Born on 1995 Sept 16 at Kadameri in Kozhikode. She had her poems published in weeklies like Mathrubhoomi, Balapadapankthi, Eureka, Kudumba Madhyamam, Chandrika Azhchapathipu, Chilla, Thaliru etc. Her published works are two poetry collections titled Puzhyothiya Kadhakal (Stories Narrated by the River) and Marimarinja Chithram (Upturned History). She has been a member in the editorial board of Eureka. Her poem “Marayunna Poomaram” has been included in the C. B. S. E fourth grade text book ‘Thenthulli’. Even at a young age she was no stranger to awards and honours. She received the first Cherusseri Puraskaram in 2008, Kadathanatu Madhaviyamma Puraskaram in 2009 and M. O. John Talent Award in 2009. She is successful in expressing human life crisis in beautiful poetic language. She gives the message that, when faced with reality the dreams we see bursts like bubbles in water.
Born at Kavanattu in Kollam district in 1948. She is a Central Govt. employee. She has received awards for short story writing in at the state, national and international levels. She received the Sakhi Award for her novel Varadevatha (Goddess of the Woods) in 1985. She published a collection of short stories "Mookkuthi" ("Nose Ring") in 1983. Akhila is a prominent contemporary writer whose works regularly appear in magazines and journals. The unique feature of her stories is the delineation of the woes of women and the tragedies of their lives. Her talent shines brilliantly in her poetic style and rich language. The character Sowdamini Cheriyamma in the story Mookkuthi is so touching that it scatters diamond drops of tears in the minds of readers. There is no doubt that the character Sowdamini Cheriyamma will remain in the hearts of the readers forever.
Born in 1958 in Mavelikkara of Alappey district. She is a teacher in Harippad girls’ higher secondary school. She excels both as a teacher and a writer. Her husband Jose Vemmeli is also a poet.
Only a few of her poems have been published. She was rewarded Adhyapaka kala sahithya samithi award in 2007and Chegannoor based Samanuayam kalasahithya samithi award in 2008 for her collection of poems titled Sahana Soochika (Tolerance Index) published by Rainbow books, Chengannoor in 2004.
Each poem of this collection is a part of her personal memory. The poem 'Onam' features the withered dreams of life past. The poet is successful in creating pangs of sorrow in the readers’ mind by associating the festival of Onam with the legends and the lost beauty it reflects now a days.
Onam a memory is an error
The inextinguishable flame
Of a lost dream
That reoccurs every year.
Born on 8 November 1962 in Trivandrum. She is the daughter of Ravi Varma of Neduvakkod Kovilakam and D. Chandrika Varma of Nedumbulla Kovilakam. She practiced music and violin early in her life. She passed Ganabhooshanam and Ganapraveena from Swathi Thirunnal College of Music. She also learnt Ragam, Thanam and Pallavi under the guidance of Mavelikkara Prabhakaran from Sri Chithira Thirunnal School of Music. She also did a Keyboard Grade Course (Carnatic Music) from Tharangini School. She has been working as a violin teacher in Padmabhushan Dr. K.J Yesudas's Tharangini School of Music. She is also working as a teacher in Mookambika Music School. She has also worked as a music teacher in Vishwa Prakash Central School. She has won cash award in Young Talent Programme in violin in 1987 and gold medal from Avittam Thirunnal Library in 1990.
Swararagam, (Lessons in Carnatic Music) is the published work of Ambika.
Swararagam is meant for studying the basics of music. In order to facilitate the study of the basics of music this book has been prepared with details ranging from Sapthaswaras to musical compositions. Music is an art of life. One can acquire noble qualities by practising music. It spreads bliss to all. The book helps to systematise the study of music.
Born in Kollam district on August 1, 1949. She has served as Assistant Editor in the state Bala Sahithya Institute, Translator and Sub- editor in Kerala Bhasha Institute and editorial assistant for five years in the Encyclopaedia Institute.
Abida’s published works are Muthassi Kathakal (Tales of Grandma), Kuttathi Pravum Aniyathi Pravum (Kuttathi Dove and Sister Dove), Kunjipparuvum Ezhangalamarum (Kunjiparu and her Seven Brothers), Anayum Thunnalkaranum (The Elephant and the Tailor), Dolly Ennoru Kunjadu (A Lamb named Dolly), Ammayum Njanum (Mother and Me), Prakrthiyude Chayakkoottukal (Nature’s Palette), Kadine Ariyan (To Know the Forest), Unnikathakal, Julius Caesar , Muthuvum Mathanga Kuttanum (Muthu and the Pumpkin Boy), Pedi Pedi (Fright), Omanikkan Oru Mayil (A Peacock to Caress), Kuruviyum Pon Panthavum (The Bird and the Golden Fire Brand), Pachakkari Vilakal (Vegetables) and Bala Kairali Vijnjanakosham (Bala Kairali Encyclopaedia).
