Gautam Mayekar

A lazy Goan, Hacker, Cyber Security Enthusiast, Writer, Public Speaker, Travel addict, Storyteller, and a Dreamer.


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Three things people don’t know about you?

I am actually an introvert, lazy but surprisingly a good cook.

What’s your greatest fear?

Kakorrhaphiophobia – The fear of failure.

What is your greatest achievement?

I believe in this Latin word, Excelsior! Faster, higher, stronger, not to stop at any point. The greatest achievement is yet to come.

High point of your life?

August 2014. When we released QuickHeal antivirus on a Sunday night.

Low point of your life

Sep 2013. When I went into a tiny depression phase.

Which living person do you most admire?

Mark Russinovich.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Tyler Durden.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?


Who are your favorite authors?

Chuck Palahniuk, Harold Robins , Khaled Hoissaini, Vikram Chandra.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Fight club, American Psycho, A stone for Danny Fisher, One day, Perks of being a wallflower.

Is there a book you love to reread?

Fight club.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

The Prestige, Shutter Island, Definitely Maybe, Dark knight trilogy, Inception.

One Superpower you wish you had?

Ability to read people’s mind.

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

I go to seek a great perhaps.

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?

Spent my childhood on the beaches and my silver years will be spent there. For adolescent and adult life, let the time take me where I am destined to be.

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

Ability to sing perhaps.

Which book you wish you had written ?

The Catcher in the Rye.

When and where do you write ?

Don’t need a specific time or the place, but if I can choose one, it would be my favorite riverside place when in Goa where the sea meets the river, soothing.

Silence or music?

Silence when I am thinking or writing and music when I am on the road & driving.

One phrase that you use most often?

Be spontaneous, live in the moment.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

Not really. Writing is a flow of thoughts; it comes out, regardless of anything.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Wiki pages on Aircraft crashes.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Go out, travel, explore, meet people, socialize, there are stories out there almost everywhere and in everyone.

I am a Certified Ethical Hacker (white hat) and I work for the US-based IT company TIBCO
Software inc. as a Member of Technical Staff (Product Security). I was previously working for India’s
very own Anti-Virus Company Quick Heal and US Cloud Security provider Software Firm Qualys.
Having born and brought up in Goa, I did my Schooling in St. Anthony’s and St. Xavier’s college
Mapusa, North Goa and later completed my bachelorette in Engineering from PCCE, South Goa.
I come from the family of teachers, writers, and librarians and grew up reading novels of all the genres.
The reading-writing skills got inculcated in me right from my early childhood, where I spent my summer vacations lost in the stories of people visiting Morjim beach and interacting with the characters from the books in my Grandpa’s Library.
The hacking interest came much later, having witnessed an Orkut community of Late Dr. APJ Abdul
Kalam getting hacked by some hackers from the neighboring country. It is during my time with Quick Heal
that I came across an unknown hacker while fidgeting with the viruses and thus began this tiny blog post of I’m
S0 Hacked which is now a novel.
When I am not writing or hacking, I cook, hit the gym and love to give a quirky social media commentary on all kinds of social issues.

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- Created India’s very own cyber thriller series with 2 books released and successful.
- Won the writing contest organised by Half Baked Beans, which led to co-publishing of a novella on daily quirks titled STONED: The Untold Story of Co-weed-20 under their banner.
- He has worked for Quick Heal antivirus where he was member of team that developed anti-ransomware tool.
- He has won value awards for 2 consecutive years while working on securing one of the crucial data softwares that propelled Mercedes AMG formula one team on their road to consecutive championships.
- He has also given motivational talks through various colleges/clubs and universities such as Rotaract, AttainU, Moderns college etc.

Why Gautam Mayekar?

Gautam Mayekar has balanced his professional liking along with his writing hobby and has ended up being a successful hacker as well as a well-known author.
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