in his or her own mind space.
Do you have any suggestions for readers to become a better writer?
Anandajit Goswami: Be a traveller and observer of your mind space and the space around you and observe everything around you silently.
After this, are there any plans for your next book. If yes, then on what topic will it be?
Anandajit Goswami: The work for the next book of the Lucy series after the first two has already started. Dr. Debashis Chakraborty and I am working on it. I have started the experimentation with illustrations for the next one. Currently, I am illustrating, drawing and making the notes of the entire space, pattern and journey of the book and once it is done the writing process will start. So currently the visualization process of the next book is on.
How can people connect you?
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