The multi-talented Resmi Prakash, native of Kumarakom, Kottayam, serving as nurse in the Broomfield hospital has won this year’s British Malayali Editor’s Trophy.
A nurse by profession, a passionate writer in Malayalam, a radio jokey, an anchor, a Barathanatyam dancer, all rolled into one. That is Resmi Prakash for you. In addition to her demanding profession of nursing, she finds time to involve herself in a plethora of activities such as learning, teaching Malayalam, anchoring, writing, dance, radio DJ and more. A jury from the British Malayali Editorial team had selected Resmi for this award, which has been conferred to either the team members of British Malayali or the contributors. The award will be conferred to Resmi at the British Malayali Award Nite on June 1, 2019, among other dignitaries, eminent Malayalam playback singer, G Venugopal will also grace the occasion.
Literally, there will not be any Malayali family in the UK, who is unfamiliar with Resmi, living in Chelmsford, Essex. Apart from working in a hospital in a busy environment, Resmi is a distinct face in the UK’s social and cultural circuits. Resmi is moving to Coventry University Hospital in September this year at the Surgical Enhancement Unit. When asked, when her life is going to be little more hectic with the change of job and how she is going to maintain the work-life balance, Resmi told The Indian News, she loved newer challenges and the prospect of conquering it. Resmi is very active in social media platform, Facebook, where she regularly writes short stories and poems in Malayalam. Resmi has published two literary works as well, titled Ekam, which is a collection of Malayalam poems and Manjinte Viriyitta Jaalakangal, novellas, consisting of two novels, one with the same title and the second one titled Neelima, published by Basho Books, Kozhikode. In addition to that, the multi-facted personality is also writing a novel, Mukhangal (Faces) on every Sunday on the online publication of British Malayali. Her earlier novel, Manjinte Viriyitta Jaalakangal, was also featured on British Malayali publication.
Resmi is the recipient of several laurels in the Malayalam literary segment. Both her books were published at the Kottayam Press Club last year. She had also won the poetry writing competition of Federation of British Malayalees Association (FOBMA). Her first Malayalam musical album, Ekam was released in 2014. Also, Resmi’s Malayalam album, Mazhanoolkkanavu, released last year, composed and rendered G Venugopal was received well.
She was also the coordinator of the events of British Malayali Award Nite, such as Malayali Manka and Miss Kerala. What is more, Resmi is also the trustee of British Malayali Charity Foundation and another NGO, Mother’s Charity. She has also anchored several stage programmes. Resmi is also working as a teacher in Kerala Government’s Malayalam Mission Classes. In fact, she is teaching Malayalam to 40 students and that is an incredible achievement. In the radio broadcasting arena, Resmi was hosting Manikkaveena in London Malayalam Radio. Resmi moved the UK from Kerala back in 2009. Born in Kumarakom in Kottayam district of Kerala. Resmi did her schooling from Baker Memorial Girls High School and BSc Zoology from Bascilos College, as elective subject. Nevertheless, Resmi completed her school finishing from Anglia Ruskin University, the UK.
Resmi began writing in the school magazine from the age of ten. When she was in school, Resmi learnt the performing arts of Bharatanatyam from Kalamandalam Devaki Antharjanam and later under the tutelage of Seetha Mani Iyer. Subsequently, she had performed the dance form during her college days.
How she is able to juggle all these things? “I plan and devote time to pursue my profession as well as passion. My professional aspects are strictly career oriented and when it comes to passion, that is for no profit reasons. I also have few charity work been done in the UK as well as back in Kerala. Our members make pickles and other recipes and will sell it. We help poor people suffering from cancer back in Kerala. We have formed a WhatsAPP group to coordinate and help the poor cancer patients in Kerala.
Through our endeavour, we send around three hundred pounds to the needy people in Kerala. Through the British Mother’s group, we do extend timely help. For instance, during the Kerala flood. What we do is to raise an appeal and collect money. Invariably, it will be more than Rs.1 lakh. We choose the patients during occasion like Christmas, Onam, Vishu etc., and depending on the need, we raise bigger amounts of money and send it to them in Kerala. The other unpaid job is to be a good wife and better mother.
Home front, I take care of my husband, Rajesh Karunakaran, who is working in a private firm here and our son, Adithya Tejus Rajesh by cooking excellent food. The recipe might be British or native Kottayam. Thus, I make them happy and all the three of us are involved in any of my literary pursuits. And that is the secret of our success,” Resmi signs off with a smile.