Crossword shortlists 2005

The Hutch Crossword shortlists for 2005 were announced recently in three categories: original fiction in English, Indian fiction in translation and original non-fiction in English.

English fiction:

Shauna Singh Baldwin: The Tiger Claw (Penguin)
Rana Dasgupta: Tokyo Cancelled (HarperCollins)
Siddhartha Deb: Surface (Picador)
Cyrus Mistry: The Radiance of Ashes (Picador)
V S Naipaul: Magic Seeds (Picador)
Salman Rushdie: Shalimar the Clown (Random House)


Rahul Bhattacharya: Pundits from Pakistan (Picador)
Nayanjyot Lahiri: Finding Forgotten Cities (Permanent Black)
One Hundred Years, One Hundred Voices: Meena Menon, Neera Adarkar (Seagull)
Suketu Mehta: Maximum City (Penguin Viking)
Ira Pande: Diddi (Penguin)
Mishi Saran: Chasing The Monk’s Shadow (Penguin Viking)

[Amartya Sen’s The Argumentative Indians didn’t make the cut–a surprising omission, IMHO. It’s a strong list, though the Babu was more than a little puzzled that the longlist didn’t include anything from OUP, which has a very strong non-fiction list.)

Indian fiction in translation:

A Dying Banyan: Manzoor Ahtesham (translator Kuldip Singh)(Rupa and Co)
Sangati: Bama (translator Lakshmi Holmstrom) (OUP)
After Kurukshetra: Mahasweta Devi (translator Anjum Katyal) (Seagull)
The Unspoken Curse: V K Madhavan Kutty (translator Prema Jaya Kumar)(Tara Press)
The Survivors: Gurdial Singh (translator Rana Nayar) (Katha)
The Heart Has Its Reasons: Krishna Sobti (translators Reema Anand and Meenakshi Swami)(Katha)





One response to “Crossword shortlists 2005”

  1. Amit Chatterji Avatar

    The Alchemy of Desire, The Argumentative Indian, An End to Suffering – where’re they? Whoever chose the shortlist (are they called judges or something?) are certainly a part of a not so subtle nexus of corruption. What a shame! They won’t give it to Rushdie (‘he has married a Hindoo model’) or Naipaul (he’s dying, the novel’s dead, and Magic Seeds is the ghost of a novel). So somebody like Dasgupta (who doesn’t even know how to write a scene) might end up getting it. My vote goes to the other Bengali; Deb is a better writer, Surface is a better book.

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