M. P. Narayana Pillai

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M. P. Narayana Pillai (Malayalam: എം.പി. നാരായണപിള്ള) (22 November 1939 – 19 May 1998), affectionately known as Nanappan, was a journalist and prolific short story writer in Malayalam. He also wrote a novel Parinamam (The Evolution) that won the Kerala Sahithya Academy Award in 1992. However, he declined the award. His work Yathrakkidayil (In The Journey) was considered to be a classic in Malayalam short stories.[1]

M. P. Narayana Pillai
Born 22 November 1939
Ernakulam, Kerala State, India India
Died 19 May 1998
Occupation Novelist, Short story writer
Spouse(s) Prabha
Children Balakrishna Pillai, Madhavankutty Pillai
Parent(s) Kuttan Pillai
Ammukutty Amma
Awards Kerala Sahitya Academy Award - 1992


Manikkathazhathu Pulluvazhy Narayana Pillai was born in the village of Pulluvazhy near Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district, Kerala. His early schooling was in the local school in Pulluvazhy and completed his Pre-University course at Nirmala College, Muvattupuzha. He then moved to Banaras Hindu University and after obtaining his B.Sc degree in [agricultural science] from there, he began his professional career as a telephone operator in the East German Consulate at Delhi. Later, he joined Central Planning Commission, Delhi as an economic investigator and worked there for five years. It was during this time that he started his literary career. In 1967, he joined the Hong Kong based Far Eastern Economic Review as the assistant editor. In 1970, he left Hong Kong and came to Bombay to serve as the Chief of publication with Commerce Group. He was also the Indian correspondent for McGraw-Hill World News and served as the editor for "Minerals and Metals Review".

He was also the CEO of Asian Industries Information Center and the editor of the Malayalam weekly 'Trial'.[2]

He was married to Prabha Pillai who wrote two books named as Verpadinte Vedanakal and Ormakalude Mahanagarathil which recollect her memories of Narayan Pillai.[3]

Narayana Pillai died on 19 May 1998 at his Borivli residence in Mumbai. He is survived by his wife Prabha and children Balakrishna Pillai & Madhavankutty Pillai.

An award, M P Narayana Pillai Memorial Short Story Award, has been instituted in his honour by Samakalika Malayalam Varika, a sister publication of The New Indian Express.[4]

Selected works[edit]

  • 56 Sathragali, ASIN: 8171308686
  • Parinaamam
  • M.P. Narayana Pillayude Kathakal, ASIN: 8171307663
  • Hanuman Seva
  • Avasanatte Patturupa Nott (Memoirs), ASIN: 8171308953
  • Vayanakkare Poovittu Thozhanam
  • Urulakkupperi
  • Innale Kakka Vanno? Pinddum Kotthiyo
  • Aaram Kannu
  • MadhyaPuranam
  • Pidakkozhi Koovan Thudangiyal
  • Velipadukal
  • Vengayayugam
  • Murugan Enna Pambatty
  • Anthikkoottu
  • Kazhchakal Sabdhangal
  • Kentucky - Chicken Kadakal Thallipolikkano?
  • Vivadam
  • Moonnamkannu (Biographical Essays), ISBN 81-7130-833-3

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This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Malayalam Wikipedia.