Rumjhum Biswas

Location Chennai, India
Occupation writer

About Me

My prose and poetry have been published in India and abroad. My poem “Cleavage” was in the long list of the Bridport Poetry Competition 2006. A short story for The Verb Magazine’s “Looking at You Contest” won honorable mention and an excerpt was posted in the October 2007 issue. I have won prizes in poetry contests in India. An excerpt from my story “Guitar” was shortlisted in the Art House Competition in Auigust 2010. A poem – March”- was commended in the Writelinks’ Spring Fever Competition (UK), 2008. One of my stories – Ähalya’s Valhalla”- was among the notable stories of 2007 in Story South’s Million Writers’ Award (USA). I was one of the participating poets at the Prakriti Poetry Festival, December 2008 in Chennai, and a featured poet at the Poetry Slam organized jointly by the US Consul Chennai and The Prakriti Foundation in December 2009.My blogs are: and

Why do you write?

I have nowhere else to go. If I cease to write I cease to exist.

Everything fuels my creativity: the world around me, the world within and also the world/s I do not know and do not understand. Publishing is a different thing though.

I send my work out because there has to be a logical conclusion to whatever I do; perhaps I need to justify the time I spend writing when I could do things for other people. I hope someday I will not try to see the justification of anything and just do because it has to be done; maybe that spiritual evolution will happen...Hopefully.

Any favorite authors? Books?

It's a wide range: Franz Kafka, Hermann Hesse, Alberto Camus, Charles Dickens, Anton Chekov, Gerald Durrel, TS Eliot, Ane Sexton, John Keats, Jayanta Mahapatra, Kiran Desai, Anita Desai, JRR Tolkien, Jack London, Earnest Hemingway, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, John O Hara, O'Henry, Alberto Moravia, RK Narayannan,Thomas Hardy, Ursula Le Guin, Steinbeck, Balzac, Walter De La Mare... The list is pretty long.

Some of the most memorable books, can't say favorite because there are just too many: A Lesson Before Dying, Gone With The Wind, The Left Hand of Darkness, David Copperfield, Bleak House, The Little Prince, The Old Man and the Sea, almost all of Marquez and Hesse's works, ditto for Kafka and Camus. The Inheritance of Loss...

Rumjhum Biswas's Wall

Meg Pokrass – Dec 17, 2010

Thank you so much for your very kind words about my story "Tada!"

Meg Pokrass – Nov 01, 2010

Thank you Rumjhum for your support of my pieces - very grateful for your kind words and attention to my work! Best, Meg

Kathy Fish – Oct 19, 2010

Rumjhum, thanks so much for reading and faving my stories "Snow" and "Wake Up." Your story "Feast for a Prince" is beautiful and haunting.

Meg Pokrass – Oct 19, 2010

thank you for your kind words as always! great to see you here too!

Meg Pokrass – Oct 05, 2010

Thank you kindly Rumjhum for your reading and comment of "The Drunk Elephant"! Much appreciated!

Rumjhum Biswas – Oct 05, 2010

Dear Beate,

Thank you. Sorry it's taking me so long to get things organised here. I have received two weekly updates so far and its good to read the stories. Happy writing to you.

Darryl Price – Sep 29, 2010

Hi Rumjhum--welcome to Fictionaut.

Beate Sigriddaughter – Sep 19, 2010

Let me be the first to welcome you here. Hope to see some of your stories here soon. It's an exciting place.

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