Engineering student translates 4 books written by expats
Dubai: A college girl is proving her talent in translation and dreaming of a new career in the field. Athira Ranjith (22), a final year engineering student at Vidya Academy of Science and Technology at Thalakkottukara in Thrissur, has already translated four books written by expats into English.
The books Athira translated include three novels and a biography. The novel 'Outpass' written by Sadiq Kavil based on true events was translated under the same title. The crime thriller 'Aa Mansoon Rathriyil' by Paul Sebastian was translated with the title 'On That Monsoon Night'.
The novel 'Brahmin Mohalla' by Salim Ayyanath was translated without changing the title. The biography of former chairman of Kerala Lalithakala Academy C L Porinchukutty 'Chithrakalayile Ekanthapathikan' written by Mahesh Paulose was translated as 'The Doyen of the Art World'.
The young girl managed to translate all four books within two years. Athira said that reading habit which she developed during school time helped her in translation. First she was interested in poetry. She used to win prizes for literary events in schools.
Athira completed her schooling from UAE as her father Ranjith Vasudevan was working in an English daily in Dubai. She studied in Sharjah New Indian Model School, Gulf Model School and Emirates National School.
Athira developed an interest for literature from her parents. Her father Ranjith has penned two Malayalam novels and several short stories. Mother Latha is focussing on poetry. Athira's brother Adarsh is a football player. Athira plans to focus on writing and translation after completing her course.