Aged 30, Durjoy Datta is not only an ace in storytelling but also a successful entrepreneur. He is not only the author of 12 novels but also an award-winning screenwriter. Durjoy has not only penned down bestselling novels but two short stories, too.
Author’s Blog: DURJOY DUTTA’S TUMBLR
Born and brought up in Delhi, Durjoy did his graduation in Engineering and Post-graduation in Management. The bestselling author was a market analyst at American Express before taking writing as a full-time career. Albeit, Datta mostly writes about love and romance; his last book The Girl of My Dreams was a psychological thriller.
Of Course, I love You..! Till I find Someone Better: Encouraged into writing a book by his blog readers, Durjoy Datta wrote his first book, Of Course, I Love You..! Till I find Someone Better, at the age of 21. It was co-authored with Maanvi Ahuja. The book didn’t take much time to become a bestseller. In an interview with Times of India, he stated that he was surprised to see the immense success of his book. He hadn’t expected to sell more than a hundred copies.
Durjoy Datta’s Journey as an Author
In 2009, Durjoy Datta released his second book Now That You’re Rich. It was a sequel to Of course! I love you.
In 2010, he released his third book, She Broke Up, I Didn’t! (First book, solely written by him). You Were My Crush, Durjoy’s fifth novel, coauthored with Orvana Ghai ranked at #3 in Hindustan Times Bestsellers list. His next book, If It’s Not Forever, co-authored with Nikita Singh ranked at #6 in Hindustan Times Bestseller list. If it’s Not Forever struck a chord with readers heart. The book turned out to be a turning point for both Durjoy Datta and Nikita Singh and gave them both immense fame.
In 2010, Hongkong Tourism Board commissioned his book Hold My Hand.
Durjoy Datta has also written 2 short stories The English Teacher and The Shades of Love.
Screenwriting: Durjoy Datta started his screenwriting career with Sadda Haq, aired on channel V. The show also won the Youth Show Award for Fiction at Zee Gold Awards in 2014 and at Indian Telly Awards in 2014 and 2015. He then also wrote Ek Veer Ki Ardaas for Star Plus and Kuchh Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi for Sony TV. Durjoy has till now written about 9 TV shows which have aired more than 1000 episodes.
Preeti Shenoy and Durjoy Datta are colleagues and close friends. Read her story here.
Start Something Afresh: In October 2016, Durjoy with Wrigley India crowd-sourced a love story. He posted a line on the Twitter every day and asked the people to post their pictures depicting those lines with #StartSomethingFresh. The top entries were selected and made their way to the book Every Picture Tells A story. The book was one of it’s kind.
Want to see? Here: Every Picture Tells A Story
Durjoy Datta Family | Marriage | Wife | Daughter
Durjoy Datta is married to Avantika Mohan. A week before they got married, Durjoy urged his Twitter followers to send messages to Avantika and propose to her on his behalf. Though they were all set to marry Durjoy wanted to propose to her officially and make it memorable, he decided to role his loyal audience base. What transpired was certainly very romantic and memorable.
Avantika Mohan is an independent woman, she works in the aviation industry and is also a blogger. Avantika has traveled to more than 30 countries and is someone who can hold a conversation on almost every other topic. Avantika’s Instagram following is no less than of a celebrity; we are sure her Instagram outreach helps Durjoy Datta sell a few thousand more copies of his books on a regular basis.
Durjoy Datta’s Daughter:
Durjoy Datta and Avantika Mohan were blessed with a baby daughter in 2017. The romantic duo named her Rayna Datta and introduced her in a very Game of Thrones style introduction.
Rayna Datta is already an Instagram star; her day to day activities are recorded and posted on Instagram and Facebook by Durjoy and Avantika, frequently.
Durjoy Datta’s Awards And Recognitions:
- Recognized as Young Achiever by Times of India in 2009
- Nominated as 1 of the 2 Young Achievers in the field of media by Whistling Woods International in 2011
- Won Teachers Achievements Awards in 2012
- Durjoy Datta won Crossword Popular Choice Award for Indian Fiction 2017
What’s Next: Currently Durjoy Datta is working on his next book that is a part of a series. And he is almost done with it; he revealed it recently in International Kolkata Book Fair. Albeit he didn’t give any details what the book is going to be about.
WP’s Conclusion: Durjoy’s books being inclined towards youth, college life and all the struggles and challenges that they overcome have given the young readers a literature that they could relate to. And he has remarkably been successful in bridging that gap between the youth and literature along with his very few other peers who have been writing the commercial fiction.
In a first-person blog post for Scroll.in, Durjoy wrote, “Writing for me is just as adrenaline pump! Just as addictive. I enjoy the process as much as I enjoy being read.” And we couldn’t agree more.