Who am I?
My day job is to be a management executive, and I have held important leadership positions at Indian and Global Corporations in India and the United States. I currently work with social entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises that make a difference in South Asia, for Stanford University's Seed program. I'm also the co-founder and advisor of the Menterra Social Impact Fund. I also co-founded a social enterprise, Haqdarshak.
My father is a retired senior Air Force officer, which made me a keen student of military history and geopolitics, and resulted in The Anza Deception, my first book, in 2012. I followed that up with a second, The Sympathy Wave, in 2013. I host a podcast, "The Blue Skies Podcast" which features conversations with military aviators.
I have a pilot's license and briefly owned my own aircraft, when I lived in California. I have also dabbled with amateur photography, skiing, sailing and hiking. I briefly learned to play the piano, and play squash, row, run the occasional half marathon, and trek the Himalayas in my spare time. I'm always ready to try new experiences, to test the boundaries and learn more about myself.
I grew up on Air Force bases around India, before going to Hindu College in Delhi University and then the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
I live in Chennai, India, with my wife, two boys, and an energetic golden retriever, Dexter.
What makes me write?
I like to think of myself as a thought provoker at large. Too many people are stuck in a complacent rut, obsessed with their self-created day-to-day crises, rarely thinking honestly about the world around them. Too comfortable in their simplifying assumptions and lazy hypotheses, most of which are often, at best, borrowed from the last articulate person they heard on the subject.
How do you shake people out of that complacency, and get them to think? Get them to look at the world around honestly? Get them to draw their own conclusions? Make them see things as they are, not as they appear through another person's jaundiced eyes?
I see fiction as a means to do just that. Draw people in, get them into the shoes of a protagonist, put them in places they have never been before. Force them to see things in ways they've never looked at things before. For if they've been shaken out of their complacency, if they've been provoked to think, I feel like I've done my bit.