S NILAKANTA SIVA, aka Sivaram, was born in Mumbai on August 9, 1944. His early education was in Delhi when his father was working in the Ministry of Defence. His final years of schooling were done in Mumbai. Sivaram graduated in physics and mathematics and pursued his post-graduate studies at IIT-Madras. He then joined the nuclear physics division of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. Gifted with an immaculate command over the English language, Sivaram led several public awareness programs to highlight the benefits of atomic energy. After retirement, he ran a medical transcription company for a couple of years, before he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. He battled hard and won the war against bladder cancer. Sivaram, along with his wife Poorna aka Rajalakshmi Siva, narrates the tale of how they together conquered the disease. Rajalakshmi is a Managing Partner at Madhurakalpa Collections in Thanjavur. They have two children and four grandchildren.