Balakrishna Kamath

An ex-Intelligence professional, Family Man, Author and a Dreamer

Sun Sign

Virgo

Three things people don’t know about you?

Had education till secondary level in vernacular language as was born and brought up in village setting. Started to learn English language reading comics like ‘Mandrake The Magician’ and ‘The Phantom – The Ghost Who walks.’ Like to watch cartoons - Tom and Jerry, Tin Tin,

What’s your greatest fear?

Loss of dear ones.

What is your greatest achievement?

Receiving the prestigious President’s Police Medal in 2006.

High point of your life?

The moment I received the telegram from my native place on that day in November 1978, informing me that I became a father!

Low point of your life

Times that followed the demise of my wife.

Which living person do you most admire?

Prakash Amte son of Baba Amte

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Phantom - The Ghost Who Walks

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

No fictional villain has impressed me.

Who are your favorite authors?

Leon Uris, Dominique Lapierre, Robin S Sharma, Devdutt Pattanaik

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

‘The Chariot of Gods’ by Erich Von Daniken. ‘From Volga to Ganga’ by Victor Kierman. ‘The Angry Hills’, by Leon Uris. ‘Exodus’by Leaon Uris, ‘Mossad’ by Michael Bar Zor and Nissim Mishal

Is there a book you love to reread?

‘Exodus’

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

The sound of Music, McKenna’s Gold, ‘Arth’, ‘Sarfaroz’, ‘Taree Zameen Pe’

One Superpower you wish you had?

To recreate the innocence and happiness the children always adorn.

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

Likes to live even in death.

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?

Kerala’s green country side of 1950 – 60s, with winding water ways and hilly spice plantations.

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

Play violin

Which book you wish you had written ?

‘The Chariot of Gods’

When and where do you write ?

Prefer to write during the day time, mostly from a cosy corner of my home.

Silence or music?

Silence and music in right measure.

One phrase that you use most often?

Nothing comes on a platter; everything has its own price.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

No.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Paces through pages in the eagerness to complete the book.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Do not plan to write, dream to write; don’t wait to write, write just as it comes out of you.

Balakrishna Kamath is a 68 year old former Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer. He has a commendable
record of service in IB which is evident from the fact that he is a recipient of the coveted national level honours such
as the Indian Police Medal (awarded on the Independence Day of the year 2000) and President’s Police Medal
(awarded on the Independence Day of the year 2006).

A passionate writer, Kamath used find time in the midst of his demanding work schedule, to scribble little
private notes on happenings that he used to witness in his everyday life. Despite his passion for writing, being in
Government service, Kamath had no opportunity to write for open media. It was only after he hung up his
professional boots that he started writing, mainly fiction, for public domain.

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