SYNOPSIS OF A NOVELIST AND TRAVEL WRITER
My name is Siddharth Dasgupta. I'm an Indian novelist who also articulates travel and luxury experiences for some of the world's most acclaimed travel bibles. My debut novel, 'Letters from an Indian Summer', has been receiving critical acclaim since its release in the winter of 2014. My second book -
SYNOPSIS OF A NOVELIST AND TRAVEL WRITER
My name is Siddharth Dasgupta. I'm an Indian novelist who also articulates travel and luxury experiences for some of the world's most acclaimed travel bibles. My debut novel, 'Letters from an Indian Summer', has been receiving critical acclaim since its release in the winter of 2014. My second book - a collection of short stories - is due for completion soon and then begins the beautifully harrowing task of finding a publisher. Wish me luck.
Before this passionate commitment to words, I'd enjoyed a memorable 14-year adventure in advertising and media, as Copywriter, Designer, and eventually, Creative Director. During this period, I'd relished getting up to no good with names including Emirates Airlines, Sony, Impact Proximity and Flip Media. I've penned everything from crisp corporate communiqués and incisive editorial features to flowery personal profiles (you know the kind), SM strategies and biting critiques. I'm an awarded designer too, and the Visual Arts remain a lingering attraction.
Writing has been and always will remain the fiercest love. This passion for words finds expression in regular freelance assignments for the likes of Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveller, The Buzz, the Tibet Foundation Journal, Harper's Bazaar, and other global publications. What I excel in is experiencing, dissecting and reviewing a travel experience, dining adventure, city getaway or luxury hotel stay... and getting paid well for it! Long lead features, articles, web-based pieces - I'm comfortable with the lot. So if you’re looking for an independent writer with experience, flair and finesse, I might just be your man.
Senior Features Writer @ This year, a majority of my luxury travel assignments have been with the world's leading travel magazine - Travel + Leisure. From encapsulating French Champagne odysseys and interviewing a stylish set of deluxe travellers to pinpointing the world's best Slow Travel experiences and reviewing Le Meridien's first resort property, it's been an eclectic, memorable journey. Hopefully, this association only prospers and spreads its wings further in the days to come. From August 2015 to Present (5 months) New Delhi Area, IndiaFilm Critic and Blogger @ As periodic blogger and film critic for the utterly charming Dharamshala International Film Festival, I've had the pleasure of reviewing films and documentaries for the Festival and also encapsulating the festival experience for the Tibet Foundation and other journals. From November 2014 to Present (1 year 2 months) New Delhi Area, IndiaFeatures Writer @ I've written special features for Conde Nast - both India as well as UK - some of which are featured in the portfolio link From January 2014 to Present (2 years) Mumbai Area, IndiaCreative Director @ I seem to flit in and out of Linkedin, so I hadn't bothered updating my profile with the fact that I've been Creative Director at Pratisaad - Pune's largest ad agency - since April of 2014. Been handling a bunch of national/international brands of the likes of Maruti, Tata Green and Toyota, been enjoying leading a creative team of close to 12, been striving to raise the agency's creative credentials and broaden its client/brand profile. All in all, a nicely engaging chapter with a nice bunch of folks. Head raised, eyes open, horizons pure. From April 2014 to April 2015 (1 year 1 month) Pune Area, IndiaCreative Director @ I've recently taken creative charge of this talented digital outfit that looks after some of India's most prominent jewellery, lifestyle, travel and education brands in the digital space. I look forward to one crazy adventure with Xebec, and relish the prospect of taking both its creativity levels as well as new brand acquisition up a couple of notches. Salut. From April 2013 to April 2014 (1 year 1 month) Pune Area, IndiaFreelance Writer / Designer @ Variety being the spice of life and all, I like to keep things surprising and eventful. From writing travel features for Condé Nast and penning web content for one of Dubai's hottest young digital outfits to designing book covers for international authors and consulting boutique hotels on their social media strategies... my freelance adventures are diverse and keep me chained to a somewhat new-age definition of sanity. From 2012 to 2013 (1 year) Freelance Senior Project Writer @ Flip is the Middle East's largest web, interactive and digital media specialist, with a growing Indian presence to boot. I worked with them as an independent resource, and was lead senior writer on the acclaimed creativelab project for Abu Dhabi's twofour54 - a coming-together of sorts for the Middle East's creative and artistic community. I lead the content team for the project, and strategised the creative direction for the project besides handling profiles, reviews, web content and exclusive interviews with chosen celebrities from the Arab entertainment world. From 2011 to 2011 (less than a year) Senior Creative Copywriter @ Besides handling all the writing for Omnia’s vast swathe of through-the-line corporate clients, I was also tasked with providing direction, ideas and written identities for clients of Omnia Connect – the Agency’s dedicated Interactive Division. From October 2008 to October 2010 (2 years 1 month) Creative Head @ As chief rabble-rouser for this consortium of creative talent from around the world, my work spanned PR, brand identity building, corporate communication exercises, client liaising, creative team recruitment... and impromptu paintball sessions. From January 2006 to August 2008 (2 years 8 months)
Bishop's School, Poona Siddharth Dasgupta is skilled in: Travel Writing, Magazines, Luxury & Lifestyle, Copywriting, Creative Direction, Social Media, Public Relations, Editorial, Corporate Communications, Digital Media