Interview with Ittyerah Tholath

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It was my intense desire to make people know about my out of the box thinking and the best tool for that was to publish my views and ideas in a book form. Even though part of my out of the box thoughts were published in the Journal of American Geriatric society in 2010 the article was very abridged and with very limited exposure.(Is there an alternative process to aging and death?.JAGS. Jan. 2010,vol.58,No.1,P.187) This limitations in size and exposure were over come by publishing the book through smash words. Now it reaches not only medical men but also to ordinary people on the street.When it is a book I could discuss the ideas and thoughts more extensively without the regulations and limitations of a journal. All these I could achieve in an environment friendly way through Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Joy for writing is the feeling that what ever I have written is going to help mankind tomorrow or day after tomorrow. When some body enjoys reading the book I get a sense of satisfaction or pleasure out of it, like the professional satisfaction I derive when a patient is cured of his / her disease. Besides this I derive happiness when my dreams are shared with others. Even though I do not have the technology to do what ever I have envisaged I still feel that some body else will do it in a future date and avoid the great tragedies of mankind; the old age, cancer & death. I feel that some amount of imagination is essential to give directions for research and to acquire new knowledge.Writing for me also means expression of my new ideas. Ideas are like seedlings in a nursery. They have to be transplanted from the nursery to better locations. My writing is a tool for this type of transplantation of the idea to another mind.
What do your fans mean to you?
As an author I have an existence because of the readers and fans. There is no pleasure in becoming an author without readers. For any author fans are the great boost for further writing in quality and quantity.. If there is no reader the author looses his relevance and disappears from the globe.Fans give me self confidence , stimulates my imaginations and extract best out of me.
What are you working on next?
Working on My Banaras, - a travelogue & 'The untold experience - the failure stories of last forty two years'.
Was your book reviewed by any body?
Yes.It was reviewed by Ms. Sridevi in the national magazine The Week - health dated 9th February 2014.( and Dr. Anju S Raju in the Kerala Journal of Ophthalmology March 2014.p.92.(Web site of K.S.O.S. :
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Writing is not my main activity.I am a practicing eye surgeon. Patient care is my main activity. This involves examination of patients and prescribing medicines,spectacles etc. as well as doing LASER, surgery etc. on patients eyes.There is always shortage of time for writing and I write articles in the night so that when time overshoot it will be only on my sleep time. Besides this I have social and family obligations . My wife needs my care since she has residual brain problems after her recovery from brain cancer surgery and radiation.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small agricultural family as the only child of my parents.My father used to experiment with different agricultural techniques.He made natural hybrid coconut seedlings at home. He used to do grafting of mango trees & budding of rose plants.He used to develop his own hybrid poultry. Even today I have hybrid and uncommon plants at home he has planted. He used to collect and develop peculiar plants for the fun of it and supply free of coast to his friends. He used to travel to distant farms and bring seed lings and eggs of birds and experiment with them. Often my mother quarrel with him for his useless exercise. I also have assisted him in his activities and done grafting on mango seed lings. During my school days we were living in the village in a 7 acre farm land. My father cross breaded black ( Minorca) cock foul with white (Leghorn) hen. The new chicken hatched out were white with black dots.When they grew up laid more eggs than the white mother. When I joined in Medical college my father sold the farm and we shifted to the traditional house we inherited from my grand father( a school teacher) in the small municipal town Kunnamkulam. I had a feeling from child hood that unusual things are possible by genetic manipulation.
What is the central theme of your book?
The central theme of the book is to eliminate human sufferings due to age and geriatric disease especially cancer.Many organisms have more than one method of reproduction functioning ; but in some organisms only one method could be active. There are many plants around us having asexual reproduction from their stem or roots, produce flowers but cannot produce seeds,or seedlings. We get more flowers from the rose plant when we cut and remove the old stem, because we are blocking the natural asexual reproduction. The plant tries to compensate for lost chance for asexual reproduction by sexual reproduction. Similarly in humans besides the active sexual reproduction an inefficient asexual reproduction is existing which gets activated when sexual reproduction becomes inefficient. In this book the possibility of development of this hidden rudimentary alternate method of reproduction inherited from the amoeba is discussed. It could be an attempt for immortality as well.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing scientific papers and were published in scientific journal. Probably I stared in the year 1971 on ocular parasites, when I was working at CMC Vellore. My first ophthalmology case report was published in the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology in the year 1976. Later as the editor of three different scientific journal at different times I was always exposed to scientific writing. The fiction writing for me is only an extension of scientific writing. In science fiction writing the material is of scientific background with an element of imagination. When I write often the imaginations can have a scientific basis .
Is it possible for humans to under go binary fission as you have imagined in the book ?
Yes; it is possible, if you have the genes. Once you get the genes for binary fission, binary fission for humans shall be possible. Getting the binary fission genes incorporated in human genome is a task humans can achieve soon.( A rudimentary form of binary fission gene do exist in humans.) If a small egg can become a huge crocodile, if a swimming tadpole in water can become a jumping frog on land and if a dirty worm or caterpillar can become a beautiful honey drinking butterfly, in nature wonders are possible. If man can create genetically modified glowing animals like glowing fish,glowing sheep,glowing rabbit,glowing cat, glowing dog,and even glowing monkey a transformation of a middle aged man to two young children by binary fission is not unattainable. If you have the dream,desire and drive to do the impossible binary fission of human is with in our reach. There are many living organisms with more than one method of reproduction. Binary fission could be an additional mode of reproduction for us and save us from senility.We start with fusion;and we can transform by fission. Both are natural process. The astonishing fact is that so far no body has made any sincere attempt; and without repeated attempt how can we achieve it? Science can change birth and death, Please remember, according to Charles Darwin " it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science"
Published 2016-01-21.
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Eye Doctor 'Out of the box'
Price: $2.92 USD. Words: 27,770. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Medical
A harmonious fusion of imagination with knowledge aimed at eliminating old age sufferings and achieving youthful life. Included in this is a brilliant 'out of box' idea to tame cancer. A by-product of the implementation of this out of the box idea, could be an escape from death!Here is a better substitute for longevity and old age extension. The young age is extended and doubled by binary fission.