Bios are hard, so let’s do this FAQ style.

 If your name’s Amrita then why does it say “amman.c” on your email and other accounts?
Because my folks call me “Amman”. The “C” is just the last name’s initial. Bengalis have this culture of giving nicknames to their children and my parents chose to name me after the capital city of Jordan.

They named my brother, Rio, after the city in Brazil.

No, I don’t know why.

 Do you have a day job?
Yes. I’m an Architect and Interior Designer by day.

I have a Masters Degree in Architecture. My career has taken me to work on luxury hotels, retail and high-end residential projects based in London, Mumbai, Kolkata, Beijing, Nottingham and Paris.

I have, over the last three years, built Studio Amrita C from scratch, into a multi-disciplinary design studio. Today, we’re a team of 5 architectural and interior designers, 2 graphic designers to handle all book design projects and and art advisor who helps clients, interior designers and real estate companies with their art acquisitions, collections, and staging requirements.

 Then what’s with all the writing? Also, I’m a writer. How can you help me?
I love to write. Always have, since I could clutch a pencil. This love of mine led me to write for quite a few publications and literary journals, like The Lonely Planet, Honest Cooking, the Nottingham Post, The Bangalore Mirror, Graffiti, The Huffington Post, Bridge Eight, Hippocampus Magazine, TechinAsia and so on. I was also editor for both my high school and college magazines.

I am currently working on my first novel. To stay updated with my work and published pieces, you can follow me on Instagram at @thesubjectivist.

Here are all my collective works.

About seven years ago, I got commissioned as an editorial assistant at a very big publishing house (can’t reveal for legal purposes). And have since worked with quite a few publishing houses in UK and India, as a commissioned editor. All part-time.

In the beginning of 2017, I decided to go freelance and help new authors navigate the industry. I added a book design service to my studio.

Given my designing chops, you can get your book cover or interior format designed by me. I occassionally coach writers with their writing, audience building, book marketing and self-publishing needs. In fact, I’ve even written a book on it!

Here’s more info on the author services I provide.

 And the art stuff? What’s that all about?
Another hobby of mine that’s turned into a gig. Art is why I chose to be an Architect in the first place. It’s a way to express myself when I don’t have the right words.

Many of my design clients are art enthusiasts and they have supported my work through the years, which I’m extremely thankful for. You can choose to buy a piece off my collection, order a print or commission me for a custom piece of art.

My style is abstract and tries to reflect discomfort and unfinishedness. My pieces are always imperfect and incomplete. Like life.

Take a look at my art collection. And here’s more info in case you’re interested to commission or buy a piece.

 Why don’t I see any of your architecture or interior design stuff here?
Oh, good question! It’s all in the works. All of our projects are in the process of being professionally photographed. Once that’s done, we’ll be putting up an entire section displaying our interior design portfolio.

 What’s all this Altertrips stuff?
In 2016, I combined my passion for travel (sailor’s daughter here!), food and my fascination with meeting new people, into one neat package called Altertrips --- an online travel marketplace that focuses on hyperlocal and ethical experiences.

Altertrips is mostly managed by my brilliant co-founder, since sometimes it can become difficult for me to multi-task.

 Do You really like pizza that much?
Yes. How dare you even doubt that?!

  © Amrita Chowdhury 2017-2018