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Author Name: Ramanan Duraiswami | Format: Paperback | Genre : Poetry | Other Details

Pensive Ponderings is a collection of quatrains, sonnets and limericks by Colonel Ramanan Duraiswami, a veteran of the Indian Army Medical Corps. They reflect his anguish at the state of the nation (‘Republic Day’, ‘The Cry of the Girl Child’), his military experience (‘The Surgical Strike’), his love for the beauty and unity of India (‘Makar Sankranti’) and his love for everyday objects (‘Ode to a Cup of Coffee’). His felicity with the English language and love for his nation are evident in every line that he has written. A perfect read for young and old alike, Pensive Ponderings is meant to reignite the spark of true patriotism in every Indian. It is an excellent companion for that evening spent on a quiet beach or gazing out at a mountain peak, or just over a companionable cup of coffee at home!

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Ramanan Duraiswami

A graduate of the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Ramanan Duraiswami studied in Springdales School, New Delhi, where he first ventured into writing poetry. He retired from the Army Medical Corps in 2013, settled in Secunderabad, and after a stint as Director of Laboratory Services at Fernandez Hospital, he joined Mallareddy Institute of Medical Sciences in 2016. He rediscovered his talent for poetry, encouraged by his wife of 37 years, Shyamla, and his batchmates of the 1973 batch of AFMC. He writes on a wide variety of topics based on his experiences in the Army, his travels in India and abroad, and his concern for the state of the country. He enjoys teaching undergraduate medical students, singing English pop and country songs of the sixties and seventies, and dramatics. He can be reached at



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