Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar M.D.,
Biography of Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar M.D.,
Original name: Dr.CELESTINE A.RAJ MANOHAR M.D.,
eighth child and second son of father (late) Shri.A.T.Antoniswami M.A., L.T., of Trichy(retd Teacher and Naval officer) and mother Mrs.Stella Thangamarie of Trichy(house-wife) was born on Valentine's day of 1957 at Coimbatore of devout Roman Catholic Tamilian parents with well-educated siblings; He received excellent english -medium education at Carmel Garden Matriculation School, Coimbatore; completed his M.B.B.S., at Coimbatore Medical College, Coimbatore in Dec 1979; M.D.(General Medicine) in March 1989 at Coimbatore Medical College, Coimbatore; The poet started writing English poetry serendipitous and voluminously since May,1998, synchronous with India's Pokhran II Blasts as an avocation and quickly went on to publish his two early booklets of poems entitled ' The English Poetry of a new Indian Doctor-Poet' volumes I&II under the pen-name of DR JOHN CELES. The poet has been working as a physician and is presently the HOD and Chief MI UNIT at IRT Perundurai Medical College, Perundurai, Erode, Tamilnadu, India since August 1995 till date, after working earlier as a Medical teacher at PSGIMS&R, Coimbatore since Jan 1989.He has written a number of genres and styles but specialises in Sonnet-writing especially of the Shakespearean style. He has submitted more than 1150 sonnets (world's leading number of on-line published) at www.poemhunter.com and also at www.poettext.com; ndtv.com poetry corner; hangtide.com; Thepoetsroadhouse.com; Kavitanjali.com; poetry.com and has published some at voicesnet; poetsonly.com and other web-sites.Although he applied for a Guinness Book of World Records entry for his unique work, 'there is no section for literature and poetry- was the reply! ' The poet continues to write albeit at a slower speed and is about to publish his major book of poems soon.His aim in life is to become a Nobel Laureate in literature for India soon! POETRY is a gift of God given to a select few; His poetry has mainly been one of Inspiration; Poets can change the world and make it better! Poetry is the best medium of communication from heart to heart! Most of his sonnets were written within ten minutes and typed out soon after! He has also written about 8000 lines of his Autobiography (incomplete) in heroic couplet style.His total number of poems written till date is well over 4500! He has rendered his poems at various gatherings to medical-men. He has written more than 150 poems in relation to Medicine! Dr John Celes is a versatile person and prefers a humble, quiet God-fearing life.
First and foremost thanks to GOD, LORD ALMIGHTY for bestowing the gift of the Muse!
Dr John Celes records his special, heart-felt thanks to the 'great souls that gave birth to and rear the www.poemhunter.com website' for giving him the international limelight online as a poet. And that is the primal reason, he has submitted a colossal third of his poetic compositions here- so that readers will read, enjoy and learn how a poet is made(although he be born) and get inspired in the same way as Dr John Celes had been- and become a 'useful Muse' to the world!
'After all, Poetry should help mankind lead improved lives and realise the supreme love of the Creator'
Special gratitude to my most wonderful parents who brought me forth into this world with love and cared for me with exemplary fortitude.
Special gratitude to all my siblings, wife and children, teachers and good souls who suffered along with me in life on earth during the many hours of my ' aloofness and compositions in solitude'.
'GOD BLESS THIS WORLD AND MANKIND.'
My 1600th poem was submitted at poemhunter on 4-5-2007
My 1771th poem was submitted on 6-17-2007
Bible in Poetry: gospels of St. Mark, Matthew, John and Luke and some stories in the OT were versified in April '07 onwards.It was a unique experiment which helped me understand some difficulties involved.Hence, I was able to give just rhythm and metre and rarely rhyme and looks quite musical, melodious...
On 13th of October,2008, God chose him to be the Dean of a Medical college, for a long period of nearly 6.4yrs! God has finally exalted him in the very place where he had been humbled! Thanks and glory be to God.
Retired by the grace of God HONORABLY on 28-02-2015 and works in CBE.
my 4000th poem was written in Dec.2015, another milestone in my poesy that inspires me to go on farther.
Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar M.D.,'s Works:
The English Poetry of a new Indian doctor Poet DR JOHN CELES Vol I &II feb &may 1999 respectively
Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar M.D., Poems
Sonnet: A Lost Friendship
You were my friend then: now almost stranger! Our friendship appeared once very glorious; What happened meantime, gives me great anger; Our friendship no longer remains serious.
Love is not of minds alone; Love is not of hearts that yearn; Love is not of bodies entwined; Love is more than the finest wine!
Respect your elders all if they deserve; Respect your servants too who you well serve; Respect your father for tilling the soil; Respect your mother for her love and toil.
Sonnet: On School-Life
First day we stepped into a school was great- In uniform with school-bag, looking cute! We could not walk or run and had a slate; We learnt to read and write and be not mute.
Retirement? Retire man, so what! ’Tis just a natural thing That many tend to do.
Sonnet: The Magic Of Poverty
A birth in poverty is luck supreme! A death in poverty, a great blessing; A life of poverty is rare a dream; Achievements great, stark poverty can bring.
Sonnet: Change You Can But…
Change you can your hair color, not your skin; Change you can your smile and grin: not your eyes; Change you can your sex partners, not your kin; Change you can your sinful life: Be soul-wise!
Sonnet: True Faith
Yes, faith can lift a mountain from its base! Yes, faith can turn a river off its course; Yes, faith can win an impossible race! Yes, faith can calm a lion as he roars!
Sonnet: The Man Of Pride
O man of pride, do come down from your heights! ’Tis lonely sitting in a chair like that; The dizziness could cause you sleepless nights; Please condescend, come down to us to chat.
Sonnet: Don’t Blame Nature
Why challenge Mother Nature, man, in vain? Accept her superiority and pow’r; One can’t traverse with equal speed each lane; Take blame for every flood, wind, drought and show’r!
If we can laugh, our heart-aches disappear! Our minds become freed off tensions and stress; If we make others laugh, they lose their fear, And become dear, starting to us caress.
When trust is lost, how can things move forward? When love is lost, how can friendship remain? When hope is lost, living remains awkward; When fairness lost, most men could turn insane!
A Poetic Tribute To Shri. Apj Abdul Kala...
Aim for the moon, if not the Mars; Aim for the stars but avoid wars; Aim for frontiers, without a fence; Aim for world-peace, co-existence.
A Tree Speaks Out!
I’m born from seed within the earth, That’s watered by the sky; And once the sun bathed me with heat, Lo! I’m a seedling made.
Sonnet- My Advice To All
'Just start your life afresh, Forget your past.'
'Its bitterness, griefs, struggles, woes and all, '
The Snail must be off its shell-home at last;
For everything, don't ever build a wall.
The world is good and bad; What can we do?
We cannot go against the tide for long;
But, if you can, nothing can prevent you;
From singing happy or a plaintive song.