Hrishikesh Joshi

Hrishikesh Joshi is a reluctant engineer and an anxious MBA student. Inspired by a placard on an airport, he thought of a means to hijack a plane and wrote a novel about it called Checkmate. His other published work is included in the anthology ‘We Are Not Alone’. He is a Taekwondo black belt, National Referee, psychology aficionado, loves backpacking in the Himalayas and lives in Pune with his parents, sister and a very jumpy German Shepherd.

Three things people don’t know about you?

My room is always untidy, My gmail password, The climax of my current short story

What’s your greatest fear?

That I won’t be able to complete my current book.

High point of your life?

When I was at 16000ft, walking on a glacier. It was literally the highest point in my life. Get it? :-P

Which living person do you most admire?

J. K. Rowling. Not only was she the only billionaire author in history, but also she is the only billionaire to have lost that status because she gave away so much to charity. She is my inspiration.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Albus Dumbledore.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Joker

Who are your favorite authors?

J. K. Rowling, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Khaled Hosseini, Ayn Rand, Jeffrey Archer, Sidney Sheldon, Dan Brown, Ian McEwan, Agatha Christie, Mark Manson, Paulo Coelho, John Grisham, Enid Blyton, Neil Strauss, P. G. Wodehouse

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Harry Potter by JK Rowling, Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini and A Saturday by Ian McEwan.

Is there a book you love to reread?

Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

The Dark Knight, Inception, Interstellar, The Silence of the Lambs, Seven

One Superpower you wish you had?

Reading minds

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

His words gave us hope

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?

I would move to Britain, and in my childhood, I would turn the clock to the 1940s and throng the bookstores for fresh new releases of Famous Five, Secret Seven and Mystery series and perhaps try and sneak into Enid Blyton’s house with ham sandwiches and marmalade and coerce an autograph. In my adolescence, I would love to be in Victorian England traversing the foggy London in horse drawn carriages and pick Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s brain for a juicy murder mystery. I would love to spend my silver years in the 18th century England, attending live shows of Hamlet, Othello and Macbeth and a chance a glance upon Shakespeare himself.

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

Photography

Which book you wish you had written ?

Fountainhead by Ayn Rand; Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Prising

When and where do you write ?

In Cafes

Silence or music?

Silence

One phrase that you use most often?

What the f-

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

I hate writing in MS Word. I prefer writing in Wordpad.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

I once read Nora Roberts. But it was a one time thing.

Hrishikesh Joshi is a twenty-one-year old, reluctant engineering student. Inspired by a placard on an airport, he thought of a means to hijack a plane and wrote a story about it. He is a Taekwondo black belt, National Referee, an astrophysics enthusiast, studies psychology, loves backpacking in the Himalayas and lives in Pune with his parents, sister and a very jumpy German shepherd. Contact: hrishikesh_joshi2003@yahoo.com

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