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WHO AM I ?
My parents christened me Ramendra Kumar. But if you find the name a little too heavy there is a more euphonious version available:  Ramen
 
 
HOW WOULD I DESCRIBE MYSELF ?

Somewhatsane (no relation of Sun Yat-sen). If you think I am indulging in some puerile humour, please have patience. By the time you finish reading this stuff (in case you do), you'll agree I am closer to somewhatinsane than somewhatsane! I meandered into Civil Engineering and by the time I reached the second semester I was yearning to break free. To shed the yoke of (civil)ity I got into MBA. Enjoyed myself and managed to do rather well. Joined a Public Sector monolith partly by persuasion, partly by choice. A few weeks later I found I was sitting submerged in miles and miles of files which was enough to give any sensitive bloke a severe attack of piles (poetry byJove!

Before I could organise the 'Great Escape' I fell in love with Madhavi (my  gorgeous colleague). My fate was sealed. Now years later I am a contented man - still submerged in files, but with a  still gorgeous  wife and two lovely kids Ankita and Aniket and enough time for my obsession - writing.

 
 
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WHY DO I WRITE ? WHAT DO I WRITE ?
Quite simple really - to stay within the tolerable limits of insanity. If I didn't I would keel over from the position of somewhatsane to completelyinsane. Well almost everything ranging from satire to
poems and fiction to fables.
 
WACKY VIEW
My tryst with creativity commenced with satire. I have always believed that the only way to see a topsy turvy world straight is by taking a skewed look at everything. In a universe which is completely mad only the somewhatsane are truly sane. (Wow! Can we call it Ramen's first [and possibly last] Principle of Sanity).

My wacky (to me) and weird (to most), sense of humour has got me into a lot of trouble. An article I wrote on the budding feminists was published in my college magazine. The copies were burnt in every nook 'n' corner of the Campus. And this was much before Satanic Verses and Salman Rushdie made this street corner 'Sati' so very fashionable.

I have persisted with satire but have also dabbled in less risky modes of self expression  such as fiction,  poetry and non-fiction with  a  modest  degree of success.

 
PRINT PASSIONS
My predilection for the print media has been suitably rewarded with my work being published and reviewed  in the major newspapers and magazines of the country.

17 books written by me have so far been published by well known publishers such as Rupa & Co., National Book Trust, Navneet Publications India Ltd., Children’s Book Trust, Madhuban, a division of Vikas Publishing House Pvt. Ltd., Pustak Mahal et al. My  work has been translated into several Indian languages as well as Japanese and Sinhala. One of my  stories has been included in the text book for class nine students of Norway while another   has found a place  in the syllabus for class three students of Matriculation schools in Tamilnadu and Pondicherry as well as class two students of the ICSE board.  A fable written by me  has been adapted as Kamishibai, the traditional form of storytelling in Japan.

My story 'Honesty Pays'  is being included as reading material as a part of the  anti-corruption  campaign for primary school children of Mauritius. The campaign has been  launched   by  Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), Mauritius.  

 
KIDDING ALONG !

I started writing for kids  mainly to wean away Ankita from the boob tube. Here I met with almost instant nirvana. Not only did Ankita lap up my stories her friends too found them worthy of attention.I wrote them down and sent them to a couple of children's magazines. They were accepted and the editors actually wrote to me asking for more. I, who had been used to the ratio of one hit to ten misses, was pleasantly  shocked! I decided to shift track and foray into the idyllic world of children. Here I found the market flooded with Enid Blyton clones and the modern avatars of comrade Anderson and Grimms siblings. There was also a deep seated antipathy for any story which conveyed a moral. It was immediately castigated as preachy, didactic et al. Though I too don't believe in talking down to kids, I personally feel a tale nicely told,with a tiny moral subtly tucked in, would be the ideal fare for a child whose staple diet today is a mix of 'highbrow' cartoons and the 'gently aesthetic' WWE.

I put this belief into practice and fortunately my stand was vindicated with my adventures in kiddydom proving quite successful. I now woo ardently fables, caress sometimes satires and occasionally dabble in short stories and poems.

 
ADVENTURES IN CYBERIA
A few years ago I made a cautious entry into cyberspace. The response was terrific and I am still riding high...... I have been contributing satire, stories, fables and poems regularly to many ezines : Sulekha, Indiatimes, Indiaparenting.com, Chaitime, Pitara,   Aboutteens, Freshlimesoda, Topwritecorner, 4to40, Boloji, NDTV.com, Poemhunter.com....

I am now the Editor of www.BoloKids.com (Published from New York)a  complete portal for the young and the young at heart!