Tuesday, November 19, 2013

It's not easy for someone to fall in love all over again, especially after the love of their life is taken away from them by the cruel fate of death. But Indian author and former civil engineer Ravinder Singh has survived heartbreak and trauma to tell this very story. 

On Tuesday the 12th of November, Mr. Singh spoke to an audience of students and teachers at the 32nd edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair. After working as a senior project manager at Infosys for five years, Mr. Singh quit his position to pursue a full-time career in writing. His novel I Too Had A Love Story has struck a chord among many Indians, and has received stellar reviews from some of India's leading publications. I Too Had A Love Story has been referred to by N.R. Narayana Murthy (Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Infosys) as 'simple, honest and touching'. His second novel Can Love Happen Twice? has recently been released.

Ravinder Singh speaks to enthusiastic students
at the Sharjah International Book Fair.
Photo Credit: Lavanya Narayan
Mr. Singh went into detail about the story behind his two novels. He spoke about how he met his girlfriend on a matrimonial website in India, and how she passed away just days before the two could be formally engaged. He also discussed how his mother was initially reticent about him writing about his story, worried that he may revisiting the trauma and heartbreak he suffered. 

Mr. Singh's talk was followed by a question and answer session with the students in the audience. He motivated and inspired them to pursue writing, and tell their stories to the world.

Praise for I Too Had A Love Story:

The past tense in the title is intriguing, as is the dedication: "To the loving memory of the girl whom I loved, yet could not marry." Ravinder’s narrative is compelling, his emotions reflect a felt experience, and the denouement is touching. His tribute to the girl he loved will touch many a heart. – The Tribune

In his book, Singh has beautifully portrayed various emotions of life and love, its trials and tribulations, victory and defeat. – The Indian Express
Ravinder’s debut novel promises to strike a chord with the readers. While this poignant tale might not make you smile at the end, it will sure strengthen your belief in the fact that love stories are eternal. – The Times of India