Ravinder Singh: The bestselling author who enjoys being a misfit
One of my most enduring memories of Ravinder Singh is on Instagram. In hindsight it does not seem incongruous for the 38-year-old bestselling author has a staggering social media presence — more than 100k followers on Instagram, over a million on Twitter—and a deliberate will to sustain and further it. Singh is also aware of the term one inadvertently earns due to this, the moniker any self-respecting author would consider as a downright slight: content creator. It does not rattle him. “Content creator is not a bad word at all. I take pride in the content I create which people later engage with. I am happy as long as they say it is creative content.”
This irreverence towards his perceived image is evident in the way he shares stuff on the photo sharing site which covers a wide range of topics from his characteristic maudlin musings to flippant posts regarding the virus, PUBG and petulance over less likes. Despite the pain taken to choose different colour backgrounds — white for messages and black for jest —there runs a thread of commonality between them: one signifies who he is and the other points toward who he can be. But none carries the burden of who he is supposed to be.
Last year, a friend had shared a Durjoy Datta post — one of the many cutesy photos of his daughter that generally crowds the author’s feed — with me. The image was of the child plopped before a Salman Rushdie book, as if reading. I ought to admit ...
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