When are we going to join them with eagerness and joy?
Without subjugating anybody even when strong, without hating anybody even when weak;
those who had shown the way and flown in front even long long before to the valleys of peace and tranquility,
they still ask us with compassion,
when will you be joining us?....
how many blood baths more?....
- From Munpe parakkuna pakshikal
C. Radhakrishnan, author, researcher & media person
Ancestral home: Chamravattom 676102 Kerala India
Born: 15 Feb. 1939 at Chamravattom, Tirur, Malappuram, Kerala. Parents: The late Sri. P. Madhavan Nair, veteran freedom-fighter, and C. Janaki Amma. Married to: Smti. Vatsala, d/o the late Sri. T. Gopala Kurup one of the pre-independence-day presidents of erstwhile Malabar District Congress Committee. Son: Dr Gopal, radiologist, living at Kochi with wife Subhadra, an e-professional. Grandsons Harigovind, Navneet Krishnan and Harikrishnan.
EDUCATIONAL Primary: Govt. Lower Primary and Sastha Upper Primary Schools, Chamravattom. Secondary: Achutha Varier High School, Ponnani - Winner of Best Student Gold Medal. Inter: Zamorin's College, Calicut - Winner of Madras University Sharpe Scholarship. Graduation: Physics, Zamorin's College, Calicut - Winner of Top Rank Gold medal. PG: Applied Physics, Govt. Victoria College, Palakad - incomplete. Research (Astrophysics).
GOVT. EMPLOYMENT Scientific Assistant at Astrophysical Observatory, Kodaikanal, 1960-'62. Officer-in-Charge, World-Wide Seismology Centre, Pune, 1962-'64.
PRINT MEDIA, ENGLISH
Spearheaded the Launch Team of Science Today of Times of India, Bombay, 1964-'68. Science Editor of Link Magazine and Patriot Daily, Delhi, 1968-'72.
MALAYALAM PRINT MEDIA
Editor Porul Monthly, 1972-'76. Editor Veekshanam Daily, 1980-'84. Editor-in-Charge of Year-Books and Bhashaposhini, Malayala Manorama, 1994-'97. Design & Packaging Consultant for Madhyamam Publications, 1997-2000.
ELECTRONIC MEDIA Spoken Word and Literary Content Provider for Several Stations of All India Radio. Served on Programme Advisory Committees. Content Provider for Door Darshan and Private Channels.
CREATIVE WRITING, MALAYALAM Won in every literary competition during academic career. Translated Daniel Defoe (M. Flanders) and Lincoln Bernet (Einstein and the Universe) at age seventeen. Contributed popular science and creative copy to leading periodicals ever since. Wrote the first novel at age nineteen, topped the 120 entries to the novel-writing competition organized by the Mathrubhumi Weekly, bagged the prize and, also won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for the year 1962. Sixty more popular titles in various branches of writing, deep in content but simple in style, have followed, won acclaim, enriched the language and have always remained alive in the book market.
Translated David O.Woodbury's Outward Bound for Space in 1962. Organized the Sasthra Sahitya Samithi, a science-writing club, the first of its kind in the country. Took Science Today to success. Managed the 12-volume encyclopedia published by the Writers' Co-operative of Kerala. Continues to write on front-line science, answers kid's questions for a feature of Malayala Manorama.
AMONG LITERARY AWARDS WON ARE NATIONAL SAHITYA AKADEMI AWARD, KERALA SAHITYA
AKADEMI AWARD, VAYALAR AWARD, ODAKKUZHAL AWARD, LALITHAMBIKA AWARD, OLAPPAMANNA AWARD, BALAMANI
AMMA AWARD, ACHUTHA MENON AWARD, ABU DHABI SAKTHI AWARD, C P MENON AWARD, MUTTATHU
VARKEY AWARD, DEVI PRASADAM AWARD, MAHAKAVI G AWARD, PANDIT KARUPPAN AWARD, MULUR
AWARD, PADMAPRABHA AWARD, SANJAYAN AWARD, CHANDU MENON AWARD, BAHRAIN AWARD,
OMAN PRATHIBHA PURASKAR, VALLATHOL SAMMAN, FELLOWSHIP OF KERALA SAHITYA AKADEMI
(Note: This author has been contributing award prize to various charities (the National Sahitya Akademi award, for instance, to the Prime Ministers Relief Fund, the Vayalar Award money to the educational fund of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi, etc.)
WORKS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH Agni (e-book Amazon kindle) Zero (novel) Arnold Heinmann, Patches of Shade (novel) Kerla Sahitya Akademi, Maybe Another Day (novel) National Sahitya Akademi
Patches of Shade is available in French. Many works are available in other Indian languages.
Primary studies on a problem fundamental to astrophysics have been completed in continuation of thought experiments started in 1961. The results have been published entitled Stuff and Style of the Universe. The original research paper and the entire book based on it are available on the web. The first Scientist-President of India has expressed appreciation of the work done, the effort to unify fundamental forces, in particular. The model has attracted world attention and needs follow-up.
