Ritesh Kumar was born in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India on the 10th April of 1983. He was educated at the reputed City Montessori School, where he spent much of his time studying Math and Physics, reading Shakespeare, and dreaming stories. His passion to write started at an early age where he wrote short stories and comics. He went on to Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering Deemed University to attain a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. The day dreaming never stopped, and the short stories soon changed to full length novels. None of the work, however, reached an audience and the dream to write slowly faded away under pursuit for livelihood.
In 2006, Ritesh joined Infosys technologies as a software engineer and drowned himself in the world of software development for investment banks for the next ten years. During this time, he travelled to Tokyo where in the four years of his stay, his love for writing fiction rekindled. He attended Writers workshops and forums in the city to learn the art of writing and started giving shape to the first of the many stories to publish.
Ritesh is currently working in an investment bank as a Vice President but he is equally focused in bringing his next work, sequel to Vestiges Of Alchemy of the Core chronicles trilogy, to readers around the globe. He is also developing a choice based multiple endings graphical novel, Pilgrims Of Bloodhaven, which is ought to be released earlier this year.
From The Author
Perhaps the most difficult task an author might feel is describing oneself to his audience. He might pour his soul into describing and building a character in his book that is likeable and relatable, but projecting himself as a living character with similar goals is not an easy task. Yet, if I must describe myself, I will use one word – story teller.
I never considered myself as an author. Authors are masters over a language, have expertise over their subject and have valuable opinions about skillful writing. I am none of those. Who am I, then?
I am a Dreamer.
I dream my worlds and I dream my characters. To me, each of my characters are as real as I life itself. Every character has a story to tell and every story tells something about me. That’s why I call myself a storyteller, someone who crafts stories out of his dreams and hope that in some way, I succeed in bringing my readers to the dream world and share the same experience that I had while creating them.
I, personally, prefer writing fantasy. The lore of kings and enigmatic worlds, the tales of princess and elves, angels and demons has always attracted and driven my passion for writing. Yet, my passion to tell stories is not limited to this genre and I try to diversify myself as frequently as possible. Despite planning to bring my work to public, I continue to be a progressive learner. With each word that I write, each line that I phrase, I get better in expressing myself. It is my hope and ambition that I become skilled enough that my readers acknowledge my stories and I, in my own way, can bring them to my world and make them forget themselves, if only for a few minutes.
Finally, as I bring this letter to a close, I leave you with final words of gratitude. Your time is precious. It is my genuine effort that every second you spend on my book is satisfactory and fulfilling your expectations. If you liked my work then I thank you for your encouragement. If not, I promise to do better and win you over next time.
Pen is mightier than the sword, but not so much as the eyes reading what it scripts
I truly believe those words. It’s your time that gives me strength to continue writing and for that, I humbly thank you.