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 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.
Born in 1959 in Alappuzha. She is now working in S.N College Cherththala and also as a part time researcher in the University of Kerala. Her pen name is Devi Alappuzha.
Amritha's first collection of poems is Agnichchilambu which contains 30 poems. What the Rivers Told the Night (Nadikal Rathriyodu Paranjath), Ninnekkurichezhuthumbol, Janmam Theeruvolam (Until the end of Life), Shilanagaraththile Sandhya are also her works. She has won Patyam Award (2002) and Vennikkulam Award (2005) for What the Rivers Told the Night (Nadikal Rathriyodu Paranjathu) and Abudhabi Shakthi Award (2007) and Muloor Award for Ninnekkurichchezhuthumbol. Amritha's poems are strong and powerful in nature.
Amrita’s poems handle diverse themes in an alluring manner. The poem The One Who Came from the Cross (Kurishil Ninnum Vannavan) expounds the enormity of the almighty’s love. The poet tries to connect this immensity of god’s love with the universe.
Thirakalkku Meethe Nadannavan
Here the tempests in the sea might be an allusion to the commotions in one’s mind. The consoling hands of god which rescues us from the storm can be interpreted as a universal truth. The poem is the realization of heavenly love by a singularity which has nothing but the gold and myrrh of a fatuous life.
Born in Thiruvananthapuram. She received the Rajya Puraskar award for Social service from the Governor in 1986.
Barkkans is her published work. The story with the same title is included here.
Through the story of Shimon Perz and Nadira, the writer tries to project the history of the conflict between Palestine and Israel. Renowned writer P. R. Nadhan says – the writer reveals different perspectives in each story. The story Barkkans has to be singled out. Even though the story takes place in a land strange to Indians, the author is successful in making it apprehensible for everyone through her poetic style.
Born on 1951 June 3 at Puthanangadi, Kottayam. Daughter of Sri. E. C. Kuriakos and Smt. Thankamma Kuriakos. She is a retired Professor.
She writes essays, stories, poems, novels and dramas in both English and Malayalam. She received D. C. Books Kesari Award in 1985 for Ee Thuruthil Njan Thaniye (I am Alone in this Island).
The short story Paniyaram is included here. The story tells about a woman who worked in a Tea factory. Chinnamma comes in search of a woman named Rangamma, but she doesn’t get any information regarding this woman from the Factory employees. At last, an old man named Muniyamma shows her Rangamma’s tomb. Her composition is simple, and yet touching.
Annakutty Palakkeel has been writing poems for twenty years. After an accident that happened in her childhood, she became chronically ill and has to discontinue her education after fifth grade. She lives in Tidanadu Village. Chirakulla Maunam (Winged Silence) is the published work.
Through the poetry collection Chirakulla Maunam (Winged Silence), Annakutty shows us how the combination of loneliness and illness could transform a person. We could see the heart of the poet who admires beauty and finds relief in God. Her hopes and her attempt to overcome the sorrows can be interpreted from her poems. Guru Chaithanyayathi in the preface says that poetry and belief in God has helped Annakutty overcome the hurdles of illness. She does believe that she has the capacity to give more to the world of poetry, so she prays to God to give her more time and health. Chirakula Maunam consists of twenty poems. She has also written novels and plays.
Her poem Theerthayaathra (Pilgrimage) is included here. It reflects her view on life. Her belief that she could spread happiness through her poetry is evident in this poem.
Born on 3-1-1928 at Poovarani in Kottayam. She is a retired high School teacher. Won the first prize in ‘Saasyapoorvam’ competition from the Palai Akshara Shloka Samithi in the year 1986-87.
Annama’s poetry is not a meek lamb or a tender, modest deer that wanders only in lush landscapes. Instead her poetry expresses itself assuming the figure of an angry buffalo. Her poetic sensibility reacts to any life situations. Prof. Ettumanoor Somadasan observes that one can see unrhythmic ripples in her poetry where she tries to identify herself with the deep experiences of life.
The poem “Narakeeyam” (Devilish) from her collection “Abhijatham” (Nobility by Birth) is included here. It is a poem of crime and its trial. There is a very intelligent use of narrative technique here, wherein she enhances the emotional intensity by combining novel as well as old metaphors. Prof. Ettumanoor Somadasan says in his foreword “Her poetic language never slips into anything that breaks the poetic discipline – no clarion calls, no slogans and certainly no didacticism! Here poetry remains as poetry one can never miss the brilliance of her nascent urges such as falling topsy turvy in the heavenly music bliss and splashing blood like lightning.