Thinakkal Padmanabhan, is one of the greatest short fiction writers in the Malayalam language and is credited with bringing modern Malayalam literature nearer to the subjective intensity of the lyric. He started writing at the age of 19 and has written more than 170 stories. His stories have been translated into almost every Indian language and also in foreign languages such as Russian, French and English. He received the Vayalar Award in 2001 for his story Puzha Kadannu Marangalude Edayileku. He has also received Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award, Kerala SahityaAkademi Award, Vallathol Award and LalithambikaAndharjanam Award.