Dr. Vrinda Varma
Dr. Vrinda Varma

Assistant Professor Grade II

Office Address:

Room No. 109 I Ground Floor Management Studies Building NITC South Campus

Home Address:

  • 2013-2018. PhD. Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady.

  • 2007-2009. M.A English. The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.

  • 2009-2010. MPhil English. Language Teaching. The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.

  • Educational Qualifications

    • 2013-2018. PhD. Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady.

    • 2007-2009. M.A English. The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.

    • 2009-2010. MPhil English. Language Teaching. The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.

    Professional Experience

    • Assistant Professor Grade II. NITC, 2022-present

    • Assistant Professor. Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur. 2014-2022

    2024. PEN/Heim Translation Grant Winner

    2015. Fulbright Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Boston University.

    2012. UGC-JRF .Junior Research Fellowship.

    2007. University 3rd Rank, B.A English Model III. Mahatama Gandhi University, Kottayam. 


    Varma, Vrinda. Aithihyamala: Translating Text in Context. Translation Today. 2021 Vol. 15(1). 54-71.


    Sashindran, Athira; George Mathew, Reju and Varma, Vrinda.  Decolonising Memories: Exploring Queer Personal and Collective Memories from Archives. Queer Political Assemblages 4.0, a Two-Day International Conference on 'Decolonizing the Queer Movement and Cultures: Politics, Possibilities and Pitfalls,' organised by the Department of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, on 8th and 9th March, 2024.

    Mohan, Aparna and Varma, Vrinda. “The Re-seen Past: History, Memory and Trauma in On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” at the International Conference The Politics of Memory and History: Beyond the Postcolonial and the Postmodern, organized by the Department of English and Comparative Literature, Central University of Kerala. March 2023. 

    Varma, Vrinda. “Cultural Memory and Collective Memory: Social Media and the Memory Construction of Sadya” at the Dan ThottakkaraMemorial National Seminar, 2022, at Sacred Heart College, Thevara.

    Varma, Vrinda. “Food, Performativity, Subjectivity and Social Media”. at the Food, Memory Machines Workshop organized by the Indian Network for Memory Studies, IIT Madras. 17-20 August 2021.

    Varma, Vrinda. “What is Cooking in the Gendered Kitchen? Cooking as Performance and Cooking as Performativity”. International Conference on “Space, Spatiality and Performance” CPRACSIS. Feb 7,8 2015.

    Varma, Vrinda. “Imaging the Indian Woman through Television Advertisements”, Women’s WorldsCongress, 17-22 August 2014 HICC, Hyderabad INDIA.

    Varma, Vrinda. Reading Images in the Language Classroom”. Paper presented at the NationalSeminar, The English and Foreign Languages University. 2010


    Books (Refereed)

    Varma. Vrinda. Constructing Women Identities through Food Memoirs. Odysseys  of Plates and Palates:Food, Society and Sociality. Inter-Disciplinary Press. Book Chapter. 2015

    The Food Woman Connection. Is Food Really a Woman's Thing? Making Sense of Food: Constructing Culinary and Cultural Identities. Brill. Book Chapter. 2015

    Varma, Vrinda. Lore, Legends and Folktales from Kerala: Selections from the  Aithihyamala .Trans. DC Books. Kottayam. 2020. ISBN: 978-8194834885. (Book) 

    Varma, Vrinda. Khaleefa Umar and Other Moral Stories. Trans. Mango Books. 2020.  ISBN: 978-9353903497  

    Varma, Vrinda, et al. Fables from the Animal Kingdom. Mango Books 2019. ISBN: 978- 9352829019. Book.  

    Varma, Vrinda, et al. Grandma’s Treasury of Tales. Mango Books. 2019. ISBN: 9789- 352829538. Book.  

    Varma, Vrinda. Tales from Panchatantra (Translated from Malayalam), Mango Books. 2010. ISBN: 9788126450428. Book. 

    Varma, Vrinda. The English Express  Grade 2, Mango Books (D.C Books).  2014. ISBN-13: 978-8126442638. Book.  

    Varma, Vrinda. The English Express  Grade 3, Mango Books (D.C Books),  2014. ISBN-13: 978-8126442690. Book.  




    2022. Aparna Mohan. Postmemory and Intergenerational Trauma in Contemporary South East Asian American Literature. Full time. (Ongoing)

    2023. Cultural Hybridity and the Production of Indian English: A Corpus of Malayalam Literature in English Translation . Full time.(Ongoing)

    2023.Sexualities in Memories: A Study on Queer Narratives In Kerala. Full time. (Ongoing) Co-Supervision with Dr. Reju George Mathew.

    2023. Reading City as Text: An Urban landscape Interpretation of Select Indian Graphic Novels. Full time. (Ongoing)

    2023. Dignifying The Social Perception of Disability: Exploring The Experiences of the Disabled. Part Time. (Ongoing)

    2023-Present. Joint Secretary. International Quizzing Association. Asia-Kozhikode Chapter

    2022. Urban Sketchers, Thrissur, Kerala.

    2022- present. Member ELTAI

    2016- Present. Member, board of Question Paper Setters, B.A and B.A Hons. English. Kerala University.

    2014- present. Member. PETA.

    March 2024. Beyond the All: Redefining Success in your Own Words. Online Plenary for International Women's Day.St. Teresas's College (Autonomous). Ernakulam.

    December 2023: Memory Studies: Research Possibilities and Implications. Session Plenary. 3 day National Seminar. Govt. Arts and Science College, Meenchanda.

    November 2023: Reimagining the Narratives of Alterity: Politics, Aesthetics and the Contemporary. Session Plenary at National Seminar. Govt. Arts and Science College, Kondotty

    June 2023: Perspectives in Qulaitative Research. Session Plenary at 2 day Research Methodology Workshop, Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur. 

    March 2023: “Literature for our Times” Invited Talk at Zamorin’s Guruvayurappan College, Kozhikode.

    November 2022: "Women in/in Literature" Littalks Intercollegiate Lecture Series. St. Joseph's Arts and Science College, Pavaratty.

    October 2021: "Linguistic Diversity in India: United in Translation. (Panelist) Christ Deemed to be University. Delhi.

    June 2021: Talk on “Gems of Indian Literature: Aithihyamala”, Prajyothi Nikethan College, Pudukkad.

    March 2021: “Growing up to be a Feminist”. Invited Talk on Women’s Day, NSS Training College, Ottappalam, Palakkad.