1. Give a brief introduction about yourself.
I was born and brought up in Andhra. Completed schooling with distinction, U.G. with first class and P.G. in Language & Literature with University 5th Rank, out of 614 students from Andhra University, Vizag. Finished M.Phil., with first class from the same University, P.G.D.C.E from University of Hyderabad with distinction and B.Ed. from I.G.N.O.U with distinction. Attended Workshops ,Seminars ,National and International Conference, presented papers and published in International Journal and International E -Journal. Once chaired a session in a National Conference. Contributed articles to a Bi-lingual Journal. During my school days, participated in co-curricular and extra- curricular activities such as Sports, Intra and Inter- School competitions on Recitation, Speech, Essay Writing and Singing. With the encouragement given by my school teachers, I wrote script for Sunday school Christmas, when I was in 7th standard and I continued my passion in Screenplay, Direction and Acting up to degree level. By God's grace, completed 18 years in the field of teaching as H.O.D., both U.G. and P.G.
2. Share with us about the speciality of your native.
My native place is Chirala in Prakasam district, popularly called as 'Little Bombay', as Handloom Industry is predominant here. Famous historical figures like Sri.Pragada Kotaiah, who fought for weavers' rights during Nehru's time, Sri.Duggirala GopalaKrishnaiah, who took part in freedom struggle and Sri.Tanguturi Prakasam , who fought for separate state and separate district [the district is named after him] were born here. Chirala is famous for clothes and all types of sarees. Cashew and Ground nut are grown here. It is located on the sea coast. So, sea food is available in plenty. As I am a gourmet, I can say that delicious food of all varieties is available here.
3. How long you have been living in Chennai and have you faced language problem?
Interesting question. After my marriage, as my husband is native of Chennai, I came here in 2007. At that time I didn't know Tamil, absolutely nothing. Somehow I used to manage with English. The new experience was a little bitter. This, I took it as a challenge. My husband encouraged me to watch programmes in Tamil like - Vanga Pesalam, News in Tamil, Neeya Nana, Tamil Peche-Tamil Moochu and so on. As I already knew three languages -English, Hindi and Telugu, learning fourth language became easy. Now I learnt my husband's tongue too. If I get any doubt in Tamil, at home my husband clarifies and at college my department staff help. Thanks to both of them
4. In your opinion what we need to do to improve the quality of English communication skills of students coming from Tamil medium schools / rural areas?
The students from rural background lack exposure to the demand of English language. To handle students at this stage is a bit challenging. As English teacher I think it is my duty to encourage them to improve their communication skills. I insist the students to read English news paper everyday and watch news in English. In my class what I generally do is, for 45 minutes I teach lesson, remaining 15 minutes, I discuss with them, what is happening in and around the world. I appreciate any student who comes with the news of the day or the previous day. In my classes, I get tremendous response not only from intelligent students but also from below average students. Finally, the golden rule is, teachers should use only English language either in the class or outside the class and encourage them to do the same.
5.Tell us about the first English novel you read and how you felt after reading the book. The first novel I read was Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'. She belongs to early 19th century and in that century women were believed to depend on marriage to secure social standing and economic security. Her novels are composed of a series of quiet, unexceptional events. Human weakness is a prominent element. We can see Miss. Bingley's jealousy and Elizabeth's blind prejudices. It is a good-humoured irony.
6. Pick your favourite 3 writers from the list of 12 writers: Charles Dickens , Thomas Hardy , Ernst Hemingway , Jane Austen , James Faulkner ,Joseph Conrad , Lewis Carroll , John Steenback , James Joyce, Mark Twain , Oscar Wilde , Virginia Woolf. It is difficult to pick only three writers. The writers you have listed are the most eminent writers who left a good treasure of literary work, which resemble not only their genius but also their creativity. And they are selected writers from different nationality [English, American, Irish, and Polish]. As a literature student I read almost all of their writings. In the order of choice, my first favourite writer is Charles Dickens, whose works portray the society's flaws in terms of its blinding greed for money and its neglect of the lower classes of society. I can still remember the non-detailed story, 'Oliver Twist', which I read in my school days. Dickens exposes the cruel treatment of the many orphans in London during his time, including child labour , the recruitment of children as criminals and the presence of street children. My next choice is Ernst Hemingway. I prefer to read 'The Old Man and the Sea 'again and again. I can never forget the characters, Santiago and Manolin. And of course, Jane Austen is my all time favourite.
7. Among non- English writers, who are your favourite Indian and International novelists?
My favourite Indian writers are- 1. Shashi Deshpande , a Sahitya Academy Winner who brings out the inner struggle of women for self-identity, compassion, tolerance and human relationships, [I did my M.Phil., on thematic study of her works].2. Yendamuri Veerendranath in Telugu, who depicts contemporary society with its evils and bureaucracy. Among International novelists, Chinua Achebe, a Nigerian, whose novels focus on the tradition of his society [ Igbo ] , the effect of Christian influences and the clash of Western and traditional African values during and after the colonial era.
8.Share with us about your headship and guidance to the colleagues in the department.
I am a person, who give much importance to discipline in all matters. I am not new to this headship as I started my career as H.O.D. in 1996 and continued till date. When we are straight forward, we get more enemies than friends. Mahatma Gandhi says,'people first argue with you, then they fight with you and finally you win '. It is true in my experience also. It's only self-confidence, which makes you a successful person. As a head, I guide, encourage, instruct and support them. Sometimes they take it positive, sometimes on the contrary. Fortunately, at present I have colleagues in the department who co-operate with me in all aspects
9. Briefly explain your Ph.D. topic.
My topic is "The Contribution of Literatures, Science and Technology to the growth of English Vocabulary". The first lexicographer in English, Dr. Samuel Johnson gave his dictionary on 15 April, 1755 to the world. 173 years later, Oxford English Dictionary was completed. Since then nearly 1500 new words are added to English language from various sources, every year. The common words like cinema, rail and rickshaw are from Hindi. Compound words like loving kindness, kind hearted ,long suffering , peace maker , happy go lucky , scape goat, deep masked , dew dabbled, eleventh hour , precious bane are from literatures and political vocabulary words like , municipality, electioneering, expenditure , federalism and so on. It is quite interesting to know much about this. So I thought it is good to bring all that under one topic. My guide, Dr. A .K. Ramabushanam, the former Dean of our college, supported me in bringing out my ideas effectively.
10.Are you involved in any kind of social service? If yes, tell about it
I am a common person. Mine is a small leap, a little contribution. My father is a retired School Principal and my mother a retired School Teacher. Since my childhood I have been observing them how they used to help poor children to get educated and attend to their needs. Today, almost every student of them is in good position. This has influenced me a lot. I didn't tie up with any organization but as a family, my parents, my sister's family and my family do charity together. From 1996, when I started earning, I also started helping poor students, orphans, widows and old people. During festivals we donate money to charity homes and spend time with them. This gives me true happiness. Last year, during the floods I helped my neighbours by giving them food, money and shelter. So, I educate my students to stretch their helping hands to the needy and prove them as good citizens.