E Santhosh Kumar is one of the leading contemporary Malayalam writers. He won his first Kerala Sahitya Akademy award in 2006 for Chavukali, a collection of short stories. This was followed up with an award for the best children's novel for Kakkara desathe urumbukal instituted by Kerala State Children's literature Institute in 2011. In 2012, he won the prestigious Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for the second time, for his novel Andhakaranazhi. The novel was translated by P. N. Venugopal into English under the title The Island of Lost Shadows. This work was short listed for the Crossword Prize 2016. His novels and short stories have won critical acclaim for the pithy themes, sensitive and insightful handling of socio political issues and a highly restrained and evocative language style.