Chandrika Balan is a bilingual writer, academic critic, orator and translator. She was formerly Associate Professor of English, All Saints College, Thiruvananthapuram. She has visited many countries, including Britain, United States, Canada, Australia, Sweden and the Gulf nations, as an academic and writer. She has authored 24 books in Malayalam, which comprise fiction, essays and memoirs, under her pen name Chandramati. She has also published six translations of renowned books from English to Malayalam. Arya and Other Stories is her short story collection in English translation. Chandrika Balan is the recipient of 15 awards, including the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award, Katha National Prize, Padmarajan Puraskaram and O.V. Vijayan Puraskaram.