Nadakkal Parameswaran Pillai

Nadakkal Parameswaran Pillai

Nadakkal Parameswaran Pillai

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N. S. Parameswaran Pillai or Nadakkal Parameswaran Pillai (1931-2010) is the founder of Indian Coffee Houses in Kerala with the late Communist Leader of Thrissur Advocate T. K. Krishnan.

As one of the famous co-operators of Kerala and the leader of the legendary ICH movement, he was popular as 'Coffee House Pillai' in related circles. He is also the author of the alternative history of Indian Coffee House, the world's largest worker cooperative.

Historian of I.C.H. movement

His book 'Coffee Housinte Katha' or 'The Story of Coffee House' is in Malayalam, the regional language of Kerala, the home state of A. K. Gopalan the legendary Communist Leader of India and the father of the ICH movement. He published this work under the pen name, Nadakkal Parameswaran Pillai. It was not a mere history or a personal account but a passionate literary work.

The famous writer of Malayalam M. T. Vasudevan Nair who introduced the book to the readers has praised it as both enjoyable and relevant. It also became a best seller in Malayalam in the year of 2006 and won Abudhabi Shakti Award of 2007.

Early life

Pillai was born in Pallippuram, a hamlet of Alappuzha a Communist Stronghold of Kerala on 25th May, 1931. He was a school drop out after the completion of 4th standard, due to poverty. He engaged in a lot of jobs like Construction Worker, Cook, Bearer in Hotel, Wendor of Peanuts and Pan, Coir Factory Worker, Water Boy in Cochin Port, Clerk in Ration Depot, Clerk of Advocate etc. After...
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