Recently we got into an interesting conversation with the multi-talented personality Chanpreet Singh, who is the author of the upcoming book “Ek Akela Ped.”
Chanpreet Singh is an actor, poet and a writer based in California, USA. He regularly recites his poetry at various events in the San Francisco Bay Area where his work has been appreciated by audiences of diverse backgrounds. He has performed in various plays and films both in US and India and has been regularly recognized for his work. Along side his pursuit of arts, he also works as a Director at a multi-national consultancy firm advising large companies based in Silicon Valley.
His debut poetry collection “Ek Akela Ped” is releasing this September. It’s a collection of 21 poems coupled with illustrations by himself, each of which touches a different aspect of life.
So, without any further delay, let’s take you to some of the most interesting parts of the conversation!
An actor, a writer, a corporate leader; what does a day sounds like in the life of Chanpreet Singh?
I would typically start my morning with a cup of Masala Tea (Desi Chai) coupled with a few quiet moments on my patio. There is something special in the air at that time. If I’ve had an interesting dream the previous night, I’d also pen down whatever I can remember. Some of the most interesting ideas come from the subconscious, so why not capitalize on them? This is followed by breakfast, shower, getting ready, and driving to work. I’d generally talk to my parents in Delhi on my way.
My day is filled with a lot of excitement where I engage with my clients to try and solve their important business problems, working along with some of the smartest team members. When I’m performing in a play, I’d head to rehearsals after office which would typically be 3-4 hours.
After dinner, I’d sit down to read or write if I have an idea brewing. On weekends, I’d head to a neighborhood coffee shop, grab my cappuccino, watch some people and write.
During the ongoing pandemic, days have been much simpler as I’ve been working from home.
When was the first time that you realized you wanted to become a writer?
I started writing poetry during middle school and I was quite encouraged by my English teacher at that time. A couple of my poems got published in a national daily in India and that was the time when I thought about writing a book one day. But writing stopped after school for various reasons.
It was a couple of years back, during one of the plays I was rehearsing for, where I started writing poetry again and it became an active pursuit. One poem led to a second and that led to another, which eventually turned into a book of poems.
Tell us about your writing journey!
This journey has been a lot of fun. I never thought all these words and verses were somewhere inside me until I put them down on the paper. Writing has taught me that sometimes we don’t realize what we are truly capable of unless we genuinely try.
I believe one doesn’t have to go very far looking for inspiration to write something. Simple things around us can inspire us; people, places, objects, events, and the relationships amongst them. And that is what has shaped my writing journey and perspectives. Though some times change in scenery or setting can give you a new perspective, inspiration is everywhere from a tiny ant crawling on the ground to a gigantic cloud floating in the sky. We just need to observe more closely.
Writing poetry is not easy! How do you manage to craft your poems so beautifully?
For me, being a student of poetry has been a blessing. I got to learn a lot of things about this art and as I continued to write, these became an essential part of my poetry. There are aspects related to the form of poetry, its music – rhyme & meter, metaphors, connection, structure, etc. and then there is its purpose, intention, emotion, the world of the poem, etc; all of which make the poem complete. There is so much to learn about this amazing art form.
What according to you is the most important part of your writings?
Many of my poems attempt to explore questions. I’ve attempted to share that experience of exploration with my reader. I welcome the reader to participate and engage with me on these questions.
Tell us about your current book
It is a collection of twenty one Hindi poems and related prose & illustrations. Some poems explore questions and others make observations about events, places, and people.
Writing this book has been an incredible journey filled with excitement and joy. Each poem has taught me more about myself and the world. Describing the thrill I get after completing a poem is difficult to describe in words.
What elements do you believe play an important role when we are writing poetry?
Well, one’s emotions and thoughts play a very important role. That’s what makes us human and enables us to access Poetry. But like any art form, the craft of writing is something that can be learned through listening, observing, and most importantly practice. A poet needs to exhibit passion, patience and perseverance.
I believe our choices and views are influenced and sometimes conditioned by our experiences. Exploring, listening, and observing the new with an open mind adds to our perspective, which in turn reflects in what we write.
Has turning into a writer from a reader brought any changes in your perspective towards books?
Yes. Reading as a writer has helped me get closer to the author. It has also made me respect the writing community a lot more. It takes a lot of effort and courage to write and then share it with the world.
You have recently started using social media as a platform to reach out to readers. How has been the response so far?
I’ve been very fortunate to get a response much beyond what I had imagined. I’m grateful for all the love and support I’ve been getting.
Some readers have been inquiring about things like where can they read more of my poetry, when is my book coming out, etc. The writing community has been engaging to share their work, point of view, and perspectives. It’s been great to build this connection with the online community.
What is a message that you’d like to give to the writers out there?
Be authentic, be patient and don’t be too harsh on yourself. Most important, read more.
Each person has a unique journey and that’s what makes their works different and worth reading. Just like you all, we are also excited for the release of this book. You can follow Chanpreet Singh on Facebook & Instagram using his handle @virchanpreet for more updates about his book and to read more of his work.