Noted Tamil writer and Sahitya Akademi award winner Thoppil Mohamed Meeran died at Pettai in Tirunelveli district on 10 May 2019 morning. He was 74 and is survived by his wife, Jaleela, and two sons, Shameem Ahmed and Mirzad Ahmed.
Due to his mastery over both Malayalam and Tamil, he could use both languages in his novels effortlessly. This became the specialty of all his literary works i.e. his novels brilliantly narrated the fisherfolk’s life with details in both Tamil and Malayalam.
In his lifetime he received eight literary awards which include Sahitya Akademi Award and Tamil Nadu Kalai Ilakkiya Perumantram Award. He won the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in 1997, for his novel Saaivu Naarkkaali (The Reclining Chair), released in 1995.
His Short Story Collections and extensive translation work, gave him a prominent place in the literary world. Some of his short story collections include Thangarasu, Oru Maamaramum Konjam Paravaigalum, Anbukku Muthumai Illai, Oru Kutti Theevin Varippadam, Ananthasayanam Colony, and Thoppil Mohamed Meeran Kathaigal.