The Curious Case Of... Niranjan Pedanekar

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(All of us are born curious. Some of us actively practice it, irrespective of age. Our Curious Cases series give you a glimpse into the minds of such curious folk. May they rub off you the right way!)

Some of us have known Niranjan Pedanekar for a long while and have seen his curiosity at close range. A scientist, writer, theatre director, musician, humorist, footballer, and quizzer among other talents, we invited him to Curious Cases in a daring bid to understand his curiosity secrets. Did we succeed? Read on.



Niranjan Pedanekar



What I do

Professionally a scientist, practically a dabbler in many things.

On the Curiosity scale, I am...

Super Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): 



TV shows


Social media


Number of books and movies I get through in a year


One book I’d recommend to a friend / colleague:

Phantoms in the brain

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations:

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

Mahabharata by Peter Brook

I am currently reading:

Different every night (a theatre book)

One place on Earth that I am very curious about:

Tiger's Nest Monastery

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from:


One topic I am super-opinionated about:


People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: 




Indian music

Urdu poetry


What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) 



The strangest food item I have eaten

Drop (a dutch sweet)

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

Mind - Richard Feynman

Body - Usain Bolt

Shoes - Lionel Messi

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: 

Tea contains Potassium

I stay up-to-date by doing this...


One interesting/fun fact about myself

I have not appeared for a proper job interview yet.

I express my curiosity by doing these things:

Learning new things

Reading about new things

Trying out new things

The one thing I am very interested in  

My hobbies (theatre, music, poetry, literature, movies, fine arts, football, quizzing, communication)

A habit or skill I’d love to acquire:

I can play harmonium. But would also like to play guitar.

A movie or TV show that taught me something new

American Beauty

If there was one mystery I’d like to solve, it would be

Who was Jack The Ripper

I would love to do this at least once

Stage my plays at the best experimental theatres

People I would like to ask all these same questions to:

Ramanand J, BV Harish Kumar, Harsh Nene, Shirish Karande, Amit Varma.

In another world, Satyajit Ray, P L Deshpande, Franz Kafka, and many more.

Curiosity is important to my work because...

I work in research and experiment in arts. Both allow me to use things freely from one domain to another. Both make me curious.

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions

Prof P C Kapur (asks a lot of good questions)

My curiosity tip

Time is a continuum. Do what you want to do, when you have the urge to do it. Juggle time later.

Where you can be found online

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