The Curious Case of Suraj Menon

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Name Suraj

Location Bangalore

What I do Consult for pharma cos, write, set quizzes and over think things

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

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): Social Media > Books > Newspapers > Audio > Movies > TV Shows ( although I'd move social media to the middle if I could)

Number of books and movies I get through in a year Books - 20+ Movies - 20+

One book I’d recommend to a friend / colleague: If work related - The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson If outside of work - Douglas Adams' Last Chance to See

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations: My friends' networks

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

I am currently reading: The Great Game by Peter Hopkirk - a history of British and Russian machinations in Central Asia

One place on Earth that I am very curious about: Djenne, Mali and the great mosque

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from: Wiki, The Guardian, Slate, Rolling Stone

One topic I am super-opinionated about: Indian cricket (who isn't?)

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Music, History occasionally, Cricket, Films

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

The strangest food item I have eaten Octopus Soup

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be... Peter O'Toole on the sets of Lawrence of Arabia

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: In the game of snooker, a referee is obliged by the laws of the game - to point out the colour of the ball to colour blind players on request

I stay up-to-date by doing this... Read, just read: on a screen, paper, books, newspapers, magazines, on the internet. Don't stop reading.

One interesting/fun fact about myself I do a half decent Lata Mangeshkar impression

I express my curiosity by doing these things: Setting quiz questions. Trying to find weird or unusual (and often tenuous) connections between seemingly unrelated things. And trying to read as many different things as I can.

The one thing I am very interested in History and Music

A habit or skill I’d love to acquire: Learning to play a musical instrument

A movie or TV show that taught me something new QI - something new with every episode

If there was one mystery I’d like to solve, it would be What is the air velocity of an unladen swallow?

I would love to do this at least once Do a whisky tour in Scotland or spend a week working at a brewery

People I would like to ask all these same questions to: Niranjan. Charles Bukowski. Jimmy Page. Jimi Hendrix. and just for fun YouYou Tu

Curiosity is important to my work because... I work in consulting - which means a big part of work is asking the right questions to clients to help them define their problems and issues better. Not being curious is not an option.

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions A lot of quizmasters

My curiosity tip Being curious about things is a habit. If you stop, it becomes difficult to pick up. The trick is to not stop.

Where you can be found online Twitter: @surajmenon


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