Prof T J Joseph served as a Professor of Malayalam at Newman College, Thodupuzha. In 2010, following the question paper controversy, he was attacked by religious fundamentalists. He was dismissed from service subsequently. Reinstated on 28 March 2014, he retired on 31 March 2014. His autobiography, Attupokatha Ormakal, published by DC Books, won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 2021. The English translation of the book, A Thousand Cuts (transl. Nandakumar K.), is published by Penguin Random House. Nalla Padangal and Bhranthanu Sthuthi are two of his other works.
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