Noted Malayalam novelist and short story writer Akbar Kakkattil passed .
He was 62 and leaves behind wife and 2 children. Kakkattil was undergoing treatment for a lung-related ailment for a year and the end came early this morning. He has 54 books to his credit which includes, four novels, 27 short stories, six collections of essays, seven novelettes, a play, among others.
A two-time winner of the prestigious Kerala Sahitiya Akademi award, he was also recipient of the first-ever award in humour section in 1992 for his ‘School Diary’- an anthology of short essays and in the year 2004 his ‘Vadakkuninnoru Kudumba Vrithantham’ was awarded as the best novel. He was the Vice-President of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi and Member of Malayalam Advisory Panel of National Book Trust and Malayalam Advisory Board of Kerala Government.
Akbar Kakkattil is a prominent short-story writer and novelist from Kerala state, South India. His works are known for their unique narrative style which has an undertone of unfailing humour. Besides, the tales that he wrote centred on teachers and their foibles gave birth to a new genre in Malayalam literature. His ‘Paadham 30’ is the First Teacher Service Story in Malayalam. His work, ‘Sarga Sameeksha’, a creative and critical interface of a young writer with the iconic writers of the old generation is perhaps the first of its kind among Indian languages. Equally popular among lowbrow and highbrow readers, Akbar continues his creative voyage regaling everyone with his inimitable works.