Annie Zaidi was announced the winner of Nine Dots Prize, a book prize created to award innovative thinking that addresses contemporary issues around the world. Zaidi bagged the award for her essay ‘Bread, Cement, Cactus’ in response to the question ‘Is there still no place like home?‘ posed by the board for its second edition of awards.
Zaidi is a freelance writer based in Mumbai who has published fiction and non-fiction, including a collection of essays Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales, which was shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award in 2010, and Love Stories #1 to 14, a collection of short fiction published in 2012. The 3000-word essay she penned for Nine Dots Prize will be published by Cambridge University Press in May 2020. The essay is a combination of a memoir and reportage which explores the concepts of home and belonging rooted in her experience of contemporary life in India. It rediscovers the roots where ultimately belongs to and how a citizen’s sense of home might collapse, or be recovered.
Chaired by Professor Simon Goldhill, the Nine Dots Prize board is an 11 member board consisting of academics, journalists and thinkers. The prize money amounting to $100,000 by the Kadas Prize Foundation, a UK-registered charity established to fund research into significant but neglected questions relevant to today’s world. Apart from the publication of the book, the awardee will be given an opportunity to spend a term at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Cambridge University.