Lt. Col. K. Gopinathan (Retd)

A big dreamer of life. A highly disciplined and hardboiled soldier in real life. Very sincere in whatever I do.

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Three things people don’t know about you?

My life is an open book.

What’s your greatest fear?


What is your greatest achievement?

To be judged after I go.

High point of your life?

In 1971, during Bangladesh war, a Pakistani mortar bomb exploded a few meters away from me and my friend. When bombs explode the shrapnel move in a parabolic fashion and ‘providential reflex’ made us tuck under the parabola. We got up shaken, amused to be still alive.

Low point of your life

When I lost 5 men, 1 Junior Commissioned Officer and a Captain in a single LTTE ambush while commanding a unit in Sri Lanka Peace Keeping Operations.

Which living person do you most admire?

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

James Bond.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Amrish Puri as Mogambo.

Who are your favorite authors?

Amish Tripathi, Frederik Forsyth, Chetan Bhagat.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

1. The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth, 2. Evolution of Gods by Ajay Kansal, 3. Dying to be Me by Anita Moorjani, 4. The King of Torts by John Grisham.

Is there a book you love to reread?

“Evolution of Gods” by Ajay Kansal

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

1. Sound of Music, 2. Ben-Hur, 3. Mughal e Azam, 4. Drishyam (Malayalam), 5. God Father (English).

One Superpower you wish you had?

If I could read what is going on in another person’s mind.

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

Here lies a soldier who had a fulfilled life.

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, Cartoons. Support Tom to fight Jerry.

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

Play Tabala.

Which book you wish you had written ?

The Epic Mahabharat.

When and where do you write ?

I write at home. Any time is OK.

Silence or music?


One phrase that you use most often?

Practice makes perfect.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?


What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Reading Children’s Comics.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Write on subjects you are passionate about.

Kozhikot Gopinathan, a Masters in Economics from the University of Jabalpur, is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the Indian Army. During his 27 years high-octane career as a commissioned officer with the Regiment of Artillery, he saw action during the 1971 Indo-Pak War, and the botched peace-keeping operations in Sri Lanka. His three tenures in the Himalayas ignited his inherent poetic traits, adding magic to soldiering in the rugged mountains. On retirement, he settled in God’s Own Country, where he has pursued his passion for writing. Gopinathan is a keen observer of the murky Indian political panorama and finds it difficult to remain a passive spectator while self-seeking politicians and bureaucrats exploit a gullible public. In The Coup India Missed, his first book, he shares his thoughts on how to challenge the deep-rooted perversity in Indian polity.

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