A handsome author with an affable smile and a spunky goatee was here in the city on October 8, 2016, at the Gajjar Hall, to promote his novel ‘This Love That Feels Right’. Ravinder Singh who comes under the popular authors of India was brought to the city by Ahmedabad book Club, which is a rich online community of book readers who come along to talk, share and discuss literary ideas pounding in their hearts. The club holds various meetings at frequent intervals for the group members to develop as a community.
An author extremely popular amongst youth, Ravinder Singh’s presence was not only able to pull a huge number of young fans but many senior readers too. The generous fans had read all his works and knew their plots by heart. He was gracious and witty throughout the event and talked about the book while answering questions about his other works too.
“This Love That Feels Right” is his fifth novel, and all of his previous novels have been a runaway success, considering bestsellers having sold thousands of copies. This particular book tackles the sensitive topic of extramarital affairs, open marriages and debates on the school of relationships. The book is not an answer to these controversial subjects nor will it direct us to what’s right or wrong for us to choose, but it will, in fact, help us in developing our own perspective and ignore the hammering of societal conceptions.
The talk turned really absorbing when Ravinder exclaimed upon the complicating couple life within this insecure digital age. With a striking example of his literary journey, he said: “I initiated writing with the era of matrimonial websites and now commencing with tinder within just a couple of years”. In fact, his own journey as an author is a curious story as he started his career initially as an engineer pursued an MBA degree and labored in corporate houses. It was a personal tragedy that made him write his first novel and since then there has never been a ‘look back moment’. There are a few people, who believe in growing together and Ravinder is certainly one of them. Today he started his own publishing venture and supports young upcoming and deserving authors to become published ones.
Ravinder’s work has a deep impact on readers within this fast-changing society, with great social upheaval and forthwith changes. His literary helps young urban professionals to anchor their thoughts and motivations. Most of his stories are based on his personal daily episodes. The situations and actions of routine environ literally inspire him. A reader gets easily connected when the character’s dilemma starts reflecting his own, and that’s what Ravinder does.
The English authors of our country usually practice the vernacular way of writing. With a simpler form of words, it becomes an easy task for its readers to cope up with the language and learn it. English proficiency has been an intangible goal for many young fellows today and Ravinder‘s work is not only picked up for its interesting plot base but also to improve the command of the English language. Talking about languages, Ravinder’s books has been translated into many Indian languages like Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu, Malayalam and reached a much wider audience till now.
He mourned over the fact that despite the rise in the number of readers in India only a few authors can earn their bread and butter through writing. And within a country of 120 million residents, the title of a bestseller is glued on a book with hardly 5000 number of copies sold.
Photographs : Marmik Shah
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