Author interview: Nirbhay Singh on his debut book 'Why I Do Not Need to Travel to a Developing Country'
Born in a remote Indian village, the author overcame odds to study at a leading Canadian university. His debut book 'Why I Do Not Need to Travel to a Developing Country' charts his journey among other things.
Congratulations on the release of your book! Is this your debut as an author?
Yes, it is my debut book which I had been writing over the past one year. However I will be looking forward to write many more, focussing on inspirational, fiction and nonfiction themes.
The book appears to be a research work. What gave you the inspiration?
It was the story which always kept me pushing to continue writing and finish the book. I believe that my story will be a source of inspiration to millions of people in India and across the world. This was the one thought which helped me to write the book and bring the story live in front of people that how a village boy who failed twice in grade 2 can make it to Canada’s most innovative university.
What does India really stand for, for you?
India matters to me and I would like to matter to India. It is my motherland where I grew up and have many unforgettable memories. It is the place where I learnt some of the harsh realities of life and witnessed those people who did not had access to basic amenities. It also symbolizes hope for me where the change is inevitable with the collective effort of everyone.
What kind of readership are you expecting with this book?
I am mostly expecting people from India to read this story. However, I also believe that it will be a good read for those in the Western world who haven’t travelled to a developing country and wanted to understand the problems of people living in rural areas.
What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I like reading inspirational/motivational books (Ashlee Vance, Tony Robbins). However, I do read some story/non fiction books, especially by Chetan Bhagat.