Hello & Welcome back Book lovers.
Hope you are enjoying the Festive Season with lots of sweets, lights and firecrackers.
Well this week on the hot seat is really buzzing with excitement.
After so many requests from fans on FB and Twitter we just had to interview the Prince of Indian Romance who sentimental and tear dropping love stories have touched millions of hearts in India.
Meet Ravinder Singh, the boy next door. Tall, Dark,Handsome & Intelligent, he has all the makings of a romantic hero. But his charm lies in his narrative writing. A die hard romantic, as many people know him, you will be high on emotions after reading his books. We know fans who have cried buckets after reading his books and worship him like a Love Guru.
Author of 2 Bestselling Books, ‘I too had a Love Story’ & ‘Can Love Happen Twice ‘, Ravinder Singh’s 1st book was a narrative account of his true love story. Though when he release his second there were rumors that it was a true story but Mr Singh completely dismissed it and has said it is based on certain life experiences.
His Books have been our Bestsellers list for a while now and he his book’ Can Love Happen twice was also nominated for the Popular Award for The Economist Crossword Book Award 2011
Ravinder Singh has currently completely his MBA from ISB and is working with Microsoft in Hyderabad. He recently got married to Khusboo Chauhan, his long-time girlfriend which left thousands of girls heartbroken.
Here is an excerpt of his Interview..
- You broke a lot of hearts when you recently got married.How has Ravinder Singh changed after Marriage?
Well Ravinder Singh hasn’t changed at all after marriage. But yes Ravinder Singh has come across new changes, as is expected in the school of marriage. And I come across them right from the beginning of the day. For ex: I now don’t wake up alone but there is someone next to me and its a beautiful feeling to see my wife beside me as the day begins. There are new set of responsibilities and expectations (that’s true for both my wife Khusboo and me) which are outdone by the charm of this warm relationship.
2. Tell us something about Khusboo, where did it all begin, The Proposal and is she anything like the character Simar?
The best way for an author to tell about someone important in his/her life is to sketch them as a protagonist in the book and narrate the story. May be I will do it that way. And for the latter part of your question: No she is unlike Simar (from my second book) and for that matter unlike Khushi (from my first book). I am mentioning this because of lot of readers of mine have related Khushboo with either of the two characters from my books.
3. How do you handle all the female fans who absolutely adore you and your books?
It is always a special feeling to hear from and get back to fans and readers. It is they who make me feel special and I respect their love for my work and me. As far as fan following is concerned I wouldn’t divide it on the grounds of gender. Having said that, I believe it is normal to see more female fans for a male author and male fan following for female authors (that’s the case with Bollywood and sports as well).
4. You will be soon coming out with a book on Short Love stories on the competition done by Penguin. How difficult was it for you to judge it ?
Yes that’s right. Well we got thousands of stories and by the end of the entire selection process we had to arrive at best 25. So you can understand how difficult it would have been for all of us (and not just me). I think it was an interesting experience. For a person like me who is not at all a great reader it was a lot of effort but the best thing was that – They were short stories. I would complete reading them in 20 mins at max. I am super impressed by the variety of submissions. The diversity of those stories took my heart away. Some had painful ending while some had left me with a smile by the last paragraph of it.
5. How big a Punjabi are you. Your Punjabi Fetishes?
It’s in the DNA. It is perfectly fine with me to wear “Punjabi Jutti” along with a jeans in my office. I am poor in western dance but on the contrary I am well equipped with “Bhangra” so much so that once in the US in a disc I made the entire disc dance onto the beats of “Dhol”. Those “Memaan Shemaan :-)” simply couldn’t resist NOT Dancing. The song was a Punjabi no. from Bend It Like Beckham. The first peg will surely be a “Patiala Peg“. I would admire a “Patiala Salwar” more on a girl’s legs than jeans. And the CD system of my car just has the collection of “Punjabi songs“. So as I said – It’s in the DNA.
6. Your first book was based on your personal experience; did writing the book ease your emotions on what you went through after your loss?
Certainly. In fact that was the whole purpose behind writing it. I believe in the philosophy that sharing your joy with others multiplies your happiness and sharing your grief with others and reduces your pain.
7. Your 3 favourite Love stories..
A walk to remember by Nicholas Spark. Love Story by Eric Segal. There is a commonality in these two stories with my story in ‘I too had a love story’. And the 3rd would be ‘The Notebook’ by Nicholas Spark again, for the way he has described the element of time and things that have changed in the course of time in that love story.
8. Your ideal Romantic date?
Hmmm….Driving up the hills, late in the evening when it is foggy in the months of winter. Nice romantic music in the car. Chilled champagne followed by a warm dinner. Pick up a conversation as if the two of you don’t know each other and discover the new being in yourselves. Drive down the hills early in the morning before the fog settles down. Have a cup of tea at some road side dhaaba in the mid way. My life in Chandigarh and my trips to hills of Kasauli had left me with these thoughts.
9. A romantic catchphrase or line that you have used on women a lot?
If it is about ‘a lot of women’ my line is – You may fall in love with the book, but resist falling in love with the author of the book 🙂
10. How do you manage the time to write from your hectic schedule?
Where there is a will there is a way 🙂
11. Your fans are waiting for 3rd Romantic Blockbuster from you. When is that going to happen..
Don’t know. Apparently the 3rd one in line is not on romance. It is something very different yet special. Early next year people will get to know what it is. But that does not mean that I am not going to write romantic novels in future.
Publisher: Penguin Books
Price: Rs 125
Signing Off For Now..
Until Next Time Geeks..