N.S. Ravi

I am a professionally satisfied retiree. A family man with a married son and a daughter I consider myself to be lucky having two granddaughters and understanding, supportive life partner of more than 35 years. I am thoroughly enjoying my writing knowing that tomorrow’s meal is not dependent on the commercial success of my pen. My career has blessed me with exposure to living with divergent people, different places, with varying ways of lifestyle, religion, and culture, both in India and abroad. It has made me enjoy a variety of beverages and food and look at life benevolently. It has helped in refining me as a lover of sports besides enabling me to enjoy music as a method of relaxation. I am a voracious reader who likes to read even a good Archie comic today.

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What’s your greatest fear?

I am afraid of Manholes and avoid walking over them every time.

What is your greatest achievement?

Learning to live and be satisfied with what I have.

High point of your life?

To hoist Indian Flag on August 15 since the honorary consul was not available.

Low point of your life

Having been let down by people whom I trusted.

Which living person do you most admire?

My wife for having adjusted to me so well and with whom I can communicate telepathically.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Nero Wolfe.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Lex Luthor

Who are your favorite authors?

Rex Stout, PG Wodehouse, Frederick Forsyth, Alistair Maclean, Jeffery Archer, Christie, Sheldon, Doyle, Uris……

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Ramayana, Mahabharata, Day of the Jackal, Love Story and Kane and Able.

Is there a book you love to reread?

Many. No preference in rereading.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Ben Hur, Sound of Music, Patton, Guns of Navaronne and Angoor( Hindi).

One Superpower you wish you had?

Touch and heal a physically challenged person.

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

Do not like to think of Death. Will not write my biography.

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?

Not a single change from what I went through, experienced and cherish every moment of which even today.

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

Learn to play violin.

Which book you wish you had written ?

Do not like to Fantasize.

When and where do you write ?

At home in the morning and late evening hours.

Silence or music?

Either of the two.

One phrase that you use most often?


Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

I avoid starting a new story, chapter on 13 th day of the month.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Do not understand the question.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Be bold and confident with what you are doing.There are no fixed rules to success in life. Do not copy trust your work.

N.S. Ravi holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Delhi and has had a distinguished and chequered career in senior positions in public and private sector enterprises dealing in jewellery, infrastructure, and textiles and apparel in Europe, Africa and India. He speaks Tamil, Hindi, English and French. Ravi is married and has two children. Those Were the Days is his debut non-fiction work. He can be reached at nuranisravi@yahoo.co.uk

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