Anita Nair

Anita Nair


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Anita Nair is the bestselling author of The Better Man, Ladies Coupe, Mistress, Lessons in Forgetting and Cut Like Wound. She has also published a collection of poems titled Malabar Mind, a collection of essays titled Goodnight & God Bless, written two plays and the screenplay for the movie adaptation of her novel Lessons in Forgetting, which won the National Film Award in 2013. She was awarded the Central Sahitya Akademi award for her contribution to Children’s Literature in 2013. Her books have been translated into 30 languages. Her books have been translated into 30 languages. Her new novel Alphabet Soup for Lovers will be published shortly.

Awards & Felicitations

  • Chosen as one of the 30 Power Women in India for the year 2006 by India Today magazine in their roll call of honour.
  • Was part of Triangle Media Group Global top 50 hot list of 2006-07 in the category of Fashion, Literature and Arts.
  • Anita Nair was awarded the FLO FICCI Women Achievers Awards 2008 for Literature.
  • She was felicitated by Montblanc in 2009 as part of their Signature for Good initiative with UNICEF for her contribution to literature, enforcing cross cultural endeavours and enlightening experiences that have transcended an inexhaustible diversity of forms – barriers of language, cultures and identities.
  • She was awarded the Women of Substance Award 2010 by the Times Group for the outstanding contribution in the field of literature.
  • She was awarded the JFW [South India’s leading women’s magazine] award for literary excellence for the year 2010.
  • In May 2012 she was honoured by the Kerala Sahitya Akademi for her contribution to Literature and Culture.
  • In October 2012 she was awarded Arch of Excellence Award by the All India Achievers’ Conference, New Delhi for Literature.
  • In 2013 she was awarded the Central Sahitya Akademi award for her contribution to Children’s Literature.

Workshop and Lecture Experience

Anita Nair has been a speaker at several places both in India and at international venues.

  • The Making of a Novel – September 2014 Padova Town Hall hosted by the Padova Township, Italy
  • The Identity of the New Indian Woman – August 2014 Festival Della Mente Sarzana, Italy
  • The Writerly Path – a reading & lecture under the auspices of the Central Sahitya Akademi India August 2014
  • Keynote speaker – Kerala Sahitya Akademi, Bangalore
    – March 2014
  • Keynote speaker – Sap Lab, Bangalore – November 2013
  • India Inclusion Summit 2013
  • Keynote speaker – Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi – October 2013 National Seminar on Realism in Indian Fiction
  • Speaker at Tedx Chennai July 2013
  • Speaker at Tedx Hyderabad January 2013
  • International Speaker at Mantua Festival Italy
  • Key Note speaker – Public Library, Thrissur, Kerala June 2012
  • Keynote speaker – Thrissur, Kerala Kamala Das Memorial Trust award function– March 2012
  • Key Note speaker – Casa delle Letterature, Rome, Italy –December, 2011 – We are Like That Only
  • Key Note speaker – Anna Adarsh College, Chennai – ‘Who do I want to be – The making of role models’ – December, 2011
  • Key Note speaker – PubliCon 2011: The Business of Publishing, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, FICCI, New Delhi – National Book Promotion Policy – Where are we – September, 2011
  • CII Convention on Women Leadership, Kochi, Kerala, June 2011
  • UST Global MBA program, Trivandrum – Corporate Responses to Management Learning – Key Note speaker, July 2011
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore
  • India – Angels in the Corner – Literary influences Dec, 2010
  • Casa de la India Vallolidid Spain – Guest speaker December, 2010
  • Casa de la Spain Madrid Spain– Guest speaker December, 2010
  • Mathrubhumi- Penguin India Book Fair-Keynote address September 2010
  • Success – tips and ways – Lecture at Ness technologies Bangalore March 2010
  • International Guest Writer and speaker at London Book Fair April 2009
  • Chasing a Dream – Lecture at Aricent Technology Bangalore 2009
  • Key Note address for Defining the ethos of the new millennium in literature from the Indian subcontinent national seminar held by
  • Ethiraj College Chennai March India 2009
  • International Guest Writer and speaker at Goteborg Swedish Book Fair October 2008
  • Speaker Participant at Jaipur Literature Festival January 2008
  • Speaker delegate at international symposium held by Premio Grinzane Cavour Turin, Italy January 2008
  • International Guest Writer and speaker at Singapore Book Festival December 2007
  • International Guest Writer and speaker at Edinburgh Book Festival August 2007
  • Key Note address on Voices of the Marginalized held by Nirmala College Kovai India February 2007
  • Speaker Participant at Crossing the Borders Festival Netherlands November 2006
  • International Writer and speaker at Torino Spirituality Festival September 2006
  • Speaker at Heine Institute Dusseldorf September 2006
  • Extramural lecture at IIT Chennai August 2006
  • International Guest Writer and speaker at Bogota Book Fair 2006 and lectured on Literature and the City
  • Key Note address on Women Autobiographies national seminar held by University of Mysore India 2006
  • Lecture under the auspices of SCILET , American College Madurai, India 2006
  • Lecture under the auspices of the Associates lecture Program lecture 2006 At National Institute of Advanced Studies Bangalore India
  • International Guest Writer and speaker at Poland’s first ever Literary Festival held in Krakow 2005
  • Delegate at International Forum 2004 Barcelona and conducted a dialogue on Is Journalism :Fiction Or Subversion?
  • Presented a paper at the Department of Commonwealth Studies, Turin University Italy in October 2003
  • Presented a paper at the La Bibliotheque du Pleissis-Robinson France in September 2003
  • Lectured to the students of Open University UK July 2003
  • Presented a paper under the auspices of University of Cartagena Spain in July 2003 at Le Mar de Musicas event
  • Presented a paper at the Department of English, Venice University Italy in April 2002
  • Lectured at Museum of Vittorio Veneto Italy in April 2002

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