Raghavan Srinivasan

Author, social activist, political commentator

Sun Sign

Virgo

Three things people don’t know about you?

1. I moved onto management from engineering and I still hate the decision 2. I almost died of infection after a surgery when I was 16 3. Leaving a good job to take up politics

What’s your greatest fear?

Dementia - my mother lay helplessly in bed for 8 years due to the disease

What is your greatest achievement?

Completing an MBA degree in a foreign university in 16 months

High point of your life?

My first job at TCS

Low point of your life

When I heard that my mother had been diagnosed with dementia

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Duryodana in the novel Ajaya

Who are your favorite authors?

Kalki Krishnamurthy, David Gemmel, Gorge Martin, Alex Rutherford, Alexander Dumas

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Ponniyin Selvan (Tamil), Tale of two cities, Count of Monte Cristo, Wuthering Heights, Ajaya

Is there a book you love to reread?

Ponniyin Selvan (Tamil)

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Sholay (Hindi), Sound of Music, Pasa Malar (Tamil), For a Few Dollars More, Amar Prem (Hindi)

One Superpower you wish you had?

To sing like Mohammed Rafi

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

Here lies a man who would have liked to read more

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 - my aunt's place at Mylapore in the sixties, Adolescent - my school in the sixties, Adult - Mohenjodaro 5000 years ago, Silver - Takshahila 3200 years back

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

To play Veena

Which book you wish you had written ?

Ponniyin Selvan

When and where do you write ?

At home in the evenings

Silence or music?

Silence

One phrase that you use most often?

It is possible

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

It is possible

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Tintin comics

I never stop learning.

Raghavan Srinivasan is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from Madras University and a post-graduate in MBA from McMaster University, Canada. At present, he is a professional consultant in the social development area. He lives in New Delhi. As a consultant he has written and edited a number of documents. He has also been editing a magazine called Ghadar Jari Hai for several years now. It started as a print publication and is now an online magazine. He has written several cover stories, articles and travelogues for print and online newspapers.

Raghavan is passionately interested in Indian literature, philosophy and history. He believes that the past of our sub-continent has many clues to help us find our way in these confusing times.

He can be reached at raghavansrin@gmail.com

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