Curriculam Vitae

P.Raja’s works won him International Eminent Poet Award (1988) from Chennai and Michael Madhusudan Academy Award (1991) from Kolkata. Pondicherry University honoured him with its literary award in 1987. And in 2009 the Govt. of Pondicherry honoured him with ‘Excellence in Literature’ Award.


  • Teaches English language & literature at Tagore Arts College, Pondicherry .
  • Has published articles, short stories, poems, interviews, one act plays, reviews, skits and features in more than 350 newspapers and magazines, both in India and abroad.
  • Has written scripts for All India Radio (Pdy & Karaikal)) and Doordarshan (Delhi).
  • Has contributed special articles to Encyclopaedia of Post-colonial Literatures in English [London], Encyclopaedia of Tamil literature in English and several edited volumes.
  • MEMBER of English Executive Board (Sahitya Akademi, Delhi) from 2008-2012.

    Was recipient of
    Literary Award (Pondicherry University, Pondicherry-1987),
    International Eminent Poet Award (Madras-1988),
    Michael Madhusudan Academy Award (Calcutta-1991),
    Gold Medal and Citation (American Biographical Institute, USA-1996),
    Best Poem of the Year Award (Una Poesia Per La Vita, Italy – 2002).
    Academy of Indo-Asian Literature award (Delhi, 2003)
    Nalli-Thisai Ettum Award for English Translation (Chennai, 2007)
    Excellence in Literature Award (Govt. of Pondicherry, 2009)
    Lifetime Achievement Award( International Poets Academy, Intercontinental, 2010)
    Best writer of the year Award ( NLC, Neyveli, 2010 )

    Has authored 21 books for adults and 8 booklets for children:

    • From Zero to Infinity (Pondicherry: All India Books, 1987)
    • To A Lonely Grey Hair ( Pondicherry: Busy Bee Books, 1997)
    • To Live in Love (Pondicherry: Busy Bee Books, 2003)
    Short stories:
    • The Blood and Other Stories (Delhi: B. R. Publishers, 1989)
    • Kozhi Grandpa’s Chickens ( Pondicherry: Busy Bee Books, 1997)
    • My Father’s Bicycle ( Pondicherry: Busy Bee Books, 2005)
    • Love Teaches Even Asses to Dance ( Pondicherry: Busy Bee Books, 2006)
    • Folktales of Pondicherry (Delhi: Sterling, 1987)
    • Tales of Mulla Nasruddin (Delhi: B.R.Publishers, 1989; 2000)
    • Sudden Tales the Folks Told (Delhi: B.R.Publishers, 1995)
    • A Concise History of Pondicherry (Pondicherry:All India Books, 1987; Busy Bee Books, 2003; 2006)
    • Glimpses of Pondicherry (Co-author Rita Nath Keshari) ( Pondicherry: Busy Bee Books, 2005)
    • The Stupid Guru and His Foolish Disciples (Sivaganga: Agaram, 1981; Pondicherry: Busy Bee Books,2005)
    • The Sun and the Stars (Sivaganga: Agaram, 1982)
    • Coloured Curtain (Delhi: B.R.Publishers, 2003)
    Biography & Criticism:
    • M.P.Pandit: A Peep into His Past (Pondicherry: Dipti, 1993)
    • Many Worlds of Manoj Das (Delhi: B.R.Publishers,1993)
    • K. D. Sethna ( Pondicherry: Busy Bee Books, 2005)
    • For Your Ears Only (Pondicherry: Busy Bee Books,1997)
    • Love Teaches Even Asses to Dance(Pondicherry: Busy Bee Books,2006)
    Edited Volume:
    • In Celebration: Women Poets of Pondicherry (Pondicherry: Busy Bee Books, 2003)
    • Busy Bee Book of Contemporary Indian English Poetry (co-editor: Rita Nath Keshari) (Pondicherry: Busy Bee Books, 2007)