Chitta Ranjan

Chemical Engineer, family man, nature lover, Indophile.

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Three things people don’t know about you?

I wanted to be a zoo keeper, I have a whacky sense of humor and I regret losing my grand father's book collection.

What’s your greatest fear?

Losing my near and dear ones.

High point of your life?

Publishing my first novel.

Low point of your life

Losing my parents in a short span of time.

Which living person do you most admire?

Jadav Payeng, the forest man of India.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?


Who is your favorite fictional villain?


Who are your favorite authors?

Dan Brown, Wilbur Smith, John Grisham, Amitav Ghosh, Mark Twain, Jane Austen.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Mahabharata, Ananda Math, War and Peace, Pride and Prejudice, Pita Putra (Assamese).

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Sholay, Psycho, Birds, Ben Hur, Jurassic Park series.

One Superpower you wish you had?

If I could re-live my times with those who have left me.

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

Nevertheless, he led a good life and he was a good man.

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?

India in 70s, when life was simple and global warming was unheard of.

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


Silence or music?


What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Reading comments on social media posts.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Write, closing your eyes and opening your heart.

Ranjan is an engineer by profession, who lives in Perth, Western Australia with his wife and two children. His childhood spent in the verdant north-eastern corner of India sparked his fascination for nature and wildlife. On completing his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, he moved to New Delhi for work. He has since completed his master’s degree in process engineering with Monash University. He has lived in Kuala Lumpur, Abu Dhabi and Paris before coming to Australia in 2005.

Ranjan is widely travelled and his hobbies include bird watching and reading. His passion for bird watching combined with his love of nature have culminated in extensive exploration of the forests of India, particularly in the remote north-eastern corner. He has organised many bird watching camps in numerous tiger reserves in India. His love for the jungles of India coupled with his interest in the history of the princely states under British India have culminated in his first
novel; The Elephant Girl.

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