Lokesh Babu Thondavada

Lokesh Babu
Author, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, storyteller, truth seeker, corporate professional, engineer.


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Three things people don’t know about you?

"1. Lived outside my family home since the age of 8. 2. I never skip weekly physical activity like going for a walk, run, gym or trekking . 3. I represented south zone India in field hockey when I was 18 years old. "

What’s your greatest fear?

Not knowing what I want.

What is your greatest achievement?

Waking up with a smile. Experiencing different cultures across the world.

High point of your life?

Holding my daughter in my arms for the first time.

Low point of your life

Not being next to my mother in her dying days.

Which living person do you most admire?

My partner and my daughter.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

An Andalusian Shepard boy Santiago from The Alchemist book by Paulo Coelho

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Hannibal Lecter, The joker

Who are your favorite authors?

Khalil Gibran, Mikhail Naimy, Hermann Hesse, Ramana Maharshi, Jiddu Krishnamurthy

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

The Prophet, The Alchemist, The book of Mirdad, Siddhartha, The book of life

Is there a book you love to reread?

The Prophet

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

The English patient, Lawrence of Arabia, Avatar, The motorcycle diaries (Argentina), Old boy (Korean)

One Superpower you wish you had?

Physical travel between galaxies and solar systems

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

I did it my way, yes it was my way.

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 - India (4th to 6th century BC golden age of India) Adolescent - USA (1950s drive in cinema culture) Adult Life - France - Paris ( la belle époque 1871) Silver years - Unknown country ( 2500 AD) "

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

Speak all languages in the world

Which book you wish you had written ?

The Prophet

When and where do you write ?

Whenever and wherever I get a chance. Incredible how much it can be done during travels in, trains and flights.

Silence or music?


One phrase that you use most often?

We are all connected through the universe

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

No, I don't believe in rituals or superstitions.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Gossip magazines

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Show up & Just keep writing

Lokesh Babu was born in Nellore, South India in 1975, and educated at the University of Western Sydney. As the eldest son of a traditional Indian family, his life was scripted for him, and he was expected to follow the values and needs of the family. However, he defied expectations, began his own journey, and has embraced the best of eastern and
western cultures. Lokesh now has a 12-year-old daughter from a previous relationship and lives with his current partner who was born in Croatia. He is a frequent public speaker and liaison to corporates, industry groups and executives.

Before he completed ‘The True Self’, Lokesh faced many challenges in his life, including inequality, separation, the death of loved ones, illness, near bankruptcy, suicide and self-harm. His recent time in India during COVID pandemic, Lokesh while caring for his father at the end of his life, he became a witness to many things. With patience and silence, he observed the thin line between life and death. It was a constant reminder to appreciate this precious life, and not to waste it on petty, egotistical selfishness. For Lokesh it feels like a natural extension of his journey of self-enquiry.

The knowledge he gained through his research into ancient teachings, which forms the basis of The True Self, has helped him to overcome them

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