Of Love and Loss

Techie Ravinder Singh's book about a personal tragedy flew off the shelves. A new audio book now tells his story

The young techie seemed to have it all including a successful career and a well-stamped passport. He began searching for the perfect Punjabi kudi to be his bride.

"I met Khushi, who was working in Faridabad on a matrimonial website, and we connected instantly," recalls Ravinder Singh, 29. And just as he had planned, they marked Valentine's Day for their engagement. "I met Khushi only twice in the eight months that we knew each other, but there was never any doubt that we were meant to be together," he recalls.

And then, five days before their engagement, everything fell apart — "On her way back from work, Khushi met with an accident and died," he says.

As Singh grappled with his loss, he found a medium for his pain — words. "I found solace in words, which flowed easily on paper," he says. The result was the book I Too Had a Love Story , a 220-page autobiographical novel that struck a chord with readers. "The book was a means of catharsis for me," he says. Around 1.5 lakh copies sold within a few months of the book launch in 2009 as readers related to the plight of Ravin, Singh's alter-ego in the book. On Saturday, Singh launched the an audio book version of the novel.

Brought out by Bangalore-based company booksTalk at the Capitol Book Depot in Sector 17, the audio book aims to "encourage people not only to read but also to listen," says Jai, the founder of booksTalk.

"After the book was published, I had many Facebook requests from readers who wanted to hear my story in my own voice," says Singh.

Apart from Singh, theatre artists have added their voices to the audio books.

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