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Born in the idyllic state of Kerala, also known as India's own "God's Own Country," I graduated in science from the University of Bombay and have a post-graduate diploma in industrial engineering, though I have never worked as an engineer.

I started my career in publishing. I have worked in a number of publications as executive, sub-editor, feature writer, assistant editor, and editor. I was the editor of the monthly magazine Ambit, published by the Bombay Management Association.

I have authored many articles, editorials, features that have been published in various publications. My short stories have been published on the online web magazine One of my short stories "The E-slave" has been ranked tenth in Sulekha's hall of fame and has been read by a record number of visitors.

I can take pride in hailing from a family of writers in the Malayalam language. My great-great granduncle George Mathan Tharakan was a grammarian who wrote the first book of Malayalam grammar called Malayazhmayude Vyakaranam. My granduncle Puthencavu Mathan Tharakan was a poet, novelist, and playwright and my uncle KM Tharakan was a writer, novelist, and critic.

The name "Tharakan" is a title conferred on our family by an erstwhile king of Travancore, Kerala, India. I believe the title died with the monarchy and therefore, out of modesty, or, out of deference to past glories, do not use it, though I am in the direct line of descent.

At present I work as a senior content writer for an American software solutions company. I live in New Bombay with my wife and son.