Rizio Yohannan Raj is a bilingual writer, translator and educationist. Her works include two collections of poetry in English (Eunuch, Naked by the Sabarmati and Other Guna Poems), and two novels in Malayalam (Avinasom, Yatrikom), the first of which is translated into English as A Tale of Things Timeless (HarperCollins 2012). She has translated major 20th century Malayalam writers into English, and introduced seminal works from other languages in Malayalam. Her academic works include a pioneering volume on Comparative Literature, Quest of a Discipline: New Academic Directions for Comparative Literature. She has also been a journalist, a books editor and a publisher. Her last assignment in publishing was at Katha, New Delhi, as Head of Publishing. She is the founder-director of a trust dedicated to the cause of education and life appreciation, Lila Foundation for Translocal Initiatives and presently works towards developing Lila as a cultural think-tank, action platform and a dynamic conservation space.
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