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Manu Bhattathiri (Author) Creative Flight Journal

Manu Bhattathiri was born in Kottarakkara, Kerala. He did his schooling in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Kashmir and Bangalore, and his college in Kerala. Manu has worked as a journalist in the New Indian Express, Bangalore, a copywriter in several advertising agencies including Ogilvy & Mather, TBWA and RK Swamy, and as a college lecturer briefly in Sree Vivekananda College, Kunnamkulam. He currently co-owns a small ad agency in Bangalore by the name of Cheers Communications. Apart from numerous articles and short stories in magazines and newspapers (which include The Caravan, The Hindustan Times, Scroll, The Hindu’s BLink supplement, and Indian Express), Manu has published two books. The first is a collection called Savithri’s Special Room and Other Stories, out from HarperCollins in 2016. It was longlisted at the Tata Literature Live! in 2016 and shortlisted at the 15th Raymond Crossword Book Award in 2017. Aleph Book Company published his first novel The Town That Laughed in August 2018. Apart from widespread critical acclaim, the novel was listed by The Hindu as one of the top 10 books (fiction) of 2018. Much awaited is Manu’s latest, The Oracle of Karuthupuzha, a novel set in the fictional small town of his creation, Karuthupuzha, that has repeatedly been compared to RK Narayan’s Malgudi. The book should be out by April-May 2021. Manu lives in Bangalore with his parents, wife, daughter and no less than three dogs.