Popular Tamil writer passes away

Sahitya Akademi award winning writer Thoppil Mohamed Meeran passed away in Tirunelveli today. He was 75 and is survived by wife Jaleela Meeran and children Shameem Ahamed and Mirzad Ahamed. Meeran was awarded the Highest Indian Government award for Poets, Sahitya Akademi Award in 1997 for his novel Saivu Narkali (The Reclining Chair).

He has also received the Tamil Nadu Kalai Ilakkiya Perumantam Award, the Ilakkiya Chintanai Award, and the TN Government Award. He has published five novels and six short story collections. He hailed from a village named Thengai Pattanam which is part of the Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. He is one of the sons of the famous M.O.M Family.