Born in Mumbai, Aditya Shroff grew up with his parents in their native village, Umarsadi, Pardi– a small coastal town on the western coastline of India. He spent most of his formative years on his parents’ farm, running around the never-ending fields “chasing goats, playing with the cows, and feasting on fresh farm fruits”. As a child, Shroff was— as he himself puts it— raised on coconut water, the summer breeze, and lots of countryside sunshine. The fact that he was surrounded by bountiful nature of the countryside greatly influences his style of writing, which often drifts from the narrow bougainvillea-flanked trails across farmlands, and over beautifully nostalgic reminiscences from his younger days.
After schooling, Shroff moved back to Mumbai for further education. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Mumbai. He gave up a prospective career in the corporate world with Engineering giant Siemens and subsequently with a Germany based foundry, and made a life changing decision to move back to a simple, minimalistic farm life, follow his passions, and focus on— what he calls— the soul-stirring finer things in life which include writing, long distance running, and traveling— all in search of happiness.
Shroff’s writing recently rose to fame across social media when one of his blog articles was picked up by Singapore based media group Eleven Asia to be published in their April 2018 issue. (Read the article here- https://elevenasia.com/energise-thelittlethings-copy/)
Shroff showed a spark for writing right from his school days. After experimenting with various genres and writing forms, his writing career took off in 2015, when one of his short stories written for Times of India’s Write India campaign was ranked among the top-ten stories at a national level, and he hasn’t looked back since. He claims to find his inspiration from nature, running through nature, traveling to undiscovered places through nature, and from the spiritual environment that he, as a child, grew up in.
When he isn’t writing, Shroff spends his time— most early mornings— training for national level road races. He currently runs distances ranging from 5 kilometres to 42 kilometres at various marathon races across India. He has been an active runner— and a fast one at that— finishing on the podium for several of the races, and finding himself on the cover page of a magazine issue published by a leading Mumbai based running group. He also practices Yoga and meditation for “inner engineering”.
Shroff is an avid reader and a blogger. He blogs about his experiences as The 5 a.m. Guy (find him here- www.the5amguy.com). He keeps his Instagram feed (www.instagram.com/the5amguy/) and Facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/the5amguy/) filled with colourful glimpses from his minimalistic farm living, and hopes to inspire people to live a healthy, happy, fulfilling life- not just physically, but mentally, emotionally as well as spiritually.
Happy reading, and happy running!