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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:30 am    Post subject: AUTHORS @ SEFI - A weekly Essay Series about author luminaries at SEFI Reply with quote

Dear SEFIans,

Greetings!
In 1946, George Orwell the author of the famed books "1984" and "Animal Farm", wrote an essay "Why I Write". Orwell enumerates in the essay some  major  motives that drive people to write.

ˇ  Sheer egoism- Orwell argues that a writer writes from a "desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, to get your own back on grown-ups who snubbed you in childhood, etc." He says that this is a motive the writer shares with scientists, artists, lawyers - "the whole top crust of humanity" - and that the great mass of humanity, not acutely selfish, after the age of about thirty abandons individual ambition. A minority remains however, determined 'to live their own lives to the end, and writers belong in this class.' Serious writers are vainer than journalists, though "less interested in money".
ˇ  Aesthetic enthusiasm- Orwell explains that the present in writing is the desire to make one's writing look and sound good, having "pleasure in the impact of one sound on another, in the firmness of good prose or the rhythm of a good story." He says that this motive is "very feeble in a lot of writers" but still present in all works of writing.
ˇ  Historical impulse- He sums this up stating this motive is the "desire to see things as they are, to find out true facts and store them up for the use of posterity." (In a structural engineering sense I would rephrase it as wanting to disseminate and share the insight, knowledge and wisdom that one has gained in the field)

At SEFI, we have the privilege of having many members who have distinguished themselves by contributing to the community through writing books in or related to  the field of structural engineering. We tried to find out from them how and why they delved into the field of writing a book or books.
Writing a book is a labour of love. While it is an immensely joyful to see a published book with your name shining brightly on the book cover, the exhilaration  comes at a very heavy price. A book extracts more than a pound of flesh from its author- the sweat and blood of going through the grind of conceptualising a book, the discipline and drudge work of writing the text, sometimes waiting for inspiration to get the right word or the right format for a chapter,  the meticulous drafting of sketches, the mathematical equations which never seem to want to fit into the text at the right place,  the editing,  checking the proofs- the task is so exhausting that most authors when they would finish a book  say, never again! The experience is akin to a   mother who swears never to have another baby after having  just gone through excruciating  labour pains to deliver a baby.

We decided to ask SEFI member-authors to share with us our journey of writing. We have collated a set of essays from the authors and each Monday we will post one essay form one of our author luminaries at SEFI.
We are beginning the series with Dr. N. Subramanian. We all know Dr. Subramanian well. He has written many books on steel and concrete some of which have become standard text books for aspiring and practising engineers. He continues to be a guide, mentor and collaborator to a lot of young engineers. We hope you enjoy reading his journey.

Download Links: https://www.sefindia.org/?q=node/748  or use the link given for pdf file at end of this email.  You can read online using this link  https://sefindia.org/authors/dr_ns.htm

Do let us know how you enjoy this series.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:30 am    Post subject: AUTHORS @ SEFI - A weekly Essay Series about author luminaries at SEFI Reply with quote

sirIntoduction essay itself is excellentWith RegardsJagannadha Kumar M.V.
Associate Professor,
Dept. of Civil Engineering,
B.V.Raju Institute of Technology, Narsapur

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           Dear SEFIans,
Greetings!
In 1946, George Orwell the author of the famed books "1984" and "Animal Farm", wrote an essay "Why I Write". Orwell enumerates in the essay some  major  motives that drive people to write.


ˇ  Sheer egoism- Orwell argues that a writer writes from a "desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, to get your own back on grown-ups who snubbed you in childhood, etc." He says that this is a motive the writer shares with scientists, artists, lawyers - "the whole top crust of humanity" - and that the great mass of humanity, not acutely selfish, after the age of about thirty abandons individual ambition. A minority remains however, determined 'to live their own lives to the end, and writers belong in this class.' Serious writers are vainer than journalists, though "less interested in money".
ˇ  Aesthetic enthusiasm- Orwell explains that the present in writing is the desire to make one's writing look and sound good, having "pleasure in the impact of one sound on another, in the firmness of good prose or the rhythm of a good story." He says that this motive is "very feeble in a lot of writers" but still present in all works of writing.
ˇ  Historical impulse- He sums this up stating this motive is the "desire to see things as they are, to find out true facts and store them up for the use of posterity." (In a structural engineering sense I would rephrase it as wanting to disseminate and share the insight, knowledge and wisdom that one has gained in the field)


At SEFI, we have the privilege of having many members who have distinguished themselves by contributing to the community through writing books in or related to  the field of structural engineering. We tried to find out from them how and why they delved into the field of writing a book or books.
Writing a book is a labour of love. While it is an immensely joyful to see a published book with your name shining brightly on the book cover, the exhilaration  comes at a very heavy price. A book extracts more than a pound of flesh from its author- the sweat and blood of going through the grind of conceptualising a book, the discipline and drudge work of writing the text, sometimes waiting for inspiration to get the right word or the right format for a chapter,  the meticulous drafting of sketches, the mathematical equations which never seem to want to fit into the text at the right place,  the editing,  checking the proofs- the task is so exhausting that most authors when they would finish a book  say, never again! The experience is akin to a   mother who swears never to have another baby after having  just gone through excruciating  labour pains to deliver a baby.
 
