Raymond Crossword Book Award is the only Indian Literary Award for writers and authors in India. Instituted in 1998 by Crossword, the book retailer, the award recognizes Indian literature and promotes authors of the country and their books. The award categories include Fiction, Non-fiction, Translation, Lifetime Achievement and Popular categories. Nominations are shortlisted depending on the sale monitored by Crossword. The winners are selected by the public by voting held at crossword outlets and online voting. Also Read - Sadhguru’s Next Book ‘Karma’ to Be Launched in 2021
Crossword Book Award
This year it will be the 15th year of the Raymond Crossword Book and they have already announced the nominees for both the Jury and Popular Choice Award. Jury category includes the best non-fiction, fiction, translations and children’s book. The popular Choice category includes the best non-fiction, fiction, children’s book, health & fitness, biography and business & management. Also Read - How Cool! In a First, Kolkata to Get Tram Library with Books to Read While Travelling
The authors shortlisted for the Jury category for non-fiction: Borderlands-Travels across India’s Boundaries by Pradeep Damodaran, Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra, The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh, A Feast of Vultures by Josy Joseph and An Era of Darkness by Shashi Tharoor. Also Read - 5 Books to Hone English Language Skills And Overcome Pandemic Blues
The authors shortlisted for the Jury category for fiction: Murder in Mahim by Jerry Pinto, The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan, Savithri’s Special Room and Other Stories by Manu Bhattathiri, Things to Leave Behind by Namita Gokhale and Harilal and Sons by Sujit Saraf.
The authors shortlisted for the Jury category for translation: A Preface to Man by Subash Chandran (translator: Fathima EV, language: Malayalam), I Want to Destroy Myself by Malika Amar Shaikh (translator: Jerry Pinto, language: Marathi), Zindagi Nama by Krishna Sobti (translator: Moyna Mazumdar and Neer Kanwal Mani, language: Hindi), The Saga of Muziris by A. Sethumadhavan (translator: Prema Jayakumar, language: Malayalam) and Bara by U. R. Ananthamurthy (translator: Chandan Gowda, language: Kannada).
The authors shortlisted for the Jury category for children’s book: How old is Muttajji? by Roopa Pai and Kaveri Gopalakrishnan, Hot Chocolate is Thicker than Blood by Rupa Gulab, Muezza and Baby Jaan by Anita Nair and Monkey Trouble and other Grandfather stories by Ruskin Bond.
The authors shortlisted for Popular Choice award for non-fiction: Challenging Destiny by Medha Bhaskaran, Devlok by Devdutt Pattanaik, The Rise and Fall of Nations by Ruchir Sharma, Inner Engineering by Sadhguru and Kath Chanakya by Radhakrishnan Pillai.
The authors shortlisted for Popular Choice award for fiction: One India Girl by Chetan Bhagat, Our Impossible Love by Durjoy Datta, The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad by Twinkle Khanna, The Sialkot Saga by Ashwin Sanghi and This Love That Feels Right by Ravinder Singh.
The authors shortlisted for Popular Choice award for children’s books: Ramayana for Children by Arshia Sattar, The Girl Who Chose by Devdutt Pattanaik, The Serpent’s Revenge: Unusual Tales from the Mahabharata by Sudha Murthy, The Storm Bringer by Archita Mishra and What Can I Give: Life Lessons from My Teacher APJ Abdul Kalam by Srijan Pal Singh.
The authors shortlisted for Popular Choice award for health and fitness: A Taste of Well-Being by Isha Foundation, Indian Superfoods by Rujuta Diwekar, Ayurvedic Diet by Reenita Malhotra Hora, The Eat-Right Prescription by Muffazal Lakdawala and The PCOD Thyroid Book by Rujuta Diwekar.
The authors shortlisted for Popular Choice award for biographies: An Unsuitable Boy by Karan Johar and Poonam Saxena, Challenging Destiny by Medha Bhaskaran, Driven: The Virat Kohli Story by Vijay Lokapally, Khullam Khulla by Rishi Kapoor and Meena Iyer and Rekha: The Untold Story by Yasser Usman.
The authors shortlisted for Popular Choice award for business and management: Nawabs, Nudes, Noodles: India Through 50 Years of Advertising by Ambi Parmeshwaran, The Leadership Sutra by Devdutt Pattanaik, The Rise and Fall of Nations by Ruchir Sharma, The Target by Shantanu Guha Ray and The Z Factor by Subhash Chandra and Pranjal Sharma.
The winner for the 15th Raymond Crossword Book Awards will be announced on January 18, 2018. So, mark the date, book lover!