Kottayam Pushpanath

Kottayam Pushpanath was born Pushpanathan Pillai (Zacharia) in Kottayam district in Kerala, on May 14, 1973, 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. 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.

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. He released his first novel named Chuvanna Manushyan in 1968 which was a scientific thriller. Later on he penned down more than 350 works including mainstream novels, science fiction and horror fiction during the period of 1970s and 80s. 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 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, Tamil, Hindi & Telugu.

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. 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. Some novels featured another fictional charater, Detective Sudheer, as the lead.

His grandson Rayan Pushpanath, founder of Kottayam Pushpanath Publications has received royalty of Pushpanath’s every work.







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