Bangalore: It was a doubly special occasion for Indiaplaza.in, formerly known as fabmall.com, because they launched the Golden Quill Book Award along with announcing the first set of winners.
Under a plush, elaborate ceiling at The ITC Windsor, the winners of Critics Choice Award was given to writer Brinda Charry for her novel Naked In the Wind while the Readers’ Choice Award went to the author of If God Was A Banker by debutante writer Ravi Subramaniam.
A select jury comprising patron judge Mahasweta Devi, activist and award-winning writer, Mark Tully, celebrated writer and journalist, Shanta Gokhale, writer and theatre critic and Anita Nair, writer and columnist, decided upon the Critics Choice Award.
The Readers’ Choice Award was the result of thousands of votes that came through the online voting website set up by Indiaplaza.in.
The other three of five impressive short-listed authors were Amitabha Bagchi for his book Above Average, a insight into the lives of those studying at the coveted Indian Institute of Technology, Loveleen Kacker of The Sugar Baron’s Daughter set in the Uttar Pradesh and Usha K.R. for A Girl and River chronicling a city in transition.
Ms. Charry was not present to receive her Golden Quill trophy.
“It is important to recognise our authors and as some of the most remarkable literature in India is in regional languages, I am glad to hear that Indiaplaza.in intends to have an award for regional writing in the coming years,” he said.
The other books that made to the list prior to the short-listing included Lunatic In My Head by Anjum Hasan, Filming by Tabish Kahir and Silverfish by Saikat Majumdar among 13 others.
Arundhati Ghosh, Deputy Director of the India Foundation for the Arts, spoke.