ANUP KOCHHAR

Passionate about everything that life has to offer. Life has been a roller coaster with more downs than ups but never a dull moment. So far lived through great life lessons with tuition paid in full.

Sun Sign

Scorpio

Three things people don’t know about you?

I will keep the veil for the moment. But there is a lot of me in my books. Read me to know me.

What’s your greatest fear?

Oblivion and being misunderstood.

What is your greatest achievement?

Having survived through the many shocks life delivered. High voltage shocks…

High point of your life?

Very relative. Previous high soon becomes lower high. The earliest high when I rode the bicycle after falling many times.

Low point of your life

When I could not qualify for the med school for which I had committed so much of myself…

Which living person do you most admire?

Keeps changing…

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Keep changing. From Super Power driven Superman to action driven James Bond to brainy Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. Heroes change as I evolve.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

The Godfather. Oops wasn’t he the hero?

Who are your favorite authors?

Spread across genres from Sci-Fi HG Wells , Jules Verne to social George Orwell through Connon Doyle, Agatha Christie, Ian Fleming…

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

The Mahabharata, all Sherlock Holmes books

Is there a book you love to reread?

The Mahabharata

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

The Matrix, Pursuit of Happiness, 2020, Batman

One Superpower you wish you had?

Cure people just by thinking. Thought Power.

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

Wanted to do so much…

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?

More than the time period, the socio-economic class in which you are born is more significant. The rich and the politically influential get the best of exposures life has to offer while the poor and disadvantaged always get the flak whichever the time period. This moment is as interesting, lively and challenging as any other. We always say that the best time was somewhere in the past . But the idea should be to be in the present and to make the best it.

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

Play the Flute, write poetry, sing

Which book you wish you had written ?

There are so many…

When and where do you write ?

Anytime anywhere – on the road, in the Metro, at McDonald's, in the Mall, anywhere on my mobile that’s part of me.

Silence or music?

TV with Mute Button

One phrase that you use most often?

There is always another side to everything…

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

First thing first: write out all the ideas and thoughts. I never begin the day with Facebook/WhatsApp seeing who responded to your comments or the timeline posts: they are just too involving.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

In the early years, it was Asterix comics. Now for quite sometime, it is Dilbert by Scot Adams.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

It is too early for me to be advising new writers. But here is my mantra from “The Failure Project” that I follow. “Keep Calm and Write. And that Booker might just happen!”

From medical school aspirant to finance has certainly been a hell of a journey, with some spectacular failures. Each milestone provided me with insights into why we fail, how we fail, and the need to get up, learn and move on. It has involved direct encounters with more failures than successes. I have been mauled I must admit, and every encounter left its mark. Looking back, I feel those encounters were necessary. Certainly, no one sets out to fail, but failures do happen. Every failure was a lesson that came in handy in the next venture. Every one of them happened for a reason.
Anup can be reached at:anupmkochhar@gmail.com

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