SREELATHA RADHAKRISHNAN

I am a passionate reader , writer and thinker . I dare to dream big . In spite of the highs and lows that I have experience ., I tend to draw a lot of energy from life. I have forgotten what it is to be a mom . I prefer to think of myself as an indulgent grandmother.

Sun Sign

My zodiac sign is Taurus.

Three things people don’t know about you?

a. I hate cooking. b.I love watching movies all by myself. c. Given a choice , I would curl up with a book all day long.

What’s your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is that children will stop reading books in their original form and will watch only the movie versions.

What is your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement to date is the publication of my two books “ APPAKA” and’ CLIMBING RAINBOWS”.

High point of your life?

High point in my life-when my daughters were placed in my hands when I was still groggy from the anaesthesia after a cesarean section.

Low point of your life

I don’t want to talk about it. There are several ”lows” in my life.

Which living person do you most admire?

RATAN TATA – for his principles, professionalism and empathy.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Harper Lee ,of course.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Darcy ( Pride and Prejudice) .

Who are your favorite authors?

Heathcliff ( Wuthering Heights ) –a majestic villain / Byronic hero

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

a.To Kill A Mocking Bird b. Angela’s Ashes c . I Am Malala d. Jerusalem - The Biography e. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

a. Schindler’s List b. A Beautiful Mind c. Gran Torino d. Shawshank Redemption e. The Mirror has Two faces

One Superpower you wish you had?

a magic wand and make children read and read .

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

My epitaph should read “ Here lies an innately good person, whose passion for life, books and people helped her see the world in its myriad moods” .

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?

”Go and get it.”

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

I wish I could illustrate my own books.

SREELATHA RADHAKRISHNAN holds a post-graduate degree in English Literature and teaches English. As a hobby, she has occasionally dabbled in writing for magazines and college brochures. It was only when she began reading stories out aloud to her grandchildren on her visits to the US, that she discovered the art of story-telling. She loved their reactions, especially when she acted out the stories using funny voices. She also noticed that the details she added caught their fancy more than the actual text. That was when she realized that she too, could tell a story.

Mentored by the famous children's’ writer, Santhini Govindan, SreeLatha’s first book, Appaka, featured illustrations by award-winning illustrator, Muraleedharan. It has since been translated into eight languages. Climbing Rainbows is her second foray into writing for children. This time it is a compilation of stories about how children face and cope with life’s difficult situations.
Sree Latha can be reached at kapilanya@gmail.com

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