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Writer by chance!

Published Nov 21, 2013, 9:15 pm IST
Updated Mar 18, 2019, 7:35 pm IST
This city-based author is on a mission to prove that science and mythology make an interesting read

A pharmacist by profession, Suraj Clark Prasad took the plunge into writing after being inspired by the lines of 'The Shawshank Redemption' — ‘Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.’ Suraj is the author of the recently released espionage thriller 'Baramulla Bomber', part of the 'Swastik Trilogy'. He is the promise of the emergence of a new writer who is steeped in mythology and science.

Though his writing career took off by accident, he claims, “I have always wanted to write since I knew that I was creative and talented enough to make my books readable.” Travelling to 15 countries all his life, he finally called Bengaluru home and says that, “The exposure that the city  gave me, put forth the chance to explore and experiment. With a background in pharmacology and raised by parents who are both into the medical profession, I grew up falling in love with science.” Hence, he chose quantum physics against the backdrop of mythology for his trilogy series.


Growing up, he read extensively and indulged in his literary passions with thrillers and mystery. “I loved Robin Cook, Robert Ludlum and many others who penned thrillers effortlessly. Basically, I wanted to have that adrenaline drive when I read a book and that’s what I did with my book as well. The reader has to travel along with the writer to his world in the pursuit of unravelling his plot,” he affirms. As a message to young authors he says, “You either write for yourself as a passion or write for an audience to sell  but, that depends on your choice and distinction.”

Apart from reading and writing, he is an avid movie buff and travels a lot. “I get inspired while travelling — I believe when people travel they get to meet a lot of other people and in turn hear their stories. That forms the plot of any book.” His second book in the series, is expected to hit the shelves in a year’s time.