Divya Narain Upadhyaya

Plastic surgeon, Medical teacher, loving husband, doting father, author, wannabe traveller, always curious.

Sun Sign

Scorpio.

Three things people don’t know about you?

1. I used to sing in college. 2. Wanted to be an astronomer in school. 3. Am a direct descendant of Pandit Badri Narain Chaudhary 'Premghan', a Hindi litterateur of early 20th century.

What’s your greatest fear?

People will find out I cannot write.

What is your greatest achievement?

Marrying Vaishali, my wife.

High point of your life?

Playing with my girls.

Low point of your life

Working 9 to 5.

Which living person do you most admire?

Yet to meet.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Superman.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Lex Luthor

Who are your favorite authors?

Too many to enumerate.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Autobiography of a Yogi, To Kill a Mockingbird, Bourne Identity, Valmiki's Ramayana, Lord of the Flies, Cosmos.

Is there a book you love to reread?

Autobiography of a Yogi.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Forrest Gump, Mona Lisa Smile, Bicentennial Man, The Green Mile, Ocean's Eleven, Matrix.

One Superpower you wish you had?

To be able to fly.

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

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?

Immediately post-Independence India.

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

Learn Music.

Which book you wish you had written ?

Valmiki's Ramayana.

When and where do you write ?

At home, in the evenings, after work.

Silence or music?

Silence.

One phrase that you use most often?

The eye does not see what the mind does not know.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

No.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

None.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Find the one thing you are passionate about - that is your genre.

Divya Narain Upadhyaya is a medical doctor and a Plastic Surgeon by profession. He works in the
Department of Plastic Surgery, at King Georges' Medical University, Lucknow, as an Associate
Professor. His fields of interest in medicine are cleft and craniofacial surgery and treating brachial
plexus injuries. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has trained extensively in
craniofacial and maxillofacial surgery from the United States and Switzerland. He is an International
Fellow of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeon and also an AO-CMF Fellow. His primary
literary interests lie in Indian scriptures, religion and Indian history. He has a blog on
dnu1blog.com where he writes about a variety of topics. This is his first book.

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