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Lifestyle Books and Art 21 Dec 2017 Crossword announces ...

Crossword announces its 15th Raymond Crossword Book Award jury shortlist

Published Dec 21, 2017, 2:35 pm IST
Updated Dec 21, 2017, 4:16 pm IST
The list comprises of works by Shashi Tharoor, Namita Gokhale, Jerry Pinto and Ruskin Bond among others.
The shortlist for the jury category was released on Tuesday and offers a delectable range of the country’s best-known authors. (Photo: Pixabay)
 The shortlist for the jury category was released on Tuesday and offers a delectable range of the country’s best-known authors. (Photo: Pixabay)

The Raymond Crossword Book Award, India’s that recognises and rewards the best of Indian writing and Indian authors recently announced its jury for the 15th edition.

Incepted in 1998, over the years, the awards have been equated to the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, The Pulitzer and The Booker, and are a definitive, veritable platform for Indian authors.


The shortlist for the jury category was released on Tuesday and offers a delectable range of the country’s best-known authors.

Awards are given in the following categories-

  • Jury Category comprising best fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and translations.
  • Popular category comprising best fiction, non-fiction, Business & Management, Health & Fitness, Children’s Writing and Biography.

Speaking about the awards, Maulik Desai, Head Crossword Bookstores says, “This is a prestigious set of awards, as it is equivalent to a ‘critic’s choice.’ These are given away to those authors whose books are shortlisted by a discerning jury, and a very tough call is made about who is first among equals. Fortunately for us, 2017, the 25th year of Crossword Bookstores has given us many reasons to continue celebrating the quality of Indian writing in English.”

The fiction shortlist comprises of

  • Murder in Mahim by Jerry Pinto
  • The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
  • Savithri’s Special Room and Other Stories by Manu Bhattathiri
  • Things to Leave Behind by Namita Gokhale
  • Harilal and Sons by Sujit Saraf

The non-fiction shortlist comprises

  • The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh
  • Borderlands--Travels across India's Boundaries by Pradeep Damodaran
  • Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra
  • A Feast of Vultures by Josy Joseph
  • An Era of Darkness by Shashi Tharoor.

The jury shortlist in the children’s category includes

  • How old is Muttajji? by Roopa Pai and Kaveri Gopalakrishnan
  • 2 by Paro Anand, Garima Gupta, Kaveri Gopalakrishnan and Orjan Persson
  • Hot Chocolate is Thicker than Blood by Rupa Gulab
  • Muezza and Baby Jaan by Anita Nair
  • Monkey Trouble and other Grandfather stories by Ruskin Bond and Priya Kurian.

The books in the Translation category include

  • A Preface to Man by Subash Chandran translated by  Fathima EV (Malayalam)
  • I Want to Destroy Myself  by Malika Amar Shaikh translated by Jerry Pinto (Marathi)
  • Zindagi Nama by Krishna Sobti translated by Moyna Mazumdar & Neer Kanwal Mani (Hindi)
  • The Saga of Muziris by A. Sethumadhavan, translated by Prema Jayakumar (Malayalam)
  • Bara by U. R. Ananthamurthy translated by Chandan Gowda (Kannada).

In 2016, for the first time, Raymond Crossword Book Award introduced the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was conferred upon Ruskin Bond at the hands of the legend Gulzar.

The awardees, sometimes discovered by the Award itself, have invariably risen to stature in the world of literature; making the Crossword Book Award a definitive barometer for excellence in Indian writing in English.