Political ambition wasn't the only thing on young Mamata's mind. She holds no less than three educational degrees - an M.A in Islamic History, a B.Ed and a law degree, which allows her to add advocate to her resume.
Over the years, she has established herself as a writer of some talent. Upalabdhi, her first book, was published in 1995 and sold well. She is the author of 13 books in total, some of which have been translated into English. She also writes poetry, fiction and political essays.