I was born in Berhampur , India in 1939 and
emigrated to US in 1975. Growing up in a home where my father
was a teacher and poet and a sister a successful writer of
Tamil short stories, I was drawn into the magic of the printed
word. At sixteen I published my first short story in a popular
children‘s magazine, Kannan . At school,
I published a humor magazine – Kitakitalu – in
Telugu, entirely handwritten.
Translating Jayakanthan's works has been my principal hobby
for the last ten years. Even though I am an engineer by profession,
I was always drawn to writing and especially to Jayakanthan's
writings. I have so far translated three novels, six short
novels, and thirty short stories.
Some of my translations – short stories – were published
under the title Trial by Fire to coincide
with Jayakanthan's visit to the US in June, 2000. The book
was officially released in July 2000 at the annual Tamil
Sangam festival in Tampa , Florida ; Mr. Jayakanthan and
several of his close colleagues graced the occasion.
As my involvement in JK's works became wider and deeper,
I was especially struck by the author's treatment of marriage
in his writings…and thus, I decided to bring out this new
collection, Till Death Do Us Part.