Fond of reading and writing right from his schooldays, Kulpreet Yadav had an ardent passion for penning down short stories. Such was Kulpreet’s zeal, that he quit his 20-year-long journey in the armed forces to pursue writing on a full-time basis.
“I wanted to fulfil my passion to write. It was difficult to balance writing and work as the former cannot be done casually. You need to read, travel and bring your thoughts together for it,” says Kulpreet.
‘Catching the Departed’, first in the Andy Karan series, is a crime thriller involving international espionage wherein Anil Kumar Singh (Andy), an investigative journalist, is tasked to probe the death of a lawyer and lands up unearthing a devious plot hatched by an enemy country.
“The story has 70% suspense and the remaining is mystery. I want the reader to become inquisitive and eager to know what happens in the future, just like in a fast-paced action movie. Besides, I felt the combination of media and military would make for an engaging and fearless character.”
The protagonist in ‘Catching the Departed’ is ex-army personnel. “Having been part of the forces, one of the finest in the world, I could easily relate and imbibe their attributes to Andy by drawing from my experiences,” says Kulpreet.
The character is inspired by Karna of the epic ‘Mahabharata’ and is mentioned many times in the narrative. “I based Andy on the legendary warrior. Karna was the only warrior who knew he was going to lose and die but continued to fight. Traits of a true soldier,” says the writer.
He adds a poignant remark here. “Andy also suffers many times, right till the end just like Karna.” On being asked why he chose to delve into commercial fiction after having written a literary narrative on a husband-wife relationship, he says, “I need to sell books to make money and there is nothing wrong with commercial fiction as it entails storytelling as well.”
The second book in the series, ‘Drowning the Pirate’, is expected next year, which will be followed by the third and final of book of the series.
The author is also the founder-editor of international magazine Open Road Review started in 2011, a collaborative effort by people from various countries. It is a quarterly literary journal with majority of the contributors and writers based abroad.
“It is a platform to promote writing on an international level,” he says. Though he wants to continue writing commercial fiction to earn a living, he adds, “I will pursue my passion for literary fiction through Open Road and writing short stories in other journals.”
He expounds, “Literature is fuel for my mind, it makes me look at the surroundings minutely and rethink certain decisions I made in the past. My first love, literary fiction, with its depth and strength makes me view the world from a different perspective.”
He whines about how Indian institutes are deprived of literary festivals and hence wants to contribute in his own little way to encourage youngsters to engage in literary discussions and story-writing.
The author, who is also a creative writing mentor, loves to conduct workshops free of cost in this aspect as long as it serves the purpose.