UNNI R. writes short stories and screenplays in Malayalam. He is the author of six collections of short stories. He is known for his distinct idiom and black humour, sparse style and incisive social criticism. Unni has received numerous honours for his writing, including the prestigious Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for the short story collection Vaanku (Call for Prayer). A film based on the titular story in the collection received a special jury mention at the 68th National Film Awards, while a film adapted from the short story 'Ozhivudivasathe Kali' (Holiday Fun) won the 46th Kerala State Film Award for Best Film in 2015. Unni won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Screenplay for Charlie in the same year.
J DEVIKA is a feminist historian, social researcher and translator, currently with the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. She translates literary writing from Malayalam to English and social science writing from English to Malayalam. She has translated the literary writings of K.R. Meera, Sarah Joseph, Unni R., Ambikasuthan Mangad and Lalithambika Antharjanam, among others. Her website, www. swatantryavaadini.in, is a collection of translations of the writings of early twentieth-century feminists in Malayalam-speaking regions.