Col Sunil Kotnala

Col Sunil Kotnala was born on 19 th Sep 1963 at Palampur (HP). He served in
the Indian Army from 1985 to 2009. After his voluntary retirement he
moved to Mumbai to pursue writing and film making.

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Three things people don’t know about you?

As an Army personnel have been on under cover and covert missions myself in terrorist infested areas, Have a passion for theatre arts, Great passion for life.

What’s your greatest fear?

To live a non-productive, meaningless and aimless life

What is your greatest achievement?

Serving the nation

High point of your life?

Birth of my children

Low point of your life

Witnessing the death of my fellow soldiers in the battle field

Which living person do you most admire?

Dalai Lama

Who is your favorite fictional hero?


Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Gabbar Singh (Sholay)

Who are your favorite authors?

John Grisam, Arthur Hailey, Ayn Rand, Sidney Sheldon, Ken Follet, Tom Clancy, Dan Brown

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Pillars of the Earth, Thorn Birds, Fountain Head, Executive Orders, The Da Vinci Code

Is there a book you love to reread?

Fountain Head

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

The Good , The Bad, The Ugly, Sholay, A bridge too Far, Where Eagles Dare, Bridge on the River Kwai

One Superpower you wish you had?


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

A Great enthusiast

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?

Country – India, Time Period – 5 th Century ( Gupta Dynasty)

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


Which book you wish you had written ?

Fountain Head

When and where do you write ?

While travelling

Silence or music?


One phrase that you use most often?

No Problem

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?


What’s your guilty reading pleasure?


Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Write what comes to your mind and do not be afraid of pitching it to publishers.

Col Sunil Kotnala is a third generation army officer. In his 25 years’ service he has a wide operational spectrum, ranging from the high altitudes of the Himalayas in the North to the Indian Ocean in the South, the deserts in the West to the dense jungles of the north east. He has served three tenures in the Kashmir valley and in the insurgency infested North East where he has carried out numerous overt and covert operations against the terrorists in the region. His varied and intriguing experience in these areas gave him a deep insight into the genesis and mechanics of insurgency and terrorism.
He is a keen mountaineer and has led two mountaineering expeditions to Mount Trishul and Shivling in the Garhwal Himalayas. He has been
awarded the Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card and General Officer Commanding, Northern Command Commendation card twice for his outstanding services. In side this external tough demeanor there has always been a sensitive and creative artist that finally got a voice when he took voluntary retirement from the army to pursue his childhood passion for writing. His experiences that he gathered over 25 years of service compelled him to share them with the masses. He moved to Mumbai in August 2009 and plunged full-fledged into bringing out his first creation in the form of this book. He is happily married and lives in Mumbai with his wife, Vimal. He has a son, Abhimanyu and a daughter, Tejasvi.

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