Aparna Suresh

Having lived in beautiful cities like Fort Cochin and Dubai, I currently reside in the Garden City of India – Bangalore. Home is with my Entrepreneur husband, Jerry, whose eclectic taste in reading has helped balance the bookshelf, which otherwise would have had only one category – Fiction. The reading bug has been luckily passed on to my daughter, Diya, who is just as much a Potter fan as I am. Unfortunately, it skipped my son, Dhruv, who believes that if he can watch the movie why waste time reading the book. Like the bookshelf, I see the balance here too and I have made my peace. Almost. The other member of the household is an odd-eyed Persian cat who thinks she possesses the one ring to rule us all. Which, I reluctantly admit, she does. Together they rule and rock my world. They provide me with the inspiration and the space to write what I want to write.


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Three things people don’t know about you?

I enjoy reading Young Adult fiction. I watch horror movies through the gaps in my fingers which cover my very wide open eyes. I have a Marvelesque Superheroine alter ego called Mom-knows-it-all.

What’s your greatest fear?


What is your greatest achievement?

I try to find my sense of humour even under the most trying circumstances.

High point of your life?

That first half an hour of waking up when the house is quiet and everything appears calm and peaceful, including the bipolar cat.

Low point of your life

Realising that despite all the progress humankind has made over the centuries, we are yet to fully appreciate this beautiful planet we live on. The selfish and callous attitude people have towards the environment, brings me down.

Which living person do you most admire?

Anyone who has a positive outlook in life

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Thor. Because.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

The Joker

Who are your favorite authors?

Enid Blyton, J. K. Rowling, J. R. R. Tolkien, Jane Austin, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Roald Dahl, Ruskin Bond. Poetry by P. B. Shelly, Pablo Neruda, Wordsworth . . . the list is endless. Among the new discoveries are Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Twinkle Khanna, Sophie Kinsella and Anuja Chauhan. The latter two never fail to make me laugh.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

The Harry Potter series, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Alchemist, Roots and the Oxford Dictionary

Is there a book you love to reread?

Most of the books by my favourite authors.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Forrest Gump, Shawshank Redemption, Dirty Dancing, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Sixth Sense

One Superpower you wish you had?

Time travelling

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

‘Cheers to the next forever’

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?

I still believe that the 70’s were a great period for my childhood, the 80’s and 90’s for my adolescence and initial adult hood. For my silver years, maybe I’d like to go back to the 60’s. The music was way better.

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


Which book you wish you had written ?

Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings

When and where do you write ?

Any place that has a comfortable chair. Most often it’s on my desk, staring out of the window while the words form in my head.

Silence or music?

Music for inspiration but silence to write.

One phrase that you use most often?

I tend to use movie quotes far more than I should.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

No, thankfully.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Old Indrajal Comics

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Keep writing, just like anything else in life, practice makes perfect.

Aparna Suresh currently lives in Bangalore with her Entrepreneur husband, Jerry and their two children - Dhruv and Diya - who at 10 and 8, continue to amaze, excite, exhaust and fill her heart with pride and joy. Long road trips, lazy Sunday afternoons, marathon movie sessions, cooking gourmet food are just some of the things she and her family enjoy doing together. She has always wanted to be a writer and kept journals from the time she was 12. Her first short story was about her pet cat, Trini. She believes that if you have a story to tell, you should write it down and maybe, somewhere, somehow a little fairy would grant you your wish and a new book would be born.

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