Sachin Singh, born in Nalanda, is the author of the book “Panorama of Life“. He did his graduation from Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi, and then earned an MBA degree from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand. He scored 99.89 percentile in the English section of CAT-2008. He has also earned a diploma in world intellectual property rights (WIPO, GENEVA). He regularly contributes columns in leading English newspapers and enjoys reading English Literature and writings. His voracious reading habit engages and comforts him the most in the world. Presently he is living in Patna and works for a bank. Let’s get to know him more-
- Tell us something about your book:
The book mainly emphasizes on the life of the people belonging to rural and small town areas. The book put forth the problems, struggles and travails of these marginalized section of society. Besides, it also includes inspirational life of common people which strengthens the fact that intellect is not a monopoly of well-read people. It’s a misplaced myth. In fact every person on earth is gifted with a conventional wisdom. It includes issues like poverty, unemployment, cast-ism, religious conflicts, servitude, exploitation, feudalism, family life and emotions, inter-caste marriage, women empowerment etc. Besides it also contains some matured love stories which catapults into sweet or tragic ends.
- When did you start writing?
I am writing since childhood. However those remained confined under the pages of my personal diaries. However since college days, I chose English newspapers to depict my thoughts on random issues. So from my college days at BHU my writings started publishing in English newspapers. My first published writing was in THE HINDU newspaper on the then Ayushi murder case. I still remember when I was roaming around the Lanka market just outside the BHU campus I halted at a magazine shop which I frequented almost thrice in a week. That day I was leafing through the pages of different magazines and newspapers and suddenly when my eyes caught my writing in THE HINDU newspaper I felt pleased that at least now I am able to spread my sentiments and thoughts to Indian masses through this fourth pillar of democracy.
Since then I wrote unstoppably and still cherish this passion. I have written on several issues in newspaper ranging from nuclear deal, Panchayati Raj, Pros and cons of student union on university campus, farmers plight, entry of foreign university into India, Parochialism, Humanity, Maoism, sugarcane issue, Tata Motors Singur Issue, Abortion, Riot, Caste Census, Media Role..etc. Then without formally preparing for CAT exam I took the exam and obtained 99.89 percentile. It further enhanced my confidence in language skills.
- What is the purpose of your writing?
My purpose of writing is to spread awareness about exploitation of masses. To appraise them about their right and strength as a citizen. I also wish to inspire people through my writings. To uplift their confidence, to empower them. Lastly I also take care to entertain my readers by shaping my contents, and prose in a style that could bind them with the book. I chose to write on several themes so that a kind of undetected monotony should not bore the readers
- What inspired you to bring forth this idea as a book?
Since childhood, I have been sentimental and observational by nature. Apart from writing in newspapers I used to recollect my memories and simultaneously wrote fictional stories based mostly on realism. So When there were almost 50 collections of short stories, I decided to shape it in the form of a book. I re-worked assiduously upon some 30 stories. And decided to bring forth a book. And this is what birthed the “Panorama of Life”.
- There are multiple stories in the book, are they fiction or inspired from real life?
Amalgamation of both. But majority of them are based on real life with some artistic writing mechanism to enhance its readability and make it graspable. Imagination is of course a necessary tool for writing but there is a limit to it as far as its logic in writing is concerned. Imagination has wild directions and one cannot depend solely upon imagination to write.
- So how was this journey of becoming a published author? Give some insights of your efforts on getting your work published.
I worked hard in re-shaping my stories narrated in a standard literary style. Since I am a bank professional so I mostly worked till the late hours of night. After giving a balanced shape to my manuscript, I sent it to some publishers suggested to me by one of my writer friend. And the first publisher who reciprocated his consent I went ahead with them. Though later I got consent from other publishers too but once I treaded ahead with a publisher I politely conveyed to them about it.
- Have you self-published your work or followed the traditional approach?
I was not knowledgeable about publishing of books thing. Newspapers have a different approach of publication. So I followed the traditional approach for publication as suggested by my writer friend.
- Which approach is better according to you and why?
It depends on individual’s choice and merit. But I would always opt for traditional publishing as I am in touch with many prestigious English writers and I got insight that quality of writing is better judged and refined by traditional approach.
