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) These 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 extensively without the regulations and limitations of a journal. All these I could achieve in a paperless, environment friendly way through Smashwords.These are the strong ways to success. Usually authors are happy if many people buy the book and read them. But my success and happiness depend on the attitude of the readers and the scientific community towards the idea I have floated.
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 senility, 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 a better locations. My writing is a tool for this type of transplantation of the idea to another mind. Besides this I do get happiness in sharing my interesting real life experience .
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 or her relevance .Fans give me self confidence , stimulate my imaginations and extract best out of me.I thank all my fans for their encouraging comments. I am happy to see that more and more people are getting interested in my books.
What are you working on next?
When you explore the world around you lots of errors, failures and imperfections are visible. When I look back I see many of my own failures and errors . So I am working on 'The untold experience - the failure stories of last forty five years'. There were several unexpected errors, mistakes and failures. They had changed many things around us. Failures are painful ; but there are lots of learning opportunities in each failure. And failures are much more than success; but often people are silent about own failures. I am trying to recollect my own failures .One can learn from others failures as well. I have already presented part of the collection of failures as TACOPSIA . oration 2012, and hope the completed book of interesting error stories shall be out soon.
Was your book reviewed and why should some body read it?
Yes. 'Eye doctor out of the box' was reviewed by Ms. Sridevi in the national magazine The Week - health dated 9th February 2014.( www.the-week.com) and Dr. Anju S Raju in the Kerala Journal of Ophthalmology March 2014.p.92.(Web site of K.S.O.S. : www.ksos.in)
I want only the adults to read it since the topic is not meant for children. All those who have independent thinking and are concerned with the agonies of old age, cancer and death shall enjoy it. Since it is a combination of lateral thinking in medicine and imagination doctors and paramedical persons may understand it better. Doctors are helpless in treating a mortal human in terminal stage of diseases like cancer. Here is an imagination to make human immortal, not by drinking 'amrith' but by changing genes. And remember great men think imagination is more important than knowledge. One chapter in the book is exclusively for exploring the importance of imaginations.
'Bewitching BHU' was not reviewed so far since it was published in August 2016 only.
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 eyes of patients.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. I have social and family obligations too . My wife needs my care since she has balancing problems following brain surgery and radiation for cancer.
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 cost 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 quarreled with him for his useless exercise. I also have assisted him in his activities and done grafting on mango seedlings. 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 observed various reproductive process in plants and animals and often wondered how young ones are emerging in these living organisms. I had a feeling from child hood that unusual things are possible by genetic manipulation.Besides this we children used to celebrate Onam festival with lot of enthusiasm. The mythological story of Onam describes the transformation of an adult God to a child to eliminate Mavely, the benevolent king of Kerala.The memories of this story might have influenced my thinking of transformation of an adult to two children. All these child hood experience in the farm, home and mythology might have influenced my lateral thoughts as a doctor on human reproduction.
What is the central theme of your book?
The central theme of the book 'Eye doctor out of the box' 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 stems 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 process.The plant is not rewarding the gardener for cutting the branches but is trying to compensate for lost chance for asexual reproduction by attempting sexual reproduction. The old branches are tuned for asexual reproduction and the young branches are tuned for sexual reproduction. And both for asexual reproduction and sexual reproduction the focal place of activity is the node of the stem.Similarly in humans besides the active sexual reproduction an inefficient asexual reproduction is existing which gets activated when sexual reproduction is absent or inefficient as in old age. Cancer of sex organs are much more than cancer of other organs - the focal place of activity for both the types of reproduction seems to be the sex organs. And cancer phobic humans get their uterus,ovary,breast and prostate removed to avoid cancer of these organs. In this book the possibility of development of the hidden rudimentary alternate method of reproduction inherited from the amoeba is discussed.Today there is a drastic reduction in sexual reproduction in humans.Obesity and carcinogenic agents like radiation,tobacco,alcohol etc.reduce fertility and sexual reproduction considerably. And in such situation body tries to compensate it with asexual reproduction.There are many other carcinogenic agents which may be working as the nutrients we add to increase flowering of the rose plants! Cancer occurring in the elderly (often infertile) persons could be an inefficient attempt for asexual reproduction, in another words an error of asexual reproduction. If we can convert this inefficient process to an efficient process of reproduction, cancer and death can be cured! The modern chemotherapeutic agents (ABVD) while selectively inhibiting cancer growth enhance ovum production in women - once more confirming the reproductive link of cancer and its therapy.When one method of reproduction is suppressed the other method gets enhanced by nature. Perhaps the conversion of cancer to binary fission could be the first step towards immortality as well.
