Sethumadhavi Rajan

Author, poet, dancer, teacher, banker.

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Three things people don’t know about you?

Dancer, Poet, Actor

What’s your greatest fear?

Ghosts, Insects

What is your greatest achievement?

Yet to achieve

High point of your life?

When I was in IBA attended grand meetings and published articles

Low point of your life

Couldn't become executive in the bank which was my great ambition

Which living person do you most admire?

Personal life - My sister and Public life - Narendra Modi

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

I don't like villains at all

Who are your favorite authors?

Ayn Rand, Emile Brunt, Margaret Mitchell, Jane Austen

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Atlas shrugged, Fountain Head, We the Living, Pride and Prejudice, Gone with the Wind

Is there a book you love to reread?

Pride and Prejudice

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Roman Holiday, Pretty woman, Three Idiots

One Superpower you wish you had?

To stop wars

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

A woman who had great ambition but stopped short of achievement

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?

India, during the time period when Lord Rama ruled this country

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


Which book you wish you had written ?

Atlas shrugged

When and where do you write ?

When I am in the mood, anywhere, anytime

Silence or music?


One phrase that you use most often?

Nothing in particular - perhaps the word "funny"

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

I observe "rahukal" like most of the South Indians

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

I don't do anything guilty

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

I am not established writer so cannot give any advice

Miss R.Sethumadhavi graduated in mathematics from Madras University and during her four years of college she stood first in every subject in her class. She was awarded many prizes and certificates of merit. She did her post graduation in Agricultural Statistics from the Indian Agricultural research Institute, New Delhi followed by a post graduate diploma in Agricultural Statistics from the Institute of Agricultural Research Statistics, New Delhi for her thesis on 'Use of PPS with 3-P sampling procedure'. She has co-authored a book A handbook on "Research Methodology" published by Ramakrishna Vidhyalaya, Coimbatore which was prescribed by Madras University as text book for M.Phil. students. She has also written three booklets "Small Scale Industries-Guidelines to entrepreneurs", "Essentials of financial management" and "Financial analysis of banks-1980, 1981 and 1982" - all published by Indian Banks' Association, Bombay. Her research work for her PG diploma was published as a research paper by Sankhya (a journal by Indian Statistical Institute,Calcutta)

She started her career as a high school teacher, then became a lecturer teaching under-graduates, post graduates and research scholars.Then she took up a banking career. She joined as an officer directly and after two promotions became a senior manager. Even after joining she continued teaching in Management colleges as a visiting faculty. She has to her credit more than 30 articles and book reviews in the Economic Times. She wrote regular columns in Fortune India and IBA Bulletin. She participated in three Bank Economists' conferences and presented papers. She was also a visiting faculty to training colleges of banks, conducted workshops for officers at various regional offices of the bank where she worked in foreign exchange. Now she is leading a peaceful, retired life, just reading.
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