- What is your take on book publishing as you see the current scenario?
I do not know much about publishing part (apart from the suggestions and assignments in editing the manuscript by the publisher) and neither have analyzed this very aspect. I focus mainly on my writing and I feel that publishing naturally follows the quality of your writing.
- What are your forthcoming writings?
I have already completed more than half portion on the biography of an Indian legend. Simultaneously I am working on a novel. This time I am much meticulous about improving upon the depth and subtlety of my work.
- What are the four top most things you take care of while writing a book?
Firstly I take care not to fashionably romanticize the issues that needs sincere consideration and a solution-oriented approach. Therefore, I work on those issues with sheer discipline.
Secondly, I chose realism a better way to narrate through a book. Instead of forcing impractical imagination, I find it best to write upon the things and issues, which are panoramically spread around me. I am a keen observer and blessed with a photographic memory of the things. So when I sit down to write naturally those observed scenes conjures up before my eyes. I jot down them on paper and then type it.
Third I take care of language. The language which I am talking about is the narration style which could help reader’s to grasp the things. When readers get themselves connected to a story they relish and learn it in a natural way.
Fourth- I restraint from writing things which intently hurts the feelings or sentiments of anyone. I stay away from stereotypical kind of writing.
- What is your favorite genre and why?
I enjoy all kind of books be it fiction or non-fiction. Among contemporary writers I like Jhumpa Lahiri, Amitava Kumar, Amitava Ghosh, Ramchandra Guha, Ruskin Bond, Dash Benhur, V. S Naipaul and Amartya sen. Then I like the books of George Orwell, Maxim Gorky, Anton Chekhov, Guy De Maupassant. I like them because of the contents and the quality of their writing. A kind of obsessive affection for their books.
- What is your biggest source of inspiration in life?
My struggling background. I was born in a village named Khetalpura which lies in Nalanda district of Bihar. My father was a businessman. I was enrolled in the village school. One day all of a sudden I was told by my father to sit in a car and I along with the son of the most affluent landlord of the village headed towards a destination that was not revealed. Ultimately we reached to a school with big premises. I was asked to appear in an admission test. I did well in all papers but failed terribly in English. The principal downgraded me one class lower from the class for which I was tested. It hurt my conscience. Secondly when I was introduced in the class then at the first sight of mine all the classmates started laughing vigorously. Though a child I sensed that the rustic look of my face and the attires i.e a half pant, green loose shirt and plastic sandals triggered this ridicule. The teacher took me back without introducing. My classmates were sophisticated, attired in affluent school dress and a simple rustic persona became a matter of ridicule for them. I sobbed before my father. He consoled me and said to work hard to surpass the academic excellence of all. I proved this by working fanatically upon my academics. And my hard work yielded satisfying results. For the three years till I was admitted in that school I did first in every exam and that too with highest in every subject be it Sanskrit or English. This gave me a good platform. At BHU I devored each and every book of my hostel library. This helped me a lot in improving my language and shaping my thought-process. Then their comes my mother who always understands my sentiments and though not very educated she is a wise woman. She has supported me in every endeavors of my life. I love her the most.
- What is the biggest challenge you have ever faced and how did you overcome it?
After matriculation, I got time to visit my village. There is a slum in the vicinity of my home. It’s populated with a caste called “Mushar” in Bihar. I have been keenly observing them since my childhood. They were living the same wretched life since the day I took cognizance of my childhood conscience. So I along with my sister who is my twin decided to educate them along with the children from my caste. There was some implicit opposition but we fought against this discrimination. Now almost majority of the children from that slum are literate. Two of them also completed their matriculation and got job as a primary school teachers. Once initiated my sister carried forward this project and the credit mainly goes to her for the continuation of this challenging task. I have mentioned about one of them in my story titled “Gratitude”.
- Any message for our readers?
Be positive. Be happy and spread happiness. Do some work that proves beneficial for the needy and disadvantaged. And do remember that book is the best friend. Improve your will power and be hard-working and courageous. And afterall almighty is there to look after you.
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