Sadhguru, Subhash Chandran, Josy Joseph, Sujit Saraf and Karan Johar were among the winners of this year’s Crossword Book Awards, announced at the Royal Opera House in Mumbai on Thursday. The winners of both jury and popular choice awards were announced for 10 categories.More than 50 books were nominated.
The Crossword Book Awards founded as an Indian counterpart to international literary wards, such as the Man Booker Prize and Commonwealth Writers’ Prize is in its 15th year. The award comprises of cash prize of Rs 3 lakh for winners in the jury award category and Rs 1 lakh for winners in the popular choice category.
Popular writer Subhash Chandran won the Translations prize (Jury Award) for his ‘A Preface to Man’, translated from Malayalam by Fathima EV (Harper Perennial India).
Josy Joseph’s investigative book A Feast of Vultures was named the best book in the non-fiction category of the jury awards. “This is a book about the truth about our nation,” the jury opined while announcing the prize. “It confirms what we already suspect and shocks us further by unraveling the workings of the Indian system.”
The jury chose Sujit Saraf’s novel about the Marwari experience Harilal and Sons as the best fiction title for its “smooth and unhurried narrative”, “vivid and credible” characters.
Filmmaker Karan Johar won the popular choice award for his book An Unsuitable Boy, written with Poonam Saxena, yoga guru Sadhguru won in both the health and fitness and non-fiction categories.
The lifetime achievement was given to the acclaimed Padma Shri-winning writer Sudha Murthy, who has authored 28 books that have sold over four lakh copies. “This is something independent of Infosys and Narayan Murthy, my own writing,” she said while accepting the award.
Popular Choice Awards
Fiction: Our Impossible Love, Durjoy Datta (Penguin Random House India)
Non-fiction: Inner Engineering, Sadhguru (Penguin Random House India)
Business and management: The Target, Shantanu Guha Ray (Authorsupfront)
Biography: An Unsuitable Boy, Karan Johar and Poonam Saxena (Penguin Random House India)
Health and fitness: A Taste of Well-Being, Isha Foundation (Harper Collins India)
Children’s writing: The Storm Bringer, Archita Mishra (The Write Place)
Fiction: Harilal and Sons, Sujit Saraf (Speaking Tiger)
Non-fiction: A Feast of Vultures, Josy Joseph (Harper Collins India)
Children’s writing: Muezza and Baby Jaan, Anita Nair (Penguin Random House India)
Translations: A Preface to Man, Subash Chandran, translated from Malayalam by Fathima EV (Harper Perennial India)