P.V. VAIDYANATHAN

Paediatrician, voracious reader, spiritual, atheist.

Sun Sign

Libra

Three things people don’t know about you?

Singer, poet, healer

What’s your greatest fear?

Not doing what I want and then regretting it

What is your greatest achievement?

Becoming a doctor, which I always wanted to, since childhood

High point of your life?

Birth of my son

Low point of your life

Death of a dear friend

Which living person do you most admire?

Deepak Chopra

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Batman

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

The Joker

Who are your favorite authors?

Eckhart Tolle, Osho, J. Krishnamurti, Robert Ludlum, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Alaistair Maclean, James Hadley Chase, Khalil Gibran

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

The Prophet, The New Earth, Truth and Actuality, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Guns of Navarone

Is there a book you love to reread?

The New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Benhur, The Ten Commandments, Sholay, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Bahubali, What if?

One Superpower you wish you had?

Healing ability

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

Here lies someone who healed millions with words and concepts

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?

Mumbai, India

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

Cooking

Which book you wish you had written ?

The Guns of Navarone, On Books and Writing

When and where do you write ?

At home, early in the morning, 5 a.m.

Silence or music?

Both at the appropriate times

One phrase that you use most often?

Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

No

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Tarot Card predictions

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Write from your heart, your feelings, your experiences, not from your mind, and not from the Internet surely.

Dr P. V. Vaidyanathan has been a practising Paediatrician for 23 years. He did his medical education at the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical, College and Lokmanya Tilak General Hospital, Mumbai. In the last decade, Vaidyanathan found himself drawn towards spirituality and began reading the works of the great spiritual masters such as Osho, J. Krishnamurthi, Dr Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Nisargadatta Maharaj and Swami Vivekananda, etc. Today, he is himself, a writer. Apart from his articles on parenting and spirituality which have appeared in various national newspapers and magazines, he has authored five books: Spirituality Bytes; Arise, Awake, Make Your Child Stress Free, Managing The Unmanageable Child, and Doctor, Why Is My Baby Crying? Dr Vaidyanathan is also one of the masters on the Times of India Speaking Tree website. He lives in Mumbai with his wife and son and can be reached at vaidyanathan.pv@gmail.com.

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