Write From Your Soul: Vikram Singh

Write From Your Soul: Vikram Singh, Globally acclaimed author
Vikram Singh , who hails from Jammu, is a an author of Par excellence . He has been a banker, and an enthusiastic traveller and loves to write with full zeal and zest.
He has shined in corporate world and is today among the top emerging authors of India. His book “Mystery of the Urban Monks” garnered world fame and gained  much rave reviews.
In an exclusive interview with the News Kashmir Magazine,  Vikram Singh talks to Rameez Makhdoomi and Farzana Mumtaz.
A bit about your early days?
I belong to J&K and have spent my childhood days in Jammu. It was only after my graduation that I moved out to pursue my MBA.
How was academic life like?
I was good in studies and keeping a good company was always on top of my mind. From primary school till completing 2 MBA courses, I have enjoyed every bit of my student life.
On your corporate journey?
I have been fortunate to have a promising career. Have worked as a Director in HDFC Bank and L&T Finance until 2019 when I hung up my shoes to start my entrepreneurial journey and devote more time to writing. I was good with numbers and have always been a banker at heart which has always held me in good stead.
What prompted you to the world of writing?
I have always been an astute observer, a seeker, and a traveller. All these traits helped me a lot in my writing. Writing gave me the much-needed break from the stressful corporate life and after winning the “Yes I Write” short story contest for corporate employees in 2018 I found my mojo. There has been no looking back ever since.
What Made mystery of the Urban Monks a hit?
I poured all my heart in my debut novel “Mystery of the urban monks”. The theme of friendship and the mystery element seems to have resonated with the readers. I wrote it from the soul and thankfully it has worked for me. I can’t thank enough the readers community and everyone who have been a part of my writing journey.
A bit on your upcoming works?
My 2nd fiction novel with Srishti Publishers will be launched in September. Please watch this space for more details.
Favourite author?
There are many. But Jon Krakueur, Mohsin Hamid & Peter Mayle have inspired me a lot.
Favourite books?
Into the Wild, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, A year in Provence and The Alchemist to name a few.
Your three main hobbies?
Traveling, reading, and writing.
Your take on scope of writing in India?
It is a good question and I am glad that you asked it. Today, the genre of fiction writing has tremendous scope. Thanks to writers like Chetan Bhagat and Amish Tripathi for creating a huge English readership and encouraging new writers. This is a wonderful time to be a writer.
What is your message to young writers?
Be original, read a lot, write from your soul and do not be afraid of rejections, they are a part of the learning curve. Last but not the least write regularly.