Thrissur Kuriachira native Sunitha Wilson is the author of the novel ‘Maya Vipanchika’ for which late CPM leader Simon Britto wrote a preface. Though her educational qualification is only pre degree, she manages to create literary works in a simple language. Sunitha works at the Neethi medical store in Koorkkancherry.
Daughter of Payyappulli Jose and Rosy, Sunitha started writing at an age of 18 and completed her first novel titled ‘Mounam Sammatham’ by the time she turned 19. Later, she handed it over to a teacher for publishing, but he was transferred to some other place leaving her dream unfulfilled.
First published work
In 2004, the story was published in ‘Anizham’ magazine with a title ‘Jalakathinarikile Kidakka’ (The Bed Near the Window). That was the first story published under her name.
‘When neighbours ask me to write stories or poems, I write for them. But I don’t send writings to magazines, because there is nobody to edit it,’ Sunitha said.
Novel within 10 days
‘Maya Vipanchika’ is the fifth novel written by Sunitha. She took only 10 days to finish it. When asked whether the first four novels she wrote were published, she replied the flood came before that. Only this novel survived the flood.
There is a story behind it. A few days before the flood, Sunitha had asked CPM Koorkkancherry local secretary E. Sunil Kumar to give her novels to someone for an opinion. Then he asked her to give a latest work. Instead of choosing the latest of the already finished works, she wrote a fresh novel.
Meanwhile, the deluge destroyed her house. But Sunitha did not give up her dream. She took the half-written novel to the relief camp and continued writing till it was completed on the tenth day.
Story from real incident
The novel was inspired from an incident which Sunitha witnessed in life years ago. Sunitha narrated the event with slight changes.
In the novel, a woman hides her paramour in her daughter’s room to save her face from the people. But she has to helplessly watch the locals forcefully marrying off her daughter to the paramour.
‘It is not a morality issue. It really happened in my neighbourhood. I just noted it down,’ she said. Sunitha completed her novel despite being affected with rheumatism.
Preface by Simon Britto
Simon Britto had written the preface for her novel a few months ago. Sunitha remembers that she was in tears of joy when she received the written copy of preface from him and could not even tell him a word of thanks.
Finally, Kerala Sahitya Akademi president Vaisakhan released her book at the state conference of ‘Nattukalakarakkoottam’ in December. On the day of release, Britto asked Sunitha to meet him.
Sunitha went with her husband. He appreciated her and asked to give 25 copies of the book. However, he breathed his last even before she could meet him again. Sunitha is still unable to believe that the comrade who spared his time to inspire her is no more.