Pankaj Upadhyay

Loves 90s Bollywood Music. Foodie to the core. Romantic at heart. Mantra: Live and Let Live.

Sun Sign


Three things people don’t know about you?

1. Loves Singing 2. Cooking Enthusiast 3. Was set to be a RJ but life took me towards Journalism.

What’s your greatest fear?

Fear of heights

What is your greatest achievement?

Yet to achieve

High point of your life?

Masters in English Literature

Low point of your life

Not able to pursue M Phil

Which living person do you most admire?

Stephen Hawking

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Jack Sparrow

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Heath Ledger (Joker)

Who are your favorite authors?

RK Narayan

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

1. Bachelor of Arts 2. One Hundred Years of Solitude 3. Guide 4. Kim 5. Beloved

Is there a book you love to reread?

Shakespeare’s As You Like It

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

1. The Shawshank Redemption 2. Iron Man Series 3. Jungle Book 4. Bahubali Series 5. The Dark Knight Rises.

One Superpower you wish you had?

Ability to go back in the past

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

I will be back

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?

Would love to be in the fictional country of Westeros and spend life as a sell sword

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

Playing the guitar

Which book you wish you had written ?

Shakespeare’s Play: As You Like It

When and where do you write ?

Anytime and Anyplace when ideas strike

Silence or music?


One phrase that you use most often?

I swear by the skies above…

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?


What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Soft Romance

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

There are stories all around you.

Pankaj Upadhyay lives in Mumbai. He hails from the hills of Nainital, in Uttarakhand. This is his first novel. He is a journalist with over a decade of on-field reporting experience under his belt. He has worked with reputed news channels like Times Now, the India Today Group and NewsX. His heart lies in covering human interest stories, writing and making short films. He is currently producing and directing short films and has started working on his second novel.

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