Renowned Malayalam novelist and short story writer Akbar Kakkattil passed away at a private hospital in Kozhikode.He was 62.
Akbar had been a popular teacher and his school stories are widely read and discussed among Malayalam readers.
A two-time winner of the prestigious Kerala Sahitya Akademi award, Kakkattil was undergoing treatment for a lung-related ailment for over a week . His health condition deteriorated with pneumonia and died around 5 am on Wednesday.
Kakkattil had been undergoing treatment for cancer for the past few months.
He was the Vice-President of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi and member of Malayalam Advisory Panel of National Book Trust and Malayalam Advisory Board of Kerala Government.
Hundreds of people paid their homage to the writer at Kozhikode town hall and Vatakara town hall.
Funeral ceremonies were held at Kandothukuni Juma Masjid at Kakkkattil
Humour,colloquial language and subtle shifts of climaxes attracted both young and old readers into his world of letters.
Born in a traditional Muslim family at Kakkattil in Kozhikode district,Kakkattil worked as a teacher at National Higher Secondary School,Vattoli,his neighbouring town.
Kakkattil always honoured relationships and maintained his contact with friends.
He lived a life of ordinary person and cracked jokes and created laughter and lighter moments to his admirers.
During his train journeys Akbar would land at railways station tea stalls and zip his favourite black tea.
He was always patient enough to listen others words.
Some times he would go deep in thoughts even if it is a public venue.
He interacted with students and youngsters and shared his life experiences in his own style.
He made everyone happy,thoughtful and always reminded all that life was too short and fights and clashes would lead mankind to nothing.
He realised the limitation of human life.
Akbar didn’t life as a serious affair.
And tried to add humour and lighter thoughts to life philosophies
When he was addressing a women’s college audience at Nadapuram,Akbar said”.I have three daughters including my wife.”
He spoke on creativity,the power of womanhood and many exciting life lessons.But, never invited controversies.
He stood for peace and harmony .Kakkattil questioned all kinds of political violence that prevailed at Nadapuram and near by places. He used his pen to make people aware against narrow political divide and meaningless and cruel violence.
He always expressed his opinion on various socio-political issues.
He never showed the writer’s ego.He lived just like an ordinary man.His simplicity,broad mind and open attitude attracted everyone.
Akbar Kakkattil was a cultural face of villages during their festivals,cultural speeches and celebrations.The void is too big.Akbar Kakkattil is one and only .His writings and humorous speeches would live for ever.