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Gopi T. Karuvath, who won the first prize at the Short Story Segment of the Muttathu Varkey Global Literary Awards Contest conducted by the Malayalee Association of America, is a resident of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
He was born in Edappal, Kerala as the son of late Mr. M T Kumaran Nair and Mrs. Madhavi Amma. [His father belonged to the renowned Madath Thekkeppat family in Kerala which gave birth to the legendary Indian author, Mr. M T Vasudevan Nair.]
Gopi T. Karuvath has had his higher education at two prestigious colleges under the then Kerala University: Shri Guruvayurappan College, Kozhikode and Shri Kerala Varma College, Thrissur. He took a Bachelor degree, specializing in English Literature.
Subsequently, he left Kerala for Gujarat in search of employment opportunities. And he commenced his professional life at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. He held managerial positions at its Publications and Public Relations Departments before he took voluntary retirement from NID services in 2003.
He has won a couple of awards in short-story writing. His short-story entitled “The Fence” won an award from the British Council Division in 1985. It was published in a collection of short-stories brought out by the Orient Longman. In 1986, another story, The Girl Who Loved a Shadow, bagged an award from the Times of India. Later, this story turned out to be the springboard for a successful Malayalam movie, Pranayavarnangal.
Gopi T. Karuvath won the MAAM Muttathu Varkey Global Literary Award (2014) for Short Story for his story called CHERIYAMMA (THE MATERNAL AUNT). At one level is is simply an imaginative recapturing of his childhood as well as teenage memories surrounding the epileptic attacks suffered by him and the superstitions associated with it. But at another level it has psychological dimensions. And it is written in a lyrical style.
His major work, so far, is translating a celebrated Malayalam novel, Chila Visuddha Janmangalute Viseshangal (originally authored by C. Ashraf) into English. Gopi’s English version, Of Some Holy Lives, has been published by www.amazon.in as a Kindle Direct Publishing edition. Renowned Indian author, Benyamin (author of the celebrated Goat Days), has written a fabulous introduction to it.
Gopi T. Karuvath is the Chief Editor of Mannom Vartha Pathrika (a bilingual cultural and literary periodical) published from Ahmedabad.
His wife, Mrs. Thankam Gopi, is a Teacher at Don Bosco English School in Ahmedabad. His elder son, Harikumar K. Nair, is an Animation Professional rendering freelance services to reputed film houses in Mumbai. And his younger son, Syam Narayan, is a Businessman in Ahmedabad.