T Padmanabhan is known for creating women characters with elegance and sometimes in the rawest manner. They all had strong spaces in his stories. The short story wing of Malayalam Literature is blessed with many women characters by Padmanabhan.
When asked why he limited to the world of Short stories and not novel, he replied saying, “I don’t have the patience to write a novel. 300 to 400 pages of novels were huge at the time when I started writing. Currently novels are written in 20000 pages. I don’t have the patience to read such novels too but I respect those who take time for that”.
When asked about the status short story genre enjoys in the Malayalam literature he stated with an example, “When Vayalar award was organized it was decided to give awards to the best content produced in five genres but stories were not one among that. After 17 years of struggle it was also considered for the award, which makes it clear that stories were given the status of a poor relative visiting a rich cousin’s home”.
With many examples and many stories T Padmanabhan was able to touch many phases of his writings.
Watch his complete session here: