A Writer in Malayalam & Pioneer in Indian Mobile Solutions
P.R. Harikumar is a writer in Malayalam, the south Indian language mainly spoken in Kerala. He is writing stories, poetry and literary criticism. By profession he is a college lecturer. He was born in 1960 at Attingal, a small town in Thiruvananthapuram district. He started his literary career at the age of 15 by writing poems. His first work published in a magazine was a story called “Muthassiyude Vazhi”(1980). Since then he is regularly contributing articles for various periodicals in Malayalam like Mathrubhumi weekly, Deshabhimani weekly, Malayalam Vaarika, Vijnanakairali, Bhashasahithi, Sahithyalokam etc. His first book, Niram Veezhunna Varakal, a collection of short stories was published in 1990. His second book, Vakkinte Souhrudam-a collection of literary essays -was published in 1992 through Current books, Thrissur. His third book Aliyunna Alroopangal, a collection of short stories, was published in 1998 through Current books, Kottayam. His fourth book Ezhuthinte Mudrakal- a collection of Essays- was published by Z Library ,Thiruvananthapuram in 2012 . A collection of poems written in recent years is going to be published shortly. In 1988 he got Thunchan Smarak Samman from Kerala Sahithya Akademi for his paper on “The development of Poetic language in Malayalam”. He got a special prize for his short story-Veendum Varunna Oraal- from Kathasamithi, Muvattupuzha.
He completed his school education by studying in various schools in Thiruvananthapuram district. He secured Second Rank in Kerala University for his B.A. Degree Examination held in 1981. He got Munshi Ramakurup memorial prize in 1982 & 1983. He got Prof. N. Krishna Pillai Prize from University college ,Thiruvananthapuram for his performance in M.A. Examination held in 1983. He took his M.Phil. from the Department of Malayalam, Calicut University in 1985. After that he did research for one year at the Dept. of Malayalam, Kerala University. In 1986 he joined Sree Sankara College, Kalady as a faculty member in Malayalam. Now he is working as Associate Professor at the same department.
He is residing at Perumbavoor with his wife Lakshmi and two sons, Naveen & Praveen.
He has a genuine interest in creating mobile solutions in touch with his literary aptitude. Recently, he developed mobile editions of Adhyatma Ramayanam in Malayalam and Thirukkural in Tamil. Then he presented India's first Phone Novel-'Neelakkannukal'(Blue Eyes) in Malayalam. Then he directed India's first Pocket Film- 'A boy in his time'. After these contributions, he presented India's first Phone Magazine-ZoomIndia. All of them made headlines in the media.