Together, they wrote 30 books on environment
Normally two writers for a single book rarely happens. But there are two author friends in Thiruvananthapuram who have written a total of 30 books together. Dr. T. R. Jayakumari and R. Vinod Kumar co-authored 30 books in Malayalam due to love for environment.
The duo write books on environment related subjects. Their efforts earned them national and international honours including India Book of Records, Asia Book of Records and Universal Record Forum.
Their book titled ‘Izhayunna Changathimar’ (about reptiles) won this year’s Bhima Children’s Literature Award. Now the writer friends are aiming at a Guinness record. They became friends after Jayakumari read the book ‘Keralathile Vanavrikshangal’ written by Vinod and met him in person.
Their first book ‘Janmanakshathrangalum Vrikshangalum’ was published in 2012. First they intended to write a book on trees in Kerala. But it took a long time for research and references and travels. The outcome of the effort was the most important book in their collection ‘Keralathile Vrikshangal – Vriksha Vigyanakosham’. It won an award for nature writing instituted by Sparrow Nature Conservation Forum.
Vinod has written 20 books alone and Jayakumari has 10 books to her credit. Now the duo is working on a book about the biodiversity in sacred groves (Kavu) in the state. They are travelling across Kerala to collect details about sacred groves that are larger than one acre.
Dr. Jayakumari completed MPhil and PhD in Botany and was serving as a teacher in various government colleges for 33 years. She retired in 2016 as vice principal and HOD of Government Women’s College in Thiruvananthapuram.
Vinod hails from Kalady and is a businessman by profession. He holds an India Book of Record for publishing most number of books with the name of an Indian state (Kerala) in title.
Sahyadri Natural History Society headed by Jayakumari and Vinod had conducted a survey of reptiles in Peppara and Neyyar. The findings of the survey were included in the book ‘Keralathile Uragangal’. They have also written books on the extinct species. Their 30 books were published through 13 publishers. The books will soon be translated into Hindi and Tamil.