Rajeev Rakesh Tamhankar

IITR silver medallist, ex-flipkart, Xiaomi, founder of a non-profit – TBS Planet Comics, New Indian Express columnist, Limca world record holder.


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Three things people don’t know about you?

Horror buff, Shawn Michaels fanboy, Dosa lover

What’s your greatest fear?

Losing loved ones

What is your greatest achievement?

Founding my comics startup – TBS Planet Comics (www.TBSPlanet.com)

High point of your life?

College days – when I lead a team of 140 students and hand-drew the world's largest political map that was recognized by Limca Book of Records 2012

Low point of your life

Getting rejected by over twenty two different investors for my startup before getting crowdfunded.

Which living person do you most admire?

Shawn Michaels

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Ved who is a Delhi based super-detective, master illusionist and archer. (https://tbsplanet.com/2016/06/29/blog-post- title/)

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Samudraksh (a villain that controls water bodies and is the arch-enemy of Varun – an aquatic superhuman)

Who are your favorite authors?

Devdutt Pattanaik, Anupam Sinha

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

My Gita: Devdutt Pattanaik, The Fountainhead, The Godfather, The Art of the Start, Lean Startup

Is there a book you love to reread?

Almost all comic books. I am a big time comic buff.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

The Prestige, Dark Knight, If Only, DDLJ, Swades, What if?

One Superpower you wish you had?

Work without sleeping.

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

Here rests the man who revived Indian comics industry.

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?

College days

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

The art to draw

Which book you wish you had written ?

The Godfather On Books and Writing

When and where do you write ?

Usually morning. I love sitting and writing in my drawing room. Mornings are usually quiet and peaceful.

Silence or music?


One phrase that you use most often?

Not yet.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

Not yet.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Horror writing.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Be focused. Write when you feel.

Rajeev Rakesh Tamhankar was born in Jabalpur in 1989. He is a silver medalist from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee and a 2011 Limca World Record Holder. He is also the founder of non-profit Ignite India Foundation. Rajeev is an avid reader, a fond traveller, a chess enthusiast and a start-up freak.

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