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An Author’s Word: N.S. Vinodh

1. If not an author which other creative field would one find you in and why?

 I’m a trained civil engineer, with a specialization in Business Administration and a career in Corporate Real Estate. My hobbies from my college days have been writing, photography and traveling. My authorship was unintended; if not a book I would have perhaps concentrated on my photography with travel related photo stories. But may I add that, contrary to general perception, true engineers are indeed highly creative; the stupendous technological developments  attest to that. 


2.What does the written word mean to you?

 The written word is my vehicle of choice for precise communication. Gestures or speech are open to equivocal interpretation; the written word is not.


3.Your personal favourite five authors in any genre.

 P.G. Wodehouse, Fredrick Forsyth, Paul Theroux, Simon Winchester, Shashi Tharoor. They have collectively taught me the appreciation of humour, the importance of research, the sublimity of travel, and a love for the English language with all its nuances and subtleties.


4.What is your favourite word, in any language, and how would you describe its meaning?

 I’ll pass this question. This borders on the philosophical, and I really haven’t given much thought to this.  But in a lighter vein, I always find out the local word for ‘restaurant’ in the language of the country I am traveling in. In a strange country, a restaurant is an oasis where I can get food, a drink, wifi, toilets, and perhaps one who speaks English to help me about.


5. E-Book or physical book? What do you prefer and why?

 Physical. I guess it’s just that I have been brought up with this, and hence a greater comfort in flipping a page rather than pressing a key. But I’m not entirely averse to reading an e-book when the situation necessitates that, for example while traveling. However, the e-book does not lend itself to displaying one’s collection of books spread over several shelves in one’s personal library.