Mumbai-based Vivek was born and brought up in Ranchi. After a chequered journey in academics across disciplines, he landed up in journalism and found his true calling. He has worked at senior positions with the DNA and The Economic Times. He has also written four books. India’s Big Government—The Intrusive State and How It Is Hurting Us, his fourth book, was published in January 2017. He is also the author of the Easy Money trilogy, a series of three books on the history of money and banking, and how that caused the financial crisis of 2008. His writing has also appeared in The Times of India, The Hindu, The Hindu Business Line, Business World, Business Today, India Today, Mid-Day, Business Standard, Forbes India, and on websites such as Firstpost, Huffington Post, The Quint, Business-Standard, Scroll, Newslaundry and the BBC.