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Shantanu Ballal

Pune, Maharashtra, India

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  • Fluent in English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi (Marāṭhī); learning French, German, Japanese, Polish, Spanish
  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2012
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  • Graduated as an Engineer
  • From Mumbai/ Bangalore/ Udupi
  • Profile 85% complete

About Me


To make the most of my awesome years - I have enough time to do boring young people stuff when I'm old


I am - Music Freak, Linguaphile, South Indian food junkie, easily amused, a person that laughs louder than you

I love - meeting people from different countries, L'Etranger, dancing like no one's looking.... when no one's looking, blue lights, hair products and making lists

I eat - punks like these for breakfast (just kidding)


Music, travelling and interaction bring people closer. So does a crowded train, but I like sticking to the "music, travelling and interaction" part.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


New place, couch surfed, made friends, had ball.

Rinse, Repeat.


I love spending my time listening to music, playing my guitar, learning languages (I've got started on French and Spanish, but someday I'll get to Russian and Japanese), meeting people from all over the world and story-trading.

Music, Movies & Books

Music : Indie! My Bloody Valentine! The Postal Service! And then there's Moving Mountains, some House, some Techno here and there, throw in some Delphic, Miike Snow... and a bit of Indian music :)

Movies : Almost anything from Hayao Miyazaki, David Lynch, Wong Kar Wai, Richard Linklater, oh, a generation of weirdo, wacko, way-too-creative-to-be-true directors!

Books : Sherlock Holmes - anything and everything!, Le Petit Prince, L'Etranger, Le Sang des Autres, and... um... Teach Yourself French/ Spanish/ Polish :)

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Crazy : Koh Phangan - Ultraviolet tribal tattoos, suspect roofie Spearmint chewing gums, stalker whales disguised as icebergs, purple fanta, M150 Storm bombs, highly motivated vodka-fuelled speedboat captain, Shibuya-Kei hair... everything seemed to be in place ONLY to heighten some sort of frenetic adrenaline-fest

Beautiful : Phi Phi Islands - Some of the most pristine sights I've ever seen. Felt like snorkelling into an eco-chromatic Andy Warhol wet dream. Worth the sunburns from riding a boat without lotion

NOT mentioning the "Friendship Club" ferry rides. That is filed under "Seedy".

Countries I've Visited

India, Thailand

Countries I've Lived In

India, United States

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