T. Ramakrishna

Other names: 

Thottakadu Ramakrisha Pillai

Date of birth: 
01 Jan 1854
Precise DOB unknown: 
City of birth: 
Madras Presidency
Country of birth: 

A novelist, poet and travel-writer, T. Ramakrishna (Pillai) came from South India. He was connected to various high-ranking British officials who wrote the introductions to his works. Ramakrishna met Lord Tennyson, the Poet Laureate, and dedicated his 1896 book of poems 'Tales of Ind and other Poems' to Tennyson.


James Bryce, Sir Andrew H. L. Fraser, Sir M. E. Grant Duff, Lord Tennyson.

Published works: 

The Dive for Death: An Indian Romance (London: George Allen & Co., 1911)

Early Reminiscences of T. Ramakrishna, by himself, for private circulation (1907)

Life in an Indian Village, introduction by Rt. Hon. Sir M. E. Grant Duff, GCSI (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1911)

My Visit to the West, introduction by Sir Andrew H. L. Fraser (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1915)

Padmini: An Indian Romance, introduction by Rt.Hon. James Bryce, DCL (London: S. Sonnerschein, 1903)

Tales of Ind and Other Poems (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1896)

Caldwell, Robert, A Comparative Grammar of the Dravidian or South-Indian Family of Languages, rev. and ed. by J. L. Wyatt and T. Ramakrishna Pillai, 3rd edn (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1913)


The Contemporary Review

Daily Telegraph

Morning Post


Pall Mall Gazette, 18 May 1891

St James's Gazette

Literary World

The Indian Magazine

The Scotsman

Manchester Guardian

Leeds Mercury

Birmingham Post

Christian Leader


British Weekly


Leeds Mercury, 13 Oct. 1890

The Graphic, 24 Jan 1891

Secondary works: 

Codell, Julie F., 'Reversing the Grand Tour: Guest Discourse in Indian Travel Narratives', Huntington Library Quarterly, 70.1 (2007), pp. 173-189