The book Bewitching BHU is a travelogue of last century clearly demonstrating that determination and timely bold action can smash through all the road blocks in your journey towards success ,if you have the luck & divine blessings.
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 as Sr. house surgeon at CMC Vellore. This was later published in the proceedings of the 6th Afro Asian Congress of Ophthalmology conducted at Madras. 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 .I had published few articles in news papers and service club bulletins too.
Is it possible for humans to under go binary fission as you have imagined in the book ?
Yes; it is possible, if we have the genes. Once we 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.( Rudimentary form of binary fission gene or a genetic trait do exist in humans and identical twins are formed by binary fission in the womb .) If a small old twig of rose plant can grow into a full fledged young rose plant, if a small egg can become a huge crocodile, if a tadpole swimming in water can become a jumping frog and live on land and if a dirty worm or caterpillar can become a beautiful butterfly drinking honey, 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 (marmoset), a transformation of a middle aged human to two young children by binary fission is not unattainable. We have the know how for creation of transgenic animals with germ line transmission of genes. Binary fission is much more natural than cloning and it is the most primitive form of reproduction. 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 of two unequal living objects (the ovum & sperm) and after fusion both are getting a big extension in their life by way of formation of a human! This is achieved by the process of multiple fission (cell division). If we can make a mirror image type of fission in an adult , the transformation to two young children could be achieved . Fusion,fission and transformation are natural process for the survival of an organism. We have enough stem cells in various organs of the body to help the transformation. The astonishing fact is that so far no body has made any sincere attempt. And without repeated attempt how can we achieve 'binary-transformation'? Science can change both birth and death of humans. 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".
Are you an optimist or pesimist? Why are you always thinking of failures, mistakes,and errors?
I am an optimist. You may understand this , if you read "Bewitching BHU". I was optimistic and could successfully overcome many difficulties during my trip to Varanasi for post graduate admission at BHU.In fact the BHU experience has made me more optimistic. Observing the failures around us is with an intention and desire to convert them to a success story where ever necessary and where ever possible. The fact is that we do not recognise many failures in our system because they are occurring very frequently.Unless and until you look for them you will not see them. When a lady menstruates it is the fatal failure story('funeral procession') of the ovum, even on successful fertilization of the ovum by a sperm millions of sperms fail in their mission and perish, when a miscarriage or abortion occurs it is a failure story of the foetus,When a cesarean section is performed to save the mother and or child it points to the correction of an error of a sexual reproduction process, when an infant and mother die during delivery, it is more than a failure of sexual reproduction, when a premature infant dies in the ICU it is a failed survival story of a new born child, when a child is born with congenital defects it is a failure story of the sexual reproduction, when the toddler falls while trying to walk it is a temporary failure story for the child, and when you and I get an infection like common cold it is the failure story of our immune (defence) system.Our defence system fails to distinguish between our own protein and invading enemy protein as in autoimmune diseases. We get different types of chromosomal anomalies and errors in sexual differentiation. So there are many many failures in our body and our systems . We have seen the rapid increase in diabetic population when there is an increase in diabetologists and their clinics. Similarly as we have more and more ophthalmologists, LASIK centres and spectacle shops, the myopic population increases.Same is true about haemophilia and related genetic coagulation disorders. The diseased people in the population increase as we have better transfusion facilities for the coagulation factors. These are just a few examples of our failures in the disease management and they expose our inability to find a genetic cure for diabetes, myopia (short sight) and haemophilia. The health personals through out the world try to reduce infant mortality rate and increase life expectancy. If we reach zero infant mortality rate and one hundred and fifty years life expectancy the number of invalid,impotent, dependent, handicapped, sick, and chronic patients in the population shall shoot up. This is the paradox of our health parameters and the systems. We have failed to evolve even an appropriate measuring rod to asses the health and happiness of the society. How can I ignore all these defects, failures and errors? Interestingly the system works fairly well in spite of all these failures and errors.
Published 2017-08-14.
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Books by This Author

Bewitching BHU
Price: Free! Words: 9,910. Language: English (Indian dialect). Published: August 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Essay » Sociology
This is a travelogue, a doctor's real life experience of travelling by train to Varanasi from Vellore for writing an examination at B.H.U. This book highlights the interesting events and anxious moments that eventually culminated in selection and successfully completion of post graduate degree course in Ophthalmology. The road blocks during the journey to obtain an M.S. degree are discussed.
Eye Doctor 'Out of the box'
Price: $2.99 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.