Tripathi, Ghosh Top India’s Raymond Crossword Book Awards

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India’s Raymond Crossword Book Awards recognize ‘exclusively Indian’ writers across 10 categories—winners are chosen by a jury and by popular vote.
Titles shortlisted in this year's Raymond Crossword (Bookstores) Book Awards, top row juried selections, bottom row popular selections.

Titles shortlisted in this year’s Raymond Crossword (Bookstores) Book Awards: top row juried selections, bottom row popular selections.

By Dennis Abrams | @DennisAbrams2

‘Exclusively Indian’
As The Hans India reports, Amish Tripathi, Amitav Ghosh, Ruskin Bond, Radhakrishan Pillai, and Twinkle Khanna were among the big winners at the 14th Raymond Crossword (Bookstores) Book Awards.

raymond-crossword-logo-vertical-linedThe awards, seen by some as an Indian answer to the UK’s Man Booker—before that prize’s controversial embrace of non-British entries—are described by organizers as being “exclusively Indian, inclusive in every other sense.”

They’re devised to bring together the Indian literary community of readers, authors, booksellers, and publishers. And one way they do this is by conferring both public and juried prizes on their authors.

First launched in 1998 with the goal of encouraging Indian writing and Indian authors, the Raymond Crossword Book Awards program is the only literary award in India that recognizes authors for writing in fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, translations, and such popular categories as business and management and health and fitness.

Kinjal Shaw, CEO of Crossword Bookstores, is quoted  says of this year’s award ceremony:

“The auditorium was packed this year, and I’m grateful to the whole publishing industry in India comes forward as one family to recognize its own stars. This year, the award was given in ten categories and the first ever lifetime achievement award. A total of 11 awards were given away, in the following three categories.”

Raymond Crossword Popular Awards Winners

Fiction
Scion of Ikshvaku (Westland Press) by Amish Tripathi

Non-fiction
Mrs. Funnybones (Penguin) by Twinkle Khanna wins the Raymond Crossword Book Award – popular award – nonfiction category

Biography
Playing It My Way (Hodder & Stoughton) by Sachin Tendulkar with co-author Boria Majumdar

Business and Management
Chanakya in You (Jaico Publishing) by Radhakrishnan Pillai

Health and Fitness
Body Goddess (Random House India) by Payal Gidwani

Children’s Book
Gita: For Children (Hachette India) by Roopa Pai

Raymond Crossword Book Award Juried Winners

Fiction
Flood of Fire (Penguin India) by Amitav Ghosh

Nonfiction
Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India (Harper Collins) by Akshaya Mukul

Translation
The Sun That Rose From the Earth (Penguin India) by Shamsur Rahman Faruqi

Children’s Book
Our Nana was a Nutcase (Rupa Publications) by Ranjit Lal

The full report from The Hans India can be read here.

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Dennis Abrams

Dennis Abrams is a contributing editor for Publishing Perspectives, responsible for news, children's publishing and media. He's also a restaurant critic, literary blogger, and the author of "The Play's The Thing," a complete YA guide to the plays of William Shakespeare published by Pentian, as well as more than 30 YA biographies and histories for Chelsea House publishers.

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