Rengarajan Alagar

HR professional, story teller, A doting father


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Three things people don’t know about you?

I love watching cartoons and especially the cartoon Jackie Chan adventures especially in Tamil - the dialogues are so hilarious, I have done a couple of standup comedy at work, I love singing

What’s your greatest fear?

Staring at a blank sheet of paper without knowing what to write.

What is your greatest achievement?

Getting into Tata Institute of Social Sciences; I got a black belt in Karate in 2023 and now publishing my first fiction.

High point of your life?

When i held my daughter in my hand. Its through her i learned unconditional love

Low point of your life

I lost my mom to Kidney failure and that was tough time

Which living person do you most admire?

Ratan Tata

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Vandhiya Thevan from the Tamil fiction Ponniyin Selvan. He is a character who brushes shoulders with legends of his time and yet is himself.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Ravana from Ramayana. He is a great king, a learned scholar but lack of self control and not heeding to the right people brought him destruction

Who are your favorite authors?

For a long time I read the Tamil Author Bala Kumaran Ravenously, these days, when it comes to fiction, I read Robert Goddard, Dan Brown and Ian Rankin. when it comes to non fiction, it is Chip and Dan Heath whose books I love reading.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Apart from the works of Kalki (in Tamil), The Godfather, When the shoe fits by Osho, Holes by Louis Sachar, Sherlock Holmes, Before the coffee gets cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Is there a book you love to reread?

Once I've read a fiction it is difficult to re-read it. Yet I would like to read the works of Kalki (in Tamil) there is a sense of positivity that the book breeds. In the non fiction category, there are books by Chip and Dan Heath that i read and re-read.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Wake up sid; Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara; 3 idiots; Jab we met; Mozhi (tamil); Rhythm (tamil)

One Superpower you wish you had?

Able to read minds of people.

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

That's how he lived one day at a time

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?

I have no complaints about the way I have lived my life, in fact it was so much fun. If I have a chance, I would re-live my life the way it was.

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

I would love to learn classical singing.

Which book you wish you had written ?

When the coffee gets cold - The concept is unique and speaks about how important it is to cherish relationships

When and where do you write ?

I usually to plot my stories while travelling. Travelling gives me so much time to think. When it comes to writing, Iam a morning person. I'd get up early to write a chunk before taking bath.

Silence or music?

Music. Especially the one that makes even the pauses in between sound mellifluous.

One phrase that you use most often?

That's awesome!

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

I'd ensure that I write around 300 words per day. Most often it is just 20 odd minutes of writing just before I start work and that has been the key to writing.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

I've always felt guilty that I haven't read enough. When I hear my daughter laugh while reading a book, I pick it up and read it surreptitiously.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Two things: writing a story is like building a house, having a story line always helps. Secondly, target a small chunk every day as you go closer to finishing the novel, you would write more and more.

The Author, Rengarajan Alagar, is a Human Resource Professional from the prestigious Tata Institute of Social Sciences. As a HR professional, Renga has a liking for psychology and is intrigued by how human mind works. Writing and teaching has always been his passion.
While he grew up listening to stories from both his paternal and maternal grandmother, his apprenticeship into story telling started with telling bedtime stories to his daughter. Seeing her emotions vacillate between despair, joy and excitement, storytelling became his passion. But that experience taught him a lot about making stories relatable.
Renga believes that story telling helps people connect to themselves as well as others in ways that words can’t describe. The process by which the ideas are grasped and turned to emotional connections spark curiosity in him.

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