Decades-long efforts to know more on the life and times of Thunjath Ezuthachan (16th century) has enabled the author to throw new light on that part of the cultural and social history of Kerala and south India. The work Theekkadal Kadanju Thirumadhuram marks a new era in Malayalam writing.
FORAYS INTO FILM WORLD
Written and directed four feature films in Malayalam beginning with Agni, the first ever film from southern India to form part of the Indian Panorama of Feature Films. The third film he made, Ottayadippathakal, too formed part of Panorama. Both attracted critical acclaim at international festivals including Mannheim and Thashkent. He has written scripts based on several of his other novels.
Presently elected member of the governing body of the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.
Twice elected to the Board of Directors of the Writers' Co-Operative of Kerala. Headed the Board for one term. Member of the first Board of Directors of the Kerala State Film Development Corporation. Member of the National Film Awards jury panel on three occasions. Twice member of jury panels to select Indian Panorama films. Captain of the 1984 march of writers on foot across Kerala.
His works attempt to integrate the cultures of science and the arts, to defeat division of every kind and to herald a unified world. His sincere and upright stand is widely admired.
To details of C Radhakrishnan's books
Theekadal Kadanhu Thirumadhuram
Biography of Thunjathe Ezhuthachan, the renowned poet.
C. Radhakrishnan was conferred the Odakuzhal Award for this work.
The work presents an extremely challenging attempt to sketch Ezhuthachan's life and his creative instinct through the great teacher's own mind and emotions. The story is written mostly as the Author had heard from his grandparents, in correlation with the known history of that period.
Ezhuthachan's real name was Krishnan, but this name has been long forgotten except within the family, as it was not prudent to address teachers by their real name. The great teacher was known widely as "Thunjathe Aniyanezhuthachan" (his elder brother Raman also being a teacher), or simply "Thunjathe Ezhuthachan".
Contrary to a popular belief Ezhuthachan was not born in Thunjan Parambu. But this place is strongly associated with the great teacher, because it was in Thunjan Parambu that the family set up their most famous and influential school.
"Thunjan" was not his name. He was called "Thunjath Ezhuthachan" because the family had resided at Thunjan parambu.
C. Radhakrishnan's work on the Bhagavad Gita
This work was serialized in the Mathrubhumi newspaper.
C. Radhakrishnan has used the knowledge of modern science for a thoroughly critical analysis of ancient wisdom, to bring about a totally different work. No superstitions here. Without any doubt, the book is the first of its kind.
The Author explores in his unique yet simple way, how the ancient Upanishadic wisdom in the Gita would help clear away all sorrows of people anywhere in the world, whatever be their religion or position, and help them face whatever challenges and struggles they may meet with in life with maturity and courage. The Vedantic outlook in day to day life has never been explored as thoroughly as this, ever before.
The Author's essays on Physics -
STUFF AND STYLE OF THE UNIVERSE
The Universe of Pulsations: A Holistic Physical Model
Building upon the idea of three layers of reality for the universe, a comprehensive physical model of the universe is visualized. It facilitates better understanding of radiation, the structure of matter and other physical phenomena and also attempts to explore fresh ground for unifying fundamental forces.
Space is seen as akshara brahma, the substrate from which all matter is born and dissolves back to. Particles of matter are visualized as dynamic packages of it, pulsating within itself powered by purushothama the fundamental energy.
To Stuff and style of the universe The entire work published in the web.
Recent e-book published by Amazon (kindle):
Agni was written in 1963 and published the same year. After twenty-five impressions and serving as text-book for several University courses, it continues to be widely read and discussed. The Author recently trans-created the novel in English for world readership.
Agni in Sanskrit means fire. It tells the story of a remote village of special nativity in simple style and compassionate humour. The backdrop of socio-cultural ambience presented is real and unique to that time period in Kerala. The book analyzes various dimensions of the love / violence equation and presents a delightful reading experience.
The novelette was filmed in 1973. Now a part of the Indian Panorama of Feature Films, Agni has been screened at major international film festivals including Mannheim, Istanbul, Moscow and Locarno.
Details of C Radhakrishnan's books
Read 'Agni' e-book in kindle
Read about C. Radhakrishnan's work "Theekadal Kadanhu Thirumadhuram", and some of the responses to the previous editions
Information about Ezhuthachan from Ulloor's works
Prof. K. P. Narayana Pisharodi's work Thunjathe Acharyan
Granthakshara, Vattezhuthu, Kolezhuthu, Malayanma, Devanagiri and Tamil alphabets
Stuff and style of the universe The entire work published in the web.
the Higg's boson
About the Higg's boson
Some of the key stanzas in the Bhagavad Gita about the stuff of the universe.
The fundamentals of Advaitha philosophy and its practical outlook is explained here
Political history of Malabar given in chronological order
About Ezhuthachan's caste - an article with some evidences