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Shortlisted candidates for Hutch Awards announced

Amitav Ghosh announces shortlisted candidates for the Hutch Crossword Book Award 2005

india Updated: Jan 19, 2006 14:50 IST

Renowned author Amitav Ghosh today announced the shortlisted nominees of the Hutch Crossword Book Award 2005.

Mr Ghosh was the winner in the English fiction category of the awards in 2004 for his book The Hungry Tide.

The shortlisted candidates were selected from the long list, announced earlier this month, across categories including English fiction, Indian Language fiction translation along with a new category of English non-fiction. This year, the award has received a record number of 106 entries for all the three categories.

The awardees would be felicitated at an awards function in March. Each award carries a cash prize of Rs. three Lakh, a trophy and a citation.

Announcing the list of selected candidates, Mr Ghosh said, "The Hutch Crossword Book award was one of the high points of my writing life and I am glad to participate in this process and share it with fellow writers."

Speaking on the occasion, Crossword Bookstore Ltd Managing Director and CEO R Sriram said, "At Crossword, we are committed to promoting the best Indian literature."

Hutchison Essar Ltd Vice President (Group Marketing) Naveen Chopra said, "The award recognises and rewards the best of Indian writing and through these awards it is hoped that the works of merit reach a wider audience."

This year, Hutch and Crossword are also introducing a popular award category in which readers and customers could vote viaSMS for their favourite book from the 18 shortlisted books in all categories. The author of the book that receives the maximum number of votes would be felicitated with a cash prize of Rs. one Lakh and a trophy at the final awards function in March.

The list of the shortlisted books in English fiction category is as follows: The Tiger Claw by Shauna Singh Baldwin, Tokyo Cancelled by Rana Dasgupta, Surface by Siddharth Deb, The Radiance of Ashes by Cyrus Mistry, Magic Seeds by V S Naipaul and Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie.

In Indian Language fiction translation category: A Dying Banyan by Manzoor Ahtesham (translator Kuldip Singh), Sangati by Bama (translator Lakshmi Holmstrom), AfterKurukshetra by Mahasweta Devi (translator Anjum Katyal), The Unspoken Curse by V K Madhavan Kutty (translator Prema Jaya Kumar), The Survivors by Gurudial Singh (translator Rana Nayar) and The Heart Has Its Reasons by Krishna Sobti (translator Reema Anand and Meenakshi Swami).

In English non-fiction books: One Hundred Years, One Hunderd Voices' by Meena Menon and Neera Adarkar, Pundits from Pakistan: On Tour with India 2003-04 by Rahul Bhattacharya, Finding Forgotton Cities: How the Indus Civilisation was Discovered by Nayanjot Lahiri, Maximum City by Suketu Mehta, Didi: My Mother's Voice by Ira Pande and Chasing the Monk's Shadow: A journey in the footsteps of Xuanzang by Mishi Saran.

First Published: Jan 18, 2006 22:21 IST