This 'Read Ramayana' initiative is the brain child of Sri Krishna Sharma.
He worked briefly as a Lecturer in Mathematics in KITS, Warangal and then for ECIL in Chennai and Hyderabad till 1989. He then migrated to USA and lived there working in the information technology industry till 2018. Since then, he is dedicating his time exclusively to pursue his interests, shuttling between USA and India.
He is a philosopher and social reformer at heart, and is interested in studying civilizations, social structures, psychology, workplace issues, education systems, family management, etc., i.e., both the micro and macro aspects of human nature and existence.
He is currently writing a book on Education Reform, which he likes to follow on by a couple of more books, one on a unfified theoritical foundation for psyhcology, sociology and spirituality, one on the caste structure of India, and another on insights into Indic philosophical and social thought.
Just like many children growing up in India, he grew up hearing the stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata. He was interested from a young age in understanding these stories and relating them to the sociological times when the stories occurred, and comparing them with current sociological conditions. He noticed that some of the observations and advice from these great epics is very relevant even today, but some of them need to be re-interpreted in the modern social context.
In 2012, he decided to turn his casual interest into a concerted effort. He wanted to read and analyze every Single Sloka of the original Valmiki Ramayana in Sanskrit and analyze the meaning of every single word in it, from the sociological and psychological perspective and their relavance to the contemporary times.
Further imagination led him to turn the effort into a formal initiative, with a website and weekly email-based reading program, which has come to be this 'Read Ramayanaa' initiave, through which thousands of people all over the world are fullfilling their dream of reading the original Valmiki Ramayana Sarga by Sarga from the beginning to the end.