This construction labourer is creating stories along with buildings
Malappuram: Ponnani Puzhambram native K. T. Satheesan has proved that his words are stronger than the stones he had been lifting. A construction labourer, Satheesan’s first novel was introduced on Sunday.
The novel titled ‘Barekka’, published by Mathrubhumi Books, was presented as over 100 of the author’s friends turned the book cover into their Facebook profile picture.
Besides working on construction, Satheesan also plays the tabla during music concerts, acts in movies, becomes a judge at youth art festivals and writes scripts for short films for a living.
After completing Class 10, Satheesan used to enter the pre-degree classes at Pattambi College, without bothering about the evaluation process. His only intention was to attend Malayalam classes by Aliyar Kunju master and Sasikumar sir. He also attended the Malayalam degree class for a year.
In 2006, Satheesan published his first collection of stories titled ‘Kalangappettavante Choonduviral’.
Satheesan still remembers going to visit pioneering author O. V. Vijayan, on a rainy day with a paper carrying his short story rolled inside his pocket.
What do you want? Asked O. V. Vijayan.
Satheesan took out the piece of paper and answered – “I came to show you this”.
“Come back after one week,” said O. V. Vijayan after receiving the paper.
But when Satheesan returned earlier than instructed, the legendary writer gave him a letter in his own handwriting and said – “Visit Jayachandran Nair with this at Thiruvananthapuram.”
That’s how Satheesan’s first story was published in ‘Malayalam Vaarika’ in 2004.
Satheesan’s daughter has completed MA English while his son has completed BA English.