Deepak Unnikrishnan won the coveted The Hindu Prize 2017 for his ode to the ‘Pravasi’ Malayalee – ‘Temporary People’. He received the award from British novelist and journalist Sebastian Faulks. The jury comprised of Ananya Vajpeyi, Chandan Gowda, Gauri Viswanathan, Jonathan Gil Harris, Kamini Mahadevan.
Winning the award Unnikrishnan said, “For me, it was really important to document people like my parents in the Gulf, who worked hard for their children. One reason this award feels important to me is, because of the eminent names along with mine in the shortlist.”
Set mainly in the 90s and earlier Temporary People is the brutal dashing of hopes of every aspirant pravasi, the stories are about those who made the UAE what it is now portraying the good and the bad.
The Hindu Prize 2017 shortlist had five books namely The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy, Leila by Prayaag Akbar, The Small Town Sea by Anees Salim, Temporary People by Deepak Unnikrishnan, and When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy.
Renowned Tamil writer and playwright Indira Parthasarathy received The Hindu Tamil Lifetime Achievement Award. Nancy Raj bagged the Best Picture book- Illustrations award for her work Maharani the Cow.