Deepak Rana

I read, I write and when I am not doing either of the two, I go to strange places and discuss strange things with strangers.


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Three things people don’t know about you?

I have travelled across each and every state of India. I can speak a few languages and working on a new one (Conlang). I watch Before movie series at least once a month.

What’s your greatest fear?

To die without having contributed much to the world.

What is your greatest achievement?

Having studied in a village school and now training some of the finest students (college/university) as a guest lecturer.

High point of your life?

Working at Deloitte and getting paid for no real work.

Low point of your life

Quitting the job to pursue my passion, and thus, choosing a life of poverty; though inadvertently.

Which living person do you most admire?

Dalai Lama.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Allan Karlsson.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?


Who are your favorite authors?

JD Salinger, JRR Tolkien, Leo Tolstoy, Salman Rushdie, George Orwell, Gabriel García Márquez, Anees Salim.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Catcher in the Rye, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, Anna Karenina, Animal Farm, One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Is there a book you love to reread?

Catcher in the Rye.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Before Sunset, The Shawshank Redemption, Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda, Modern Times, Dead Poets Society.

One Superpower you wish you had?

I would create a place where writers could stay and write, without having to work in a day job.

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

He always wanted to set himself free from the cage of cruel society; at last, he did.

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?

Childhood in Ancient Greece, adolescent life in USA during Marilyn Monroe’s time, adult life in English countryside in 19th century, and silver years in Himalayas right after the independence.

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

Eloquence in Urdu.

Which book you wish you had written ?

The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.

When and where do you write ?

I write every day, otherwise I lose my rhythm. Long breaks bring writer’s block. Location does not matter as long as the place isn’t too crowded or noisy.

Silence or music?

Natural sounds, preferably that of flowing water. And birds.

One phrase that you use most often?

Very Nice (Borat style)

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

I am always hesitant to share my work with anyone before the final edits.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Write, rewrite and repeat until you start to believe that you have created a marvel.

Deepak Rana is a writer and traveller. After completing his engineering degree from NIT Kurukshetra, he worked with a leading consulting firm Deloitte for one and half years, before he began working towards his dream - writing. Deepak has travelled in almost all parts of India and has spent a lot of time with the people. While writing his novel, Deepak has gone to each place that has been mentioned in the novel and did research there. Sky Beyond The Clouds is his first novel that he completed after two years of consistent hard work. You can reach him at Website: Facebook/Twitter - ideepakrana

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