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Meet Ravish Kumar, the chronicler of love in Delhi

Hindustan Times | By
Apr 14, 2017 08:29 AM IST

Television journalist Ravish Kumar’s personal journey in the city finds an echo in his collection of vividly told very short stories, writes Poonam Saxena.

It has been about seven months since a slender 90-page Hindi paperback, Ishq Mein Sheher Hona, landed in bookstores. In its third reprint already, it is now racing towards a fourth. The book is unusual for a couple of reasons. For one, it has the rather intriguing title of Laprek (short for Laghu Prem Katha), and is part of Rajkamal Prakashan’s Facebook Fiction Series. But more importantly, it is authored by one of India’s best – or some would argue, the best – television journalist, Ravish Kumar.

But to say that Ravish’s name alone boosted sales would be a disservice to Ishq Mein Sheher Hona, a collection of very short love stories set in Delhi. Because this Delhi is not the Delhi of Ghalib’s couplets or Lutyens’ tranquil bungalows or of rich farmhouses. It is the Delhi of colonies like Seelampur, Sangam Vihar and Karawal Nagar and their intersection with posher counterparts like South Extension or Greater Kailash.

Some of the stories in the book are Ravish’s own – drawn from the 24 years he has now spent in the city. “I always thought I would go back to Bihar,” he says. “But I never did.” When Ravish first came to Delhi from Patna in 1990 to study in college, the only ‘big’ cities he had seen were Lucknow, Jamshedpur and Ranikhet.

Rooted in reality: Ravish Kumar at a chai shop. (Photo: Subrata Biswas)
Rooted in reality: Ravish Kumar at a chai shop. (Photo: Subrata Biswas)
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