Author Interview - Vrinda Singh

Vrinda Singh, an aspiring author, talks about her latest book 5 Minutes and inspiration behind it, about her life and much more. Read on to know all about this budding author.

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Question :

Tell us something about yourself and why do you write? Did you always wanted to be a writer?

Vrinda :

I am the CEO of Paperwiff, a leading vernacular platform of the country, for readers, writers and bloggers. I am also a freelance software developer at various companies. I was an aspiring writer since childhood. I was raised in a middle-class family of scientists, therefore, my writings wasn’t encouraged over academics. It was after my first job, I decided to write for my happiness. This is how my writing journey started.


 

Question :

Some of our readers might not know much about “5 Minutes”. Tell us a bit about your newly released book.

Vrinda :

“5 Minutes” is the story of an ordinary girl, written over a corporate background. Since the story is based on true life events, it is collected from all the nooks and corners of the country. Many can relate themselves to 5 minutes very easily. The best part of the book is that it is not women-centric. However, it talks about feminism stating the position of both male and female in society. More info would be a spoiler, but “5 minutes” deals with the intrinsic lives of working professionals.  


 

Question :

What is the concept of five minutes in the book?

Vrinda :

5 minutes derives it’s name from the 5 elements of a human body. The significance of both the number ‘5’ and times as ‘minutes’ has been explained in detail with the smooth story flow. The 5 basics emotions, the 5 senses and of course the 5 elements club together to hold the central idea of the book.


 

Question :

How was your experience writing it? What the book did to you at personal level?

Vrinda:

I would say, writing is not just an experience, it’s an experience of experiences. It is an art of painting a canvas with words and colouring it with your imaginations. So, writing “5 minutes” was a dream come true because it’s a voice of million people suffering in the hands of fate and sometimes emotions. I feel relieved after writing something, which I desperately wanted to share with the world.


 

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Question :

What was your aim with “5 Minutes”? What message did you want to get across?

Vrinda :

The book ‘5 minutes’ reminds men and women of their grit and resilience, no matter what they have achieved in life. The message is crisp and simple, “Never lose your identity”. It’s true, that “5 minutes” are powerful enough to change your life but the question is how strongly you put up against time.


 

Question :

What is your idea of modern feminism?

Vrinda :

Modern Feminism first fueled up in America, strongly plummeting a woman’s identity of being a housewife, caretaker and one who lights cigars for her husbands. It then speeded up to the rest of the world. I am 25 today and I feel modern feminism needs to be strengthened more. It’s not just about choosing careers over families, its about striking a balance between the two with equal indulgence of a man and a woman. When we talk about feminism today, we also talk about the rights of a man.


 

Question :
 
That’s fantastic. There are many poetries in the book. Does writing poems is therapeutic for you? Do they come out naturally?
 
Vrinda :
 
Poetries are soul healers and a perfect mirror to imaginations, because imaginations look beautiful in this mirror. The symphony of everyday experience can be well expressed in prose. I believe it’s a god’s gift to be able to write songs, poetries, verses because they have the power to purge you of your terrible pains and guilts. I am blessed to be a miniature of this league. 


Question :
 
If you have to choose between selling out and succeeding, or remaining true to your vision but failing, what would you choose?
 
Vrinda :
 
Honestly, it hardly matters to me if I am best selling and succeeding because after finishing writing the book, I feel I am already in a win-win situation. Once, you complete your book, you are satisfied that whatever was running inside you is now out of you in the form of a book. No one has ever turned a millionaire by writing books. As a writer, if your story touches even one person, the author is graced with the best seller award already. 
I have failed quite a many times and the failure was my badge, for I learned how to convince people by my writings that the world is not as beautiful as you see or think it to be. There is this ugliness behind the beauty and there is this beauty behind the ugliness. We, authors, change your shades by writing books. Reading a new book is like putting a new shade and experience new characters.


Question :

That’s beautiful. What is the greatest risk you could take as a writer?

Vrinda :

My upcoming book is a biography of a mountaineer, for which I will climb the highest peaks in the world. This is risky because I never ever thought of climbing mountains to write a book. I live every word of my book, which itself is risk-taking.


 

Question :
 
If you had a chance to write a letter to your younger self, what advice you would like to give?
Vrinda :
 
I remember the bubbly me, who would sit in deep silence for hours staring the mountains and trees with a pen and a paper, hiding them whenever I found my family around. The younger me was scared and underconfident to show the world, what she could do. So, the advice to younger me would be, write fearlessly, even if the world rejects to read you, for one day they would understand, “No piece of writing can be compared to a piece of Shit”.

Thank you so much dear author for finding time and sharing your thoughts with all of us.

That’t it. I hope you all know the author a tad bit more now and what kind of effort she puts in penning her stories. Do read her new book 5 Minutes and share your thoughts with me. And now even I am getting down to read 5 Minutes.

 

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Ritu Mantri

Ritu is an avid book reader. She also reviews books and have reviewed around 200+ books till date. Her target is to finish 1000 books.

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