There is something remarkably serene about Thunchan Parambu. Even the copious monsoon thins to a drizzle on Saturday afternoon as M.T. Vasudevan Nair, the man responsible for the stature this memorial to the father of Malayalam enjoys today, speaks about it and his plans to attract the younger generation to the language’s fold.

“The children’s library here has already proved very popular. It is well stacked with books selected and bought by myself. We also conduct literary camps for children and encourage them to write; I have noticed some promise among them. Reading is important when you grow up; I remember being told by my elders that one should read The Hindu to improve one’s English. I used to visit a house in my village just to read The Hindu as a schoolboy,” even as he put his signature for the readers of The Hindu here on Saturday

MT often visits Thunchan Parambu, which is not far away from his birthplace, Koodallur. He is here to initiate a few children into writing. “When I am here, I stay in this cottage, built as a gift by a reader of mine (U. Achu). Here, I spend a lot of time reading. Currently I am going through the ‘Best American Short Stories’, the yearly anthology I have been reading regularly for the last many years.”

As for writing, he says he wants to complete the novel he began sometime ago. “Ill health troubled me for a while. I am feeling much better now,” he says. A brand new English translation of his masterpiece ‘Randamoozham’ will be out next week. “Gita Krishnankutty has translated it for Harper Collins, and I have been going through its draft,” he says.

The writer often organises literary camps for children at Thunchan Parambu, encouraging them

to write.

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