Khadija Mumtaz

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Khadeeja Mumthas
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Kattoor, Thrissur district, Kerala state, India
OccupationDoctor, Creative Writer, essayist, Professor
Alma materSt. Joseph's College, Irinjalakuda,
Calicut Medical College
Notable worksBarsa, Aathuram, Mathrukam
Notable awardsKerala Sahitya Akademi Award
2010 Barsa

Khadeeja Mumthas (born 1955) is a Malayalam author from Kerala state, India. She is a medical doctor by profession and is probably best known in the Kerala literary circles for her second novel Barsa which won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 2010.

Early and personal life[edit]

Born in Kattoor in Thrissur district, Khadeeja Mumthas completed her Pre-degree course (PDC) from St. Joseph's College, Irinjalakuda and received her MBBS degree from Calicut Medical College. She mastered in gynaecology and is a registered medical practitioner and has been working in Calicut Medical College as Professor in gynaecology and obstetrics. She applied for voluntary retirement from government service in June 2013 to protest against her transfer from Calicut Medical College at the fag end of her service.[1] She is presently the Vice Chairman of Kerala Sahithya Akademy and is also selected as one of the Academic council member, Thunchathezhuthachan Malayalam university, Tirur, Kerala. She is also a visiting professor in O&G, Malabar Medical College, Modakkallur, Kozhikode.

Literary career[edit]

Mumtaz started her literary career with Athmatheerthangalil Munginivarnnu, which was first published as a serial novel in Chandrika weekly and later as a book by Current Books in 2004. Mumtaz rose to fame with her novel Barsa (2007), which was a great critical and popular success.[2] The book, which won critical acclaim for its forceful but humorous presentation of the restrictions under which Muslim women are forced to live, was hailed a milestone in Malayalam literature.[3] It won the prestigious Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for the year 2010.[4] Mumtaz's next novel, Athuram, released on 28 January 2011 at the 12th International Book Festival in Kochi,[5] also received rave reviews from critics. According to renowned writer U. A. Khader, this novel, after her acclaimed Barsa, was sure to trigger off a diverse kind of reading and interpretations as it passionately dealt with a sphere closer to Dr. Mumthas by her own experience as a medical practitioner. "The unique style of narration that develops through the inner conflicts of characters is sure to compel the readers' attention throughout the work," he said.[6]

In 2012, she published a collection of essays on gynaecology titled Mathrukam. She has also published a collection of her memoirs as a doctor under the title Doctor Daivamalla. She is also a notable columnist writing articles in various magazines.


  • Athmatheerthangalil Munginivarnnu (Novel, Current Books, Thrissur, 2004)
  • Barsa (Novel, DC Books, Kottayam, 2007) Translated to English ,Tamil & Kannada
  • Doctor Daivamalla (Memoirs, DC Books, Kottayam, 2009)
  • Athuram (Novel, DC Books, Kottayam, 2010)
  • Sargam, Samooham (Essays, Bookpoint, Kozhikode, 2011)
  • Balyathil Ninnu Irangi Vanna Oral (Short stories, Piano Publications, Kozhikode, 2011)[7]
  • Mathrukam (Scientific literature, DC Books, Kottayam, 2012)
  • Purushanariyatha Sthreemukhangal (Essays, Mathrubhumi Books, Kozhikode, 2012)
  • Pirakkum munbe karuthalode (Science fiction, Current Books , Thrissur, 2013)
  • Neettiyezhuthukal (Novel, DC Books, Kottayam, 2017)
  • Naam Jeevitham Chuttedukkunnavar (Short Stories, Granma Books , Kozhikode, 2017)
  • Khayalat (Articles, Space Kerala Publications , Kozhikode, 2017)
  • Pranayam, Laingigatha, Sthree vimochanam (Aricles, Olive Publications , Kozhikode, 2018)



  1. ^ Kurian, Jose (6 June 2013). "Dr. Mumtaz calls it quit over transfer order". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Barsa—a story unveiling truths" Archived 11 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine. DC Books. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Writer felicitated". The Hindu. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Sahitya Akademi fellowships, awards presented" Archived 16 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine. The Hindu. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Reading habit poor in State" Archived 2 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine. The Hindu. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2008.
  6. ^ "Khadija Mumthas' works lauded" Archived 24 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine. The Hindu. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  7. ^ "New publishing house " Archived 26 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. The Hindu. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Surendranath awards" Archived 14 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine. The Hindu. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2013.

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