Punjabi poet and critic Manmohan's debut Punjabi novel Nirvaan has won this year's Sahitya Akademi Award. An Indian Police Services (IPS) of Bihar cadre, he is now the inspector general, police, with Intelligence Bureau at Chandigarh.
The award, comprising a copper plaque and cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, will be presented on February 18, 2014, during the Festival of Letters to be organised by the Akademi.
Books published during the three-year period from January 1, 2009, to December 31, 2011 were considered.
"My novel moves in several centuries from 9th century to 21st century and revolves around different ideologies from Budhism to Marxism. It traces man's journey from non-violence to violence," said Manmohan. The work has been dedicated to the characters of the novel.
Born and brought up at Amritsar, Manmohan holds a doctorate on mythological poetry of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru. He has written eight anthologies of poems in Punjabi and one in Hindi.
His literary journey started with poetry 'Agle Chaurahe Tak', published in 1982 during graduation.
He has also translated three books from English to Punjabi like 'Shikari diaan yadaan' in 2001, 'Aakhri Ticket' in 2006 and 'Indira Gandhi' by Inder Malhotra in 2007 for National Book Trust, Delhi.
He was'Poetry Award' in 2001, 'Criticism Award' in 2005 and 'Prose Award'in 2009 by Punjabi Academy, Delhi.
He also bagged the best poet award of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab in 2002. In 2011, his poetry book 'Duje Shabdaan 'ch' has been rewarded by Nad Pargagass, Amritsar.