Have you ever slept by the roadside? As a youngster I often spread a mat on my street and lay on my back.” That’s hard to believe when you see S Ramakrishnan at work in his compact flat, updating his website while his wife fondly checks his literary awards for imaginary specks of dust. But the 45-year-old writer from Virudhunagar is matter-of-fact about it. “I came to Chennai 25 years ago, and from the swankiest apartments to the most unimaginable living conditions, I’ve seen