Greatest Indian Novels: the Jury

  • Saudamini Jain, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jun 21, 2014 22:16 IST

Our jury of eight - writers, publishers, academics and book critics - nominated 10 books each for our masterlist of the Greatest Indian Novels of All Time.

For the individual lists of each jury member, click on their names.

1. Amitava Kumar

Amitava Kumar is the author of the novel Home Products, a finalist for the Crossword Vodaphone Prize. Most recently, he wrote the nonfiction book A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna. Kumar is professor of English at Vassar College in upstate New York. Chiki Sarkar

Recently named as one of World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders, Chiki Sarkar was Random House India's first Editor-in-chief in 2006, before she was appointed publisher of Penguin Books India in 2011.

3. David Davidar

David Davidar has been a publisher for a quarter century, during which time he has held several top publishing jobs and published some of the world's most distinguished authors. He is the author of three published novels, The House of Blue Mangoes (2002), a New York Times Notable Book, which was published in sixteen countries and became a bestseller in six of them, The Solitude of Emperors (2007), which was shortlisted for a Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and Ithaca (2011). In May 2011, he founded Aleph Book Company, a literary publishing firm, in partnership with Rupa Publications India. Harish Trivedi

Harish Trivedi studied Sanskrit at Allahabad University, did a Ph. D. in Britain on Virginia Woolf, and has taught at St Stephen's College, Delhi University, and (as a visiting professor) at Chicago and London. He has published in the areas of Translation, Postcolonialism, Indian Literature, and World Literature.

5. Jeet Thayil

Jeet Thayil was born in Mamalasserie, Kerala, and educated in Bombay, Hongkong and New York. His four poetry collections include English and These Errors Are Correct, which won the 2013 Sahitya Akademi Award for poetry in English. He is the editor of The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets. As a musician and songwriter, he is one half of the contemporary music project Sridhar/Thayil. Jeet Thayil's novel Narcopolis won the 2012 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and was shortlisted for five other prizes, including the Man Booker prize, the Man Asian Literature Prize and the Commonwealth Prize.

6. Jerry Pinto

Jerry Pinto is the author of Em and the Big Hoom (Aleph Book Company) which won the Hindu Lit for Life Award and the Crossword Award for Fiction and of A Bear for Felicia (Puffin). He co-authored, with Garima Gupta, a graphic novel When Crows are White (Scholastic) and Helen: the life and times of an H-Bomb (Penguin) which won the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema. He is at work on his next novel and has no idea when that will be finished, never mind published, so don't ask. His last book was Hey That's An A, an abecedarium for Tulika. He is translating Daya Pawar's magnificent autobiography, Baluta (Granthali, 1978).

7. Ravi Singh

Ravi Singh was till recently co-publisher at Aleph Book Company. Before that, he was publisher and editor-in-chief at Penguin India.

8. Sunil Sethi

Sunil Sethi is a journalist, author and television presenter. He is a columnist for Business Standard.

From HT Brunch, June 22

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