(Professor S. Raghunathan, MTech from IIT, KGP, is the former Director of Computer Centre, Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu. He is a great lover of books and a principled teacher. He has varied interests – Books, Music, Education, Philosophy and Holistic Medicine. He has a wonderful collection of books and carnatic music. He is soft-spoken and is an inspiring counsellor. Now he resides in Bangalore and can be contacted on his mobile: 99029 52539).
1. What are your interests? What type of books do you read?
My interests are Books, Music, Philosophy, Education and Medicine. I study books which are inspirational and ennobling.
2. What book did you read last?
‘The Power of Concentration’ by Theron Q. Dumont.
3. You are a busy man. How do you find time to read books or when do you generally read books? Is there a specific time which you devote to books?
I get up around 3 am and study up to 6 am daily. Whenever I am free and alone, I spend the time with books.
4. Which is your all-time favourite book(s)? Why?
They teach us how to live life fully.
5. Who is your favourite writer(s)? Why?
My favourite writer is Rajaji. His books are all inspirational. His words are simple and at once powerful.
6. Is there an unforgettable book in your life?
My most unforgettable book is ENCHIRIDION OF EPICTETUS.
7. Why do you call it unforgettable?
ENCHIRIDION taught me ‘the art of living’, especially, sections 1, 5, 11, 33, and 46.
8. Is there a book which you read again and again? If so, why?
I study repeatedly, James Allen’s BYWAYS OF BLESSEDNESS
to draw inspiration and to recharge my personality.
9. Is there a book(s) which you feel everybody should read?
Those who study James Allen’s BYWAYS OF BLESSEDNESS and live accordingly will be a blessing to the world around them.
10. Would you like to say something or add anything else to this interview?
Books like BHAGAVAD GITA or THIRUKKURAL are like PRANA, so essential to life, that they are always taken for granted!
(Grateful thanks to Professor Raghunathan for the above interview – Suri)