We decided to ask SEFI member-authors to share with us our journey of writing. We have collated a set of essays from the authors and each Monday we will post one essay form one of our author luminaries at SEFI.
We are beginning the series with Dr. N. Subramanian. We all know Dr. Subramanian well. He has written many books on steel and concrete some of which have become standard text books for aspiring and practising engineers. He continues to be a guide, mentor and collaborator to a lot of young engineers. We hope you enjoy reading his journey. 


Download Links: https://www.sefindia.org/?q=node/748  or use the link given for pdf file at end of this email.  



Do let us know how you enjoy this series.



 
Best regards,
Alpa Sheth
     



     
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:16 am    Post subject: AUTHORS @ SEFI - A weekly Essay Series about author luminaries at SEFI Reply with quote

Dear SEFIans,

Er. Varyani is one of our most senior SEFIans. He graduated in 1958, much before I would suppose most  SEFIANs  were born. His story as a professional will resonate with  most honest, diligent structural engineers - A life of integrity, humility and passion for engineering without seeking any awards or acknowledgement.


In 2005 Er. Varyani wrote a small autobiographical book on his life as a structural engineer. It has been uploaded on SEFI. It is story, simply told, of his journey of over 45 years in the field of structural engineering.


We reproduce an excerpt from the book. Download Links: https://www.sefindia.org/?q=node/748  or use the link given for pdf file at end of this email.  Or read online using this link https://www.sefindia.org/authors/uh_varyani.htm


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Dear Ms. Alpa Sheth,

I have read the first of AUTHORS @ SEFI series about Dr. N. Subramanian. Dr. Subramanian is really great to author 25 voluminous books which have been very informative and useful to many.  

It is nice of SEFI to bring about the new series by which Sefians will come to know about their members who are Authors.

My congratulations to Dr. Subramanian.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:43 am    Post subject: Re: AUTHORS @ SEFI - A weekly Essay Series about author luminaries at SEFI Reply with quote

jagannadhakumar wrote:
sirIntoduction essay itself is excellentWith RegardsJagannadha Kumar M.V.
Associate Professor,
Dept. of Civil Engineering,
B.V.Raju Institute of Technology, Narsapur

jagannadhakumar.mv@bvrit.ac.in (jagannadhakumar.mv@bvrit.ac.in)
greenkumar65@gmail.com (greenkumar65@gmail.com)
+91-9182119071
+91-9848281071


Good to see Dr.N.S Introduction essay. I know Dr. N.S for the past 35 years. A great Engineer with excellent knowledge and behavior. His contribution to Engineering field is highly appreciable.














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            Dear SEFIans,
Greetings!
In 1946, George Orwell the author of the famed books "1984" and "Animal Farm", wrote an essay "Why I Write". Orwell enumerates in the essay some  major  motives that drive people to write.


ˇ  Sheer egoism- Orwell argues that a writer writes from a "desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, to get your own back on grown-ups who snubbed you in childhood, etc." He says that this is a motive the writer shares with scientists, artists, lawyers - "the whole top crust of humanity" - and that the great mass of humanity, not acutely selfish, after the age of about thirty abandons individual ambition. A minority remains however, determined 'to live their own lives to the end, and writers belong in this class.' Serious writers are vainer than journalists, though "less interested in money".
ˇ  Aesthetic enthusiasm- Orwell explains that the present in writing is the desire to make one's writing look and sound good, having "pleasure in the impact of one sound on another, in the firmness of good prose or the rhythm of a good story." He says that this motive is "very feeble in a lot of writers" but still present in all works of writing.
ˇ  Historical impulse- He sums this up stating this motive is the "desire to see things as they are, to find out true facts and store them up for the use of posterity." (In a structural engineering sense I would rephrase it as wanting to disseminate and share the insight, knowledge and wisdom that one has gained in the field)


At SEFI, we have the privilege of having many members who have distinguished themselves by contributing to the community through writing books in or related to  the field of structural engineering. We tried to find out from them how and why they delved into the field of writing a book or books.
Writing a book is a labour of love. While it is an immensely joyful to see a published book with your name shining brightly on the book cover, the exhilaration  comes at a very heavy price. A book extracts more than a pound of flesh from its author- the sweat and blood of going through the grind of conceptualising a book, the discipline and drudge work of writing the text, sometimes waiting for inspiration to get the right word or the right format for a chapter,  the meticulous drafting of sketches, the mathematical equations which never seem to want to fit into the text at the right place,  the editing,  checking the proofs- the task is so exhausting that most authors when they would finish a book  say, never again! The experience is akin to a   mother who swears never to have another baby after having  just gone through excruciating  labour pains to deliver a baby.

