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Anita Nair

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NSS College, Ottapalam, Kerala

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Occupation Writer Known for Ladies Coupé, Mistress, Lessons in Forgetting, Idris: Keeper of the Light

Anita Nair born 26 January 1966 is an Indian English-language writer


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Awards & Recognitions
  • 4 Bibliography
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life

Nair was born in Shornur in Palakkad district of Kerala Nair was educated in Chennai Madras before returning to Kerala, where she gained a BA in English Language and Literature She lives in Bangalore with her husband, Suresh Parambath and a son


Nair was working as the creative director of an advertising agency in Bangalore when she wrote her first book, a collection of short stories called Satyr of the Subway, which she sold to Har-Anand Press The book won her a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Nair's second book was published by Penguin India, and was the first book by an Indian author to be published by Picador USA A bestselling author of fiction and poetry, Nair's novels The Better Man and Ladies Coupe have been translated into 21 languages Among Nair's early commercial works were pieces she penned in the late 90's for The Bangalore Monthly magazine now called "080" Magazine, published by Explocity in a column titled 'The Economical Epicurean'

Thereafter followed Nair's novel The Better Man 2000 which also has been published in Europe and the United States In 2002, appeared the collection of poems Malabar Mind, and in 2003 Where the Rain is Born - Writings about Kerala which she has edited Anita Nair's second novel Ladies Coupé from 2001, has turned out to be an even greater success than the first both among critics and readers in so far 15 countries outside India: from the United States to Turkey, from Poland to Portugal

In 2002, "Ladies Coupé" was elected as one of the five best in India The novel is about women's conditions in a male dominated society, told with great insight, solidarity and humour Ladies Coupe 2001 was rated as one of 2002's top five books of the year and was translated into more than twenty-five languages around the world

Nair has also written The Puffin Book of Myths and Legends 2004, a children's book on myths and legends Nair has also edited Where the Rain is Born 2003 Nair's writings about Kerala and her poetry has been included in The Poetry India Collection and a British Council Poetry Workshop Anthology Her poems appeared in many prestigious poetry anthologies like The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India, featuring 151 Indian English poets, edited by Vivekanand Jha and published by Hidden Brook Press, Canada

Nair has also written a few other books, such as Mistress 2003, Adventures of Nonu, the Skating Squirrel 2006, Living Next Door to Alise 2007 and Magical Indian Myths 2008 Nair's works also include many travelogues With the play Nine Faces of Being, best-selling author Anita Nair has become a playwright The story, is adapted from Nair’s book Mistress Her book Cut Like Wound 2012 introduced the fictional character Inspector Gowda The second book in the series Chain of Custody was published in 2015 Other works by Nair include The Lilac House 2012 and Alphabet Soup for Lovers 2016

Her sixth novel Idris: Keeper of The Light 2014 is a historical and geographical novel about a Somalian trader who visited Malabar in 1659 AD

Awards & Recognitions

  • Arch of Excellence Award by the All India Achievers' Conference, New Delhi for Literature
  • 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins Award, finalist, USA
  • 2007 LiBeraturpreis, finalist, Germany
  • 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction, longlist, UK
  • 2008 FLO FICCI Women Achievers Award, for literature
  • 2009 Montblanc honored her with the launch of the Special Edition writing instrument in India; for her novel contribution to literature, enforcing cross cultural endeavors and enlightening experiences that have transcended an inexhaustible diversity of forms - barriers of language, cultures and identities
  • 2012 Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for her contribution to literature and culture
  • 2014 The Hindu Literary Prize shortlist for Idris Keeper Of The Light
  • 2015 Global Ambassador for Women for Expo May
  • 2017 Crossword Book Award, Jury Award, Children's category, Muezza and Baby Jaan


  • Satyr of the Subway & Eleven Other Stories 1997, ISBN 9780143099659, OCLC 77058678
  • The Better Man New Delhi ; London : Penguin Books, 1999 ISBN 9780140293203, OCLC 59457810
  • Ladies Coupé 2001 ISBN 9780099428978, OCLC 896652584
  • Malabar Mind - Poetry Calicut : Yeti Books, 2002 ISBN 9788188330003, OCLC 52326380
  • Where the Rain is Born - Writings about Kerala Editor 2003
  • Puffin Book of World Myths and Legends 2004
  • Mistress 2005 ISBN 9780144000333, OCLC 85772121
  • Adventures of Nonu, the Skating Squirrel 2006 ISBN 9788129108920, OCLC 70063316
  • Living Next Door To Alise 2007 {{ISBpadavibusan

2008 ISBN 9780143330042, OCLC 995509060

  • Goodnight & God Bless 2008 ISBN 9780670081516, OCLC 732686957
  • Lessons In Forgetting 2010 ISBN 9788172239046, OCLC 731240004
  • Chemmeen' Translator 2011
  • Cut Like Wound – Literary noir 2012 ISBN 9789350293805, OCLC 824683061
  • The Lilac House: a novel New York : St Martin's Griffin, 2012 ISBN 9781250005182, OCLC 740628497
  • Idris – Historical novel 2014 ISBN 9789350297810, OCLC 899740186
  • Alphabet soup for lovers, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India: HarperCollins Publishers India, 2015 ISBN 9789351774822, OCLC 933430829
  • Chain of custody : an inspector Gowda novel, Noida : Harper Black, 2016 ISBN 9789351778073, OCLC 954424570


  1. ^ Anita Nair 21 August 2015 "A post office of my own" The Hindu Retrieved 22 August 2015 
  2. ^ "Interview from Keralacom" Retrieved 21 July 2013 
  3. ^ My Secret Life: Anita Nair
  4. ^ "B'day bumps - Bangalore Mirror -" Bangalore Mirror Retrieved 2015-12-14 
  5. ^ "Author Anita Nair's Bangalore home is a bright and creative space : Home - India Today" indiatodayintodayin Retrieved 2015-12-14 
  6. ^ Anita Nair Biography
  7. ^ a b culturebasenet "Anita Nair artist portrait" culturebasenet Retrieved 2013-08-02 
  8. ^ Grove, Richard "The Dance of the Peacock:An Anthology of English Poetry from India" current Hidden Brook Press, Canada Retrieved 5 January 2015 
  9. ^ Press, Hidden Brook "Hidden Brook Press" Hidden Brook Press Retrieved 5 January 2015 
  10. ^ "Language in India" Language in India 2009-10-10 Retrieved 2013-08-02 
  11. ^ Author Anita Nair's story taking shape on stage
  12. ^ Idris: Keeper of The Light 2014
  13. ^ a b "Mistress- Synopsis and awards" Retrieved 19 February 2013 
  14. ^ a b "Kerala Interviews,Interview of the week" Keralacom Retrieved 2013-08-02 
  15. ^ "Latest news about Anita Nair - Author of The Better Man & Ladies Coupe Published by Penguin & Picador" wwwanitanairnet Retrieved 2015-12-14 
  16. ^ "Here's the shortlist" The Hindu 5 October 2014 Retrieved 24 December 2014 
  17. ^ "Josy Joseph, Sujit Saraf and Karan Johar among the winners of this year's Crossword Book Awards" Scrollin January 17, 2018 Retrieved January 19, 2018 

External links

  • Official site
  • Anita's Attic - A Creative Writing Mentorship program by Anita Nair

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