Subhash Chandran

Subhash Chandran (born 1972) born in Kerala, India, is a Malayalam novelist, short story writer and journalist best known for the 2010 novel Manushyanu Oru Aamukham. His stories "Vadhakramam", "Sanmargam", "Parudeesa Nashtam" and "Guptham" have been adapted into films.[1] He is the only writer to get Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for both his debut story collection (2001) and debut novel (2011).[2]

Subhash Chandran
Novelist Subhash Chandran from Kerala, India.jpg
Kodungalloor, Ernakulam District, Kerala State, India
Occupationjournalist, novelist, short story writer
GenreNovel, short stories, children's literature, drama, memoirs, Essays
SubjectSocial aspects, Fiction
Notable worksManushyanu Oru Aamukham, Samudrashila

The Malayalam feature film Laptop is an adaptation of the short story "Parudeesa Nashtam".[3]

Life and careerEdit

Subhash Chandran was born to Chandrasekharan Pillai and Ponnamma in 1972 in Kadungalloor, near Alwaye, Kerala. After completing his PG[4] in Malayalam securing the first rank[2] from Mahatma Gandhi University, he ventured into writing. In 1994, his story "Ghatikarangal Nilaykkunna Samayam" won an award instituted by Mathrubhumi Vishuppathippu.[2] He has won numerous other awards including Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award, Vayalar Award, Odakkuzhal Award and Confederation of Tamil Nadu Malayali Associations (CTMA) literary prize for outstanding young writers.[2] He was the only Malayalam writer to feature in the list of outstanding young Indian writers compiled by The Times of India.[2] He is the first and only writer who received the prestigious Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for both his debut story collection and debut novel in 2001 and 2011 respectively.[2] The English translation of his novel Manushyanu Oru Aamukham 'A preface To Man' published by Harper Collins in 2016 won Crossword Book Award.[2] Subhash Chandran got the Keerthi Mudra Award by Asianet channel for his outstanding contributions over the last two decades in Malayalam literature.[5] He is married to Jayashree and has two children.

Manushyanu Oru AmukhamEdit

Subhash Chandran is best known for authoring the 2010 novel Manushyanu Oru Amukham. The novel is set in Thachanakkara, a fictitious village and has the central character named Jithendran. The novel was originally serialised in Mathrubhumi Weekly in 2009. The novel was published as a book by DC Books in 2010. It was a critical success and, to date, remains one of the best-selling books in Malayalam.[2] The novel won numerous awards including the Vayalar Award (2015), Kendra Sahithya Academy Award (2015) Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award (2011) Odakkuzhal Award (2011), FOKANA Award (2012), Bhasha Institute's Basheer Puraskaaram(2012) and Kovilan Puraskaaram (2012).[2] In 2016, the novel was translated into English(A Preface to Man).[6]

Film adaptationsEdit

Four of his stories have been adapted into films.[1] Based on the story "Vadhakramam", Pune Film Institute produced a short film that won a special jury mention in Rio de Janeiro Film Festival[citation needed]. The Malayalam feature film Laptop is an adaptation of the short story "Parudeesa Nashtam".[3] His story "Sanmargam" was filmed as A Knife in the Bar in Malayalam while the story "Guptham" was filmed as Akasmikam by George Kithu, in which Swetha Menon played a role.[citation needed]


  • Manushyanu Oru Aamukham - Novel, DC Books[2]
  • Samudrashila - Novel, Mathrubhumi Books
  • Ghatikarangal Nilakkunna Samayam - Short stories, DC Books[2]
  • Parudeesa Nashtam - Short stories collection, DC Books[2]
  • Thalpam - Short stories, DC Books[2]
  • Bloody Mary - Short stories, DC Books[2]
  • Vihitham- Short stories, Mathrubhumi books[2]
  • Madhyeyingane- Vignettes, Mathrubhumi Books[2]
  • Kaanunnanerathu - Vignettes, Mathrubhumi Books[2]
  • Das Capital - Memoirs, Mathrubhumi Books[2]

Awards and achievementsEdit


  1. ^ a b "Subhash Chandran- Speaker in Kerala literature Festival KLF –2021|". Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Subash Chandran". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Bold and beautiful". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Subash Chandran". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  5. ^ Subash Chandran wins Asianet News Keerthi Mudra Award on Literature section | Function, retrieved 11 June 2021
  6. ^ "The four aims of human life". 22 June 2016.
  7. ^ "കേരള സാഹിത്യ അക്കാദമി പുരസ്കാരം ലഭിച്ച ചെറുകഥകൾ"
  8. ^ "Sahitya Akademi awards announced"
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  10. ^ "Subhash Chandran wins Vayalar Award". The Hindu. 10 October 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
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  12. ^ Bibin Babu (23 May 2020). "പത്മരാജന്‍ പുരസ്കാരങ്ങള്‍ പ്രഖ്യാപിച്ചു; മികച്ച സംവിധായകൻ മധു സി നാരായണൻ". (The Times of India). Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  13. ^ "O.V. Vijayan literary awards announced"

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