Yesterday my father received the AbuDhabi Shakthi Award from former minister TK Ramakrishnan. He got the award for the novel Oru Puravrutham which was serialized in Deshabhimani weekly sometime back and was published as a book by Current Books. I wanted to attend the programme, but had to be content with watching the news in television and in Internet (today's Deshabhimani newspaper).
So today let me write about my father's works. He started writing in the late 70's. His initial two short stories were published in Mathrubhoomi Azhchappathippu. Then he wrote a novel BhatMam which received the Mammen Mappila award installed by Malayala Manorama. But they didn't publish the novel in the weekly saying that the novel doesn't match the taste of the common readers of the weekly. I haven't read this novel as I was a small kid that time, and the manuscript was not given back by Manorama.
Later, he wrote the novel Ariyappedathavar which I will rate as one of the best novels in Malayalam. It is about the life of Konkani people in the village "Puravanam" in the beginning of this century, struggling for their life with the Dhakshina obtained from the Pujas and Kriyas. The novel is something like a collection of stories, even though there is a delicate main thread with the story of the main character, Krishna Puthran. The village of Puravanam itself becomes a major character with its temple surrounded by peepal trees, Oottupuras, and ponds and other structures. I feel this novel is in the league of Sundarikalum Sundaranmarum , Khasakkinte Ithihasam and Oru Deshathinte Katha. The novel received the MP Paul award installed by DC Books and was published by them in 1982. (Later editions published by Current Books).
Later, he wrote the novel Devli which also surrounds the "Puravanam" village. This novel is a character oriented one, with the central character Goppalu. This novel received the Kumkumam novel award and was serialized in Kumkumam weekly and was published by Current Books (two editions) in the late 80s. This followed by many short stories published in Kumkumam weekly. A collection of short stories is published by Prabhat Book House under the title Samaradhana.
His third novel Kalavati was serialized in Deshabhimani weekly and later published as a book by Current Books. Then he wrote a novel for children, which was again serialized in Deshabhimani and then by Prabhat Book House.
The novel which received the Shakthi award, Oru Puravrutham was also published in Deshabhimani weekly few years back.
In the last few years I have been dreaming of translating my father's works to English. But I dont dare to do it at this point considering my very limited vocabulary and also another reason being I am very lazy.