The dark and engrossing tale of a young female executioner had won K R Meera many awards and accolades. The successful creation of characters in the novel Aarachar makes it more lovable. She is a proud recipient of Kerala Sahitya Akademi award and odakkuzhal award along with many other awards. She was also shortlisted for the 2016 DCS prize for South Asian Literature.
It was in 2001 as her husband suggested she dedicated her whole time towards writing. In 2002 her debut short story collection ‘Oramyude Njarambu was [published and later she wrote children’s books, novellas, short story collections, and five acclaimed novels too. She is considered as one of the strongest female writer Malayalam ever produced.
She was by profession a journalist. She started working as top reporter in Malayala Manorama from the year 1998. K R Meera has become the household name with her very admirable creations. She took part in the first edition of Kerala Literature Festival and was mobbed by her fans at kozhikode to get a sign from her.
“The emotional investment is huge in all my stories… And it was extraordinarily high in Aarachar. I wanted to break free from everything and everyone, for the whole world seemed to be hostile to me. For the first time I realised what many writers over centuries had meant by the pain and agony of writing. Also, I found out how much writing meant to me. It was like someone putting a noose around my neck and dragging me all the way,” says Meerawhen asked about her acclaimed novel Aarachar. It was later translated to English under the title Hangwoman.
She won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 2009 for her short-story, Ave Maria. Her novel Aarachaar (2012) is widely regarded as one of the best literary works produced in Malayalam language. It received several awards including the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award (2013), Odakkuzhal Award (2013), Vayalar Award (2014) and Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award (2015). It was also shortlisted for the 2016 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.