Anita Nair

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Anita Nair
Anita Nair
Born (1966-01-26) January 26, 1966 (age 49)
Mundakkottukurussi, Shoranur, Kerala, India
Alma mater NSS College, Ottapalam, Kerala
Virginia Center for Creative Arts, USA
Occupation Writer

Anita Nair (born January 26, 1966) is an Indian English-language writer.

Early life[edit]

Nair was born in Mundakkottukurussi near Shornur in Palakkad district of Kerala.[1][2] Nair was educated in Chennai (Madras) before returning to Kerala, where she gained a BA in English Language and Literature.[3] She lives in Bangalore.


Nair was working as the creative director of an advertising agency in Bangalore when she wrote her first book, a collection of short stories called Satyr of the Subway, which she sold to Har-Anand Press. The book won her a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Nair's second book was published by Penguin India, and was the first book by an Indian author to be published by Picador USA. A bestselling 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 (now called "080" Magazine), published by Explocity in a column titled 'The Economical Epicurean'.[4][5]

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 has 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: from USA to Turkey, from Poland to Portugal.

In 2002, "Ladies Coupé" was elected as one of the five best in India. The novel is about women's conditions in a male dominated society, told with great insight, solidarity and humour.[5] 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). Nair's works also include many travelogues.[6] 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[7]

Her sixth novel Idris: Keeper of The Light (2014) is a historical and geographical novel about a Somalian trader who visited Malabar in 1659 AD.[8]


  • Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award
  • Nair was named a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins Award in the U.S.A.[9]
  • Nair was nominated a finalist for LiBeraturpreis 2007 in Germany.[9]
  • Nair was on the Orange Prize long list in the UK.[10]
  • FLO FICCI Women Achievers Award in 2008 for Literature[10]
  • Idris Keeper Of The Light was shortlisted for The Hindu Literary Prize in 2014[11]



  • The Better Man (2000)
  • Ladies Coupé (2001)
  • Mistress
  • Lessons In Forgetting (2010)
  • Cut Like Wound (2012)
  • Idris Keeper Of The Light (2014)


  • Puffin Book of World Myths and Legends (2004)
  • Magical Indian Myths (2008)

Children's writing[edit]

  • Living Next Door To Alise - Children's Novel (2006)
  • Adventures of Nonu, the Skating Squirrel (2007)


"Malabar Mind" (1997)


  • "Goodnight & God Bless" (2008)


  • Where the rain is born - Writings about Kerala 2003


  1. ^ Anita Nair (August 21, 2015). "A post office of my own". The Hindu. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Interview from". Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  3. ^ My Secret Life: Anita Nair
  4. ^ Anita Nair Biography
  5. ^ a b "Anita Nair artist portrait". Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  6. ^ "Language in India". Language in India. 2009-10-10. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  7. ^ Author Anita Nair's story taking shape on stage
  8. ^ Idris: Keeper of The Light (2014)
  9. ^ a b "Mistress- Synopsis and awards". Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Kerala Interviews,Interview of the week". Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  11. ^ "Here's the shortlist". The Hindu. October 5, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2014. 

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