The Curious Case Of... Shrirang Raddi

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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!)

Shrirang Raddi is such a fine quizzer, he has appeared on TV in both the Indian and British versions of the quiz show "Mastermind". He reads, he runs, he works in technology and business, and often has a thoughtful comment about several topics.


Shrirang Raddi



What I do

Work in a bank, read a lot, travel a bit, enjoy life

On the Curiosity scale, I am...

Plain Curious

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




TV shows

Number of books and movies I get through in a year

Books - 20/30, Movies - 5-10

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

To all Punekars - James Grant Duff, History of the Mahrattas

To all Cricket enthusiasts - Ramchandra Guha's A Corner of a Foreign Field

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations:


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

12 Angry Men ( most quizzers have seen it, not many others)

I am currently reading:

Just finished Alexander McCall Smith's Handome Man's De Luxe Cafe

One place on Earth that I am very curious about:


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


One topic I am super-opinionated about:

None really. Like to see the data before forming opinions. Sadly, most debates in India leave data behind.

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

Maratha history

War history

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



The strangest food item I have eaten

Kangaroo steak in a Czech restaurant in Berne. Highly Avoidable.

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt:

Ganpati festival fact... Dagdusheth Halwai's widow donated his fortune to the trust, thus making his name famous.. But her own name is equally or better known in Pune. What is her name/ what is named after her?

(A: Laxmi .. Laxmi Road is named after her)

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

Google News + follow up when searching

I express my curiosity by doing these things:

Asking questions

Searching for information

Sharing this information

A habit or skill I’d love to acquire:


A movie or TV show that taught me something new

Bajrangi Bhaijaan

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

How the moon landing was faked.

I would love to do this at least once

Nothing really. I am managing to do most things I want to do!

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

Aniruddha Karve

Maya Kamath

Vishal Dalal

Sanjeev Chandran

Arun Pillai

Curiosity is important to my work because...

Its v easy to do things based on past experience. Tough to find out what to do when you have no experience of that situation. Thats where curiosity helps.

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions

My 8 year old son

My curiosity tip

The web is an infinite source of knowledge.

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