Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Magic in Windowland Paperback – Large Print, June 16, 2021 by Rupamanjari Majumder (Author)

Dr. Rupamanjari Majumder

Magic in Windowland


Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I am a children's book author, a scientist by profession, an artist, a miniaturist, an educator and a mother of a four year old little girl. I love doing things that involve creativity in any form. I enjoy reading, writing and spending time with my kid.

I am Indian. I was born in Kolkata, where I also went to school. After completing school, I went to Presidency College, Kolkata, where I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Physics. Then I moved to Bangalore (India) to do my Masters in Physics at the Indian Institute of science, where I also completed my PhD in theoretical Physics. After that, I moved to Leiden, the Netherlands, to work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Leiden University Medical Center. Later I moved to Göttingen, Germany, where I am currently residing.


What inspired you to author this book?


The last few years have been the most challenging years of my life. My husband and I are both scientists and we have been looking for jobs in Academia. We came to Germany for postdoctoral training. But our focus had always been on going back to India. So much so, that when my husband's job contract ended, he did not look for a new position, believing that we could go back Home. But then COVID happened, and Life changed with the snap of a finger. We fell into the pothole of Uncertainty. It became increasingly difficult to find A position in academia, let alone two. Our families urged us not to come back. So all of a sudden, our goals changed and we started to feel like refugees in another country. My father-in-law succumbed to lung cancer. I lost two cousins in a matter of days and numerous aunts and uncles from the close family circle. We stayed on in Germany, unable to help, unable to reach out, uncertain of what would happen to our own future. Every day we woke up to some bad news. Someone close to us had passed away. Friend, family ... not even kids were spared. The pressure from work and personal fronts had built up so much that I ended up having a burnout, but I had to go on, because I have a little kid at home, and I needed to show her that life was not all that bad. We did not have a TV at home. With the strict lockdown in place, the only thing that kept us going at that time, was books... loads and loads of them, and watching my daughter doodle on the window. She would talk to her doodles and pretend that they were her friends. Her doodle talk inspired me to come up with the story of Magic and Windowland and I wrote this book to add that sprinkle of Magic to our lives, that we so badly longed for. And... the Magic did happen. Little by little, we found our way back to each other, as a family. We got new jobs. Short term ones, but jobs, nonetheless! That is why, I hold this book so dear to my heart. It is OUR story. Our lucky charm.


Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?


The book cover was inspired by my daughter's continuous doodling on the window. It is going to remind us forever, what we did to keep ourselves entertained during the pandemic.


Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?


I would say, my daughter. She is only four, but she is the reason I have chosen to walk this road. All my life I have wanted to do different things, but choices are difficult and I had to make the safest one because I couldn't afford not to. When my daughter was born, she changed my life. She gave me this strange confidence that I lacked so far. And not just confidence. She gives me ideas. We chat and she lets me intoner world of imagination. She inspires me everyday. When I think that I won't have time to write, she insists on helping me with the chores so that I can find time to do what I love. She is my little angel.


What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?


Well, since this book was written during the pandemic, every struggle was there. The basic ones... struggle for survival, struggle for sanity and fighting depression at home. But this book has been my lucky charm. It showed me that ray of light in the dark.


Tell your readers about your book.


Magic in Windowland is a book about imagination. It is a story about a groups of doodles who accidentally come alive on the living room window of a little girl's house and suddenly discover a whole new two dimensional universe to which they are expected to belong. They set off to explore the universe (Windowland), and in the process have exciting adventures. This is the first book in a series. My vision is to create a series that my readers, young and old, can enjoy in every way. I have several more books planned. The next book is due to launch in October.


Who is your target audience, and why?


My target audience is quite broad. It is for kids 3-8 years. At 3, I expect the parent to read it aloud to the kid. But for 7-8, I expect the kids to enjoy reading the book themselves.


What do you consider your greatest success in life?


I consider every little success to be important. Greatest? I guess that is something I am still waiting for.


What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?


My originality. I think outside the box, in every aspect. I think that is what sets me apart from other writers.