Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, the fake blogger
Meet Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, the fake blogger.
It was Aditya Magal's twin passions of writing and stock markets that eventually led this 28-year old Bangalore youth to blog under the pseudonym of the billionaire investor and stock market operator.
An economics graduate, Magal took over from an American blogger "the secret journal of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala" five years ago while working as a business analyst with an outsourcing company.
The blog under Jhunjhunwala's name with hilarious takes on politics, sports, entertainment and markets became an instant hit. It has more than 1,500 followers, while his Twitter handle 'Sir Sri Jhunjhunwala' has 72,000 followers.
Magal once posted about Jhunjhunwala’s return to the trading platform. "It is time for the guardian of Dalal Street and overall greatest person ever in the history of history, the sexy beast, the ginormous bull, the crusher of foes… the undisputed sexiest person of all time, greatest of the greats, king of kings (I'm talking about me) to make a return!"
"A lot of people complemented me after reading his tweets. I didn't correct them," said the real Rakesh Jhunjhunwala who took this impersonation rather sportingly. "Who am I to stop him? His posts are witty and doesn't mean to harm anybody," he said.
"Jhunjhunwala is a hero of mine. He is able to view things differently and make fortune," said Magal. "Though he may look boisterous, he is frank, honest and simple."
Magal met Jhunjhunwala a year ago and has spoken to him a few times on phone since then. And he too trades in stocks, and makes money, "although not as much as the real Jhunjhunwala!" as he puts it.