Sanjai Velayudhan

Son, Husband, Father to Nakshatra, Ishaan and my pug Toffee. An avid reader, compulsive traveler & obsessed with crossfit. Marketing consultant to leading brands.

Sun Sign

Cancer

Three things people don’t know about you?

That I am a fitness fanatic, an atheist & generally unorthodox in my thinking

What’s your greatest fear?

Poverty!

What is your greatest achievement?

Yet to come

High point of your life?

Becoming a father

Low point of your life

Death of my father-in-law who was an inspiring figure

Which living person do you most admire?

Layla Velayudhan, my Mother, survivor of adversities

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Rocky Balboa

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Gabbar Singh from the movie Sholay

Who are your favorite authors?

Wilbur Smith, Alistair Mclean, Fredrick Forsyth, Stephen King, Sigmund Freud, Eric Berne

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

The Mahabharatha, Indian Psyche, Fear-A Cultural History, Dracula, Bheema

Is there a book you love to reread?

The Mahabharatha

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Black Hawk Down, Platoon, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Drishyam, Kaliyattam

One Superpower you wish you had?

I wish I could fly!

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

Once a rebel, always a rebel!

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?

Even if I had a time machine, I would prefer to be in the Indian subcontinent. Childhood would be in Kochi, adolescence in Akbar’s Agra, adult life during the freedom struggle (early 1900s) and silver years in Bangalore where I live now

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

Dancing

Which book you wish you had written ?

The Omen by David Seltzer

When and where do you write ?

I prefer the inspiring environs of my personal library filled with my books and artifacts that I have collected from across the world during my travels. I can’t write in busy places like airports nor in impersonal spaces like office. I don’t have a favourite time to write.

Silence or music?

Silence

One phrase that you use most often?

No pain, no gain

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

No

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

The world has enough mysteries to inspire original stories

Sanjai is an acclaimed marketing strategist and consultant for leading global brands. Having worked and lived in multiple countries, he is now settled in Bangalore. An alumnus of University of Leicester (CLMS), University of Delhi and Indian Society of Training and Development (ISTD), his true passions are History & Psychology. He perceives them as intertwined and believes that ‘If you do not have a history, you do not have a future!’ In short, an intellectual nomad, a secular radical and iconoclast! www.sanjaivelayudhan.com www.facebook.com/pages/Dance-of-the-Spirits www.twitter.com/v_sanjai www.instagram.com/sanjai.velayudhan

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