Venkat Forever (Konark)

Former Ambassador T.P. Sreenivasan held crucial posts around the world during his 37-year IFS career. An admirer of Ambassador A.P. Venkateswaran, he was handpicked by him as the High Commissioner to Fiji. Post retirement, Sreenivasan has set up a foreign affairs think tank, helped the IAEA set up a plan for 2020, served on the National Security Advisory Board, participated in an election campaign, worked at the Brookings Institution in Washington, set up a Civil Services Academy, produced a TV show, taught at the Central University of Kerala and advised the Kerala government on education. He has published four books and written for reputed journals.

One of the most sought-after speakers across the country, he can be reached on Twitter @sreeniv James Peck was the son of a military officer. The joy of travel was seared early into his soul and his career as an international oil explorationist wetted his wanderlust. In 1979, he was posted to Damascus, Syria, where he came in touch with the Venkateswaran family and he married Venkat and Ushas daughter, Kalpana.