Manuscript help, book reviews and author interviews
Angad Singh is an internationally published defence journalist and aviation photographer. He is based in New Delhi, as assistant editor at the Vayu Aerospace and Defence Review.
1. Three books on my bedside: ‘The New Tsar’ by Steven Lee Myers, ‘The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade’ by Andrew Feinstein, and ‘A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India’ by Josy Joseph.
2. How important is reading to me: Very! I’ve always found reading fun, ever since I learned how. More recently, it’s become central to my professional life. The internet has been great, and there’s a lot of incredible research published online, along with some very high quality journalism (if you’re looking for it!) but in military research and journalism, books are still a very central part of the culture. On the other hand, this means that over the past couple of years, I’ve been reading less and less fiction!
3. How often do I read: Just about every day. Some days — particularly the long, tiring ones — see me come home and just watch a movie or TV show, or play a video game, but otherwise most of my evenings involve some amount of reading.
4. My favourite genre: It’s hard to say now, because what I read for work and pleasure intersect so much more — and I do enjoy non-fiction! In fiction, predictably, my tastes run toward military adventures, espionage and the like — Clancy, Ludlum, Forsyth, Higgins and co.
5. A book I would recommend: The Gameworld Trilogy by Samit Basu
6. My favourite snack/drink while reading: I’m big on tea in winter. In summer I go with anything cold, from beer to lemonade. I don’t usually eat anything while reading.
7. Favourite literary/book quote: This is going to be out of left field, but I love Shakespeare’s sonnets, with 141 being a particular favourite (“In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes, For they in thee a thousand errors note…”). I am always envious of folks who can nail down emotion on paper, and no one did it better than The Bard.