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About Jai



My name is Sitharaam Jayakumar and my friends call me Jai. I am a fifty-something software professional working in the Indian subsidiary of an Australian multi-national. I am keenly interested in politics, music, cricket, books - both fiction and nonfiction, writing poetry, articles and fictional stories. I am a B-Tech in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT-BHU (formerly IT-BHU). I am an avid reader of books on science. I live in Cochin, Kerala, India with my wife and the joy of our lives, our eleven-year-old daughter. My daughter is in the seventh grade and is a competent violinist. I take a lot of interest in music myself.

I listen to both western and Indian music. Since I belong to a much older generation, my favourite music groups are from the seventies and eighties. These include Olivia Newton-John, Eagles, Queen, Wham etc. I love classical numbers by Simon and Garfunkel. I simply love instrumental music by Santana. I am a Beatles maniac. Among the new crop of musicians, I like Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Tracy Chapman and several others.

I started learning the Keyboard last year and continued with my lessons till a few months back. I made considerable progress with the Keyboard. I am currently taking a small break from the Keyboard classes. I plan to resume them soon.  I used to be a keen cinema buff during my college days but off late I don’t find the time for cinema and the amount of time spent at the movie halls has decreased drastically.

Despite this, I do have my favourite actors and actresses. Among the movies I have watched I find Shawshank Redemption and Titanic the best.  I am a fan of Morgan Freeman, Daniel Craig and Liam Neeson. Among actresses, I am very fond of Meryl Streep, Halle Berry and Julia Roberts. Among yesteryears actresses, I admire the beauty and grace of Ingrid Bergman and Madhu Bala an Indian actress.

The only foreign country I have ever visited is the United Kingdom. My sister works as an ophthalmologist in the National Health Services in the UK which is the reason behind UK being the only foreign country I have ever visited. The other passion of my life is reading. I love all kinds of books. I started reading when I was in my 5th grade. I started with Enid Blyton, graduated to Hardy Boys, Erle Stanley Gardner and followed it up with Agatha Christie, Robert Ludlum and several others. There has been no looking back since then.

During my middle years, I moved over to non-fiction and read a lot of books on Philosophy. I read Bertrand Russel and several others. I found the books by Ayn Rand where she uses fiction to bring out philosophical points of view extremely interesting and thought-provoking. I am still a passionate reader and I am quite sure I will never grow out of the habit.

But my love affair with writing began only last year. There is a bit of a story about how I started writing. Every year, in the month of January the employees of our company celebrate the founding day function of our organization. Normally, there is a cultural program and people sing, dance and several events are conducted. I usually sit among the audience, enjoy the program, have dinner and come back home on these occasions.

In the year 2017, the organisers insisted I perform something on stage as part of the founding day function. Initially, I had no idea what I could do. I have never performed on stage at any time in my life. I asked my close friend who was also the chief organiser for suggestions. He said to me, ‘Jai why don’t you write and present a poem?’ Well, I had never thought of myself as a creative person and immediately dismissed the idea.

But the Sunday just before the function I was sitting in front of my laptop and just for the heck of it tried to write a poem. I came up with a poem based on the antics of my mischievous ten-year-old daughter. I presented the poem at the function and it was a huge success. I put the poem in my blog and ‘Jai’s Writing Retreat’ was born purely as a poetry blog.

The first poem I wrote was to my daughter… you can read the full poem here.

My little princess is ten years old,
when she smiles her eyes sing and dance,
when I hear her laughter and squeals of joy,
in her hands, I am nothing but a toy.

Well, one thing led to another and soon I started writing articles. Then I added some photography. Now for the past seven months, I have been writing nothing but fiction. I have also published a small eBook on Amazon. The eBook is titled ‘Eighty Hours to Save Karen’ and belongs to the thriller fiction genre. The book is available for free reading on Kindle Unlimited. Well, that will be all friends. Thanks for reading patiently.

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