Anitha Nair – Author
Anitha Nair was born in Shornur, Kerala. She Completed her BA in English Language and Literature from Madras. Anitha Nair is a well-known english writer in india. She was working as a creative director of an advertising agency in Bangalore, when she penned her first Book. It was a collection of short stories called Satyr of the Subway, which was published by Har-Anand press. The book won her a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Anitha Nair’s second book was published by Penguin India, and was the first book by an Indian author to be published by Picador USA. She is better known as the 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, 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 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
In 2002, “Ladies Coupé” was elected as one of the five best novels 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.
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). Her 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 Latest novel Idris: Keeper of The Light (2014) is a historical and geographical novel about a Somalian trader who visited Malabar in 1659 AD.
- PEN/Beyond Margins Award in the U.S.A. (Finalist,2007)
- LiBeraturpreis (Finalist,2007,Germany)
- Orange Prize long list (UK)
- FLO FICCI Women Achievers Award (2008 for Literature)
- The Better Man (2000)
- Ladies Coupé (2001)
- Mistress (2005)
- Lessons In Forgetting (2010)
- Cut Like Wound (2012)
- Idris Keeper Of The Light (2014)
Website : http://www.anitanair.net/