Paravur: âMy mother used to say that you absolutely have to go to the library after school. You can read a lot of good books there. – Amminiamma, a passionate reader said to her son. The young boy, A Sethumadhavan took his words to his heart.
This is how he became a frequent visitor to the Nair Samajam Public Library while a student at Paliyam School. Sethu, a popular Malayalam writer, has now donated his own books to the library which made him a writer. He contributed 25 books to the library.
At the time, the ‘Kurup Library’ was the librarian there. Sethumadhavan was allowed to choose the book he wanted. At first his love was for detective novels, which then took a paradigm shift towards the works of Thakazhi, Basheer and Pottekkatt. He had the opportunity to travel to several foreign countries and read books in different languages. He also wrote manuscripts in the library reading room.
His happiness was beyond measure when his work was published on Mathrubhumi Azhchappathippu when he was 25 years old.
Years after establishing himself as a renowned writer, he handed the library books to PA Sojan, who is a family friend and former secretary of the Chendamangalam Kaithari Co-Operative Society.