I am I. V. Rama Raju, aged 50, working as a Sr. Manager at Dangote Industries to earn my living in the Republic of Congo. I am from a village called Pippara in West Godavari, A.P, India. I expressed my feelings in my book A Spark From The Sky which was inspired by J. Krishna Murti’s teachings which still play a vital part of my inner bearings. I have been in Africa (west coast to East Ethiopia) for the last 20 years. I, after half my life, recently discovered my love for reading literary fiction which has, I realise now as my luck, prevented my fall in the voids of my surrounding android-sands. My favourite creative writer, poet and painter – multi-faceted – is the Late Sri Sanjeeva Dev, who himself recognised my feelings and decorated my poems with his valuable appraisal.

I am married. My family with an 11-year-old son lives in Hyderabad. Yes, I am crazy for Indian dishes, especially south Indian breakfast but I am crazier with a constant thought about my little son’s pot bubbling with imported pieces of pizzas. I wish some new fiction may bring forth all our ancestor’s Avakaya (Andhra mango pickle) aroma that will spring from within our next-gen wells that will drive away those Anakondas back home to the Amazon forest, their original land, be it Indian, African or American. As respective aboriginals, they may their own toils and soils.


Three things people don’t know about you?

Why people, even my better-half knows ‘not’ what grows inside my boiling pot!

What’s your greatest fear?

If all people become IITians, who will attend other class-jobs. So, something differs in some one. If all five fingers are alike, can we imagine how to hold our life? So, any machine only with a soft, a bearing, and a gear of different sizes, be ever moved – Lord Krishna with his single once drawn ‘Line’ (Geetha) – no more comments about his four-caste system. But one has to, despite our light speed gadgets – growth follow only as his parallel line.

What is your greatest achievement?

A best 03 years’ service period. As I worked with Saudis freely on their Arabic land, more respected and valued than our own or Pakistani Muslim colleagues, that is still not received either in my country of all relations or other continent – full of dark-dollars.

High point of your life?

On the way to ascend it

Low point of your life

What else! My hard earned, while being innocuously lost to my known ghost-the very so called relatives – not a stray thief or those hidden extremist, but those near my fist.

Which living person do you most admire?

Arundhati Roy – not as a writer, but as a fighter

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Kemal Bey – The museum of innocence by Orhan Pamuk

Who are your favorite authors?

Jhumpa Lahiri, V.S. Naipaul and Franz Kafka (still not fished reading the rest)

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Commentaries on living, Smruti Bimbalu(Telugu), Unaccustomed Earth, The white castle and The Metamorphosis.

Is there a book you love to reread?

The white castle

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Missamma(Telugu 1955) Chalo Delhi and Telugu comedy movies

One Superpower you wish you had?

I wish him/her/it to let me live as I am to

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

An Indian ghost once loved his African hostess and basked that dark land with his lost Kohinoor’s shiny rays, that would not have been hidden under any mines, just glowed, would glow to let next-beings grow.

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?

All my childhood to sunset-hood would have been spent only at my native village, which I had missed for the sake of my evil existence.

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

To prune further my language, be it my mother tongue or those foreigners.

Which book you wish you had written ?

Still in amorphous stage, but creative and innovative.

When and where do you write ?

When my barrel is full at duty free place.

Silence or music?

80% silence and 20% music

One phrase that you use most often?

Truth was, is, will ever be a taste of unknown (PURI’ GOD?) drops’ moving wheel, never be at our grasp, on our own at all lapses, its new beauty may we feel!

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

Maybe ritual, as a human, everybody by his/her very living, is a writer. Be it illiterate or literate with their marvellous eyes, ears and all other senses, that is why Google was, is ,will be in ever gargle with its new mercuric bubble, and we, all – no mass, no class – only a group engross till that Jesus wakes up from his cross!

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

12 years a day, 07 days a week and 28 years service still on.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Read, read, and read of those tears of yesteryears.

I. V. Rama Raju is a chemistry graduate from Andhra University. He is from Pippara village in Andhra Pradesh. Presently he works in a factory in Saudi Arabia to earn his living. He has also spent twelve years in West Africa. Raju is influenced by J Krishna Murti's teachings. He can be contacted at ivyramaraju@gmail.com

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