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Blurb for Muezza and Baby Jaan: Stories from the Quran

An incongruent pair and their illuminating friendship.

Join Baby Jaan as she listens to Muezza’s mesmerizing tales and soak in the wonder of rare, enlightening nuggets of Islamic lore.

A djinn in the form of a baby camel and Prophet’s favourite cat come together in their shared exploits and a mutual education. As their chance meeting and tender bond is delicately explored, we are offered a fascinating array of teachings from the Quran that is sure to captivate children of all ages. Savour some enthralling gems about Nuh’s ark, God breathing life into the first man and woman, Iblis the djinn-turned-angel, the gift of free will, the ninety-nine names of God, the blessed she-camel, the mighty King Sulaiman and much, much more.

Charmingly whimsical and breathtakingly illustrated, Muezza and Baby Jaan is a read like no other.


Anita Nair launches new book
Chain Of Custody


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You Said, I agreed - Suraj Mani & The Tattva Trip - Music Mojo Season 4 - Kappa TV

Published on Jan 19, 2016
Written by Anita Nair
Composed by Suraj Mani
Vocals & acoustic guitar - Suraj Mani


Alphabet Soup for Lovers

A story of where love can take you and where it can leave you. A story of food, love and the god particle.


Lena Abraham knows that love can end in only one way — disappointment. Her marriage to KK is perfect precisely because she is not in love with him, and their life on a tea plantation in the picturesque Anamalai Hills is idyllic. Then, one rainy morning, a man arrives to take up temporary residence in the homestay they run.

Shoola Pani is south Indian cinema’s heartthrob, an actor in flight from his own superstardom, and the last thing he is looking for is emotional entanglement. But when Lena and he meet, something flares between them that neither could have anticipated. She becomes his Lee and he her Ship, and Arcadia the place they inhabit.

Told partly from the point of view of Komathi, the cook, whose own relationship with Lena is fraught with buried truths from the past, this searing tale of unexpected passion and adultery reaffirms the magical power of love in all our lives.

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Anita Nair is a global ambassador for Women for Expo May 2015

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Alphabet Soup for Lovers published as
L’Alfabeto Delle Spezie in Italy on June 11th 2015


The story of how a book was born and the writing of another was resuscitated: Last September I was in Sarzana Italy as a speaker at the Festival of Ideas. Luigi Brioschi, President and Publishing Director of the very literary Ugo Guanda Editore and my publisher in Italy was there as well to hear me speak. Women for Expo had just announced that I had been chosen as one of their global ambassadors. After the lecture as we walked towards the restaurant for lunch, I was talking to Luigi about how the writing of Gowda 2 had hit an impasse. The subject was bleak and what I had researched and written about until then had left me in a deep dark space. The pointlessness of existence, the depravity of human beings, our inability to deal with social ills even when it was staring us in our face – all of it had stilled my words.

I am not sure if Luigi was trying to help me erase the images that were haunting me and freezing my mind or he was just being a good publishing director when he asked if I would write a story for him. Use food as a metaphor, he said. I would like to believe it is a combination of both for suddenly I felt something flower in me.

An idea that I had been toying with since May 2013 suddenly seemed the best place to begin. I am not sure what it will be but I certainly will, I said feeling a frisson of excitement. Seated beneath a bower of leaves, all of us there that day drank to the new book whatever it would be.

The story became a novella and Luigi who read it as soon as it was done wrote back: the food novella is a brilliant small book. Very brilliant, and perfectly architected.

In less than a year the book was written, translated by my dear friend and translator Francesca Diano and will be published in Italy today as L’Alfabeto Delle Spezie.

It is a special book for me for it is a story that shattered the freeze in my head and heart, and allowed me to resume Gowda 2 again. It is also a book I enjoyed writing for the sheer unabashed fantasy of a love affair melding with food was exactly what I needed to heal.

Alphabet Soup for Lovers will be published by HarperCollins India and Mathrubhumi books later this year.


El Guardian De La Luz – The Spanish Translation of Idris: Keeper of the Light published in April 2015


New Editions of Cut Like Wound
in India and France in April 2015



Idris: Keeper of the Light is shortlisted for the Hindu Literary Award.

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Announcing the publication of
Idris by Ugo Guanda, Italy

Announcing the publication of
Idris by Mathrubhumi, Kerala

Announcing the publication of A Cut-Like Wound
in UK & US in May 2014 by Bitter Lemon Press

Cut-Like Wound



Announcing the publication of
Anita Nair’s new novel Idris

Idris by Anita Nair


Anita Nair has been awarded the
Central Sahitya Akademi award for her
contribution to Children's Literature.

Lessons in Forgetting wins National Film Award

The movie adaptation of Lessons in Forgetting for which Anita Nair also wrote the screenplay and the dialogues has won the National Film Award for an English language film at the 60th Annual National Film Awards in India.

The film will be released in PVR cinemas across India on 19th April, 2013.

Lessons in Forgetting


Announcing the publication of
Anita Nair’s compilation of travel essays
in Malayalam “Koo Koo Koo Koo Theevandi”.


Announcing the publication of
Anita Nair’s new novel Cut Like Wound.

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 up one after the other, and it becomes clear that a serial killer is on the prowl, Gowda recognizes a pattern in the killings which no one else does. Even as he negotiates serious mid-life blues, problems with his wife and son, an affair with an ex-girlfriend, and official apathy and ridicule, the killer moves in for the next victim...

Steeped in the lanes and atmosphere of the city of Bangalore, Cut Like Wound introduces to the reader a host of unforgettable characters and is a brutal psychological thriller unlike any

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