We decided to ask SEFI member-authors to share with us our journey of writing. We have collated a set of essays from the authors and each Monday we will post one essay form one of our author luminaries at SEFI.
We are beginning the series with Dr. N. Subramanian. We all know Dr. Subramanian well. He has written many books on steel and concrete some of which have become standard text books for aspiring and practising engineers. He continues to be a guide, mentor and collaborator to a lot of young engineers. We hope you enjoy reading his journey.


Download Links: https://www.sefindia.org/?q=node/748  or use the link given for pdf file at end of this email.  



Do let us know how you enjoy this series.




Best regards,
Alpa Sheth
     



     
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:30 am    Post subject: AUTHORS @ SEFI - A weekly Essay Series about author luminaries at SEFI Reply with quote

Dear All,
Dr . N. Subramanian is an outstanding Civil and Structural Engineer. He is fortunate to have experience of professional structural engineer and academician which is not very common.. I had interacted with him through SEFI forum over the years and through our friend Vivek. His books on “Design of Steel structures” and “Design of concrete structures” are very popular and useful to design engineers. For the last five years he is writing a series of articles in our (Indian Society of Structural Engineers) ISSE Journal on Gems of Structural Engineering. The information on outstanding structural engineers and their work is presented in a concise write up which is admired by many of our members.
Congratulations Dr. N Subramanian for writing very useful civil engineering books.
For more information on our publications and articles , you may visit our website www.isse.org.in

Regards.

Hemant Vadalkar
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Hon. Secretary ISSE
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B-703, New Samadhan CHS, Senapati Bapat Road,
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nurat wrote:
jagannadhakumar wrote:
sirIntoduction essay itself is excellentWith RegardsJagannadha Kumar M.V.
Associate Professor,
Dept. of Civil Engineering,
B.V.Raju Institute of Technology, Narsapur

jagannadhakumar.mv@bvrit.ac.in (jagannadhakumar.mv@bvrit.ac.in)
greenkumar65@gmail.com (greenkumar65@gmail.com)
+91-9182119071
+91-9848281071


Good to see Dr.N.S Introduction essay. I know Dr. N.S for the past 35 years. A great Engineer with excellent knowledge and behavior. His contribution to Engineering field is highly appreciable.














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            Dear SEFIans,
Greetings!
In 1946, George Orwell the author of the famed books "1984" and "Animal Farm", wrote an essay "Why I Write". Orwell enumerates in the essay some  major  motives that drive people to write.


ˇ  Sheer egoism- Orwell argues that a writer writes from a "desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, to get your own back on grown-ups who snubbed you in childhood, etc." He says that this is a motive the writer shares with scientists, artists, lawyers - "the whole top crust of humanity" - and that the great mass of humanity, not acutely selfish, after the age of about thirty abandons individual ambition. A minority remains however, determined 'to live their own lives to the end, and writers belong in this class.' Serious writers are vainer than journalists, though "less interested in money".
ˇ  Aesthetic enthusiasm- Orwell explains that the present in writing is the desire to make one's writing look and sound good, having "pleasure in the impact of one sound on another, in the firmness of good prose or the rhythm of a good story." He says that this motive is "very feeble in a lot of writers" but still present in all works of writing.
ˇ  Historical impulse- He sums this up stating this motive is the "desire to see things as they are, to find out true facts and store them up for the use of posterity." (In a structural engineering sense I would rephrase it as wanting to disseminate and share the insight, knowledge and wisdom that one has gained in the field)


At SEFI, we have the privilege of having many members who have distinguished themselves by contributing to the community through writing books in or related to  the field of structural engineering. We tried to find out from them how and why they delved into the field of writing a book or books.
Writing a book is a labour of love. While it is an immensely joyful to see a published book with your name shining brightly on the book cover, the exhilaration  comes at a very heavy price. A book extracts more than a pound of flesh from its author- the sweat and blood of going through the grind of conceptualising a book, the discipline and drudge work of writing the text, sometimes waiting for inspiration to get the right word or the right format for a chapter,  the meticulous drafting of sketches, the mathematical equations which never seem to want to fit into the text at the right place,  the editing,  checking the proofs- the task is so exhausting that most authors when they would finish a book  say, never again! The experience is akin to a   mother who swears never to have another baby after having  just gone through excruciating  labour pains to deliver a baby.

