Subramani Mani trained as a physician in India and then moved to the US to pursue graduate studies. Currently, he splits his time between his adopted and native lands. He started writing, feeling the urge to share the memories of certain life experiences and perspectives which could not be done within the bounds of normal day-to-day interactions and conversations. He believes that honest story-telling aspiring to uncover the beauty of life can change us, others, and by extension our world, in desirable ways.
Subramani’s stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Charleston Anvil, Umbrella Factory Magazine, New English Review and The Phoenix, among others.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: Tolstoy: Probably the greatest writer that ever lived.
Gorky: I have read his stories ‘First Love’ and ‘One Autumn’ dozens of times. So very touching.
Tagore: I just adore his story ‘Kabuliwala’.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you as a child?
A: Panchatantra stories (Folktales of India)
Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (From a book, film, song, speech…)
A: ‘Nothing is harder on the soul, than the smell of dreams, while they’re evaporating.’ —Mahmoud Darwish
Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?
A: Pick the right word or phrase to express a feeling or a fleeting moment in life to tell a story as I feel it.
As in life, the dead also showcase their inequalities. When I say the dead, I mean the dead bodies, the cadavers. I became aware of these inequities in a strange way when I joined medical school. It was on the stone tables of the anatomy dissection hall that I first noticed these differences. In elementary, …