Jayant Kaikini wins DSC prize

News - Prizes Monday, 28 January 2019

HC India author shares $25,000 prize with translator Tejaswini Niranjana


The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature has gone to Jayant Kaikini and his translator Tejaswini Niranjana for No Presents Please (Harper Perennial). Kaikini and Niranjana received the $25,000 prize, which they will share, at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet in Kolkata, India.

No Presents Please, originally written in Kannada, is a portrait of the city of Mumbai. Jury chair Rudrangshu Mukherjee said: "The jury was deeply impressed by the quiet voice of the author through which he presented vignettes of life in Mumbai and made the city the protagonist of a coherent narrative. The Mumbai that came across through the pen of Kaikini was the city of ordinary people who inhabit the bustling metropolis. It is a view from the margins and all the more poignant because of it."

Also shortlisted were Kamila Shamsie for Home Fire (Riverhead Books US; Bloomsbury UK); Manu Joseph for Miss Laila Armed and Dangerous (4th Estate; HarperCollins, India); Mohsin Hamid for Exit West (Riverhead US; Hamish Hamilton/Penguin UK); Neel Mukherjee for A State Of Freedom (Chatto/Vintage UK; Hamish Hamilton India); and Sujit Saraf for Harilal & Sons (Speaking Tiger, India).

In addition to Mukherjee, the judges were author Nandana Sen; Claire Armitstead of the Guardian; author Tissa Jayatilaka; and Firdous Azim, professor of English at BRAC University, Bangladesh.

Photo from left: Jayant Kaikini, Tejaswini Niranjana, DSC prize founder Surina Narula, author Ruskin Bond, Harpinder Singh Narula

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