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Anand’s ‘Asura’ in the race for Crossword prize

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Anand Neelakantan’s Asura has been nominated for the Popular Book prize in the IDBI-Crossword Book Awards.
Anand Neelakantan’s Asura has been nominated for the Popular Book prize in the IDBI-Crossword Book Awards.

“Asura, Tale of the Vanquished” authored by Anand Neelakantan is one of the 10 books shortlisted for the Popular Award category for IDBI Bank Crossword Book Award 2013.

Talking to The Hindu , Mr. Anand, who is currently serving as Manager at Indian Oil Corporation in Belgaum city, said he was happy to see his book shortlisted for the award.

The Popular Award nominations were announced by Crossword bookstores considering the sales of the books and quantity of the books sold in the publishing year January 2012 to March 2013 in India. The Popular Award does not have a jury to award the Best Book and Author. Readers can vote for their favourite author and book online or offline.

For online voting, readers can log on to http://goo.gl/aap2ya. The other Popular Award nominations in Fiction category include The Oath of the Vayuputras by Amish Tripathi (Westland Books), The Bankster by Ravi Subramanian (Rupa Publications), The Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi (Westland Books) and Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan (Harper Collins India). The other five books are – What Young India Wants by Chetan Bhagat (Rupa Publications), Dongri to Dubai by S. Hussain Zaidi (Roli Books), The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk by Sudha Murthy (Penguin Books India), Poor Little Rich Slum by Rashmi Bansal (Westland Books) and F?@k Knows by Shailendra Singh (Rupa Publications).

Mr. Anand’s second book “Ajaya, epic of the Kaurava clan, Book I, Roll of the dice”, which portrays Mahabharata from the Kaurava point of view, is set to release worldwide next month.

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