Novels by Anita Nair

1997 – 2016

Chain Of Custody

July 19, 2016

Chain Of Custody

How is twelve-year-old Nandita’s disappearance connected to the murder of a well-known lawyer? What services has college student Rekha been persuaded to perform by her ‘boyfriend’? Who is the mysterious crime lord lurking just out of sight? And who, just who, is Krishna?It begins as a search for a missing…

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Idris

June 2, 2014

Idris

The year is 1659. Idris, a Somali trader, is in Malabar to attend the Zamorin’s Mamangam festivities. Everywhere he goes, his jewelled eye evokes a sense of wonder and incredulity. Then, by a strange twist of fate, Idris meets his nine-year-old son, Kandavar, born of a mysterious midnight tryst in…

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Cut Like Wound

November 9, 2011

Cut Like Wound

Introducing Inspector Borei Gowda… It is the first night of Ramadan. At Shivaji Nagar in the heart of Bangalore, a young male prostitute is killed and burnt alive. It would have stayed as yet another unsolved murder, but for Inspector Borei Gowda, the investigating officer. As bodies begin to pile…

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Malabar Mind

May 9, 2011

Malabar Mind

Malabar Mind heralds the arrival of a major new voice in the ‘meanwhile-back-to-real-life-school-of poetry’ In Malabar Mind, Anita Nair’s debut collection of poems, the real and corporeal, landscapes and mindscapes are explored with a rare fluid ease. From the quirky symbol of toddy shops in Malabar – a full bottle…

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Chemmeen

January 9, 2011

Chemmeen

First published in 1956, Chemmeen tells the story of the relationship between Karuthamma, a Hindu woman from the fisherfolk community, and Pareekutty, the son of a Muslim fish wholesaler. Knowing that it was a forbidden love, Karuthamma marries Palani, an orphan from another fishing village. Palani and Karuthamma’s marriage is…

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Lessons In Forgetting

April 20, 2010

Lessons In Forgetting

A beautifully told story of redemption, forgiveness and second chances When we first see Meera, she is a carefully groomed corporate wife with a successful career as a writer of cookbooks. Then one day her husband fails to come home after a party and she becomes responsible not just for…

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Goodnight and God Bless

December 21, 2008

Goodnight and God Bless

A sparkling collection of literary essays, each one a bedtime rumination, Goodnight and God Bless is about books, writers, book events, mice, mothers, airport hotels, the wind and other such unexpectedly thought-provoking subjects, snugly interwoven with a warmly personal and anecdotal history of the author and her assorted family members….

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Magical Indian Myths

June 27, 2008

Magical Indian Myths

When Surya the sun god got married his wife could not bear the heat of his rays and ran away. Surya was heartbroken and the world plunged into darkness. A dwarf asked a king for some land, which he measured with three footsteps, and ended up claiming the earth and…

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Living Next Door To Alise

October 17, 2007

Living Next Door To Alise

Life will never be the same for Siddharth when he starts living next door to Alise. Nine-year old Siddharth is the despair of his parents. He does not want to run around or climb trees, and he is terrified of ants. Siddharth prefers books to friends and is the target…

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Adventures of Nonu the Skating Squirrel

March 14, 2006

Adventures of Nonu the Skating Squirrel

The Squirrel family must move to a new neighbourhood, and Nonus not happy. But soon he discovers that his new home can be fun. With his new friend Nicole, and his brand new skateboard, Nonu is all set to have many adventures. Nonus vibrant world, brought to life by bestselling…

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Mistress

March 28, 2005

Mistress

A searing new novel of art and adultery from the best-selling author of Ladies Coupe When travel writer Christopher Stewart arrives at a riverside resort in Kerala to meet Koman, Radha’s uncle and a famous kathakali dancer, he enters a world of masks and repressed emotions. From their first meeting,…

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Puffin Book of World Myths and Legends

October 13, 2004

Puffin Book of World Myths and Legends

All the people on earth get together to push the sky up with giant poles because it is too low and they keep bumping their heads against it. The crafty snake gets to know god’s secret message to man and becomes immortal by shedding its skin. An emperor’s sorrow bursts…

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Ladies Coupe

May 14, 2001

Ladies Coupe

The story of a woman’s search for strength and independence. Meet Akhilandeshwari, Akhila for short: forty-five and single, an income-tax clerk, and a woman who has never been allowed to live her own life – always the daughter, the sister, the aunt, the provider. Until the day she gets herself…

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The Better Man

May 16, 2000

The Better Man

The Better Man is set in contemporary India in a little fictitious village called Kaikurussi in the northern part of Kerala . This region was once known as Malabar during the British regime. After Independence, Malabar as a state/region ceased to exist. Though Malabar has no geographical boundaries, no presence…

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Satyr of the Subway & Eleven Other Stories

January 23, 1997

Satyr of the Subway & Eleven Other Stories

When it was first published in 1997, Satyr of the Subway consisted of twelve stories, each worked around a dramatically different situation ranging from the mundane to the bizarre. This revised edition includes three new stories and incorporates occasional alterations to text. This revised edition includes three new stories and incorporates…

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