Born in Thelivathai estate near Nuvaralea in 1934, Joseph worked as an elementary school teacher before becoming an accountant at a chocolate factory.
He shot to fame with the publication of his first novel Kalangal Savathillai in 1974. His other works are Namirukkum Nade, Palayi and Kudai nizhal. He has also authored a detailed history of literature of plantation area, besides publishing anthologies of the writers.
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