Interview with Ranjit Singh

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was in 1965. I wrote on Indo-Pak war. I never wanted a confrontation between these two neighbors. A 3-page report was published in an Indian Newspaper. I have in my mind a deep desire to write a book to bring India and Pakistan closer.
What is your writing process?
My process of writing is simple. I put a question (s) to myself and gather as many facts as possible. I, always, ensure that I am guided and led by facts, not by my wishes or perceptions.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. It might not be the first but it was surely the one that made a deep impact on me. It was a Russian story: "How much land, does a man need?" Since then, I have never believed in blind accumulation of wealth. I believe, everybody shall enumerate his basic needs, work for them and let others do the same.
How do you approach cover design?
I can only give ideas. I cannot design myself. The cover shall tell the reader what he is going to read.
What do you read for pleasure?
only reports on current issues
What is your e-reading device of choice?
PC
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am a neophyte in digital reading. Can.t give a good answer.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small village in India. Now it is in Pakistan. There were 85%Muslims and 15% others. During 1947 communall riots, our Muslim friends protected and saved my family and helped us escape to safer asylum. It has put an idea deep into my psyche: Never hate any community.
When did you first start writing?
in 1962.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am trying to tell the readers that the incumbent Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh and his government have made modern India. His achievements are being fogged by his political adversaries. I have tried to convey the impression that "faulting Dr. Manmohan Singh is like humiliating a father who hand-feeds his children to strength and maturity."
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It seems to be the cheapest and easiest route to reach global readership.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I have just started. I will know results later.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
to know that my readers begin discussing or thinking for or against my views.
What do your fans mean to you?
journalism and writing is fruitless without fans.
What are you working on next?
I am working on how to enable all the Indians share the fruit of progress equitably.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
my desire to gather more facts on what is happening around me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
talking to my wife, listening to stories what she has watched on TV, going to malls and sometimes movies and I enjoy phoning my friends and contact those who can give me facts on current affairs.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am new to digital reading.
What message will you give to your readers?
Think with facts, verify facts and don't follow an opinion or idea that cannot be substantiated.
Published 2014-02-26.
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Books by This Author

Dr. Manmohan Singh : He Shaped the Modern India
Series: Through the eyes of a Journalist-Ranjit Singh, Book 1. Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 45,240. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs
Faulting Dr. Manmohan Singh is like humiliating a father who hand-feeds his children to strength and maturity.