Vadassery Thaiparambil Rakesh was born to Mr. K.A. Menon and Mrs. Rema Menon, in a sleepy village of Kerala, amidst the greenery of paddy fields, overflowing ponds and canals, croaking of frogs and the mysticism of snake worship. He remembers the gruelling travel that he and his elder brother had to go through, to reach the only English medium school in the area, sometimes having to swim across the canals brimming with the monsoon waters.
Like most of his generation, Kapil Dev’s bouncers and Gavaskar’s straight drives made an impression in his mind. However, the financial necessity to earn a professional degree got the better of his cricketing ambitions.
He did his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the Government Engineering College, Trissur. All the graduating batches are like the exploding seedpods of Balsam. Amongst the various seeds that were dispersed to the different corners of the world, he landed in the holy land of GUjrat. Having completed his MBA in Marketing from the acclaimed Maharaja Sayajirao University, he works in Baroda for a private company.
Bitten by the world of magical realism of a Garcia Marquez, Thriller tales of a Maclean or an Archer, nationalistic fervour of a Tharoor or a Nilekani, he finally took his dive to the deep ocean of writing.
Married to Ms. NIsha Ponnoth, they have a son, Rishi.