Vadassery Thaiparambil Rakesh

A late bloomer in the world of literature, political thinker, humanist, ahimsavaadi. Writing to make a difference in a vitriolic society. Day-time marketing geek.


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Three things people don’t know about you?

A whiskey aficionado, film critic and food lover.

What’s your greatest fear?

Fear of heights in all of its sense.

What is your greatest achievement?

Having debuted as an author.

High point of your life?

When I became a Dad.

Low point of your life

Each time I see a dirty railway station.

Which living person do you most admire?

Anna Hazare

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Keith Mallory - Guns of Navarone.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Jackal in Day of the Jackal.

Who are your favorite authors?

Garcia Marquez, Murakami, Alistair Maclean.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Guns of Navarone, Day of the Jackal, 100 years of solitude, Love in the time of Cholera, Book Thief.

Is there a book you love to reread?

Randamoozham by M.T.Vasudevan Nair.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Enter the Dragon, Titanic, 3 idiots, Terminator, Rambo.

One Superpower you wish you had?

To mitigate the hunger of poor

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

He the revenant.

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?

God’s own country - again for childhood, Cambridge for adolescence, Hollywood for Adult life, Sabarmati with Mahatma Gandhi for silver years.

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


Which book you wish you had written ?

God of small things.

When and where do you write ?

Spare time in office.

One phrase that you use most often?

Come what may.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

No superstitions

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?


Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Write for yourself and not for the galleries.

Vadassery Thaiparambil Rakesh was born to Mr. K.A. Menon and Mrs. Rema Menon, in a sleepy village in Kerala, amidst the greenery of paddy fields, overflowing ponds and canals, croaking of frogs and the mysticism of snake worship. He remembers the gruelling travel that he and his elder brother had to go through, to reach the only English medium school in the area, sometimes having to swim across the canals brimming with the monsoon waters. Like most of his generation, Kapil Dev's bouncers and Gavaskar's straight drives made an impression in his mind. However, the financial necessity to earn a professional college degree got the better of his cricketing ambitions.He did his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the Government Engineering College, Trissur. All the graduating batches are like the exploding seedpods of Balsam. Amongst the various seeds that were dispersed to the different corners of the world, he landed in the holy land of Gujarat. Having completed his MBA in Marketing from the acclaimed Maharaja Sayajirao University, he works in Baroda for a private company. Bitten by the world of magical realism of a Garcia Marquez, Thriller tales of a Maclean or an Archer, nationalistic fervour of a Tharoor or a Nilekani, he finally took his dive to the deep ocean of writing. Married to Ms. Nisha Ponnoth, they have a son, Rishi.

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