Born: 15 Feb. 1939 at Chamravattom, Tirur, Malappuram, Kerala, India.
PRINT MEDIA, ENGLISH
Spearheaded the Launch Team of Science Today of Times of India, Bombay, 1964-'68. Science Editor of Link Magazine and Patriot Daily, Delhi, 1968-'72.
MALAYALAM PRINT MEDIA
Editor Porul Monthly, 1972-'76. Editor Veekshanam Daily, 1980-'84. Editor-in-Charge of Year-Books and Bhashaposhini, Malayala Manorama, 1994-'97. Consultant for Madhyamam Publications, 1997-2000.
CREATIVE WRITING, MALAYALAM Won in every literary competition during academic career. Translated Daniel Defoe (M. Flanders) and Lincoln Bernet (Einstein and the Universe) at age seventeen. Contributed popular science and creative copy to leading periodicals ever since. Wrote the first novel at age nineteen, topped the 120 entries to the novel-writing competition organized by the Mathrubhumi Weekly, bagged the prize and, also won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for the year 1962. Sixty more popular titles in various branches of writing, deep in content but simple in style, have followed, won acclaim, enriched the language and have always remained alive in the book market.
Translated David O.Woodbury's Outward Bound for Space in 1962. Organized the Sasthra Sahitya Samithi, a science-writing club, the first of its kind in the country. Took Science Today to success. Managed the 12-volume encyclopedia published by the Writers' Co-operative of Kerala.
RECOGNITIONS: He has been recognized by India's National Akademi of Letters, the Kerala Sahitya Akademi and almost every other body promoting creative literature of the language he writes.
FORAYS INTO FILM WORLD
Written and directed four feature films in Malayalam beginning with Agni, the first ever film from southern India to form part of the Indian Panorama of Feature Films. The third film he made, Ottayadippathakal, too formed part of Panorama. Both attracted critical acclaim at international festivals including Mannheim and Thashkent. He has written scripts based on several of his other novels.
Presently elected member of the governing body of the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. Twice elected to the Board of Directors of the Writers' Co-Operative of Kerala. Headed the Board for one term. Member of the first Board of Directors of the Kerala State Film Development Corporation. Member of the National Film Awards jury panel on three occasions. Twice member of jury panels to select Indian Panorama films.