‘Hutch Crossword Book Award’ launched to recognise literary talent

MUMBAI: India’s leading chain of lifestyle bookstores Crossword and telecom service provider Hutch today instituted the Hutch Crossword Book Award 2004 and announced the longlist of nominees based on entries received from Indian publishers. The announcement was made by Crossword CEO and managing director R Sriram and Hutchison Essar deputy managing director Sandip Das, in the presence of renowned authors Paul Zacharia and Manil Suri.

The authors present at the occasion shared their views on the strength and quality of Indian writing and the role of Awards. The Hutch Crossword Book Award has been instituted to recognise literary excellence amongst Indian authors and is the only literary award of its kind in the country.



This award has two categories - one for original works in English by an Indian author and another for translations from Indian languages into English. The shortlist of five books in each category will be revealed this month. The final awards would be announced in Mumbai in January 2005. The award entitles the winner to a trophy, certificate and a cash prize of Rs 300,000 for each category. In the case of translations, the author and the translator share the cash prize.



Sriram said, "We are committed to promoting books and the reading habit. We have observed that the institution of international book awards- The Booker Prize, The Commonwealth Prize or The Pulitzer Prize has gone a long way in promoting the awareness and the reading of good books. While several Indian writers have won awards abroad, we had observed that there was no equivalent award in India. We therefore decided to take on the role of encouraging and promoting good Indian writing and instituted our Awards, in 1998. I am delighted and honoured to have Hutch join hands with us to present the Book Awards. It is the only Indian award that not only recognizes and rewards good writing but also actively promotes the authors and their books."



On the other hand, DAs said, "Hutchison has played a stellar role in bringing to the fore and supporting unsung talent. It has associated with emerging theatre, emerging sports and emerging literature. In its quest for being the catalyst to further communication in our expressive country, supporting modern Indian English literature, which has become a genre in itself and the language in which the global Indian speaks, was a natural next step. Translations of Indian-language literature into English will also allow a wider appreciation of the country’s literary heritage."

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