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Prahlad Kakkar
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A book that means a lot to you?
There are some books which we’ve grown up with. Books one keeps rereading all the time. One such book for me is The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. I carried it around till I was 24, which is when I grew out of it, I suppose. Then there are books like Silk by Alessandro Baricco. It’s a slim love story about a French silk merchant who goes all the way to Japan on business and meets a Japanese lady. It’s a remarkable book.

Your favourite genre?
Like my favourite genre in the movies, it’s sex, violence and adventure. I love Jean M Auel’s Earth’s Children series. I generally read anything I can get my hands on, actually. I’m not very picky.

How many books do you own?
Over 2,000 at least.

An underrated book?
Wilbur Smith’s books are underrated. The novels are so much more than just adventure stories. These books educate and are very well researched. If there are two authors who put a lot of research in their books, they’re Frederick Forsyth and Wilbur Smith.

An overrated book?
Every book has its audience.

Last book read?
I’m halfway through re-reading Frederick Forsyth’s collection of short stories No Comebacks. I really like they way the stories end. I think, besides Roald Dahl, Forsyth is one author who has really bizarre endings to his novels and stories.

A book you wish you’d written?
I would like to write like Jim Corbett, who I grew up reading. I love all his tiger stories. I wish I was alive at the time when you could go to shikaar and write about it.