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An Author’s Word: Tripurdaman Singh

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

Tailoring. I’ve always found clothes and the skill and craftsmanship that goes into making them fascinating. At one point in my life I toyed with the idea of training in tailoring. While that didn’t come about, the interest in men’s clothing has endured.


 2.What does the written word mean to you?

 To borrow from Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta: words offer the means to meaning. I’ve always found that unerringly accurate.


3.Your personal favourite five authors in any genre.

 Oh this is a tough ask. I normally go for books over writers and the hierarchy changes frequently even here. For the moment: Leo Tolstoy, William Dalrymple, Siddharth Mukherjee, Charles Dickens, Wade Davies.


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

 ‘Backpfeifengesicht’ – a German word that effectively means ‘a face that deserves to be slapped’. I don’t know any German, but the fact that there is a word for it always makes me chuckle.


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

 Physical books over e-books every day of the year. While ebooks do have convenience and price to recommend them, I have always found that they never really replicate the experience of a physical book. And bare bookshelves always look terrible!