Author Ravinder Singh has got it right with books in the romantic genre. No wonder, each one is a bestseller. In the city to attend the 4th Pune International Literary Festival, he spoke about the genre and more…
As a writer in the romance genre, do you sometimes feel constricted by it, considering almost every other person writes or wants to write in this genre?
I never felt that way. There are a lot of people who want to write that way. And, at the end of the day, a good book survives here. I think if competition is the key, we need more competition in this world of writing. Competition is just limited to the bookshelves where you keep it. At the end of the day, there is no competition there.
Since it is a well-loved genre, what makes some books more loved than the others?
They connect with the readers. There are some books that the readers can connect with and this is the author they want to read, whatever he writes in the future as well. And the author has to live up to that expectation. The day he or she falls down, eventually he or she drops down in terms of people reading him.
Does language have anything to do with?
Yes, it does. I write in plain, modern and simple English that people are able to connect with.
Is there any one book or character which has stuck to you till date or go back to?
In my mind, no. But yes, the last book that I wrote which recently came out, there is a character called Malavika. She is this bold modern woman and I am thinking from her perspective. And Malavika is nobody but a part of my brain.
Do you fear changing your genre in the fear of losing your readership?
I don’t! Publishers do!
But do you consider changing your genre?
No, I don’t. At the end of the day, I ask myself what is my goal. If my goal is to take the story to a particular section of people and that particular section of people love to read romance, I would like to sugar coat the story into romance. But I am passing particularly what I want to pass.
How would you describe romance that exists today in India and the world?
To compare romances across the geographies is difficult. There is no fixed theory for that. But people are more driven out of their wants.
Do you consider writing what people want or what you want?
What I want. I will only write what I have to say. I cannot write what people want to read. Of course, it is a win-win situation, if people want to read what I like writing about.