Shreekumar Varma is an Indian author, playwright, newspaper columnist and poet, known for the novels Lament of Mohini (Penguin, 2000), Maria's Room (Harper Collins, 2010), Devil's Garden: Tales Of Pappudom (Puffin, 2006), The Magic Store of Nu-Cham-Vu (Puffin, 2009) and the historical book for children, Pazhassi Raja: The Royal Rebel (Macmillan, 1997). Born as HH Prince Punartham Thirunal of the Travancore Royal Family, he is the great great grandson of the artist Raja Ravi Varma and grandson of Regent Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi, the last ruling Maharani of Travancore. Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma is the titular Maharaja of Travancore. Next in line are Revathi Thirunal Balagopal Varma and Punartham Thirunal Shreekumar Varma. The Maharajas of Travancore are the custodians of Padmanabhaswamy Temple.