Saturday, October 24, 2009

Biswarup Unplugged

Meet My Friend and colleague Biswarup Roy Choudhury – Speaks a little, thinks a lot. I wanted to grill him because he loves to be grilled. Biswarup, perhaps one of the biggest football fans I have ever seen in my life. He also writes about his favourite club Arsenal ( Here he goes...

Who exactly is Biswarup Roy Choudhury ?

A normal, uncomplicated person.

Are you a maniac or an intellectual?

Well, I’m not reckless, I’m not irresponsible. I may be a little impulsive sometimes, but I’m definitely not a pseudo intellectual. Given just these two options, I would say I’m more maniac than an intellectual.

Robert De Niro or Al Pacino?

That’s a very tough question. Both of them are great actors. But for his sheer diversity of roles, I would say Robert De Niro.

Megan Fox or Monica Belluci?

Monica Belluci.

Please tell us something about your love affair with booze?

My love affair with booze started when I was in college. Actually, I first saw her once or twice when I was in High School (Class XI). Then we lost touch for a year or two. After college we started meeting more regularly. These days it is an off and on relationship. Whenever we meet, we enjoy each others company.

Why you are so passionate about Arsenal?

I have to use a cliché here. ‘Poetry in motion.’ That is what Arsenal display when they play football. I first started watching Arsenal after World Cup 1998 when I found out that Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit and Dennis Bergkamp played in the same team. I liked the way they played their football. It was not the typical hoofball. Neither was it the tight defensive Italian football. The short passes, the quick movement off the ball... I was hooked. Football is not only about winning. It's about entertainment. The sheer joy of watching creativity on display. Arsenal have it all and more. We Gooners are lucky to have a stable board and an intelligent manager. I have enjoyed every moment of my association with the club as a fan. The highs of winning the double, going 49 league games unbeaten and the lows of losing the title by point to United and losing the Champions League to Barca. Arsenal are one of the better things in my life.

Where is your soul?

Part of is it in a certain area of New Delhi, the other in North London.

You are addicted to?

They keep changing. These days it is Farmville on Facebook

What makes u happy?

I don't know... It's hard to explain. I guess good relationship with friends and peers, a satisfactory day at work, a good result for the team. And when Tottenham lose.

Fish or Pork?

Although I risk the wrath of fellow Bengalis, I'd say pork.

Why do you read novels?

Time pass. To be honest, I am not too fond of reading novels. I haven’t heard of half of the authors out there. I guess I don’t have the patience.

If you were reborn as a woman, who would you rather be?

I was tempted to say Mother Teresa...but I think I'll choose the other extreme and say Countess Elizabeth Báthory.

Are you happy the way your life is moving on?

I'm not. I can never be satisfied. Call it greed or call it a quest to continuously improve myself, I'd want my life to be better tomorrow than it is today and even better the day after tomorrow. I guess everybody thinks the same way.

What is your passion and what is your obsession?

I’m passionate about football. I love to watch games, discuss them, write about them. Obsession? Don’t have any

You can't live without.....

Television with all available sports channels, internet

Do you want to remain a bachelor?

Don’t let my girlfriend hear that question. The answer is NO

For you, life means?

A series of milestones.

You hate gays. Am I right?

Hate is a strong word. I am not homophobic. I may not agree with the idea of homosexuality, but I don’t hate or dislike people who are homosexuals. That is their life and their choice. I have no problem with that.

People say that you are reticent. Why so?

I am not. I am just misunderstood. Yes, I do take time to open up to people. But once you know me, you'll realise that I'm not that bad.

Am I valuable to you?

Yes, our friendship is valuable to me.


Pramode Mallik said...

Great! It's really a very good interview. I did not know you could interview also. Biswa's passion for Arsenal is really great. Actually a game becomes really great only when it gets such dedicated fans. I do not understand football much, but I can say that Arsenal are lucky. And they should know it.

Priyanka Khot said...

This one is so so so good...

I enjoyed all the answers and Deepak the credit goes to you since the questions are very very good!

It is nice to see a glimpse of humour from Biswarup, who has the potential to be 100 times more humourous (if only he would take lessons from ME :-))

Thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Who is the next target?

Anonymous said...

you :)

Priyanka Khot said...

Forgot to complement the photographs... I liked the first one with the old world feeling because of the scratches the best.

Devika said...
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Devika said...

When I read the title first, it bought 'The Vishwarup' to mind :)

Nice knowing him...interesting personality-- except the pork factor! :)

'Addiction keeps changing' clicked! :)

Nice post, Deepak :)


Cezar and Léia said...

It's a cool interview, I liked it!!!You are a great interviewer!
Also love Pacino , Sent of a woman is the best! :)
Happy weekend!
Léia :)

Onkar said...

You are two-in-one: an excellent photographer and a great interviewer. I enjoyed reading this piece.

Anya said...

Lovely interview
Its a good looking friend ;)
Very funny questions & answers !!
Are you asking all of us for a interview ( I hope not .... LOL :(


Tomushka said...

:)Very interesting friend and person :)

p.s. love such posts!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

He Seems to be a deep thinker !! Nice to know about him !! Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

Babli said...

Excellent interview. Nice to know about your friend Biswarup. Convey my best wishes to him. The photos are superb and it expresses various moods of Biswarup. I liked your post very much and enjoyed reading it.

Catja said...

Hey :D how are you today?

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Corina said...

Great shots, Deepak :-) I like the third most of all, the profile.

R. Ramesh said...

wow wonderful ya deepak...really enjoyed reading..thanks for introducing biswa to us..gr8 going buddy..stay connected..

Jama said...

Interesting friend you got there!

Plamena Markova said...

nice to meet u, Biswarup! interesting interview :)

Indrani said...

Nice knowing your friend.
Great guy!

Tammie Lee said...

This is a wonderful interview and your photos and questions are fabulous. I think because your ?'s were a bit out of the norm... made it all the better!

magiceye said...

lovely portraiture and a cool interview

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Man - thats what I call a photo call! :)

Good one!

Tash said...

I like the portraits - you did great. for a quiet guy, he sure opened up to you :)

Jeevan said...

Good to know about your friend Deepak. Interesting post and portrait!

Destiny's child... said...

Your friend comes across as interesting...Nice clicks..:)

Anonymous said...

I like the first one too,with the scracthes.
i love old looking pics.

Walter Neiger said...

a beautiful collection of portraits and a very interesting interview :)


you have a prize on my blog:)

Tinsie said...

Excellent interview and interesting portrait shots! Thanks for sharing with us.

JM said...

Very nice b&w portraits!

yamini said...

Great Interview Deepak and Biswarup.
Very enjoyable and yes, I didnt know Roy that well earlier but now i know a thing or two.

Good job Deepak. You are really coming across as a hidden treasure. :-)

Anonymous said...

always fun to drag our friend onto the net. I enjoyed the interview and I agree, "Farmville" is the new gateway drug

VannJente said...

Very nice portraits you have here!

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