Nandakumar Ramakrishna Panicker

Author, playwright, film writer, facilitator of rural libraries, telecommunication engineer, polemicist for the mother tongue.


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Three things people don’t know about you?

That I was a good cricket player (a leg spinner) during my teens, that I am a foodie who likes delicious vegetarian food and that I sing secretly when I am alone.

What’s your greatest fear?

To be alone in a big city under the whirling forms in the midnight sky, walk along the empty streets filled in with flaxen lights, and all of a sudden hear screams and laments from the distant corners, where shadows of high raised buildings encroached in.

What is your greatest achievement?

I could be at a ‘say something’ role in vanguard organizations for mother tongues provincially and nationally.

High point of your life?

At the age of about seventeen, my play was staged in my hamlet. My characters ramped and rollicked on the stage under the arc lamps. My conversations reverberated in the hearts of an audience.

Which living person do you most admire?

Me because it is me whom I know perfectly and completely.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Sherlock Homes

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Ugra Hari Panchananan of C.V Raman Pilla’s historical fiction ‘Dharmaraja’

Who are your favorite authors?

C.V.Raman Pilla, M.T Vasudevan Nair, Vaikkom Muhammed Basheer, O.V Vijayan. V.K.N (All from Malayalam fiction domain), Alexander Dumas, Nikos Kasantzakis, Umberto Eco

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Count of Monte Cristo, Greek Passion, Dharmaraja, Khasakkinte Ithihasam, Arohanam.

Is there a book you love to reread?

Yes. Count of Monte Cristo.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Seven Samurai, Pather Panchali, Kodiyettam, Sholay, Manichithrathazh.

One Superpower you wish you had?

To travel around and across the world by being invisible.

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

He was a humane human.

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

As a child, I shall go back to the Sangham age in Thamizhakom. To a nomadic pastoral life of sixth century C E in the steppe regions of Central Asia for adolescence. Of course, adult life in 2000 BCE on the banks of Indus. Let the silver years be in eleventh century CE living in Tibetan monasteries sitting in immaculate vacancy and hearing the chirps of sparrows.

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?


Which book you wish you had written ?

The Name of the Rose

When and where do you write ?

Whenever and wherever the surge sprouts in me.

Silence or music?

Music of the rain.

One phrase that you use most often?

Every cloud has a silver lining.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Crime fiction. I don’t think it that guilty.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Look to your heart.

Born at Attingal in Thiruvananthapuram District of Kerala to the late teacher couple A.Ramakrishna Panicker and D.Babykkutty Amma.
A Telecommunication Engineer by profession who worked for Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd..
A playwright in Malayalam with eighteen staged and three published plays to his credit. The play Jvala Kalapam (Revolution of Flames) was bestowed with International Book Fair Award of State Children’s Literature Institute of Government of Kerala in the year 2011. Also penned scripts for three Malayalam films.
Has been a facilitator of the globally renowned rural library movement in Kerala since long back.
The mother-tongue activist and founder member of a vanguard organization for the development and dissemination of Malayalam language named “Aikya Malayala Prasthanam”. Frequent polemicist, writing for the survival of mother-tongues and languages.

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