Hitesh Brahmbhatt is a journalist writing on current affairs, issues, improvement, policy, governance, and politics in India.
Hitesh grew up in Mumbai city. In 1999, he started his business, providing various IT services. In 2005, he started writing on remote regions of India, which got published in DNA newspaper. After a break, he started writing opinion, analysis, and satire as an independent journalist.
Born to a Hindu family on 23 September 1981 (age 39 years) in Balasinor, Gujarat (India). He follows Hinduism but practices Jain rituals also. His father, Govind Brahmbhatt, is a stockbroker and an investment consultant. His mother, Suman Brahmbhatt, is a homemaker. Arravali District in North East Gujarat being his ancestral home, Gujarati is his native language. Hitesh and his wife Swati Brahmbhatt (m. 2016) have a son: Deep Brahmbhatt.
Hitesh graduated from the University of Mumbai with a commerce degree. He speaks four languages: English, Hindi, Marathi, and Gujarati.
Globetrotting: Hitesh has travelled to 47 countries so far as to learn the history, culture, and lifestyle. He has been to Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tibet, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican, and Vietnam.
Photography: Hitesh did two Solo Photo Exhibitions at NCPA (National Centre for Performing Arts) in Mumbai.
1st Solo Photography Exhibition ‘Paradise Less Travelled’ aimed to showcase some of the magnificent images of low tourism regions of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, interior parts of Orissa and the ancient Silk route through Kinnaur & Spiti Districts of the Himachal Pradesh with subjects like landscapes, people, culture, nature & lifestyle. This Exhibition was held at NCPA, Mumbai on 3rd Sep to 12th Sep 2007.
2nd Solo Photography Exhibition ‘Dhaja Varasganth’ showcased the Moods of the Flags in the Air and the Flag Changing Ritual of Jain Temples. This Exhibition was held at NCPA, Mumbai on 1st Mar to 10th Mar 2008.
Hitesh Brahmbhatt has been fortunate enough to be covered & mentioned by the media.
Motorbiking: Hitesh did 4 Solo rides on his Bajaj NS-200 Motorbike. It’s a great cruiser bike as well as a perfect city bike for a 1.85 m. tall male.
1) Mumbai – Ladakh – Mumbai
2) Mumbai – Hyderabad – Mumbai
3) Mumbai – Bengaluru – Mumbai
4) Mumbai – Nagpur – Mumbai
Mountaineering & Trekking: Hitesh graduated the Basic Mountaineering Course (26 Days) at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi, Uttaranchal State (Batch – 191) in the year 2006.
Ham Radio: Hitesh Brahmbhatt gave his Amateur Wireless Radio Exam in Mid-2013 and got the amateur radio callsign VU2NFJ from the Ministry of Communication, New Delhi. His past apparatus consisted of Yaesu Ft-840 (HF Radio), ICOM-2300H (VHF Base Station), and Wouxon KGUVD1P (VHF/UHF Handy). His antennas were 5/8 Vertical Ground, Magmount ¼ Wave for TX, HF Dipole, and Discone Antenna for RX. He worked on SDR (Software Defined Radio) for Receiving Weather Satellite Images (NOAA). He experimented the same on his Uniden BCD436HP scanner for receiving better quality images. He used the same scanner to monitor the Ham Radio Bands (144 to 146 Mhz) while home brewing antennas.
Hitesh did a Solo Radio Expedition at Mt. Kalsubai (5400 ft) on the occasion of World Amateur Radio Day on 18th April 2015, with 13 QSO successfully to study the Radio Wave Propagation. (For Non-Hams, the ’13 QSO’ means he spoke with 13 Ham radio stations from the Peak on Wireless Radio to Mumbai) With his Call Sign: VU2NFJ. He got his DXCC award from ARRL (American Radio Relay League) for 20 Mtrs Band in 2017.
Civil Defence: Hitesh Brahmbhatt joined Civil Defence as a volunteer in Jan 2015 and did 12 courses at Mumbai Staff College. He was expelled in Jan 2016 because he raised his voice against corruption in the civil defence organisation. He did 12 more courses mentioned below, at the National College (National Civil Defence College, Nagpur), participating as an Industry Executive.
1) Management of Media during Emergencies
2) TOT in Disaster Psycho-Social Intervention
3) Basic Life Support
4) Advanced Life Support
5) Management of Deceased
6) Collapsed Structure Search & Rescue
7) Emergency Operations Centre Management
8) Incident Command Management System
9) Earthquake Disaster Preparedness & Management
10) Unexploded Bombs & Explosive Safety
11) TOT on Radiological and Nuclear Emergencies
12) Biological Incident First Responders
He also did another National level course ‘Watermanship’ at Bengaluru, Karnataka in 2015.
Ornithology: Hitesh Brahmbhatt was a serious bird watcher from 2004 to 2006, has a good collection of books on Ornithology by Salim Ali, and few others with an Olympus 8×40 Binocular which he still uses for all his outings. He had a field trip to Namdapha Forest Reserve in the Border District of Changlang (Arunachal Pradesh State) and remote areas of Orissa.
Personal and Hobbies related posts can be found in the Diary section.