The ninth generation artist of the Acharya family, creators of ‘patashilpa’- a form of traditional folk painting on fabrics, says he has suffered too many failures in life to have regrets
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being immersed in my work
What is your greatest fear?
That I may have wronged or harmed someone
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
I’m a simple man, I have little knowledge of historical figures
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
That I can’t open up to people easily
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
What is your favourite journey?
Any journey by boat
What is your greatest regret?
I have had far too many failures, so no regrets
What is your current state of mind?
No dreams, no thoughts, just trying to make it through another day
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
That people appreciate me for my paintings
What is your most treasured possession?
What is your most marked characteristic?
I have no idea
What do you most value in your friends?
I have no friends. Not even from my childhood
Who are your favourite writers?
I admire Tagore and Nazrul for influencing the way we think and learn
On what occasion do you lie?
If that lie results in good
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
I don’t like a single thing about it
When and where are you happiest?
In 1974, when I rescued my mother from certain death
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what or who do you think it would be?
If you had to do something other than your current occupation, what would you like to be?
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Enthusiasm, passion and determination
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Grace and gentle behaviour
Who are your heroes in real life?
What is it that you most dislike?
How would you like to die?
At the easel, but not suffering from an illness
If your house was burning down and you could take along one possession, what would it be?