Gautam Pradhan

Given alternative sun signs, I could have been a cricketer, singer, actor or chef, but became a Doctor instead! Creative at heart, but stuck in the hospital through the day, I have longed to break out. A foodie, I could die for anything containing meat (preferably chicken). I love and listen to desi music, but mostly watch firangi movies. Being an introverted person, I have a tough time making new friends, but revel in the company of books. Love reading history and historical fiction, general fiction and detective novels. My favourite authors are Erich Segal, Dan Brown and Jeferrey Archer. Quite incredibly, I have never read Rowling (saw the movies first!!). Currently, I am juggling time between a busy medical practice, family, kids and writing and could do with an extra 24 hours in each day!!

Sun Sign

Leo

Three things people don’t know about you?

I am a decent cook, a more than decent number 4 batter (Sadly, too old for IPL now!!) and I love driving my car alone, with loud music playing on the stereo.

What’s your greatest fear?

Of being alone; not having my family near me.

What is your greatest achievement?

Thus far, becoming a doctor would be it, but I am hopeful I will do more with life!!

High point of your life?

Holding my kids the day they were born.

Low point of your life

My dad’s demise in 2000 (he died young).

Which living person do you most admire?

Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Superman

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Gabbar Singh!!

Who are your favorite authors?

Erich Segal, Dan Brown, Jeffery Archer, Alex Rutherford.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

1.Shrimaan Yogi (Marathi novel on Shivaji by Ranjit Desai) 2.Doctors (Segal) 3.Kane and Abel (Archer) 4.The Da Vinci Code (Brown) 5.Empire of The Moghul – The Tainted Throne (Rutherford).

Is there a book you love to reread?

Any of the above, but mostly the first (Shrimaan Yogi).

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

1.Sholay 2.Titanic 3.Avatar 4.Lord of the Rings trilogy 5.Three Idiots

One Superpower you wish you had?

Superman’s indestructible body.

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

“Here lies Gautam, the devourer of many an animal, scourge of poultry and the mascot of meat eating humans of earth. He is at peace now and so shall be the surviving chicken in the world!!”

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 and adolescence : A time and place where there were no formal schools or colleges! Adult life : A time before the invention of money, so I don’t have to work for it. Silver years : None in particular, if I do survive to the silver age after the above.

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

Singing (not the bathroom type, of which I am already a master!!).

Which book you wish you had written ?

Immortals of Meluha, simply because it sold so much!!

When and where do you write ?

Early mornings, at home.

Silence or music?

Silence is golden.

One phrase that you use most often?

Shit!!!

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

None in particular.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Unprintable!!!

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

I am a new writer, so it sounds funny to advise other new writers. But the one thing any new aspiring writer needs is loads of patience. So, chill!!

GAUTAM PRADHAN is a Radiologist by profession. Educated in Mumbai, he has been in private medical practice for nearly two decades. He lives in Thane, Maharashtra, with his wife Dipali, son Aditya and daughter Aryaa. Passionate about history, Gautam reads voraciously on the subject and enjoys visiting places of historical interest. Possessed of an imaginative mind, he felt caged within the restrictive confines of the medical profession and took to writing as a hobby. It seemed a natural choice to base his first book on historical events and the life and times of a man he has always revered. He devoted eight years to the research and writing of this book, receiving valuable inputs through extensive discussions with eminent historians. The project on Shivaji’s life, in three dramatized volumes, has been an emotional but intensely fulfilling journey. 300 Brave Men (Book I), was published in 2017, to critical acclaim. His other interests include wildlife photography, music and movies.

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