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Owi Nandi sitting under a Gunnera plant in the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew, London.

Background Information

Owi I. Nandi, son of an Indian father and a Swiss mother, was born in 1966 in Wettingen, Switzerland. He discovered his great love for nature and philosophy early, which continually shines through in his written work. The author is married to Annette Nandi, a kindergarten teacher with great passion for drawing. Owi Nandi studied botany, zoology, and biomathematics in Zurich. In 1997, he completed his doctorate at the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Zurich (his PhD included a comprehensive morphological analysis of flowering plants under the inclusion of molecular biological data, published in renowned journals of botanical science). Owi pursued his studies in phytochemistry, land plant phylogeny, and pharmacology. Together with nature photographer Thomas Marent, he has authored many scientific and popular articles. Owi Nandi was awarded with a lyric award of the National Library of the German Poem (Nationalbibliothek des Deutschsprachigen Gedichtes) in 1998. He ranked within the final winners in several contests on the Internet, such as in,,, Noblehouse Publishers and Owi's English poems will be printed in early 2005 with an American publisher. Hobbies of the author include: ornithology, Chinese medical herbs, traveling, linguistics, and Greek music. The author is currently working as a scientific expert in the field of systematic identification and toxicology of Chinese and Indian medicinal herbs with a renowned small Swiss company. Owi is also interested in dancing, healthy cooking, wines, human evolution, philosophy, and medicine. "Lyrics, even if modern, should sing about those rare feelings that make up the salt of life, that make this path on earth unique..." states Owi Nandi, who would like to share his poems, which he originally published in German, with the English-speaking public. Each piece of Nandi's artwork is set in a silent moment, mostly written after his marriage in 1995 to his love, Annette. Yet the ideas for these lyrics have been collected since his late childhood. Nandi likes to illuminate the uniqueness of creation, and he also adores awakening the senses to the beauty of love and friendship. He has been inspired by many sources, from the simple words of people, close to him to German, English, Greek, Arabic, Russian, Chinese or Indian poets. The author believes in the words of Jesus, and these words shine through in his books. Nandi also greatly values the insights from other philosophies and religions. One of the common threads in Nandi's lyrics is the transience of time, which makes every moment in life so very precious. This may also be one of the reasons why readers of every age and origin find a part of themselves in his poems, and some readers would put his poems as a part of their daily meditations. The author cherishes the free verse of today's lyrics and has chosen to write a variety of lyric and prosaic texts. He plays with line and poem length, punctuation and its absence, and the complexity and simplicities of language. Owi Nandi often illustrates his books with the photographs of his friend, the nature photographer Thomas Marent. Thomas Marent has published the well-known book 'Rainforest' in 2006 with breathtaking pictures of animals, plants and landscapes in these precious ecosystems. Nandi and Marent now plan a new book with poems and high quality photographs, for which they still search for a publisher...

Birth Place
Wettingen,  Switzerland

Owi I. Nandi also works as a Scientist in the fields of systematic botany and comparative linguistics.
His major publication which he coauthored with Dr. Mark W. Chase from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Jodrell Laboratory in Kew, London and Prof. Dr. Peter K. Endress from the University of Zurich is titled:
Nandi OI, Chase MW, Endress PK
A combined cladistic analysis of angiosperms using rbcL and non-molecular data sets ANN MO BOT GARD 85 (1): 137-212 1998.
This contribution to the understanding of the phylogeny of Flowering Plants receives a vivid interest among systematic botanists and is cited very often in Journals and Text books (Cited 134 times in Journal articles as shown in the Web of Science, March 2007).
For his poems Nandi achieved first ranks in numerous internet poetry competitions.
Owi I. Nandi was awarded with a lyric award of the National Library of the German Poem (Nationalbibliothek des Deutschsprachigen Gedichtes) in 1998.

Additional Information

The author speaks or is able to read: Fluently: Swiss German, German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Bengali. Reading: Russian, Chinese, Latin, Sanskrit, Old Greek, New Greek, Rheto-Romanic, Catalan, Provençal, Portugese, Hindi, Polish, Czech, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian. Beginner's Knowledge: Hungarian, Hebrew, Iwrit, Turkish, Basque.

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