"My four years journey through cancer encouraged me to pen my experiences" - Geetha Panike


Geetha Paniker is an author. Her debut book "When I Fell In Love With Life" was published in 2015. She is a retired primary school teacher. She has a unique ability to find beauty around when pain rains on her, and it is this pain that keeps her grounded and humane. She is a teacher at heart, but God and nature are her teachers, and she draws lessons from everything around – from the mist to the mountain top to the dewdrop on a blade of grass. She hails from Anthikad, a village in Trichur, and lives in Chennai.


Q. Characterize yourself in one word?


Q. Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.

Falling in love with myself, after my bilateral cancer.

Q. Briefly, what led up to this book? What were you writing (and getting published, if applicable) before breaking out with this book?

My four years journey through cancer encouraged me to pen my experiences, some of them my innermost thoughts during my traumatic period. It is a rediscovering of my lost soul through my connection to nature. Q. What was the time frame for writing this book? Tell us an interesting detail or two, if applicable. For example, did you finish the first draft after one week?

This is a book that evolved through my four years love story with the creeping crab.

Q. Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in?

Looking back and introspection, I strongly believe that it is my love for nature that helped me break in.

Q. Did you have a platform in place? On this topic, what are you doing to build a platform and gain readership?

My family and friends are my platforms at present. I have to build a larger platform to gain readership. I am grateful to SALISMANIA.com for this exposure.

Q. Favorite novel?

The Notebook by Nicolas Spark.

Q. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?

That I was, is and will always be a rebel.

Q. What’s next?

May be a collection of short stories.

Q. Future of SALISMANIA.com through your eyes?

Based on the viewership and exposure given, I believe SALISMANIA.com has a bright future.