INDIAPLAZA GOLDEN QUILL BOOK AWARDS 2009 SHORTLIST – FICTION & NON FICTION
Indiaplaza Golden Quill Book Award Shortlist – Fiction Category TITLE AUTHOR Ammi Saeed Mirza In The Country of Deceit Shashi Deshpande Sea of Poppies Amitav Ghosh The Immigrant Manju Kapoor
Golden Quill 2009 Shortlist –Fiction category Ammi by Saeed Mirza Mirza's narrative interweaves memories of a mother with the living political creed she believed in the egalitarian ethos of a democratic faith coupled with a deep, inquiring faith in religion. In 1938, his mother, while walking back with his father from an evening show at the Eros Cinema in Mumbai, casually removed her burqa and never donned it again. This was one of the quietest revolutions ever witnessed. Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh The first in Amitav Ghosh’s new trilogy of novels, Sea of Poppies is a stunningly vibrant and intensely human work that confirms his reputation as a master storyteller. At the heart of this epic saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean to the Mauritius Islands. As to the people on board, they are a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts.
Golden Quill 2009 Longlist –Fiction category In The Country of Deceit by Shashi Deshpande There are no hostages taken in the country of deceit; no victors; only scarred lives. This understated yet compassionate examination of the nature of love, loyalty and deception establishes yet again Deshpande’s position as one of India’s most formidable writers of fiction. The Immigrant by Manju Kapoor Nina is a thirty year old English lecturer, struggling to make ends meet for herself and her widowed mother. She sees herself as increasingly off the shelf—after all what prospects would an impoverished girl have without a father to marry her off? Then, unexpectedly, a proposal arrives .
Indiaplaza Golden Quill Book Award Shortlist – Non Fiction Category TITLE AUTHOR Imagining India Nandan Nilekani Go Kiss the World Subroto Bagchi Red Sun Sudeep Chakravarti Curfewed Night Basharat Peer
Golden Quill 2009 Shortlist – Non Fiction category Imagining India by Nandan Nilekani Since the early 1990s, India has witnessed great social, political and cultural change. As the world’s largest democracy, its most diverse nation and one of its fastest growing economies, India is now, sixty years after Independence, universally regarded as an emerging superpower. In this sweeping and comprehensive book, one the country’s finest and most dynamic minds examines the central ideas that have shaped modern India, and offers an original perspective on our past, present and future. Go Kiss The World by Subroto Bagchi Through personal anecdotes and simple words of wisdom, Subroto Bagchi brings to the young professional lessons in working and living, energizing ordinary people to lead extraordinary lives. Go Kiss the World will be an inspiration to ‘young India’, and to those who come from small-town India, urging them to recognize and develop their inner strengths, thereby helping them realize their own, unique potential.
Golden Quill 2009 Shortlist – Non Fiction category Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer Basharat Peer was born in Kashmir in 1977. He studied political science at Aligarh Muslim University and journalism at Columbia University. He has worked as a reporter at Rediff and Tehelka and has written for various publications including the Guardian, Financial Times, New Statesman and Foreign Affairs where he was assistant editor. He is currently based in New York. Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite country by Sundeep Chakravarti
About Indiaplaza Golden Quill Book Awards : ‘ Indiaplaza Golden Quill Book Awards’ is an annual award instituted by Indiaplaza.in, to be conferred to an Indian author domiciled in India. Initiated as an annual event in 2008, the award is aimed at encouraging and promoting excellence in writing amongst Indian authors. The award is constituted in two categories – Readers' Award and Critics' Award. Launched with the fiction category in 2008, the Award will see the addition of a new category this year – Readers Choice Award in Non Fiction. This year GOLDEN QUILL winners will be announced at an award function on 2 nd September 2009.
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