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.