A Fistful of Mustard Seeds: A Collection of Short Stories

Paper Type: Book Print Paper | Size: 216 mm x 140 mm
Black and white, 216 pages, Flexiback
ISBN-13: 978-93-89136-19-7


The 12 stories in this book, originally written and published in Malayalam over a period of almost two decades, represent different phases in E. Santhosh Kumar’s writing career spanning a quarter of a century. Hence the themes are different, though there are undercurrents that connect them like a blood stream. As the author says, ‘working on a story is like working on a life, a set of characters around the geography where they live … while writing stories at least, writers do play God, in their little way.’

A Fistful of Mustard Seeds explores moral dilemmas, personal traumas and delves into the dark recesses of the soul. These insightful and deeply moving stories illuminate the elevations and abysses of the human condition. Sensitive, thought-provoking and perceptive, each story is a vignette into a different realm of emotional experience.


E. Santhosh Kumar
E. Santhosh Kumar

E. Santhosh Kumar has published fourteen books in Malayalam including short story collections, novels, children s novel and translation. He has won many literary prizes including Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for the best short story collection in 2006 and for the best novel in 2012. His stories have appeared in English, German, Tamil and Hindi. 

P. N. Venugopal
P. N. Venugopal

A freelance journalist, P. N. Venugopal translates fiction and biographies from Malayalam to English and English to Malayalam.  His translation of the award-winning Malayalam novel Andhakaranazhi as Island of Lost Shadows was shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award (2016).