Sreyus Palliyani

A Ph.D. student with a coffee addiction and a martial artist with an inclination to the written word.


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Three things people don’t know about you?

I love sketching portraits, I am extremely shy, I love running in the rain

What’s your greatest fear?

Waking up to see my hands and legs switched.

What is your greatest achievement?

Not to brag, but I once ate 13 slices of pizza.

High point of your life?

First book published

Low point of your life

Losing a loved one

Which living person do you most admire?

My father

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Edmond Dantes

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Hannibal Lecter

Who are your favorite authors?

Alexandre Dumas, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Keigo Higashino

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

The Count of Monte Cristo, 100 Years of Solitude, Mahabharata, Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Godfather

Is there a book you love to reread?

The Count of Monte Cristo

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

The Godfather, The Shawshank Redemption, The Omen, The Man from Earth, Bloodsport

One Superpower you wish you had?

Humour that could kill a person from laughter

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

Loved skittles

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?

Childhood: 90s; Adolescent: 70s; Adult life: Medieval ages; Silver years: 80s

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


Which book you wish you had written ?

My autobiography

When and where do you write ?

Mostly in my office at home, mostly after dark

Silence or music?

Silence….. the eerie kind

One phrase that you use most often?

Murderous intent

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

Coffee…… lots of it

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?


Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

You’re never as bad as you think you are.

Sreyus Palliyani, an Indian by origin, was born in Saudi Arabia and raised across the Middle East. Born second in a family of two brothers, Sreyus was always the artistic kind immensely drawn towards customs, traditions and myths. However, the logical and rational reasoning was pivotal for him to accept any of it. His upbringing in a family, where both superstitions and rebellious challenging of the same coexisted with the same fervour, contributed to him detesting irrationality in the name of the divine; and yet, be a firm believer. He graduated from the Government Engineering College, Thrissur and later obtained his Masters from the National University of Singapore, where he also works as a Research Engineer. Right from an early age, he loved travelling, meeting new people and debating philosophies. At the age of 23, his debut novel; Gabriati, in many ways is a reflection of his persistent pursuit to delineate the thin line between faith and fanaticism.

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