Vineet Singh

Book lover, foodie, traveller, entrepreneur.

Sun Sign

Gemini

Three things people don’t know about you?

I hate small talk. I am an extremely lazy person at heart. I only do what I want to do.

What’s your greatest fear?

The day I stop enjoying writing.

What is your greatest achievement?

That somehow I manage to dabble work, family and my passions.

High point of your life?

When I held my infant son in my arms for the first time.

Low point of your life

When my mother-in-law died a sudden and tragic death in 2013.

Which living person do you most admire?

My cousin, Ravi.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Rancho from the movie, 3 Idiots.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Gabbar Singh from the movie, Sholay.

Who are your favorite authors?

Vikram Seth, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Fyodr Dostoevesky and Haruki Murakami.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Love in Time of Cholera, The Brothers Karmazov, An Equal Music, Anna Karenina and Animals by Keith Ridgeway.

Is there a book you love to reread?

Love in Time of Cholera.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Pulp Fiction, Pretty Woman, As Good As It Gets, 3 Idiots, Namastey London

One Superpower you wish you had?

If I could read others' minds.

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

I wrote. I was.

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 in Kolkata. Adolescent in Ludhiana. Adult life in New York. Silver Years in Goa.

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

To play the saxophone.

Which book you wish you had written ?

Crime and Punishment.

When and where do you write ?

I write my novel, late evening in my son's study. Poetry I write at night lying on my stomach in my bed.

Silence or music?

Silence

One phrase that you use most often?

What you need to understand...

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

I edit the last day's writing, write more than a page and then check the word count.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Reading my son's story books.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Read a lot everyday and have a daily writing schedule.

Vineet Singh, 41, was fascinated with the written word since his childhood in Kolkata. In school, he won accolades for writing skits, plays and acting in them. While undergoing his undergraduate studies at Frostburg State University in America he took to writing poetry and essays and avidly pursued it even when he returned to India for graduate school at S.P.Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai. After his academic endeavours he chose a career in Corporate India and though he tasted success in the business arena for the next three years and travelled exhaustively, he sorely missed his writing. He quit his job, became the Director of a High School and started writing vigorously. After a dozen short stories and a film script, he started work on his first novel based on the theme of displacement across generations. Presently, he is working on his second novel on unrequited love. He is married, has a ten-year-old son and lives with his family in Kolkata, India. vschhabra@hotmail.com

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