The craft of writing

T Padmanabhan’s art in Malayalam literature.


Thinakkal Padmanabhan, or TP, as he is fondly known to many, is a doyen of the short story in Malayalam. As he turned 90 last year, Samyukta India Press brought out a collection of his short stories, translated into English by Sreedevi K Nair and Laila Alex. The edition with its deceptively simple title, Stories, sits as a fitting capstone to what has been one of the most distinguished literary careers in Indian literatures. And for those unfamiliar with TP’s oeuvre, the collection is an excellent starting point.