Rohit Gahlowt


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Three things people don’t know about you?

I never wanted to be a writer, but there was nothing else that I was good at. I've worked in 5 star hotels, in fast food outlets, as a salesman, as PR agent, as a servicing executive in ad agencies, as a copywriter, as a share trader. Now I want to be a professional traveler, but there's no such thing. I don't think there are many people in India, maybe even the world who have read, watched, heard more stories than me. Stories in my mind are constantly fighting with each other to get my attention.

What’s your greatest fear?

Getting eaten alive by a python, followed by eating a python that has eaten someone else alive (I'm a vegetarian, you see).

What is your greatest achievement?

Not being a penniless writer.

High point of your life?

Buying an second 2 BHK flat in Mumbai with my own writing money because I was making so much money.

Low point of your life

Selling the above 2 BHK flat in Mumbai because I wasn't making so much writing money now. Easy come, easy go.

Which living person do you most admire?

J. K. Rowling

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Jack Reacher (Lee Child series)

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Hans Grubber (Alan Rickman - Die Hard)

Who are your favorite authors?

P G Wodehouse, Lee Child, Douglas Adams, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jonathan Stroud.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Summer Moonshine, Bad Luck And Trouble, Ready Player One, The Amulet of Samarkand series, Leave It To Psmith.

Is there a book you love to reread?

Three Men In A Boat

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Back To The Future, A Fish Called Wanda, Groundhog Day, The Ghost And The Darkness, Con Air.

One Superpower you wish you had?

Travelling anywhere in an instant (if the Transporter from Star Trek were real, it would be possible)

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

Didn't let harsh reality dampen the mood of his stories.

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?

Hollywood, 1920s when the 1st movies were being made so that I could get a head start, and 1930-40 when India was fighting for independence .

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

Learning magic and becoming a Godman.

Which book you wish you had written ?


When and where do you write ?

Always morning, always at home.

Silence or music?

Audio Book

One phrase that you use most often?

Success or failure, nothing is permanent (other than hair-fall).

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

I write lying down on bed so that when a powerful idea comes it isn't able to knock me down as I'm anyways down.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Ghost Stories.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Read a lot, write a lot, be quiet and listen to others talk.

Rohit Gahlowt started his journey working in 5 star hotels and later became a copywriter in almost all the advertising agencies of Delhi, before finally settling down to writing little known Bollywood films and badly made TV shows for a living. Based in Mumbai, but living in a world made up of his fictional fantasies, Rohit has been addicted to consuming stories of all kinds and trying to create some of his own as a sort of payback. He has previously published a short story called ‘How I Murdered Myself’ which received positive reviews on Amazon from international and Indian reviewers alike.
Rohit Gahlowt is also the President of the Stolen Hearts Fan Club, of which he is also the only member.

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