C S Chandrika is a short story writer, novelist and social activist from Thrissur district in Kerala. She is among the writers in Kerala who have contributed to the positioning and elaboration of ‘pennezhuthu’ (women-writing) as a direct challenge to hegemonic literary canons in Malayalam literature, both in terms of aesthetics and politics. In the 1990s, Chandrika was at the forefront of the women’s movement in Kerala, and was a main organiser of the women’s theatre movement. Rooted in feminist, anti-discrimination and environmental politics, her writing pushes against the boundaries of patriarchal and gendered notions of morality, sexuality and normative behaviour. She has regular columns in major newspapers in Kerala, where she writes about contemporary issues with a focus on women’s rights, sustainable rural development and the Aadivasi rights. Chandrika holds degrees in Malayalam Literature and Women’s Studies, and a PhD in Fine Arts.