Crossword Book Award 2013’ winners announced:
12 years of rewarding the best in Indian writing.
“Em and The Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto (Aleph)” & “Boats on Land by Janice Pariat (Random House)” have jointly won in the Indian Fiction category
“Righteous Republic by Ananya Vajpeyi (Harvard Business Press)” & “From the Ruins of Empire by Pankaj Mishra (Penguin)” have jointly won the award for Indian Non-Fiction
“Wisha Wozzariter by Payal Kapadia (Penguin)” & “Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami (Scholastic)” have jointly won the award for Children’s writing category
“A Life in Words by Ismat chughtai, Translated by Dr M Asaduddin (Penguin)” has won it in the Indian language Translation category
“The Bankster by Ravi Subramanian (Rupa Publications)” has won the Popular Award.
|Ananya Vajpeyi winning Non-fiction award|
The finest of Indian Literature took center stage at “CROSSWORD BOOK AWARDS 2013’ as the country’s finest writers and their books were honoured at a glittering award function in Mehboob studios, Mumbai. It was hosted by Suchitra Pillai and the evening included a memorable performance by percussionist Taufiq Qureshi.
Notably, the popular award winner Ravi Subramanian, described by Wall Street Journal as the 'John Grisham of Banking" is on a hatrick. He had also bagged the popular award for his book, "The Incredible Banker" at the last awards, and now has again won it for "Bankster". He thanked Crossword for providing a supportive platform for authors.
Jerry Pinto also pledged his prize money to an NGO "Meljol" for children. The 12th
|Dr M. Asaduddin|
edition saw an outstanding response, from the various distinguished writers, publishers, critics and book-lovers who enjoyed the biggest celebration of Indian literature.
Shortlisted authors Rahul Pandita, Rashmi Bansal, Ravi Subramanian, Arunava Sinha, Jerry Pinto, Janice Pariat, Anand Neelkantan, Anuja Chauhan, Ananya Vajpeyi, Himanjali Sankar, Payal Kapadia, Ranjit Lal, Dr M Asaduddin, Anchita Ghatak, Rabisankar Bal were present at this well-attended event.
The august jury, comprising several well known names in Indian literature such as Dilip Kumar, Antara Datta, Rita Kothari, Deepak Dalal etc was also present.
R Sriram, Founder Crossword said, "With 552 entries, it is the highest number of entries ever received in the history of the Book Award. The entire judging process took more than 6 rigorous months which included shortlisting the books to announcing the final winner."
|Janice Pariat and Jerry Pinto|
This year The Crossword Book Award 2013 followed the financial year module and considered entries published in India from 1st January 2012 to 31st March 2013. (15 months for the entry process). For the next year, entries from April 2013 to March 2014 will be considered eligible.
Crossword, with Eighty Four stores, across Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bhopal, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Durgapur, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kota, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Siliguri, Udaipur, Vapi, Vadodara and Vijayawada is India’s fastest growing chain of bookstores & has pioneered the lifestyle bookstore concept in India. Crossword was ranked the 6th most admired retailer in India by Business world for the year 2006; it was the only book retailer in the top 10. Crossword won the Reid & Taylor Award for Best Retailer of the year – Leisure & Specialty at the India Retail Summit 2005 & 2007& 2009. It also won the Star Retailer Award for the Best Lifestyle Retailer in Books & Music in 2011. Crossword won the Retailer of the Year Award - Leisure (Books, Music and Gifts Category) at the Images Retail Awards 2005 & 2007& 2009. Crossword received the Federation of Indian Publishers Award for excellence in Publishing for the year 2004 on 18th June 2005 at the hands of Shri Arjun Singh, Minister of Human Resource Development.
Crossword won the Debutant E tailer of the year - books - at India eRetail Awards 2012. In 2013 Crossword won the ET Retail Award for Excellence in Marketing award for The Popular Award.Crossword Bookstores Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary Company of Shopper’s Stop Ltd – India’s leading department store chain. The Holding Company inter-alia also acts as a Master Franchisee of the Company.
The awards this year was Presented by ARROW and are in association with Principal Retirement Advisors and conducted at the Times Literary Carnival.