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A versatile Wondergirl named Ammu…


Ananthara S or “Ammu”, as she is affectionately known, is someone who can capture attention without trying hard. She has accomplished oodles more than her peers, is amazingly talented, and still believes there is a long way to go!

Ammu is a precocious third grader at the Vazhuthacaud Sisuvihar U. P School. Her art and literature have been featured many times on She is quite the poet and all her scribbles have the beauty of seasoned writing in them. Apart from painting her world with crayons and water colors, Ammu has begun experimenting with Photoshop too. She is  also a budding musician who passed the first grade piano exam from London Trinity School of Music. Quite recently, Ammu worked in a short film as well as a feature film to be released in April, “Ms. Lekha Tharoor Kaanunnathe” (“What Ms. Lekha Tharoor Sees”) along with Meera Jasmine, one of the most successful actors in Malayalam cinema. Ammu had also exhibited her paintings some time ago. She has also received an award for the best young artist from Kerala’s Home MInister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan. To view some of her best works visit

With Meera Jasmine on the sets of "Ms. Lekha Tharoor Kannunnathe"

With Meera Jasmine on the sets of “Ms. Lekha Tharoor Kannunnathe”

Little Ammu’s success saga is also a matter of personal pride for our team. She is the daughter of Saju K, Senior Account Executive at ResPublica Consulting, Trivandrum. Some of Ammu’s best creations can be seen at:


A review of “Keys to Success in Life”

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One might assume “Keys To Success In Life” by Fr. Jose Panthaplamthottiyil is a self help book at first glance. As one begins to read, the age old adage of not judging a book by its cover comes to mind. “Joy- filled inspirational selections” is how the author aptly describes the book. Volume 1 brought out by Asian Trading Corporation and the Chavara Hope Foundation is a translated compilation of Fr. Panthaplamthottiyil’s musings on life and its little joys and sorrows over the course of many years. Divided into six parts, each for one month from January to June, the book consists of a thought for each day of the calendar.

Fr. Jose Panthaplamthottiyil CMI is currently serving as the Superior General of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate which has 3000 members including 1710 priests in 30 countries over the world. Fr. Jose served as the Chief Editor of Deepika, the oldest daily in Malayalam.

JOSE_ACHAN3While being the Vice- Principal of Christ College, Bengaluru, he headed its Department of Journalism and taught Political Science. During his Ph. D research in Mass Communication at Marquette University, USA, he was a part time faculty member in the Department of Journalism. He is a columnist and a best- selling author in  the field of inspirational literature.

ResPublica’s personal interest in showing off these inspiring writings comes from the fact that the General Editor is Geordy George, one of Kerala’s best new-gen editors.

He has served as a News Editor at Deepika Daily (Kochi) and Deepika International and currently with RTT News, a US news wire as Editor (Equity). He has been long associated with the ResPublican team, especially in editorial and content related projects. He has implemented ambitious content localisation assignments for Nokia Phones during Nokia’s prime at the Research Headquarters, Finland.

“Keys to Success in Life” is a translated version of Fr. Jose’s Malayalam writings. The English version is sure to reach out to a wider audience after its huge success in the regional language. The book’s success and evergreen appeal shows the average reader’s unusual consistency in devouring the editorial content that has become a prolonged characteristic of Malayalam dailies. There is a surprisingly large reader base for the same even today. The writings are suitable for a reader of any age, caste, creed and background and draws parallels between the short anecdotes and realities, emphasizing the importance of morality, ethics, intelligence and spirituality in human life.