List of Authors
Born in October 1959, as the Daughter of Mr. T. M. Varghese and Mrs. Marykutty Varghese at Kumbanad, Pathanamthitta District. Attended schools in Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram. After receiving M.A degree of the University of Kerala from the University Institute of English, worked as Lecturer in St Thomas College, Kozhencheri. Currently lives in Philadelphia, U S A and works as a Program Analyst with the City of Philadelphia. Laila Alex continues to write short stories for publications both in Kerala and U. S. She has won awards instituted by Malayalee Association of Philadelphia (2000) and E-Malayalee Award for short story (2016). The language of her stories is deceptively simple; through which the readers are transported to strange and bizarre lands. Dr. Sreedevi K Nair notes: “The contours of the real, the imagined and the unnatural; the magical, the mysterious and the mundane; the soothing, the unsettling and the horrifying simply break barriers, blend and mix and make happen her spectacular world- sometimes shocking, sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes truly sublime.” The story ‘Pakal-Pekkinavu’ (‘Nightmare at Noon’) (Kunkumam, August 2007) effectively intertwines elements of fantasy and reality. Fantasy seems to be the more dominant element. ‘Pakal-Pekkinavu’ focuses on a dog, which displays human tendencies. Tommy becomes the constant visitor at the narrator’s house, fiercely preventing other people from coming into the house. It kills Steve and his wife becomes terrified. Steve’s wife narrates her experiences in the days before Steve’s death. Tommy, the dog is the neighbor Carmelita’s pet. It displays all attributes of a jealous lover as it kills Steve. The story holds readers spellbound.
Born in Thiruvananthapuram 1n 1961. Daughter of Sugathakumari and Dr K. Velayudhan Nair. She is the Executive Director and the consulting psychologist of Abhaya Gramam. Writes poems in journals. Recipient of Kunju Pilla Smaraka Award (1995) and Lalithambika Antharjanam Award for young writers (1998). Sri O. N. V. Kurup has written about her work “Irulchinthukal” (“Dark Patches”) and Sri. N. Mohan on “Mozhiyum Porulum” and Dr. M. Leelavati on her work“Uppupavakal”. Most of Lekshmi’s poems represent the trends of her soul. In her poem ‘Nanni Chollathe Njan’ (‘Let Me Thank’), she thanks for the pains of her life and the joys denied to her. There is beauty and fragrance of Nature and the realization of the self in this poem. This poem brimming with imagination reveals a woman’s mind which is capable of loving everything. “Oh my life, let me thank for the love, That thwarts my very life That offered at your feet Thanks also for the spark That does not twinkle in my eye Oh Life, For the mango flower that does not Fall as an arrow in you”
Born on July 5, 1965 at Thrissur in Malappuram District. Her parents are Sowmini and C. Kumaran. Her published books are "Ayudhangal Kalippattanga"l ("Weapons, Toys") and Mega Sports Qui. The extract Cricket from the book “Mega Sports Quiz” is included here. Here the author has prepared quizzes on various sports such as Cricket, Football, Hockey, Tennis, Mountaineering, Badminton, Boxing, Basket Ball, Road race, Golf, Polo, Shooting, Swimming, and Cycling etc. and also on subjects like Asian Games, Common Wealth Games and Olympics. This book is very informative.
Lalitha K. Varma
Born at Chennithala in Alappuzha District. Daughter of Rajamma Nambistathiri and M. R. Kerala Varma Thamban. Retired as a teacher in 2001. Writes Poems and Articles. She loves to present the different faces of nature in her works. In the poem “Amma Varuvolam” (“Till Mother comes”) a man walking along the riverside on an evening sees a small bird searching for its mother near a bamboo forest. The bamboos which are her friends, sing her to sleep. The walker who is impressed by their love walks away slowly. This is a very simple poem.
Lalitha P. Nair
Latha K. V.
Born at Narayanamangalthu Variyam in Thrissr district in 1968. A post graduate in Hindi literature, she works as Hindi Translator in the income Tax department, Kochi. Latha has translated from Hindi into Malayalam Rati SAXENA’S “Kundali Churulum Sthreedeham” (Collections of Poems), and the Sahithya Akademi Winning “Kakkakalum Nadkadathalm” (Crows and Banishment ) (Collection of Stories) by Nirmal Varma. She has also translated some works from contemporary Chinese literature. She translated Swadesh Deepak’s “Cort-Martial” (Play) from Hindi to Malayalam. The Hindi translation of Swadesh Deepak’s Experiences of the first presentation of court martial is included here. The theme of the play is court-martial of the Dalit Sardar Rama Chander who is forced by circumstances to commit a murder because of the power centres, caste discrimination and injustice in the army. The play unveils exploitation in the name of caste working deeply in Indian democracy. One can observe the silent resentment of the guards in the play, in Latha too. The translator has succeeded in bringing out the anger and angst of Deepak. Translation of a play involves many important factors like the unique features of the stage, its environment and its precedence. This needs a lot of excellent and talent. Latha’s is an outstanding translation that keeps all these standards.
Born at Udayamperoor in the District of Ernakulam on August 10, 1977. She is a teacher in Bharathiya Vidhyabhavan, Ernakulam. She is an active participant in all types of literary activities. Latha has published two works “Bharathiyude Randam Yamam” and “Onanilaavu”. “Onanilaavu” is the first collection of Onam related stories in Malayalam. She received the State Award by Adhyaapaka Kala Sahitya Samithi in 2006 and the Kedamangalam Sadanandan Literary award in 2009. In the story ‘Dhyanaparvam’, the mental conflicts of Bheema and Hidumbi are portrayed. We can see different personalities in Hidumbi – those of a sister, Mother, Wife, Daughter in law and lover. She loses her dear son and brother. The story projects societies’ negation of women’s desires and feelings. The story of this daughter of the forest which is untold so far by anyone, is now portrayed without any emotional overplay.
Born at Karukachal in Kottayam District in the Year 1955. Post graduate in Public Administration and Business Management. She is a Professor. She writes short stories and articles. She has touchingly portrayed the story “Swargam Thedi” (“In Search of Heaven”). The illusions and mental agony of Sushama drives leads her to death. Sushama who could not go to her village for the death anniversary of her father starts seeing her dead father and grandmother and her ancestral home in village as if she is on a journey to reach them. She believed that it was the way to heaven. When her husband has left for office she walks towards the hill. On her way up the hill a chest pain develops and she falls, resulting on her death.
Layana V. R.
Born in Thruvananthapuram in 1981. Studeied at Govt. Higher Secondary School and S.N. College. Presently works in S.A.T Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram. The short story “Chamba Marangalkkidayil” (Among the Chamba Trees) from the book “Kalam Kadanjedutha Kadhakal” (Stories Churned out from Time) is included here. The woes of a city girl who has lost her ancestral home in the village and her grandmother’s love is beautifully portrayed in the story. Helpless people who search for islands of survival in this world where darkness spreads fast are delineated here. When the bulldozer breaks breaks down the roots of the ancestral house, the roots of a calm and poised life are also upturned. Layana has succeded in describing effectively the destruction of the environment and the restless odyssey of the human mind.