My Ships Sailed the Seas, but I Stayed Ashore is a light hearted look at life in the Services; It is an easy read for just about anyone. Capt Mohan Ram has had amazing experiences that he has captured in his own inimitable style in a book which you can read in one sitting in an airport lounge or during a long journey.
The book is replete with simple yet profound incidents in the Captain’s life, which he recounts in his own distinctive, always self-deprecating and humorous manner. He seems to have met the most interesting people including a former Finance Minister of India, during his long and distinguished life, whether it be in London, Paris or Vishakhapatnam. He has an engaging and occasionally irreverent way of telling a story, often throwing in life’s learnings as well.
Amidst all the understated anecdotes, let’s not forget that the Captain is a pioneer in Indian warship design and was honoured with the Vishisht Seva Medal in 1977.
It is old school writing with references to Shakespeare and PG Wodehouse, a throwback to all that is beautiful and memorable about the English language that we all adore. Read this book whether you are young or old, from the services or an ordinary civilian. You will love it and recommend it to the world
Captain N S Mohan Ram has excelled in diverse careers over six decades: Lecturer at IIT, Pioneer warship designer of Indian Navy, Design Chief of India’s premier Shipyard, Profit centre head of three major divisions of a large engineering conglomerate and President of a leading automobile manufacturer, with whom he is still associated in an advisory role. His current passion is development of an infrastructure for recycling scrapped vehicles. He leads the auto industry’s recycling initiatives and is internationally known in the field. He attributes his versatility to hard work, great colleagues, good luck and a sense of humour. He says his mantra of success is enjoyment at work!
His honours include: Vishisht Seva Medal from President of India for services to the Indian Navy, FIE Foundation award for Engineering Management, Distinguished Alumnus award of IIT Kharagpur from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Vaswik award from Mr. Narendra Modi (then Chief Minister of Gujarat).
Captain Mohan Ram has settled down in Bangalore with his retired senior civil servant wife Smt. Vijaya Mohanram IRS (retired)