Rina Singh on five books that have made an impact on her life and work


Ace designer Rina Singh on five books that impacted her work and life

Her personal book reccos are classics and a must-read

By Nishtha Bhalla  October 13th, 2020

Soft, fluid and moving, the creations of Rina Singh are guided by ideals of comfort and sustainability. Her ethos of simple living is often mirrored in her independent brand Ekà. While it makes use of handwoven natural fibres, the label is a reflection of her upbringing in a family of agriculturalists.

“I understood the world where the authors dwelled, how they could etch out characters and portray them as people who would live within our heads. We literally absorbed the books we read,” the designer recalled. Ahead, we asked Rina Singh to jot down five books that continue to inspire her and here’s everything on her roaster. Swipe through:

Rina Singh ELLE Recommends
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
"This was the first book I read as an elective at boarding school. It set the tone for me to not ever fall for shorter reads like side flings, and enjoy the wholesome experience of reading about well thought characters, settings, and the art of nuanced emotional story telling," said the designer.
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The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
"Arundhati's book is poetry, literature, fantasy, reality and adventure. I have kept this book as my benchmark for what you can feel with certain phases through your life,” shared Rina Singh.

Rina Singh ELLE Recommends

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
"It was so relatable as a young girl because it helps you understand morality and the need to keep your head held high through difficult times in life. It delivers the message till the end of the book so quietly and firmly," she said.

Rina Singh ELLE Recommends
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Set in Afghanistan, this is a story of redemption, love and sacrifice. The designer said that the book left her with a truth that is etched in her heart as a code to live by. "When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth," she shared.
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Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
"I borrowed this book from another student at fashion school. It makes so much sense when you read it as an adolescent growing into a world and understanding the greys between the white and black. By the end of the book, you’ll realise that the world is more about the greys instead of the black and white as it is painted,” she said.

Which book made it to your reading list?