Vivek Wagle

Doting father, loving son and husband, respectful brother, steadfast friend, an honest and dependable human, story teller, entrepreneur, consumer insights specialist.

Sun Sign

Gemini.

Three things people don’t know about you?

My ear for music, that I never ever give up and my knowledge of 70s to 90s Bollywood.

What’s your greatest fear?

Not moving ahead in life, inaction is scary.

What is your greatest achievement?

Landing my first publishing contract.

High point of your life?

Being present during the birth of my two lovely daughters.

Low point of your life

Losing my hard earned money and being deceived.

Which living person do you most admire?

My parents.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Tintin.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Mogambo.

Who are your favorite authors?

Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edward De Bono.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Mahabharata, Tintin, Asterix and Sherlock Holmes are my favourite series, Ten Little Indians, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

Is there a book you love to reread?

Mahabharata.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, Sholay, 3 Idiots, Bahubali, Chak De! India.

One Superpower you wish you had?

To identify evil and destroy it.

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

Ruk jaana nahin (Don't you ever stop).

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?

In India's golden age, the age of dharma, the Vedic period throughout my life. And even during the Gupta rule or the Mauryan dynasty.

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

Reading minds, it would be interesting to know what people don't say.

Which book you wish you had written ?

Any of the Sherlock Holmes short stories.

When and where do you write ?

In the mornings and late night, at my home desk.

Silence or music?

Music.

One phrase that you use most often?

What's for dinner tonight?

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

I prefer to have a minimum target of 2,000 words per day to maintain a discipline. Once I get into my rhythm, it might end up more.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

My favourite comics, Tintin, Asterix, Phantom.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Be persistent.

Vivek Wagle was born in Mumbai, India. Though a Civil Engineer by qualification, he chose Market Research as a career, preferring to work in the domain of understanding people's tastes and preferences. A firm believer in the adage 'a sound mind in a healthy body', he is also an avid reader, a chess, fitness and mathematical brain teasers enthusiast. During a session, his spiritual Guru, Balagopalji, explained the philosophy of Sattva Rajas Tamas; that these qualities are present in every human in differing proportions. The idea of this book took root at that moment. A month later, Vivek had completed the first draft – a story of the battle for truth and dharma, for meritocracy over entitlement and avarice. This is his first published work. Vivek lives in Bangalore with his wife, two daughters and indie pup.

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