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Friday, December 6, 2013

Crossword Awards 2013 At Mehboob Studios, Mumbai

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This year, the Crossword Book Awards 2013 are being held on the 1st day of the Times Literary Carnival, at Mehboob Studios, Mumbai.

What: The Crossword Book Awards 2013
Date: 6th December 2013
Time: 7pm onwards
Venue: Mehboob Studios , Bandra

Crossword, one of India's leading book chain, is back with the famous and much-looked forward to book awards of the year, the Crossword Book Awards. India's very own answer to the Pulitzer, The Booker or The Commonwealth, the Crossword Book Awards is a platform that brings together the best names in the literary circles.

Some of the heavy literary names present this year will be:

  • Anuja Chauhan
  • Jerry Pinto
  • Ashwin Sanghi
  • S Hussain Zaidi
  • Payal Kapadia
  • Ranjit Lal
  • Arunava Sinha
  • Ravi Subramanian
  • Rashmi Bansal
  • Ananya Vajpeyi
This is the 12th year of the prestigious annual book awards by Crossword. One of the most celebrated platforms, the Crossword Book Awards cultivates reading habits amongst children and adults alike. The awards recognise and reward good writing and also helps promote authors and their books.

The categories are:
  • Indian Language translation
  • Indian Non-fiction
  • Indian fiction
  • Children's writing
  • Popular category
Here is the list of the shortlisted books:

Fiction Category:
  1. Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto
  2. Boats on Land by Janice Pariat
  3. The Illicit Happiness of other people by Manu Joseph
  4. Difficult Pleasures by Anjum Hasan
  5. Not only the things that have happened by Mridula Koshy
Non-Fiction Category:
  1. The Butterfly Generation by Palash Krishna Mehrotra
  2. The Price of Land Acquisition Conflict Consequence by Sanjoy Chakravorty
  3. Our moon has blood clots by Rahul Pandita
  4. Righteous republic The Political Foundations of modern India by Ananya Vajpeyi
  5. From the ruins of Empire by Pankaj Mishra
Translation Category:
  1. Fish in a dwindling lake - Ambai - translator Lakshmi Holmstrom - Tamil
  2. A life in words - Ismat Chugtai - translator Dr M Asaduddin - Urdu
  3. A life long ago - Sunanda Sikdar - translator Anchita Ghatak - Bengali 
  4. The man who tried to remember - Makarand Sathe - translator Shanta Gokhale
  5. Dozakhnama - Rabisankar Bal - translator Arunava Sinha  - Bengali
Children's Category:
  1. Moin the monster songster by Anushka Ravishankar
  2. The stupendous time telling superdog by Himanjali Sankar
  3. Wisha Wozzariter by Payal kapadia
  4. What happened to Regina that night by Rahul Srivastava
  5. When crows are white by Jerry Pinto
  6. Book uncle and me by Uma Krishnaswami
  7. Taklu and Shroom by Ranjit Lal
Popular Category: Non-Fiction:
  1. What young India wants by Chetan Bhagat
  2. Dongri to Dubai: Six decades of the Mumbai mafia by Zaidi Hussai
  3. The day I stopped drinking by Sudha murthy
  4. Poor little rich slum by Rashmi Bansal
  5. F?@k knows by Shailendra 
Popular Category: Fiction
  1. The Oath of Vayuputras by Amish Tripath
  2. The Bankster by Ravi Subramanian
  3. The Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi
  4. Asura: Tale of the Vanquished by Anand Neelkantan
  5. Those pricey Thakur Girls by Anju Chauhan

- Debolina Raja Gupta