Fiction writer, critic, columnist and theatre personality Vijay Nair (50) died of cardiac arrest here on Friday. He is survived by his journalist wife Deepti Nair and son Dhruv.
Nair had a postgraduate diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations and was associated with the corporate world before taking up theatre and arts.
According to actor-director Prakash Belwady, who acted in Weeds directed by Nair, he founded Still Waters, a theatre group, in 2001. Some of the plays produced by the group included Scars in My Memory , Shadows on the Wall , The Window , Raja Lahiri and Shut the Door .
He was awarded the British Council-Charles Wallace Award and served as Writer in Residence at the University of Kent, Canterbury. Master of Life Skills , his first novel, was published by Harper Collins India.
His work The Boss is Not your Friend was launched in February 2011 at the Kala Ghoda festival Mumbai. A recipient of the Fulbright Senior Research Grant, he was also awarded a U.S. State Department Grant to attend the International Writers Program at the University of Iowa.
Nair also worked as script consultant for Prakash Belwadi’s national award-winning film Stumbled (2002). Prakash said Nair stayed away from the spotlight, but worked quietly in the background. “He had sharp insights about the corporate world and that helped me in scripting Stumbled ,” he recalled.