Ezhuth Aani ( Anantha Ramanathan)

Author, poet, innovator, surgeon.

Sun Sign

Taurus

Three things people don’t know about you?

I am a very nervous person; I am very stubborn; and I try to be a perfectionist to the point of being pedantic.

What’s your greatest fear?

That I will become irrelevant to this world.

What is your greatest achievement?

Still in process.

High point of your life?

Every time a patient smiles in satisfaction.

Low point of your life

Several. In personal life when my mother, and then aunt, died; In studies/professional life there have been several but each time I came back stronger; In literary field every rejection by a publisher or agent is a low point.

Which living person do you most admire?

Narendra Modi

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Phantom

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

None

Who are your favorite authors?

Bharathi (Tamil), Arthur Hailey, Harold Robbins, Sydney Sheldon, Henry Miller, Paramahansa Yogananda, Enid Blyton, Lappierre and Collins, William Wordsworth, Kalki (Tamil), Sandilyan (Tamil)

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Collected works of Bharathi (Tamil), Autobiography of a Yogi, Mahabharat, Freedom at Midnight, The Celestine Prophecy

Is there a book you love to reread?

Autobiography of a Yogi

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Sound of Music, The Pianist, Slumdog Millionnaire, Abhiman (Hindi), Thulabaram (Tamil/ Malayalam)

One Superpower you wish you had?

Will eliminate childhood cancer.

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

He was a useful and sincere human being.

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

I would love to spend my childhood in the Roman Empire, in Rome, Adolescence in sixties America, Adulthood in Mogul Empire (of course as the Emperor) and retire in Modern India of the Future.

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

Fly so I can see all the world at will, without border control and airport security.

Which book you wish you had written ?

Harry Potter

When and where do you write ?

In my home, on the laptop or desktop, in the gym while doing cycling chair

Silence or music?

Sometimes looking out at scenery.

One phrase that you use most often?

Life is a cycle

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

No

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Sexus

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

If you believe in your story, tell it to the world no matter who likes it.

The author is a medical practitioner in Australia. He has published an anthology of poems, and two novels (enthaiyum naane – I am my father (2014), Angaharam (2015) in Tamil. In addition, he has published many short stories, poems, and articles in Tamil and English. This is the translation of his debut novel in English. Born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, the author has seen the ravages of the civil war in that country. He has lived and worked as a medical doctor in five countries on four continents. He has worked with or treated people from over 95 countries. Drawing from his unique life experiences, his writings reflect an international perspective.

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