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Meet India’s own Jeffrey Archer

books Updated: Apr 25, 2012 07:36 IST

Chirag Mohanty Samal, Hindustan Times
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In his book, Delhi Durbar (2010), he had written about an army chief planning a coup by moving two units to Delhi. As news of a similar troop movement became known in 2012, Krishan Pratap Singh, investment banker turned author of Delhi Durbar, shot into the limelight.

On being asked whether it was a deja vu moment to read about the incident on page one of a leading daily, Singh, 33, replies, “The article did send me into a tizzy. I thought — is this really happening? The article was pretty close to what was written in my book. My second book in the series of three (it was published as a part of the Raisina series) was about it.”

Born to a father who worked as a diplomat, and having been brought up in the political nerve centre of the country, Delhi, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Singh chose to write political fiction. “The way you have been brought up hugely influences your work. You tend to draw inspiration from what happens around you,” says Singh, whose first book, The Young Turk, sparked off comparisons with author Jeffrey Archer. “Though the first book was much like Archer’s First Among Equals, I am more heavily influenced by British authors Michael Dobbs and Robert Harris, who write about British politics,” he explains.

Singh’s third book, War Ministry, is being brought out by Hachette India in November this year. “Delhi Durbar was not a sequel to Young Turks, but War Ministry is. The story revolves around the newly elected Prime Minister and how he sets up his office, inducts new cabinet ministers and more,” he says.

Singh has already started work on his fourth book. “It is a spy thriller set in Dubai. I can’t say much about it right now,” he says. ?