Satyam Srivastava

Author, Taxman, Civil Servant, Engineer


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Three things people don’t know about you?

I can write.

What’s your greatest fear?


What is your greatest achievement?

Clearing JEE/UPSC

High point of your life?


Low point of your life

When my dad left me...

Which living person do you most admire?

Rahul Dravid

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Jason Bourne

Who is your favorite fictional villain?


Who are your favorite authors?

Devdutt Pattanaik, Amish, Yuval Harari

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Harry Potter, Jaya, Sapiens, India after Gandhi

Is there a book you love to reread?

Yes. The Difficulty of Being Good.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

DDLJ, Dil Chahta Hai, The Dark Knight, My Sassy Girl, Thor Ragnarok

One Superpower you wish you had?

Reading mind.

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

He had no regrets.

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 am happy the way things are.

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

Playing an instrument

Which book you wish you had written ?


When and where do you write ?

While commuting between office and home

Silence or music?


One phrase that you use most often?

I don't know!

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?


Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Take your passion and make it happen

Born in a middle-class family, Satyam grew up in many cities across north India. He moved to Mumbai to complete his graduation from IIT Bombay. He worked in Bengaluru for six years before he qualified Civil Services Examination, and transformed from a technocrat to taxman. His first posting as an IRS officer brought him back to the Maximum City.

He started to write during the long commuting hours between his office and his home in gridlocked Mumbai’s roads. Soon he realized, he has found his second love in the most unlikely places!

Being a dreamer, he enjoys writing across genres and varied themes.

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