Introduction: K.R.Meera, an Indian writer who writes in Malayalam, was born in Sasthamkotta in Kerala in 1970. She began her career as a journalist in 1998 and was a top reporter at Malayala Manorama, winning many awards for her work. Incidentally, she was the first woman journalist to join the 100-year old publication and went on to become a part many important and critical assignments.
Crossing over to writing: In 2001, her husband Dileep suggested her to take up writing as a full-time profession after he read some of her work that included stories and poems. It was in 2002 that Meera’s first short story collection “Ormayude Njarambu” was published and since then she has plunged into writing a couple of children’s books, two novellas, five short story collections and five acclaimed novels too.
Acclaimed work: Meera’s 2013 work of labour “Aarachar” (translated as Hangwoman in English) has been a bestseller at the newsstands and has sold more than 10000+ copies till date with several print-runs to its credit. Meera is also a proud recipient of some of the most prestigious awards of the literary world like the Kerala Sahitya Akademi award and the Odakkuzhal Award. “Aarachar” has also been shortlisted for the 2016 DCS prize for South-Asian Literature.
About “ Aarachar”: Meera has crafted a dark yet engrossing tale of 22-year old Chetna Mullick, who goes on to become the world’s first female executioner, after her father who is a hangman himself, is in need of an assistant. Meera was successful in creating real characters who tugged at one’s heartstrings and used Kolkata as a background for this thought-provoking novel.
Meera as an individual: K. R. Meera will always be a journalist at heart and this is obvious from her longing to return to the excitement filled newsrooms. Had Meera not listened to her husband, readers around the world would have missed out on the masterpiece that Aarachar (Hangwoman) turned out to be. She is a modest, unassuming woman, a doting mother to daughter Shruti and lives a simple and unpretentious life in Kottayam, Kerala.
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