Vinayak Bhardwaj

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Vinayak Bhardwaj

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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  • Investigative journalist, sort of. Part-time documentary ...
  • Masters in Chemical Engineering
  • From Harare, Zimbabwe
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About Me


To discover whether I have it in me to be a good writer


Enjoy intelligent conversation, love reading about history, politics, science, current affairs, philosophy, interested in everything (maybe to an excessive extent), love debating/discussing everything, quite academic.

I've been working on a documentary film on protest theatre which has encouraged me to learn more about the world. Couchsurfing seems to be one such way of doing so.


Just keep swimming!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Hosting, meeting for meal, going for a drink, participating in joint activities, organising outings


Have met so many interesting people from around the world (as host). Although it's difficult to find time to keep in touch with former guests, it's nice to know that there are people in all sorts of countries (Argentina, Panama, Romania, Poland, America) that I can meet up with should I choose to travel there.


Cinema, reading (LOTS!), science, current affairs, hiking, running, cycling (when I had my bike!), playing chess, travelling.

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Lives of others, Chicago, Goodbye Lenin, Amelie, A few good men
Music: U2, Classical Indian music, some rap music, blues and bluegrass music
Books: Anything by Salman Rushdie, Milan Kundera, Gunter Grass, Kurt Vonnegut, Arundhati Roy, Jhumpa Lahiri. Non-fiction by Adam Hochschild, Jared Diamond

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

1. Shooting a documentary film in my home country Zimbabwe on protest theatre I was awestruck by the extent to which a rural theatre group boldly discussing the need to be included in the running of the country. Given how much intimidation they could potentially face, their bravery was inspiring.

2. Listening to a great piece of Roots/Bluegrass music by a Cape Town band named "Sixgun Gospel". Listening to any great music with a powerful beat and good lyrics often inspires awe.

3. Every time I visit the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Teach, Learn, Share

For now the one thing I can share is knowledge of Johannesburg. Having moved here quite recently, I have come to love its history, its various buildings, its people. I simply cannot describe myself as an expert but what little I know I'd love to share.

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