February 29, 2008

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Alexis Leon, Kakkanad, Ernakulam alexisleon.com

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His name may appear to place him in the Western world, but Alexis Leon, the author of 41 books on IT, is very much a Malayali.  Though paralysed below the waist following an automobile accident while he was working as an IT professional in TCS, Chennai in 1993, his words keep traveling round the world through his books and other writings.

Following the accident, and consequent switch over to wheelchair mode of existence, he continued his hobby of reading.  At some point this inspired him to pen a book himself. 

His first effort was to author a manual for programmers titled, ‘Customer Information Control Systems: A Complete Book For Application Programmers’.

‘Internet for everybody’, a book written at the time of internet boom in 1997, sold atleast 1 lakh copies.  Similarly, his work on Y2K problem, ‘IBM Mainframe And Year 2000 Solutions’ too had a good reception and was even adopted as a leading text book by training centres.  15 of his books have been published by leading educational publisher, Tata McGraw Hill.

Since 2000, he lives at Kakkanad, Kochi with Mathews, co-author and graphic designer of his books.  Although he restricts his forays into the real world to periodic visits to the hospital, 27 initial years of mobility among flora and fauna has endowed him with enough impressions to venture into even fiction writing.  He is planning to bring out his autobiography, ‘Reinventing The Wheel’ and write a novel based on Kerala since the land reform days.    

While his body had gone through the debilitating process, his mind had passed through the toughening ritual.  It is others who now come to him for solace rather than the other way round.


Courtesy: Cicy Jacob (text), Mathrubhumi, February 20, 2008
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