Sunday, November 29, 2020

Personal World


St.Stephen's College, Delhi- Simply the best in India (speaking of reputations)

University College, Oxford- Oldest college of Europe (we turned 750 in 1999!)

The London School of Economics and Political Science

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs


Politics- Aung San Suu Kyi

Writing- Walter Lippmann

Music- Jagjit Singh

Influences in Life

Dr. P.K. Chaulia- My father, a former civil servant in Orissa

R.Chandrakala My mother, a former lecturer of English in Andhra Pradesh

Usha Damerla- My painter, filmmaker wife with our son Debarchan and daughter Ahaana.

R.Subrahmanyam- My maternal uncle. He's a senior civil servant in India.

Closest Friends

G.Sudhirbabu- Childhood pal. He and I grew up in the same street and played cricket for the same neighbourhood teams. We are simply inseperable. He's currently running his father's gas supply business.

Amitayu Chakravarty- Stephen's wouldn't have been 'COLLEGE' without his company.

Imran Khan- My Pakistani cricket partner in Oxford. He worked for Goldman Sachs in London after an engineering degree from Wadham College, Oxford.

Shaun Lawson- LSE made us thick and fast mates. We share eerily inverse personal histories- I went to LSE from University College (Oxford) and he to University College (Oxford) from LSE. That too with the same personal tutors!

Panuganti Srinivas- He is the most fashion-conscious, sartorially perfect fellow I've known. Besides an impressive wardrobe, he has a great sense of humour too. We went to school and junior college together. After gaining an MBA, he's works for software companies.


Reading and reviewing books and authoring articles (consumes 90% of my time)

Browsing through a dozen newspapers every morning before starting the day

Practising indoor cricket. I played for my college in Oxford

Amateur chess. The game was invented in India and the FIDE World Champion has been Indian.

Mentally preparing to be Foreign Minister of India one day!

Favourite Quote

"If your ideas are good, they should spread without coercion"

-Jagdish Natwarlal Bhagwati