Author Ravinder Singh, who came into the limelight after he released his first book I Too Had A Love Story, based on his real life experiences, is busy promoting his third book, Like It Happened Yesterday. Rohit Pramar caught up with him to talk about his book, writing and more
Tell us about your new book.
From the first day to the last day of school, the book is about growing up. It’s about happiness, tears, nostalgia and the emotions that one goes through during their days of growing up. It’s a book that celebrates nostalgia and what it meant to grow up in the ’80s. There was a rat race to come first in school and high expectations from parents to do well in studies.
What was your source of inspiration for Like It Happened Yesterday?
I graduated from the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad. But I would say that the best academic experience I had was during my school days. While I was finishing my last book, I needed a new topic and so I decided to go ahead and write about my own experiences.
Where and when do you like to write?
There is no specific time. I should be in the mood to write. If I am not in the mood, I cannot force myself to write. I usually prefer writing in the morning while having my cup of tea. That’s when fresh thoughts come to my mind.
How long does it take for you to complete a book?
On average, it takes me about a year.
What are your top five favourite books?
A Walk To Remember, The Notebook, The Kite Runner, For One More Day and Tuesdays with Morrie.
Who is your favourite author?
I like Nicholas Sparks. He is phenomenal when it comes to writing human emotions.
What advice do you have for someone who’s just starting out with writing?
Before you start, find out the real reason you want to write. Your writing should have a purpose. Do not write just because you’re inspired by someone or a bunch of people you know are writing a book. Choose to write only if you’re passionate about writing. Also, do not imitate anyone else’s style of writing; discover your own style.