Mahesh Paranjpe

Lazy traveller, foodie, voracious reader, movie buff, technology addict, compulsive imaginator.

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Three things people don’t know about you?

I would prefer that they remain unknown.

What’s your greatest fear?

The fear that mankind will not achieve its true potential.

What is your greatest achievement?

My book being published.

High point of your life?

Seeing my name in print as an author.

Low point of your life

I prefer not to look back at the negative things in the past.

Which living person do you most admire?

Rahul Dravid

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Lord Emsworth

Who is your favorite fictional villain?


Who are your favorite authors?

P. G. Wodehouse, P. L. Deshpande, C. V. Joshi, Isaac Asimov, H. G. Wells, Frederick Forsyth, Roald Dahl, Agatha Christie, Alistair MacLean, J. K. Rowling

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Uncle Dynamite, Galahad at Blandings, Foundation, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Devil’s Alternative

Is there a book you love to reread?

Uncle Dynamite

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Gol Maal, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, Back To The Future, The Sound Of Music, Enter The Dragon

One Superpower you wish you had?

The power to set things right.

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

He tried.

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?

The golden age of the Maratha Empire in Pune, India from about 1720 to 1770 - during the time of the Peshwas Bajirao I, Nanasaheb and Madhavrao I – around the period in my story ‘From Different Times’

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

Play any musical instrument at will.

Which book you wish you had written ?

Osadwadiche Dev (The Gods of Osadwadi – by C. V. Joshi)

When and where do you write ?

Anytime, anywhere on my trusty old qwerty mobile phone.

Silence or music?

Music it is.

One phrase that you use most often?

What goes around must come around.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

I create a blank file with the name of the story and then begin writing.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

I still love to read Phantom, Mandrake, Tintin and Asterix comics.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Write for yourself, not for the market and polish your work till it is free of errors.

Mahesh Paranjpe, an M. Tech. (Ind. Engg. & Op. Res.) from I.I.T. Powai, has worked with an Indian IT MNC for nearly two decades. An avid reader from childhood, he continues to be fascinated by the ideas and worlds created through words. The stories of Roald Dahl lent enchantment to his childhood and he was introduced to classic science fiction by authors like H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and Isaac Asimov, who opened his mind to limitless possibilities.
Mahesh says: I have read somewhere that every science fiction reader is a potential author and I have put this to the test by writing a few stories of my own. His other interests include photography, music, films, and solving brain teasers – all of which he does his best to fit into the routine of a harried Mumbaikar. Mahesh also loves to travel and explore destinations on foot whenever possible. He is a foodie and feels blessed to have a wife who loves to cook as much as he loves to eat.

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