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Kulpreet Yadav’s latest novel ‘Catching the Departed’ was shortlisted by Hachette-DNA in a contest called ‘Hunt for the Next Bestseller’ and launched at ‘The Arts House, Singapore’ on 18 July 2014. He is the Founder-Editor of Open Road Review, an international literary magazine that has published over 130 writers from 20 countries in the last three years. As a Creative Writing Mentor, Kulpreet has conducted several workshops for aspiring writers in India. Shortlisted numerous times for literary awards, Kulpreet’s stories and essays have appeared in over 30 publications, in India and elsewhere. He has participated in various literary festivals in India and abroad like Asia Pacific Writer’s events at Bangkok in 2012 and Singapore in 2014, Hyderabad Literature Festival, Delhi Literature Festival, Glitterati Gurgaon Art and Literature Festival, etc. He is an invited speaker at Literati fest at IIT Delhi in Sep 14 and at Goa International Writers and Readers Festival in Oct 14. Kulpreet lives in New Delhi.
Here is an interview with Kulpreet Yadav:
Tell us about your debut novel. Why did you choose to write a thriller? Did you have any models/writers to follow?
Kulpreet Yadav: ‘Catching the Departed’ is a popular fiction novel. Though my first thriller in a commercial sense, this is not my first novel. The two books that I had written earlier had a literary slant. And so did my collection of short stories. ‘Catching the Departed’ is a spy novel that has an intricate plot and a high entertainment quotient. It reminds us of the imminence of manmade tragedy that surrounds our lives, where money and power are the only remaining elixirs of gratification.
I used to read a lot of thrillers in my school and college days. Mostly James Hadley Chase, Alistair Maclean, Sidney Sheldon, Fredrick Forsyth, Ian Fleming, Leon Uris, Jeffrey Archer, etc. More recently I have been reading Lee Child, David Baldacci, James Patterson, Steig Larsson, John Grisham, etc. I don’t follow a particular writer’s style.
How can you describe ‘Catching the Departed’ in three sentences?
An embodiment of eternal patriotism, Andy Karan, the protagonist of ‘Catching the Departed’, reminds us that nothing else matters. This is the story of a young Indian spy in his late twenties taking on a bigger, more vicious and powerful enemy.
AP Writers is organizing a literary walk in Singapore on 19 July.
“Follow in the footsteps of Joseph Conrad as we explore the Singapore of days-gone-by that inspired stories and novels such as The End of the Tether and Lord Jim. Along the way we view locations described in the writings of Noel Coward, Somerset Maugham, Paul Theroux and many local Singaporean writers. Places visited include Empress Place, Cavenagh Bridge, Conrad’s Memorial, the Esplanade and the Padang, then we return to The Arts House. Old photographs will help recall the scenes described in novels, short stories and poems. The pace of this tour is a slow meander.
Singapore’s National Arts Council is presenting the inaugural Literary Translation Bootcamp 2014 from 12-15 May, organised with The Arts […]