Anita Nair is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of nine novels including a crime series featuring Inspector Gowda. Anita Nair’s other books include a collection of poems titled Malabar Mind, a collection of essays titled Goodnight & God Bless and six books for children. Anita Nair has also written 4 audio-stories, two plays and the screenplay for the movie adaptation of her novel Lessons in Forgetting which was part of the Indian Panorama at IFFI 2012 and won the National Film Award in 2013. Among other awards, she was also given the Central Sahitya Akademi award and the Crossword Prize. Her books have been translated into over thirty-two languages around the world. She is also the founder of the creative writing and mentorship program Anita's Attic. Anita is a High Profile Supporter of the UNHCR.
Sara Joseph and Sangeetha Sreenivasan in conversation with Anita Nair
Writer, political commentator and activist Sara Joseph's acclaimed book, Budhini, traces the uprooted life of the Santali girl who was famously ostracised by her community for greeting Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru with a garland and tikka, seen as a symbolic matrimonial ritual, during the inauguration of a dam in 1959. Translated from the original Malayalam to English by her daughter Sangeetha Sreenivasan, the book is an enduring tribute to the female voice and to lives and stories that should not disappear within the folds of time. In conversation with writer Anita Nair, she delves into the process of translating this evocative tale and the wider bio-politics it uncovers.