We decided to ask SEFI member-authors to share with us our journey of writing. We have collated a set of essays from the authors and each Monday we will post one essay form one of our author luminaries at SEFI.
We are beginning the series with Dr. N. Subramanian. We all know Dr. Subramanian well. He has written many books on steel and concrete some of which have become standard text books for aspiring and practising engineers. He continues to be a guide, mentor and collaborator to a lot of young engineers. We hope you enjoy reading his journey.


Download Links: https://www.sefindia.org/?q=node/748  or use the link given for pdf file at end of this email.  



Do let us know how you enjoy this series.




Best regards,
Alpa Sheth
     





I am sorry I did not mentioned my Identity while writing about Dr.N.S.

T.K.Ramdas ,Tech Advisor, M/S Sarnath Consultants
Chennai 600 017, sarnath.consultants@gmail.com    
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:01 am    Post subject: AUTHORS @ SEFI - A weekly Essay Series about author luminaries at SEFI Reply with quote

I and all our fraternity of civil engineers may agree to this Dr. Subramanian is an outstanding Civil and Structural Engineer. I had both the books of Dr. N. Subramanian which has cover most of the latest information on structural steel as well about RCC structure. And his latest book on building materials testing and sustainability which Heamnt Vadalkar  have review in our ISSE Journal (book review section) is will be very useful and its should be in every engineers book library.
Dr. N. Subramanian congratulations and thankful to all civil engineers for sharing the knowledge through books.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:39 am    Post subject: Re: AUTHORS @ SEFI - A weekly Essay Series about author luminaries at SEFI Reply with quote

Dear Er Alpa Sheth,

Thank you so much for your interesting essay on publishing books and for choosing me as the first person in this series!

I liked the following sentences written by you "Writing a book is a labour of love.  A book extracts more than a pound of flesh from its author- the sweat and blood of going through the grind of conceptualising a book, the discipline and drudge work of writing the text, sometimes waiting for inspiration to get the right word or the right format for a chapter,  the meticulous drafting of sketches, the mathematical equations which never seem to want to fit into the text at the right place,  the editing,  checking the proofs- the task is so exhausting that most authors when they would finish a book  say, never again! The experience is akin to a   mother who swears never to have another baby after having  just gone through excruciating  labour pains to deliver a baby."

Though mothers may experience more pain and labour than authors, authors may have to endure the anticipation for more than 10 months and in some cases several years before the book is published. Now-a-days it is also difficult to get a publisher who is willing to publish your book, even though they take the maximum amount of money and the author, who toils hard from meticulous writing, proof reading, providing even slides and solution manuals (The teachers need to do only minimal work now-a-days) etc., gets only about 10% royalty on the books sold! In some cases the royalty may even be as low as 6%.


Looking forward to reading the experiences of other authors in our group!

Warm Regards and best wishes
Subramanian



sefi_admin wrote:
Dear SEFIans,

Greetings!
In 1946, George Orwell the author of the famed books "1984" and "Animal Farm", wrote an essay "Why I Write". Orwell enumerates in the essay some  major  motives that drive people to write.

ˇ  Sheer egoism- Orwell argues that a writer writes from a "desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, to get your own back on grown-ups who snubbed you in childhood, etc." He says that this is a motive the writer shares with scientists, artists, lawyers - "the whole top crust of humanity" - and that the great mass of humanity, not acutely selfish, after the age of about thirty abandons individual ambition. A minority remains however, determined 'to live their own lives to the end, and writers belong in this class.' Serious writers are vainer than journalists, though "less interested in money".....

Download Links: https://www.sefindia.org/?q=node/748  or use the link given for pdf file at end of this email.  

Do let us know how you enjoy this series.

Best regards,
Alpa Sheth

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Dear All,

I thank my friends and senior engineers Er. Prabhakar, and Er. Hemant Vadalkar and also Er. R. S. Satam for their kind words about me and also about my books.

Regards,
Subramanian
rangass70 wrote:
I and all our fraternity of civil engineers may agree to this Dr. Subramanian is an outstanding Civil and Structural Engineer. I had both the books of Dr. N. Subramanian which has cover most of the latest information on structural steel as well about RCC structure. And his latest book on building materials testing and sustainability which Heamnt Vadalkar  have review in our ISSE Journal (book review section) is will be very useful and its should be in every engineers book library.
Dr. N. Subramanian congratulations and thankful to all civil engineers for sharing the knowledge through books.

Regards
R. S. Satam
Structural Engineer
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Strucon Engineering Consultancy Services
F-171A Dreams The Mall, LBS rd.
Bhandup(W), Mumbai400078.
Email: rangass70@gmail.com
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