DTU Times interviewed Ravinder Singh, one of the most celebrated romantic novelists of India, who was at Yuvaan Literature and Film Festival (YLFF '19) to meet his fans and promote his latest novel "Will You Still Love Me?".
When people start writing, it is often associated with some impactful incident such as a heartbreak or any other personal experience. What do you have to say about this belief?
I believe that this is not necessary, but by default, people who didn’t have an idea to write about - or any creative person, for that matter - will land up doing that. Personal moments have immense power to move you and open the creative buds in your minds. This is why that happens, however, it is not necessary.
Romance is a genre which most of the young individuals relate to nowadays. However, your novels are so captivating that they are read by children and adults alike. How do you manage to make your novels so captivating that people of all age groups are attracted towards them?
I don’t intentionally target an audience. I just feel that it is important to tell a story in a very heartfelt manner and the stories have to be honest. If I think of customising them for the potential receptors, the charm may be lost. When I narrate a story, I simply want that it should turn out to be interesting for everyone, and that only happens when I make it interesting for myself. I always ask myself if I enjoy narrating this story, irrespective of the listeners in front of me. It doesn’t matter if you are a sixty year old man or a kid; if the story is fundamental, you will get captured in it.
Since you come from an engineering background, what inspired you to take up writing as a career?
There is a big correlation between two things and becoming an author, they are engineering and MBA. On a serious note, engineering had no role to play in me becoming an author, and I believe that is true for others as well. However, engineering in itself is a classic four year long timeframe wherein you go through various ups and downs in your life. There is so much of interest buildup that happens in the hostel life. I think even though the content of the engineering life is good enough, that alone doesn’t help in becoming a writer. At the end of the day, whether or not you are able to become a storyteller is totally up to you.
As you are here for a literary fest in an engineering college and there are many budding engineers as well as budding authors and poets, what message do you want to leave for them?
Any brewing passion, be it writing, films, sports, etc. is essential. I agree that academics is important, but at the same time, nurture at least one passion within you. If that happens to be words (words can take many different shapes, they can be a script for movies, poetry or the content of your novel), start writing. Do not think of writing for the greed of publishing a book. Instead, start writing stories in such a way that, tomorrow if a bunch of your friends or faculty read your piece, they get stunned by it. Start with small goals. Many storytellers rose to fame through social media. I chose the medium of paper and therefore became the king of the paper-town, whereas many became storytellers with the help of a mic. Hence, the choice of a platform remains the secondary factor. The content is undisputedly the prime factor in deciding your success.