About The Author
Manikantan is the author of “Breeze Past any Interview” and “The Atheist Handbook – A Search Beyond GOD”. He is a data analyst by profession. You can find him as “Data Science for the Lazy” on YouTube and Facebook. He is a TEFL certified English Trainer. He swears by Einstein’s saying – “If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, then you don’t understand it yourself”.
1: What Made you write the book?
My experience of learning grammar has been a very tedious and drab one. I wanted to make learning Grammar fun and interesting. Being a huge fan of the Harry Potter series and Rowling’s writing, I instantly connected Harry Potter to Grammar.
2: How has your life changed after writing the book?
I guess I should answer this question once this book becomes a bestseller.
3: How much time did it take in the process of writing?
I have been spending a few hours a day for the past 1 year to get the book to present shape.
4: Tell us about your favourite books.
Harry Potter aside, I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes’ books by Arthur Conan Doyle and of R.K.Narayan’s books.
5: If you have to describe the book in 3 adjectives, what that would be?
Fun, Easy, Interesting
6 How important Grammar is ?Any fun incident you would like to share?
Incorrect Grammar can make you look as though you are not confident about your core subject matter. Further, wrong Grammar can sometimes lead to conveying incorrect information than the one intended. A joke I came across:
Teacher: Tell me a sentence that starts with an “I”.
Student: I is the….
Teacher: Stop! Never put ‘is’ after an “I”. Always put ‘am’ after an “I”.
Student: OK. I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.
7: A book that had an impact on you, which helped you in writing this one?
I was impressed with ‘Idiot’s Guide to Statistics’, where the author had done an incredibly good job of making a boring subject interesting.
8: Grammar is important, have planned to write a book for adults too where they can improve their language?
I believe this question is based on the assumption that Harry Potter is a book for Children. On the contrary, I feel, Harry Potter is a book for all ages. I would urge all Grammar learners and book readers to read the Harry Potter books, if they have not so far.
9: What’s Next? Are you planning to publish another book?
Data Science has always fascinated me and it is my profession, while English is my passion. I have started working on a book called ‘Data Science for the Lazy.’
10. A message for all the readers.
For readers of English Grammar, it is not necessary for you to know all the rules of Grammar. You need some good easy-to-recall examples that will help you to find the right words and frame the right sentences. I think this book should help you to do that, especially if you are a fan of the Harry Potter series.
11: What is a literary success for you?
Since I am into the non-fiction genre, where I teach a subject, I feel I have been successful when people tell me that I have explained difficult or boring concepts in an easy-to-understand and easy-to-recall manner.