New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) Writer Preeti Shenoy was honoured with the Indian of the Year award at a function here.Also Read - Breaking News Highlights: Union Minister Anurag Thakur Launches Takshashila Sports City in Pune

Shenoy, who is one of India’s top five highest selling women authors, was awarded on Friday by Brands Academy, one of the most reputed branding companies in India to recognise the achievements of personalities who have contributed towards building up the reputation of the country. Also Read - Delhi Mundka Fire: DNA Samples to be Taken to Identify Bodies, Helpline and WhatsApp Numbers Launched | Details Inside

The award ceremony also focused on celebrating the achievements of leaders from all walks of life. All awardees have in their own way contributed towards the growth and development of the nation, the organisers said. Also Read - Delhi Mundka Fire: 24 Women, 5 Men Missing; ‘Not a Single Political Representative Visited Hospital’, Rue Relatives

“It has come as a total surprise. I am honoured and humbled at the same time. I was buried in writing my ninth book, when I got the news. It took a couple of hours to even sink in, as I had to extricate myself from the world I created in my book, and crash land into the real world,” Shenoy said.

“When it finally registered what a big award this is, I quickly looked at how many hours it would take away from my writing time! Jokes apart, I thank Brands Academy for the award, and a big thank you to my publishers who have put their trust in my writing, and my readers who shower me with love.”

Shenoy’s books include “It’s All In The Planets”, “Why We Love The Way We Do”, “It Happens For A Reason”, “The One You Cannot Have” and “34 Bubblegums And Candies” among others.

Other prominent winners along with Shenoy included Deepa Malik (Paralympics Gold Winner), Kavita Krishnamurty (Singer) and Ranveer Brar (Celebrity Chef and TV Host).

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.