‘Detective Pushparaj’ is one of the popular characters in Malayalam literature who is always cherished by the readers here, as if he is a Sherlock Holmes of Kerala. It was the greatest detective novelist in Malayalam Kottayam Pushpanath who created the evergreen character. It has been one year since he passed away. The much admired writer’s first death anniversary falls on May 2.
Location in Kottayam
Kottayam Pushpanath clearly depicted the streets of many foreign cities in his thriller novels. Along with this, he did not forget to give a detailed picture of Kottayam in his works. The borders, streets, and roads in Kottayam are beautifully illustrated with words by the author. He also did not hesitate to mix a bit of mystery in the novel ‘Parallel Road’ in which the accurate geography of Kottayam is recorded.
Fear of ‘13’
Though the writer scared the people with his thriller novels, he feared the number ‘13’. His novels did not include chapter number ‘13’, but only ’12 A’. However, it was quite accidental that when he passed away, the grave that was allowed for his burial carried the number ‘13’, said his wife Mariyamma.
The land phone number 0481 2391999 in Kottayam Pushpanath’s residence used to ring aloud frequently when he was active with novel writing. Readers who could not wait till the next issue of the weekly is published kept calling him to know what happens in the next chapter. People waited outside his residence to get his novels.
No Cigarette, No Drink
Everyone thought he would be busy writing novels with a burning Half Corona cigar in his lips. In fact, he had no bad habits in real life. He followed ‘no cigarette, no drink’ policy and used to have only a cup of tea occasionally. But his heroes and heroines enjoyed all types of expensive liquors and cigarettes in the stories. He collected the details of the luxury brands through reading alone as there was no internet at that times. Being a history teacher, his greatest pleasure was reading books.
Kottayam Pushpanath who started writing in 1968 had penned more than 400 books in his lifetime. But more than half of them are yet to be recovered. Pushpanath Foundation is on a mission to recover all of them. The author always used Sheaffer ink pens for writing.
Kottayam Pushpanath commemoration will be held at Kottayam Darshana Cultural Centre on Thursday at 3 pm. A seminar will be organised first and MLA Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan will inaugurate the Foundation is scheduled at 4.30 pm.