Thomas Joseph

Thomas Joseph (8 June 1954 – 29 July 2021) was an Indian writer of Malayalam literature. He received Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Story in 2013 for his work, Marichavar Cinema KaanukayaaNu (The Dead are Watching Movies). He was also a recipient of SBT Literary Award, Delhi Short Story Award, K. A. Kodungallore Award, V. P. Sivakumar memorial Keli Award and the Children's literary institute Award. He died on 29 July 2021, at the age of 67.

Thomas Joseph
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Born(1954-06-08)8 June 1954
Died29 July 2021(2021-07-29) (aged 67)
OccupationShort story writer, Novelist, Journalist
  • Thomas Vadaykkal (father)
  • Mary Vellayil (mother)
  • 2013 Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Story
  • 2009 Children's literary institute Award
  • 2003 V. P. Sivakumar Memorial Keli Award
  • 1996 SBT Literary Prize
  • 1995 K. A. Kodungallore Award
  • Delhi Short Story Award


Thomas Joseph was born on 8 June 1954, in Eloor, an industrial town in Ernakulam district of the south Indian state of Kerala to Thomas Vadaykkal and Mary Vellayil.[1] He wrote his first short story when he was a 5th standard student and started publishing stories in Malayalam weeklies during his high school and college period. He published his first collection of short stories, Athbhuta-samasya, in 1989. His Chitra-salabhangalude Kappal (The Ship of Butterflies), short stories collection, was awarded the SBT Literary Award in 1996.[2] His story "Athbhuta-samasya", was published in the magazine Saketam, under the editorialship of Narendra Prasad and V. P. Sivakumar. He published eight books, which include six collections of short stories.[3]


Thomas Joseph worked at Chandrika and Indian Express daily newspapers and in Pen books. Towards the latter part of his life, he resided at Keezhmad, Aluva and it was here, he suffered a massive stroke while asleep on 15 September 2018, due to which he was admitted to Rajagiri hospital in Kalamassery. Due to limited financial resources, his family could not afford the expenses of the medical treatment and his friends and fellow writers resorted to crowd funding to raise the required money.[4][5] Though later discharged, he stayed in a coma for around three years before his death at his home on 29 July 2021, aged 67.[6][7]

Awards and honorsEdit

Thomas Joseph received Mrigaya magazine’s ‘Mrigaya Award-1984’ through the Readers’ Gallop poll. He was also the recipient of Delhi Short Story Award, K. A. Kodungallore Award (1995), V. P. Sivakumar memorial Keli Award (2003) and the Children's literary institute Award (2009).[8][9][10] His short story collection, Marichavar cinema kaaNukayaaNu (The Dead are Watching Movies) received the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Story in 2013.[11][12]



  • Joseph, Thomas (2019). Ammayude Udaram Adachu (in Malayalam). Kochi: Vayanappura Publications. p. 264. ISBN 9788193773574.
  • Thomas Joseph (2013). Paralōka vāsasthalaṅgaḷ. Kottayam: DC Books. p. 143. ISBN 978-81-264-4884-5. OCLC 878813280.

Short story anthologiesEdit


  1. ^ "Sahitya Akademi award-winning writer Thomas Joseph dies at 67". OnManorama. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Thomas Joseph - Mathrubhumi Books". Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Writer Thomas Joseph seeks help for treatment". OnManorama. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  4. ^ "അബോധാവസ്ഥയിലായ എഴുത്തുകാരന്‍ തോമസ് ജോസഫിനെ സഹായിക്കണം- ഫെയ്സ്ബുക്ക് പോസ്റ്റുമായി ബെന്യാമിന്‍" [Please help the write in a coma - Benyamin's facebook post]. Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Book comes to the rescue for its ailing writer, Thomas Joseph". The Hindu. 9 August 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  6. ^ "കഥാകൃത്ത് തോമസ് ജോസഫ് അന്തരിച്ചു". Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  7. ^ "കഥാകൃത്ത് തോമസ് ജോസഫ് അന്തരിച്ചു | writer Thomas Joseph died". Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  8. ^ "Writer Thomas Joseph dead". The Hindu. 29 July 2021. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Writer Thomas Joseph passes away". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  10. ^ "ചെറുകഥകളുടെ സാഹിത്യകാരന്റെ ജീവിതം ഒരു ദുരന്ത കഥ! അക്കാദമി അവാർഡ് ജേതാവിനെ സഹായിക്കണമെന്ന് അഭ്യർഥിച്ച് സാഹിത്യകാരൻമാർ" [The life story of a short story writer, a tragedy]. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Literary Awards". Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Malayalam novelist, short-story writer Thomas Joseph passes away". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 30 July 2021.

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