Mumbai | Kerala-based writer Anees Salim has won the Raymond Crossword Book Award for Indian Fiction while Samanth Subramanian picked up the prize in the Indian Non Fiction category for his This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War.
The Crossword Award, across five categories, each carrying a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, a trophy and a citation were given out at a function at the NCPA here yesterday. Salim, who was born in Varkala and currently works for an advertising agency has written four novels so far.
Salim’s book trumped The Competent Authority by Shovon Chowdhury, The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baske by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, The Smoke is Rising by Mahesh Rao, This Place by Amitabha Bagchi and Odysseus Abroad by Amit Chaudhuri.
Journalist writer Subramanium’s non fiction, which delves into stories from Sri Lanka during the war won the prize over others shortlisted namely Rana Dasgupta for Capital, T M Krishna for A Southern Music, Maria Aurora Couto for Filomena’s Journeys, Arun Ferreira for Colours of the Cage: A Prison Memoir, and Public Secrets of Law: Rape Trials in India by Pratiksha Baxi.
Indian-born British writer, literary critic and translator Lakshmi Holmstrom won the Indian language translation category award for her English translation of Children, Women, Men first written by noted Tamil writer Sundara Ramaswamy also known as Su.Ra.
Competing for the same prize were authors Jerry Pinto who translated Cobalt Blue written in Marathi by Sachin Kundalkar, Aniruddhan Vasudevan who translated from Tamil Perumal Murugan’s One Part Woman, Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, for The Mirror of Beauty in Urdu, Keerti Ramachandra for translating A Dirge for the Dammed by Marathi writer Vishwas Patil and Rakshanda Jalil for gher translation of The Death of Sheherzad penned in Urdu by Intizaar Hussain.
Vanamala and the Cephalopod by Shalini Srinivasan, Timmi in Tangles by Shalini Mahajan, The Susu Pals by Richa Jha, The Adventures of Skoob and Flat-track Bullies were among those shortlisted for Children’s Writing. Mahajan won.
Bankerupt a thriller by Ravi Subramanian, who is a banker by profession and had earlier won the Crossword Book Award for The Incredible Banker and The Bankster was this time awarded with the Popular Award The Accidental Prime Minister by Sanjaya Baru, Sita by Devdutt Pattanaik, The Mahabharata Secret by Christopher Doyle, Byculla To Bangkok by S Hussain Zaidi, My Journey: Transforming Dreams Into Action by A P J Kalam, Dilip Kumar – The Substance by Dilip Kumar, Like It Happened Yesterday by Ravinder Singh, Ajaya by Anand Neelkantan were among othe the other nominations in the popular category.
Private India by Ashwin Sanghi, House Of Cards by Sudha Murty, Gandhi Before India by Ramchandra Guha, Chanakya’s 7 Secrets Of Leadership by Radhakrishnan Pillai and D Sivanandhan, When Only Love Remains by Durjoy Datta were also shortlisted for the nominations.
This year we complete 13 years of the Book Award. These awards have always been an integral part of the brand and we are thrilled at the way it has grown over the years and supported Indian writing, Kinjal Shah, CEO, Crossword Bookstore said.