Capri Jalota

Healthcare leader, Author and Numismatist


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Three things people don’t know about you?

a. I cannot say no to Chocolates b. I have over 1000 coins from over 100 countries c. I love to be careless and carefree

What’s your greatest fear?

The day I wake up and no one recognizes me

What is your greatest achievement?

Writing my first novel – it is important because I am not a born writer. A writer is someone who is blessed with keen observation skills, blessed with good English and an ability weave both the things together

High point of your life?

Getting through to IIM Ahmedabad amidst a background of my father battling with cancer. He was going in and out of hospitals – which was physically, mentally and emotionally draining

Low point of your life

Losing my father and that too on the second day at IIM Ahmedabad. I was all of 24 years of age. He was my biggest supporter in life; backed me on anything I wanted to do. Without him, life seemed so much hard.

Which living person do you most admire?

I admire everyone I meet; each person has their own story and strengths. But if I have to choose one person, it has to be Khalid Hosseini. His books have inspired me to become a writer.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

I was a bad reader during my childhood days – maybe read a couple of books an year. So, I don’t have any childhood heroes. As I grew up, I realized that the thought counts more than the person. So, I generally tend to pay less heed to names and places and focus more on thoughts and plots. It’s funny but you won’t believe that I don’t remember names of any characters in the books I have read so far.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

There are no villians in life or in fiction. Villians are created by authors as they write from the perspective of the hero. If the story of villians would be told, heroes might be painted negatively

Who are your favorite authors?

The list is long – Enid Blyton, Arthur Hailey, Khalid Hosseini, Jean Sasson, John Grisham and Amish Tripathi on the fiction side and Yuval Noah Hariri on non-fiction

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

a. The Final Diagnosis – Arthur Hailey b. The Kite Runner – Khalid Hosseini c. Mayada – Jean Sasson d. Sapiens – Yuval Noah Hariri e. The secret of the Nagas - Amish

Is there a book you love to reread?

I don’t think that my literary urges have been satisfied to a point wherein I would like to go back to a book again. I still have gathered a few drops from the ocean of books and want to grow my share of it

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

a. Invictus b. Shawshank Redemption c. Remember the Titans d. Chupke Chupke (old Bollywood) e. Sholay

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

He died a curious man! The thirst never ceased to exist

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

Develop a creative talent – either to paint or draw or sing or play a musical instrument. I just can’t do any of the above

When and where do you write ?

At home, sitting in my couch

Silence or music?


Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Write your story and not what your audience would like to read; but choose words which your audience would like and not what you like!

‘Passion is elixir for the soul’ - this is Capri’s mantra for a happy & fulfilling life. He lives this every day, in everything he does. He developed a passion for writing and plunged fearlessly into it. This book bears the hallmark of his commitment to his passion.

Human behaviours have always intrigued him. He believes that we are a product of both our circumstances and our choices. Whilst circumstances are often outside our control, how we react to them is very much a conscious and voluntary action. And that ultimately shapes not just us but also our relationships. Our choices and decisions define the role we play in the lives of everyone around us. Sometimes, small gestures can make a big difference. It is this thought which he has tried to encapsulate and portray in his first novel.

Capri is from Chandigarh and has studied Management at IIM Ahmedabad. He has worked for over 13 years in reputed organizations like Maruti Suzuki, Tata Strategic Management Group, Fortis Healthcare and KIMS, across India and the Middle East, before he decided to pen his first novel.

Capri is also an avid numismatist with a collection of over 1000 coins from 100+ countries.

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