The Curious Case Of... Chandrakant Nair

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Name Chandrakant Nair

Location Calicut

What I do Doctor/Soldier/Quizzer/Roadie

On the Curiosity scale, I am... Off The Scale Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): Books > Audio > Newspapers > Social Media > Movies > TV Shows

Number of books and movies I get through in a year Books - 35-40, Movies - 100+

One book I’d recommend to a friend / colleague:Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations:The Guardian

One movie / show I’ve loved that hardly anyone else has watchedIncendies

I am currently reading:Hang Time by Bob Greene

One place on Earth that I am very curious about: Russia, especially the Trans-Siberian Railway

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from: The Guardian, The New York Times, The Hindu, Twitter

One topic I am super-opinionated about: Football

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Football (Sports in General, actually), The Indian Armed Forces, Quizzing

What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) Twitter > Facebook > Quora

The strangest food item I have eaten Snakes!

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be...Sir Alex Ferguson

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: The Avermectin drug trials that led to the 2015 Nobel Prize took place in Kerala!

I stay up-to-date by doing this... Keeping Twitter running 24x7

One interesting/fun fact about myself While I was in Class VI, I once went off to play a cricket match after school, without informing my parents. By the time I got home late in the evening, I had already become a 'missing person' with the police looking for me! :D

I express my curiosity by doing these things: 1. By attending quizzes whenever/wherever I can

2. By basing most of the questions I ask (in quizzes) on HOW? or WHY?, rather than WHAT/WHO? There are different types of curiosity as well, I guess :)

3. By reading up about stuff I come across on a daily basis

The one thing I am very interested in The Indian Armed Forces

A habit or skill I’d love to acquire: Learn to play drums

A movie or TV show that taught me something newHouse, M.D.

If there was one mystery I’d like to solve, it would beWhat was really inside the suitcase in Pulp Fiction?

I would love to do this at least once Climb Mount Everest! Seriously!

People I would like to ask all these same questions to: Hrishikesh Varma, Praveen VR, Jithin Jacob, Arun Hiregange, Kiran Vijayakumar

Curiosity is important to my work because... I find a lot of useless information that makes me immensely happy!

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions Hrishikesh Varma

My curiosity tip Always keep your eyes and ears open, make a note of the things that you don't understand, and try and find answers to these the same day

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