Geetha was born on 21 may 1960 in Chirayinkeezhu, Thiruvananthapuram. She is working in the Chirayinkeezhu branch of State Bank of Tranvancore.
Geetha’s published work is a collection of short stories titled Veyilnalangal (Sunrays). The realities of life are often arid as a desert. The characters meditatively wait for the blossoms of love and compassion to bloom on those arid lands. They dream about sprouts of hopes even amidst desolation and depressions. The story ‘Kanjiramarangal’ (‘Strychnine trees’) is included here. The story is about a mother who waits for her son every evening at his grave under the five strychnine trees at the southern corner of her land.
Geetha Krishna is a native of Kottayam district. She holds a postgraduate degree in Home management from St. Theresas College, Ernakulum. Her published work is titled Grihabharanam (Home Management).
The book narrates the essential information for managing a house. Family is the most important factor influencing the character formation of any individual. Also home is the place where we spend most of our time. The responsibility of creating a joyful and orderly family life predominantly lies on the shoulders of women. For that, knowledge as well as experience is essential. The book gives a clear idea as to how things can be controlled in a home, how a home can be kept clean and how we should conduct ourselves in dangerous situations.
Dr. Geetha was born in Neeleswaram of Kasaragod district. She is the daughter of M. P. Madhavan Namboothiri and Devaki Antharjanam. She received her doctoral degree from Calicut University in 2008 under the guidance of R. Rajagopalan. Dr. Geetha is working as a Malayalam teacher in Mahakavi Kuttamath Memorial High School. She has penned articles in Nattarivu (Rural wisdom) book series of D. C. Books and Jeevithavum Samskaravum (Life and Culture) series of folklore Academy. Dr. Geetha’s published work is titled “Malaya Samudayathinte Natoti Vijnanam" ("The Indigenous Knowledge of Malaya Community"). The importance of the book lies in the fact that it depicts the high level prospective of visual arts of about seventeen thousand Malaya communities from Kasaragod to Badagara. The study reveals that each small community has their own concrete art culture. The book is an answer to the question about the relevance of folklore in this modern era where ritualistic performances are entertained only as visual delights. The former part of the chapter titled 'Malayarude Swathvaparisaram' ('Indigenous surroundings of Malaya community') is included here. The origin of the word Malayan is examined . The author proves that the word Malayan means someone living on mountains.
Gita Hiranyan was born in 1958 in Kottavattom near Kottarakara. She is a poet and short story writer and prior to her marriage was known as Gita Potti in which name she began to write. She got married to the writer Hiranyan and was a lecturer in Govt. College. She died when she was just 44 years old.
She acquired a place among Malayalam writers by dint of her talent and her choice of topics of current relevance. In the short story competition organized by Mathrubhoomi weekly, in 1979 for the Vishu Festival, Gita Hiranyan’s story Deerkhapangan got the consolation prize. For a long spell, Gita Hiranyan did not write. However she nursed a deep love for writing in her heart which she expressed thus: “Words are my only treasure- a treasure I’ve not disclosed to anyone.”
In 1995, the first volume of her collected short stories, Otta Snappil Othukkanavilla Oru Janma Sathyam was published. Sri. M. T. Vasudevan Nair who wrote the introduction wrote: “These stories have been formed naturally, like the changing seasons and without any hint of labor. They are those who transcend existing frame works and techniques that have been in place over the years. In the conflicts of life depicted here there has been peaceful rebellion that do not clamoured for attention. As one finishes reading each story, one is left with the strange feeling that a revision is required for lives that have often been taken for granted. “
It is Gita Hiranyan’s The Disjointed Self that has been included here. The story written in 1999 is included in the collection of the same title. It is the story of Smitha who is poor though of the upper caste. She is being educated by a relative and is sent to college. One cannot but be grateful to the relative. Whenever her other relatives get the opportunity they remind her that she has to be grateful.
“It’s not for free. For this, we’ve had to work physically,” retorts Smitha. Even the mother is forced to agree to this. What Smitha meant was that her mother was working in the kitchen all day for the benevolent relative. But Smitha was working in a way that her mother has no idea about. She was being sexually exploited. This was the era in which sexual workers were forming a union in urban areas, but Smitha is not part of any union- she is alone in all areas of life.