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Nalini Warriar

Nalini Warriar was born in Kerala, India in 1954 and grew up in Assam and Bombay. She lived in France and Germany before immigrating to Canada in 1986. She earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Laval University in 1998. Warriar lives in Quebec City. She worked as a cancer researcher and biotech consultant before turning to writing full time.

Fiction (Short stories)

Blues From the Malabar Coast: Stories

Toronto: TSAR, 2002.

Publisher’s Synopsis

These twelve delightful linked stories begin in a small village on India’s Malabar coast. The Variyars are a traditional matriarchal family, large and close knit, their children are numerous and spoilt, and life revolves around the temple. The family and its fortunes are described through the perceptions of its various members, particularly the younger ones. …
Joyful, poignant, and sad, this wonderful collection tells a story in its many stories, of a village and its people, of a nation, and of our times.

Awards and Honours

2002 McAuslan First Book Prize (Quebec Writers’ Federation)(Winner)


The Enemy Within

Toronto: TSAR, 2005.
PS8595 .A7836 E54 2005

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Dreaming of college in the tropical paradise of Kerala, India, seventeen-year-old Sita is married off by her parents to an Indian engineer in Quebec City.  … Spanning three decades, The Enemy Within is a memorable portrait of a woman caught between worlds. Set against the backdrop of Quebec politics, it is the story of a courageous woman who breaks with tradition in search of peace and love, only to be betrayed by the man she first loved and the land she has thought of as hers.

Anthology (Short stories)

Her Mother’s Ashes 3: Stories by South Asian Women in Canada and the United States

PS8329.1 .H45 2009

Warriar, Nalini. “A Time to Heal.” In Her Mosher’s Ashes 3, edited by Nurjehan Aziz. Toronto: TSAR, 2009, [205]-216.

Anthology (Short stories)

Write Across Canada: Mapping the Country in 19 Chapters

PS8323 .C35 W75 2004

Warriar, Nalini. “Quebec City.” In Write Across Canada, commissioned by the Ottawa International Writers Festival. Roberts Creek, BC: Nightwood Editions, 2004.


Publisher Mawenzi House (formerly TSAR)