Kottayam Pushpanath

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Kottayam Pushpanath
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Native name
പുഷ്പനാഥൻ പിള്ള
BornPushpanathan Pillai
Died2018 (aged 80–81)
Kottayam, India
Resting placeCSI Cathedral Cemetery, Kottayam, India
OccupationTeacher, Novelist
LanguageMalayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati
Notable works
  • Chuvanna Manushyan
  • Draculayude Makal
  • Thaimoorinte Thalayodu
  • Chuvanna Angi
  • Pharavonte Maranamuri
  • Bhramarakshass
  • Dial 00003
  • Parallel Road

Pushpanathan Pillai, better known by the pseudonym Kottayam Pushpanath (Malayalam: കോട്ടയം പുഷ്പനാഥ്), was an Indian author of detective novels in the Malayalam language.

Early life[edit]

Kottayam Pushpanath was born Pushpanathan Pillai (Zacharia) in Kottayam district in Kerala, on May 14, 1937, to Sathyanesan Pillai and Rachel. He completed his primary and secondary education from Good Shepherd School and MT Seminary School in Kottayam and he graduated in History from the University of Kerala.[1] After finishing TTC from Cambridge Nicholson Institute (CNI) Kottayam, he started his career as a teacher in Kodiyathoor School in Kozhikode. Later he served as a teacher of History in different Government schools in Kallarkutty, Devikulam, Karapuzha, Nattakom and Kottayam Medical college school.[2]

Literary career[edit]

As a student at the MT Seminary school, Pushpanath wrote a short story "Thiramala” (Waves) for the school magazine, announcing his entry into the world of writing.[3] He released his first novel named Chuvanna Manushyan in 1968 which was a scientific thriller.[2] Later on, he penned down more than 300 works including science fiction, horror fiction, fantasy, non-fiction and many short stories during the period of 1970s and 80s.[4] Many of his works has been translated into different Indian languages such as Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, Gujarati and Bengali. His novel Souparnika was serialised in Tamil. Kottayam Pushpanath has also translated Bram Stoker’s world renowned Gothic horror novel Dracula[5] and Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles into Malayalam. Two of his novels – Brahmarakshass and Chuvanna Anki– were made into movies in Malayalam.[6][7]

Pushpanath followed the tradition of Sherlock Holmes and Hercules Poirot in creating two fictional detectives, Detective Marxin and Pushparaj, the two names which became as popular as the name of the author itself.[8] Detective Pushparaj would be the protagonist if the novels are set in India and Detective Marxin would take the lead role in novels set outside India.[9] Some novels featured another fictional character, Detective Sudheer, as the lead.[10]

Kottayam Pushpanath established his own publications in 1977, the Kottayam Pushpanath Publications, through which most of his works came out.[11] All his books are being re-published by Rayan Pushpanath through Kottayam Pushpanath Publications now.[12] Many of Pushpanath's books are published on mainstream digital platforms as e-books and audio books.[13] Kottayam Pushpanath Foundation was set up by Kottayam Pushpanath family after the author's death, funded with the family’s assets and run by family members and foundation members for solely charitable purposes.[14]


Kottayam Pushpanath died 2 May 2018 aged 80 at his home in Kottayam after a long bout of age-related problems.[4]

Selected works[edit]

  • Chuvanna Manushyan (The Red Man)
  • Hitlerude Thalayodu (Skull of Hitler)
  • Maranamillathavan (The Immortal)
  • Olimbassile Raktharakshass (Vampire in Olympus)
  • Plutoyude Kottaram (Castle of Pluto)
  • Thaimoorinte Thalayodu (Skull of Taimur)
  • Aalmarattam
  • King Cobra
  • Diamond Girl
  • Kazhukan
  • Chuvanna Anki
  • Bhrammarakshass
  • Pharahonte Maranamuri (The Death Room of Pharaoh)
  • Draculayude Makal (The Daughter of Dracula)
  • Lucifer
  • Dracula (Malayalam translation of Dracula)
  • Dracula Unarunnu (Rise of Dracula)
  • Draculayude Nizhal (Shadow of Dracula)
  • Dracula Asiayil (Dracula in Asia)
  • Dracula Kotta (Castle of Dracula)
  • Draculakottayile Sundharikal
  • Draculayude Raktham (Blood of Dracula)
  • Draculayude Anki (Dracula's Coat)
  • Operation Space Rocket
  • Thurangathile Sundhari (The Beauty in the Tunnel)
  • Devil
  • "The Devils"
  • Rajarajeswari
  • Overbridge
  • Devil's Corner
  • Oru Narthakiyude Maranam (The Death of a Lady Dancer)
  • Parallel Road
  • Dial 00003
  • Devil's Corner
  • Dinosaurs
  • Level Cross
  • Timur’s Skull
  • The Murder
  • The Blade
  • Napoleonte Pratima (The Napoleon's Statue)
  • Simham (The Lion)
  • Murder Gang
  • Red Robe
  • Nizhalillatha Manushyan (The Man without Shadow)
  • London Kottarathile Rahasyangal (The Secrets of London Palace)
  • Monalisayude Ghathakan (The Murderer of Monalisa)
  • Cardinalinte Maranam (The Death of Cardinal)
  • Pandavan Mala
  • Rahasyam
  • Thandavam
  • Aaru Viral
  • Chuvanna Neerali
  • Death Rays
  • Hotel Psycho
  • Ladies Hostelile Bheekaran
  • Murder Gang
  • Luciferude Makal
  • Nagachilanka
  • Nagamanikyam
  • Neelaraktham
  • The Blade
  • Yakshimana
  • Durgakshethram
  • Chuvanna Kaikal
  • Ward 9
  • Death Circle
  • Triple X
  • Agnimanushian
  • Nalam Valavile Nagasundari
  • Mandramohini
  • Neelakannukal
  • Devayakshi
  • Gandharvayamam
  • Tornado
  • Rajkottile Nidhi
  • Yakshikkavu
  • Project 90
  • The Jeep
  • Garudan
  • Devanarthaki
  • Dead Lock
  • Avan Varunnu
  • Kazhukante Nizhal
  • Computer Girl
  • Detective Marxinum Bheekarasthvavum
  • Jarasandhan
  • Secret
  • Yakshiyambalam
  • Deadly Heart
  • Pischachinte Kotta
  • 666
  • Bermuda Triangle


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  12. ^ "Kottayam Pushpanath Publications in Kottayam, Kerala, India - Company Profile". www.tradeindia.com. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Amazon page". www.amazon.in. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
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