Ee Kilikkootil (In this Bird’s Nest) is a poem which beautifully delineates the different human situations through the life of birds. Birds live in unity and happiness in the nest built using twigs and strands. Suddenly the situation changes.
“In this deserted nest,
Saturated with gloom
And bleeding wounds,
This lonely bird, whose feathers are shed,
Waits for her destiny
In separation, monotony and fear!”
Born in 1990 at Chalakkudi, Thrissur. She is an Engineering student. Achala started writing stories at a very young age. Achala writes essays and poems in English. Her first story was published in Children's Deepika when she was in fourth standard. Achala has published stories, essays and travelogues in 'Thaliru', a children's magazine. Achala's first collection of stories Kurinjiyude Diaryikkurippukal (Kurinji’s Diary) was published when she was in ninth standard. She has won numerous prizes for her creativity at district and state level school youth festivals.
Kurinjiyude Diayarikkurippukal is a collection of selected stories Achala has written during her school days. George Onakkoor in his preface to this book has opined that the stories of Achala bear the imprint of a talented child with unrestricted imagination. The stories in this collection indicate the growth of the writer in Achala. The story Cheriyavante Gunam is an example. The story starts with the opening line “there lived a lion and a rat in a forest" and ends with the moral that even an insignificant man has an important role to play in the society. The story Ormakale Vida (Farewell to Memories) reflects the thoughts of a child who is into his/her youth.
A part from Achala's story Veettilekk Oru Kshanakkathu (An Invitation Letter to Home) which won the fourth prize in the university youth festival is included here. We can see a girl reflecting on her past in the part titled Yathra. The feeling of security in a womb, mother's love and the warmth of relations are being reminisced by the author. These memories make her character compassionate.
Born in Trivandrum on May 27, 1993. Daughter of J. Vimala and Dr. T. G. Das. At the tender age of three, she wrote her first story Neyyappam. When she was five, she wrote her first poem Amma. She published her first collection of nineteen short stories Thenkinnam (Cup of Honey) at the age of six. She has written more than fifty short stories and two hundred poems so far. Thenthullikal (Honey Drops) is a collection of forty-four poems she composed before completing seven years of age.
The poem 'Iswara Nanmakal' ('Kindness of God') from her collection Thenthullikal is an extremely beautiful poem because of its imaginative quality and felicity of composition.
Born in the Tharavathu family in Palghat on April 26 1873 as the daughter of Tharavathu Kumminiyamma and Sankaran Nair. She was the sister of Dr. T. M. Nair. She was a self-made woman who acquired more knowledge in Malayalam and Sanskrit. She married thrice in her life. She rejected the title “Sahithya Sakhi” which the Maharaja of Cochin wished to confer upon her. She also secured a space in the history of Travancore by her by her grave attempt to give shelter to Swadeshabhimani Ramakrishna Pilla and his family when he was banished from the country by Sree Moolam Thirunal, the then Maharaja of Travancore. She expired on June 6, 1936.
Besides authoring a number of books, she had translated many books from Sanskrit and Tamil to Malayalam.
“Komalavalli” is a Malayalam translation of a Tamil book written by Kumbhakonam T. S. Swami, based on an English novel. The twenty seventh chapter of “Komalavalli” is included here. In this novel we see how truth wins in the end breaking down the man made barriers of hypocrisy. The innocent attitude of this fifteen year old girl evoke in the minds of the readers wonder, sadness and a values for truth. We can imbibe from the heroine a number of good qualities like selflessness, service mindedness, compassion, sense of sin, fidelity, contentiousness, assertiveness, chastity, perseverance, stoic suffering, faith in God, discriminative power, boldness and seriousness.
Born in 1895, at Vadakkumthara in Palghat. Daughter of Tharavathu Ammalu Amma and Vadakkumthara Unnikrishna Warriyar. Expired on September 16, 1979.
Her debut work is Veerapatni (Heroic wife) published in 1927. Apart from this novel, she has also written biographies like Andal Charithram (History of Andal), Meerabai and Sreemathi Tharavath Ammalu Amma, a Travelogue - Badharinatha Yathra” (Journey to Badarinath) and a Children’s book named Balabodhini. Clarity in the descriptions of individuals is the unique quality of her biographies. She consistently displays simplicity and honesty in her writings.
An extract from the biography of Tharavathu Ammalu Amma is included here. The author has presented here the life history of her own mother who was a very famous literary figure, with great readability. Ammalu Amma had wished during her life time that her daughter writes her story. But she also wished that the book should only come out only after her death because it was going to be a picture of endless miseries. The daughter has portrayed very clearly and honestly the spiritual life of her mother. The examples and incidents proving Ammalu Amma’s extra ordinary courage during her last days touch the reader’s heart deeply.