Jayant Swamy

Writing is my passion. Management is my core competence. At heart, I am a teacher. Self-actualization is my life’s purpose. I love watching movies.


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Three things people don’t know about you?

I speak chaste Kannada. I am musical. I am not structured.

What is your greatest achievement?

Yet to come, by God’s Grace

High point of your life?

When my first novel ‘Colours in the Spectrum’ was published. ‘This is what I am born to do’ sang my heart!

Low point of your life

There have been several. They have taught me valuable lessons, made me more compassionate.

Who are your favorite authors?

Vikram Seth. Khaled Hosseini. Jeffrey Archer.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A Suitable Boy. Da Vinci Code.Kite Runner. Rebecca. Tuesdays with Morrie.

Is there a book you love to reread?

Several I have re-read!

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

American Beauty. Deewar. Dil Toh Pagal Hai. Goodwill Hunting. Taare Zameen Par.

One Superpower you wish you had?

Turning invisible

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

No Regrets.

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?

Bangalore and Seattle, all over again.

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

Negotiation skills!

Which book you wish you had written ?

‘Class’ by Erich Segal

When and where do you write ?

Late into the night. My home office is my writing haven.

Silence or music?


One phrase that you use most often?

There is not one. Changes every few days. I use whatever catches my fancy over and over again for a few days.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

When the creativity does not flow, I resort to editing and reorganizing what I have previously written.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Pulp fiction

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Write from the heart. Never sell your soul.

Born and bred in idyllic Bangalore, Jayant lives in scenic Seattle. He holds an MBA from The Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore and has donned different professional hats over the past twenty years - Corporate Trainer, Management Consultant, Technology Manager, Financial Planner, and Faculty at Business Schools. An avid reader since childhood, Jayant was always enamoured by the power of the written word and the intricacies of the English language. While he had several stories going on in his head and penned some of them partially on paper, the real impetus to heed his calling and practice his passion came in the form of Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy, which he happened to read while immigrating to the US. That is how Colours in the Spectrum was born. Thereafter, Jayant completed the Certificate Program in Literary Fiction at the University of Washington. Jayant has compiled and edited two non-fiction publications -- anthologies of true incidents from the life of a gifted humanitarian, ever since. An inveterate film fan, he has written the script for a full-length feature film and is optimistic of finding serious takers. He has also begun work on his next novel, tentatively titled Family Secrets. In his free time, Jayant volunteers with several professional organisations in the Seattle area. He is a member of the Board of Directors of IIM Americas - an alumni association of premier B-schools. His wife Vidhya is a Human Resources professional and a dilettante marathon runner.

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