Rajnish Gambhir

A director at a corporate house who loves his writing, reading, movies, golfing with buddies and whisky! A hill-station holiday with wife and children relaxes him most!

Sun Sign

Taurus

Three things people don’t know about you?

Decent singer (seventies’ Bollywood songs); Petrified of injections.

What’s your greatest fear?

Becoming unfit to golf!

What is your greatest achievement?

Becoming a published author (‘A Passion beyond Extremes’ & ‘Honour for a Ransom’)

High point of your life?

Seeing my children capably on their own feet!

Low point of your life

When I lost my father at 15.

Which living person do you most admire?

Actually 2 – Sunil Gavaskar and Gulzar.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Hercule Poirot.

Who are your favorite authors?

Sidney Sheldon, Irving Wallace, Harold Robbins and Agatha Christie.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Master of the Game, The Seventh Secret, A Stone for Danny Fisher, To Kill A Mockingbird and Death on the Nile.

Is there a book you love to reread?

Master of the Game and A Stone for Danny Fisher.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Aandhi, Abhimaan, Taare Zameen Par, One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The day of the Jackal.

One Superpower you wish you had?

Ability to fly.

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

His novels ushered a smile on the readers’ lips, simultaneously evolving a tear in their eye.

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?

Rewind to my adolescent years at St. Paul’s School, Darjeeling.

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

Undoubtedly painting!

When and where do you write ?

Bedroom – early morning and or late night.

Silence or music?

Silence.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Have a quality story to tell through well sketched characters – relatable enough to touch the reader’s heart!

Born in Kolkata, Rajnish went to St. Paul’s School, Darjeeling, and Lamartiniere for Boys, Kolkata, before graduating in Commerce, from St. Xaviers’ College, Kolkata. Honour For A Ransom is his second novel, after A Passion Beyond Extremes (published by Leadstart Publishing in 2012). Sometime in 2009 (while he was writing his first novel), his attention was drawn to a newspaper report concerning the ghastly killing of a teenaged couple in Punjab. It was alleged that the girl’s affluent family, in order to uphold ‘family honour’, had manoeuvred the murders because the boy (a talented singer) belonged to a low caste. This disturbing report triggered an inspiration within him to weave a plot for his next novel – centred around the barbaric social crime of ‘honour killing’. Rajnish is a full-time Director with a Corporate House in Kolkata and also owns ‘Yoforia’, a frozen yoghurt store at the Forum Mall, Kolkata. Besides writing, he is a regular golfer, and fond of cricket and theatre. He loves listening to (and singing!) the lilting melodies of the seventies, with the unique combo of Kishore Kumar, R.D. Burman and Gulzar, always featuring is his playlist. Married to Renee, they are parents to three wonderful sons – Rishad, Rushil, and Rumit. E-mail: rajnish1961@yahoo.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/rajnish.gambhir.7 Website: www.rajnishgambhir.com Youtube: https://youtu.be/_rC2Z3teGLQ

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