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Three things people don’t know about you?

For one, I’m hypomanic. Suffer from severe insomnia. Bipolar.

What’s your greatest fear?

The day when my words, my prose, my rhymes fail me

What is your greatest achievement?

Breaking norms, breaking the mould, being the college drop-out I be, to have had my own startup floated, at age 23, with a capital meagre as 36,000; then to have driven that startup to being where it today be, a 50+ employee company that is, having its presence across three cities in India - Mumbai, Hyderabad & Pune respectively, has to be, if not the greatest, but surely still, one of the more intellectually gratifying achievements have I pulled off.

Low point of your life

21st Feb, 2016. Same date as the one in chapter one of EDGE OF LINK depicted.

Which living person do you most admire?

Man, now thats one never ending list. Sports figures have never failed to intrigue me; but not just any random sportsperson. Aside from Mr. Sourav Ganguly, former Indian skipper, who still continues, undoubtedly and irrevocably to rule the list of people I most admire; here’s a few others I’d wish I could in some small, miniscule capacity emulate; emulate in terms of grit, passion, perseverance and zeal; emulate in terms of excellence, humility, demeanor, the never say die approach do they towards their game display. Here Goes - Mr. Rahul “The Wall’ Dravid, Ab Devilliers, Michael Schumacher, Brendon Mccullum, Rafael Nadal & Roger Federer.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Sherlock Holmes, of course!

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Professor Moriarty, who else!

Who are your favorite authors?

More often than not, the authors one grows up reading, end up making it as one’s favourites. In my case, top of list is, and shalt there remain - RK Narayan. Followed closely by JRR Tolkien. And then there's Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo and Enid Blyton. Names that turned my childhood colourful as it was.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

The English Teacher, LOTR, A Tale Of Two Cities, The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Angels & Demons

Is there a book you love to reread?

The English Teacher by RK Narayan

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Inception by Christopher Nolan, Interstellar by Christopher Nolan, Shutter Island, Rang De Basanti, Lakshya

One Superpower you wish you had?

If only could I my thoughts transmit into being words, straight to paper, without having to lift the quill.

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

And thence, Transcendence it were, transcendence in its most consummate, most profound form, just the way he’d imagined, and transcendence to him was to be with her, to feel her, feel her presence yet again, to see her but once more, and behold the sight of her looking back at him. Oh yes! He’s transcended to where she be.

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?


Which book you wish you had written ?

Every book, every paragraph, every word, every punctuation in itself is an author’s original. It’d be naive to ever think - “I wish I’d written this book”. Nevertheless, I don’t rule out the possibility of rewriting LOTR in my fashion, and in my manner - A non-linear narrative, sprinkled with team leaps, set in a modern backdrop.

When and where do you write ?

Find out the answer to this on my Youtube channel - Author Brendon. You’d realise I have some crazy, bordering on eccentricity, writing habits

Silence or music?


One phrase that you use most often?


Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

Loads. For example - I’d write using only a pencil

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Yet to discover

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Be original folks.

Has it not been awhile since one read an Indian author sublime
and a story intriguing, capture your imagination which may the
way only a wizard may, or maybe an RK Narayan or Arundhati
Roy, or maybe some author of times vintage and days old, nay?
Time it is one read Author B R E N D O N.

Brendon is a 1990 born entrepreneur turned author. The
fact growing up he thrived reading legendary greats as the likes
of Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens, RK Narayan, Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle etc. Brendon naturally developed a keen affinity to English
Literature. Edge of Link trilogy marks his debut to the world
of words...Once but a college drop-out, Brendon now helms
one of the more influential HR Consulting Firms in Mumbai.
Were it in the year 2014 when he floated his start-up venture,
Excel Consulting. In less than two years from inception, EXCEL
operates on a scale of 50+ employees, and has its presence across
three geographies, viz: MUMBAI | PUNE | HYDERABAD.

“It’s but very recently that I took to writing as a full time
profession. My soul having been irreversibly assaulted by a
sinister rendezvous with destiny is what prompted me to lift the
quill. Writing, to me, is no longer an intricate passion, the way it
once used to be during my years of adolescence, but indeed, is
it but a variant of morphine, which keeps at bay the perennial &
excruciatingly incurable pain which flares up every-time I draw
an uncalled for breath. The way readers are taking to the book
is an experience humbling. Totally unexpected. Feels unreal the
book has garnered such positive reception. To write is a pleasure
while to be read is a treasure.” – Author B R E N D O N

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Rajesh Krishnan

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Bhavika Bharambe

After completing her MBA in marketing, Bhavika has focused on roles that helped her to become an experienced marketing professional today. She has worked for brands from various industries; Educational, Tourism, Retail, Entertainment, Airlines, Banking and more. She loves to spend her time by reading books and listening to music.

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Preeti Chib

Preeti has a decade’s experience in brand and communication management with most influential and innovative media companies. She is passionate about building brands by translating consumer insights into product innovations and campaigns. She is a compulsive reader and considers a day gone without some bit of reading a day wasted. She loves reading stories to her children every night. A lover of visual art, to delve a bit deeper into the same, she took up formal training for design as well.

Malini Nair

Malini is passionate about Literature and Business Management. After her MBA (Marketing) from St. Xavier’s, she took up roles that involved sales, marketing, costing, MIS etc. in multiple sectors like Banking, Insurance, E-broking, and even the Steel industry. Eventually, her passion for languages and books compelled her to re-route her career to literature. This led to a career break and a Masters Degree in English Literature; post which she took up a role at Wordit CDE & Leadstart, enabling her to work towards both her passions.

Chandralekha Maitra

With two decades of experience as a book publishing professional, Chandralekha began her career as a features writer and columnist, working with publications across India, before moving into book publishing full time, with India Book House. She received her training in editorial title management from Book House, London. Over the years she has worked with some of the finest publishing houses in India and overseas, and across genres and markets. She has also worked with Osian’s-Connoisseurs of Art, India’s first auction house, gaining in-depth exposure to research and publishing in the fine arts-antiquities-cultural heritage genres. Additionally she has had a parallel, specialist career in Human Resources, working at Group HR, Tata Group, among others. She continues to write, train and mentor in this domain as her publishing commitments allow.

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Aka Kinkar Vishwashreyananda, Raj Supe is a poet, storyteller and novelist, as well as a seeker and devotee of Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath. An MBA by education, his career spanned advertising, research and creative consulting, before devoting his time to literature and spirituality. His works include Three No Trumps (novel), Sagarika Anusagarika [Echoes of Nine Rivers] (poetry), Pilgrim of the Sky (spiritual memoir), and translations of religious texts such as Cloudburst of A Thousand Suns and Jai Jai Ram Krishna Hari. He has also worked on film scripts with Ram Gopal Verma and Ashutosh Gowariker, and on plays with Makarand Deshpande.

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An alumnus of IIT Kanpur, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and Stanford University, Dr Nanda is also a National Science Talent Search Scholar. He holds five Patents and is a published author of 50 national and 52 international research papers.

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