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.
The 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
Scion of Ikshvaku (Westland Press) by Amish Tripathi
Mrs. Funnybones (Penguin) by Twinkle Khanna wins the Raymond Crossword Book Award – popular award – nonfiction category
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
Gita: For Children (Hachette India) by Roopa Pai
Raymond Crossword Book Award Juried Winners
Flood of Fire (Penguin India) by Amitav Ghosh
Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India (Harper Collins) by Akshaya Mukul
The Sun That Rose From the Earth (Penguin India) by Shamsur Rahman Faruqi
Our Nana was a Nutcase (Rupa Publications) by Ranjit Lal