Nine stories by a master of the craft - Ridjal Noor, a young Singaporean writer who sees Chekhov, V S Naipal and R K Narayan as his primary influences and who is already well-known in the UK since 'Anil' was chosen by the AQA to be in its GCSE Anthology of short stories. Noor shows traditional life colliding with modernity in perfectly structured stories, infused with wit,Nine stories by a master of the craft - Ridjal Noor, a young Singaporean writer who sees Chekhov, V S Naipal and R K Narayan as his primary influences and who is already well-known in the UK since 'Anil' was chosen by the AQA to be in its GCSE Anthology of short stories. Noor shows traditional life colliding with modernity in perfectly structured stories, infused with wit, humanity and compassion. Check out our other books at www.dogstailbooks.co.uk...more
Paperback, 52 pages
Published March 11th 2013 by Red Axe Books (first published February 15th 2013)
Singaporean’s Short Story is an O-Level Literature Text in British Schools!
Ridjal says he owes his success in writing to his days at TP. His professional and communication skills lecturer, Miss Shirley Joseph, spotted his enthusiasm and ability to write, and enrolled him in her journalistic/creative writing course. Under her guidance, Ridjal wrote articles for the poly’s School of Engineering’s newsletter, ‘Engineerrus’, was given opportunities to participate in an email exchange programme, Scrabble competitions and also join a magazine run by Youth Challenge, where student representatives from various Junior Colleges and Polytechnics came together to contribute as journalists. Ridjal recalls conducting interviews with lawyer-cum-playwright, Eleanor Wong, and actor, Gurmit Singh, as part of the articles he wrote for the magazine. For Ridjal, these experiences gave him exposure and experience as a journalist - a passion which led him many years later, to pursue a Bachelors’ Degree in Communications & Media Management.
The young man was so intent on improving his writing, that in August 2002, during his NS days, he heeded author Stephen King’s advice to aspiring writers to try and get 100,000 words written down in order to 'find their voice’ and discover their writing style.
Ridjal embarked on a 1,000 words a day writing project for 30 days and wrote 30 short stories! Three of these stories, ‘The Thief’, ‘Swamiji’s Ring’ and ‘Anil, were published by Silverfishbooks. Anil proved to be the most popular and was picked up by Britain’s CCCPress, who approached Ridjal, for the rights to publish Anil in their anthology of short stories called the READ AROUND series. This was followed by a request from the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) for rights to publish the short story in both physical form and electronic format. Ridjal was also informed that Anil will be used a preparatory text for GCSE students in the UK.
“I’ve been absolutely exhilarated at the reception to the short story ‘Anil’. I’m still a bit numb that there are actual students studying this short story! Every now and then, I get Twitter and Facebook messages asking about underlying themes in the story and what I meant when I wrote such-and-such. It’s been a dream come true, as a writer”, says Ridjal.
Today, Ridjal is a successful entrepreneur. He is the Managing Director of his own design firm, Pullupstand.com serving clients like Rolls Royce, BNP Paribas, Shell and NUS, and is a Board Director for the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce & Industry. In 2014, he started self-publishing under his own company, WGL INTERNATIONAL and has moved on from writing fiction to writing, editing and publishing articles on entrepreneurship. Most recently, Ridjal has published, ‘The Art of Becoming FUYOOH’ and ‘CrowdSauce’, which are available in leading bookstores.
“I believe that my three years in TP greatly empowered my secret ambition of becoming a writer and provided me with the ability to activate my potential and rise to challenges then and today”, says Ridjal.
The e-book version of Anil is available on Amazon.com
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