The third Youth India Expatriate literary award has been announced. ‘Pravasam’ a novel by renowned novelist M. Mukundan, which details the hundred years of experiences of expatriates has been selected for the award, said Youth India officials at a press conference. The award consists of Rs. 25,000 and a certificate of honour. Mukundan, who hails from Mahe, has won numerous awards including Kendra Sahithya Academy award, Kerala Sahithya Academy Award, Chevalier of the arts and letters by the French government, Vayalar Award, Kamala Surayya Award, Muttathuvarkey Award and many others.
More than just an author, Mukundan is a personality who has made his mark in the socio cultural activities of Kerala. ‘Pravasam’ is his best novel he has penned after retiring from his long service in the French Embassy. Mayyazhippuzhayude Theerangalil, Daivathinte Vikruthikal, Keshavante Vilaapangal, Delhi and Delhi Gaadhakal are a few of his notable works.
The Award will be conferred at the cultural conference which is scheduled to be held on 13 February, said Youth India officials. Benyamin’s ‘Aadujeevitham’ and Babu Bharadwaj’s ‘Pravasiyude Diary kurippukal’ were winners of the Youth India Expatriate Literary Awards in previous years.
Youth India has extended relief works amounting to KD 56,559 (fifty six thousand five hundred and fifty nine) in various relief works during last working term and new projects will soon be announced as Youth India enters into its 5th year. A new project ‘Better Tomorrow’, which will collect food items from the public and distribute it to the needy, is being organized. As deaths from starvation are still continuing in Kerala, and the government machinery has failed to address the problem, Youth India will provide monthly ration to 100 families in Wayanad district, said the officials.
Youth India Kuwait President Rafeeq Babu, General Secretary Shafi PT, Vice president Nisar K Rasheed and Cultural Wing Convenor Naisam, attended the press conference.