KOTTAYAM: Noted novelist Mathew Mattam, who touched the hearts of the mediocre people with his popular village stories of them, passed away here on Sunday. He was admitted to Government Medical College, Kottayam, following a massive heart attack around two weeks ago and succumbed to it on Sunday at around 3 am. He was 65.
Mathew Mattam, who has written more than 270 novels, had carved out a niche in Malayalam literature with his thriller stories through various weeklies published from Kottayam, which were known as ‘ma’ publications. A predominant number of his novels were published before the advent of television serial, which created wave among the public and readers waited eagerly for the following episodes of his novels.
His novels including ‘Karimb’, ‘May Dinam’, ‘Anju Sundarikal’, ‘Alippazham’, ‘Daivam Urangiyittilla’, ‘Profasarude Makal’ and ‘Roti’ were a huge hit during 1980s and early 1990s. Among these, ‘Karimbu’ and ‘May Dinam’ were made into films and ‘Alippazham’ was made into a serial.