Kavery Nambisan

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Kavery Nambisan
Born Palangala, Kodagu district, India
Pen name Kavery Bhatt
Occupation Surgeon
Language English, Kodava
Nationality Indian
Citizenship Indian
Alma mater St. John's Medical College, Bangalore
Notable work(s) The Story that Must Not Be Told
Spouse(s) Vijay Nambisan[1]

Kavery Nambisan is a novelist from India. She is also a surgeon who practices in rural India. Her career in medicine has been a strong influence in her fiction.[2]

Life[edit]

Kavery Nambisan was born in Palangala village in south Kodagu, India, in a politician's family.[3] Her father, C.M. Poonacha, was at one time a Union railway minister.[4] She spent her early years in Madikeri.[3] She studied medicine in St. John's Medical College, Bangalore from 1965[5] and then studied surgery at the University of Liverpool, England,[1] where she obtained the FRCS qualification.[3] She worked as a surgeon in various parts of rural India[1] before moving to Lonavala to start a free medical centre for migrant labourers.[6]

Nambisan works as surgeon and medical advisor at the Tata Coffee Hospital in Kodagu, Karnataka,[2] and is the Chief Medical Officer for Tata Coffee.[7] She has created several programmes for child immunisation and family planning for the rural communities. She is vocal in her critiques of urban centred health planning.[8]

Nambisan is married to Vijay Nambisan, a journalist and poet.[1] She has a daughter, Chetana, from an earlier marriage to Dr K.R. Bhatt, which lasted eighteen years.[5]

Literary career[edit]

Kavery Nambisan began by writing under her first married name Kavery Bhatt for children's magazines. She wrote stories for the now defunct children's magazine Target. She also contributed to Femina and Eve's Weekly.[1]

Under the name of Kavery Bhatt, Nambisan also published a novel, The Truth (almost) About Bharat. It is the story of a rebellious young medical student who begins a cross-country road trip on his motorcycle and one of the few campus novels in Indian Writing in English. The book went out of print and was recently re-released.

Nambisan's story Dr Sad and the Power Lunch was joint runner-up in the third Outlook-Picador non-fiction contest in 2003.[9]

Nambisan's The Story that Must Not Be Told was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature in 2012,[10] as well as the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2008.[6][11]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Kavery Nambisan was a Coorg Person of the Year in 2005.[12]

Books[edit]

  • Once Upon a Forest, Children's Book Trust, India, 1986. (As Kavery Bhatt.)
  • Kitty Kite, Children's Book Trust, India, 1987. (As Kavery Bhatt.)
  • The Truth (almost) About Bharat, Penguin India, 1991. (As Kavery Bhatt.)
  • The Scent of Pepper, Penguin India, 1996.
  • Mango-coloured fish, Penguin India, 1998.
  • On Wings of Butterflies, Penguin India, 2002.
  • The Hills of Angheri, Penguin, 2005.
  • The Story that Must Not Be Told, Penguin, 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Nandini Krishnan (November 4, 2013). "The doctor is in the house". Fountain Ink. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Judges for the The Hindu Prize 2013". The Hindu. November 21, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "A surgeon and a writer". Deccan Herald. January 3, 2006. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ Vijay Nair (May–June 2011). "Chatting with Kavery Nambisan". Reading Hour 1 (3). 
  5. ^ a b Carol D'Souza (August 17, 2005). "Well Known Author and Rural Surgeon: Kavery Nambisan". Johnite. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Sonya Dutta Choudhury (November 9, 2008). "Quiet Activism". The Hindu. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Cyrus Mistry wants more women at leadership roles in Tata group". Economic Times. June 24, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ Kavery Nambisan (February 20, 2005). "Magazine : Saving lives ... at what cost?". The Hindu. 
  9. ^ "Outlook-Picador Non-Fiction Contest 2003: Dr Sad and the Power Lunch". Outlook. March 3, 2004. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  10. ^ Shrabonti Bagchi (November 3, 2011). "Home-turf stories bring laurels to B'lore writers". The Times of India. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Kavery Nambisan". Penguin India. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  12. ^ Jeevan Chinnappa (January 6, 2012). "P.M. Belliappa is 'Coorg Person of the Year 2011'". The Hindu. Retrieved November 23, 2013.