Abhih Singh

Author and Music Artist/Producer

Sun Sign

Capricorn

Three things people don’t know about you?

1: I used to observe ants as a child. 2: I like drawing human figures. 3: I’m amazed and fascinated by the great diversity of skills that people exhibit.

What’s your greatest fear?

Not having real friends that I can count on.

What is your greatest achievement?

It’s all work in progress, but finishing my first book was noteworthy.

High point of your life?

My first manuscript being accepted for print was a good moment.

Low point of your life

I don’t dwell too much; life goes on.

Which living person do you most admire?

I admire many people for different qualities. If pressed to pick one, I may choose Haruki Murakami, for his discipline.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Batman.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Protagonist villain Daniel Plainview in the film There Will Be Blood

Who are your favorite authors?

Philip Roth, Haruki Murakami, Ernest Hemingway, Jonathan Franzen, and Herman Melville are some of my favorite authors.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

It’s hard to pick five, but here goes: The Sympathizer by Thanh Nguyen, The Human Stain by Philip Roth, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, and The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.

Is there a book you love to reread?

No

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Again, it’s hard to pick five, but here are some I like: The Shawshank Redemption, Hunger, The Dark Knight Rises, There Will Be Blood, and Interstellar.

One Superpower you wish you had?

The ability to remember every different term/word I read, and recall whenever applicable.

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

Survive!

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

Childhood: Ancient Sparta, third century BC. Adolescence: The Renaissance period in Florence, fifteenth century AD. Adult Life: The Golden Age of India, during the Gupta Empire, fourth century AD. Silver years: Spiti, in the Himalayas, tenth century AD.

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

Speed-reading (with assimilation).

Which book you wish you had written ?

None.

When and where do you write ?

I write in my working room, usually during the first half of the day, ranging from early morning to lunchtime.

Silence or music?

If it’s early in the morning and the city is quiet, silence is suitable. When the day has picked up, I find a really low volume ambient sound/music useful to create a zone. Once in a blue moon I use music to write out some passage.

One phrase that you use most often?

Fair enough.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

No.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

I sometimes read online forums of various sorts and the comment sections of videos, where opinions can get quite colourful.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Writing is a skill, like playing a sport or instrument, and improves with practice; so do it somewhat daily, and put a few hundred thousand words down as training at first.

Abhih Singh was born in 1984, at a Naval base in Cochin. He spent his early childhood in Port Blair
wandering beaches and woods, went to a Jesuit boys’ school in South Bombay, and attended university
in Australia, attaining degrees in Liberal Arts and International Relations. His work experiences have
been varied, ranging from office sorts to disc jockeying and handling produce. Over recent years he’s
lived in Bangalore, in a building teeming with environmentalists, designers, filmmakers, lawyers, and
other workers, with strong political opinions across the spectrum; and in an old Goan house, amidst
snakes, dogs, and disappearing cats – writing stories and producing music all the while. He is currently
based in Pune.

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