The AuHer Awards – a joint venture between JK Paper and The Times of India – is a celebration of women writers who have added value and creativity to the literary space. The jury considered women’s books published in India between December 2020 and November 2021.
Poet, writer and lyricist Prasoon Joshi (fiction), writer, columnist and former Indian diplomat Rajiv Dogra (non-fiction), translator Arunava Sinha (first) and writer and poet Jerry Pinto were on the jury chair of the Writers’ Award. (Children’s books).
Other members of the jury include bestselling author Ravi Subrahmanyan (fiction), screenwriter and columnist Advaita Kala (fiction), professor and historian Christine Cornet (fiction), writer and historian Swapna Lidl (non-fiction), author (Rob) Poet, writer and translator Saba Bashir (debut), television presenter, actress and model Amrita Raichand (children), and educationist Sujata Naronha (children).
According to Literary Director-Writer Award Binita Daura Nangia, “We are pleased to announce that more books have been sent to women writers this year for consideration than our previous two editions of the Women Writers’ Awards. And to bring about some positive change in the gender equation in the publishing industry. ”
Here are the authors and their books that have been shortlisted under different categories
Mira Rajagopalan (Hatchet India) ‘s The Eminly Forgetable Life of Mrs. Pankajam
A fun and touching story about a decaying mind that seeks to understand an ever-changing world, Mira Rajagopalan’s finely crafted novel is one that challenges the reader to face and correct long-held beliefs while it is still possible.
‘The Last Queen’ by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (HarperCollins)
A subtle love story of a king and a commoner, a cautionary tale about loyalty and betrayal and a powerful illustration of the immortal bond between mother and child, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s memorable novel brings to life one of the most fearless women of the nineteenth century – Queen Jindan.
Namita Gokhale’s ‘The Blind Matriarch’ (Penguin Random House India)
Floating and flowing like a wave of epidemics, the novel is a tragedy of India’s confrontation with the coronavirus, with that condemnation and despair and a clear-eyed chronology of the resilience and strength of the human soul.
‘Lahore: The Partition Trilogy (Book 1)’ by Monrit Sodhi Someshwar (HarperCollins)
Set in parallel threads in Lahore and Delhi, the novel pays the price with the view behind the scenes and the political maneuvering that gave India independence.
Rizula Das (Pan Macmillan India) ‘s A Death in Sonagachi
Set in Kolkata’s most imaginative neighborhood, ‘A Death in Sonagachi’, a literary noir as horrific and destructive as it is tender and tender, expresses the cruelty that indulges the disenfranchised in our society and the impediment to dignity and love.
‘After I Was Rape’ by Urmi Bhattacharya (Pan Macmillan India)
In this book, readers meet five people: a four-year-old girl, two Dalit women, an eight-month-old baby and a young professional. Through extensive interviews with them and their families and communities, Urmi Bhattacharya reveals the stories of these survivors of sexual violence, as they describe how their lives and relationships have changed since the attack.
‘Spring Rumors’ by Farah Bashir (HarperCollins)
It is an unforgettable account of Farah Bashir’s adolescence in Srinagar in the 1990s. As Indian troops and militants fight across the city scene and violence returns to normal, a young schoolgirl finds that simple tasks – studying for exams, walking to the bus stop, combing her hair, falling asleep – are filled with anxiety and fear. It deeply influences the memoirs of the coming era depicting how regional conflicts secretly affect daily life in Kashmir.
Yashwini Chandra’s ‘The Tale of the Horse’ (Pan Macmillan India)
In this Yashvini Chandra took us to India and inland by horse path. The caravan-trade route originating in Central Asia and Tibet, the sea route from the Middle East and the domination of various sultans and Mughal emperors, is an amazing and delightful journey involving the South Indian kingdom as well as the Rajput horse-warriors. States
Actual fact-based literature
Pallavi Iyer’s Orientation (HarperCollins)
Through many adventures ranging from learning a new language, assimilating new cultural etiquette, and asking tough questions about race, Iyer explores why Japan and India find it difficult to work together despite sharing a long history of civilization. Partial travel stories, partial reports, ‘Orientations’ answer questions that have long confused the rest of the world.
Kumi Kapoor’s ‘The Tatas, Freddie Mercury and Other Bowas’ (Westland Books)
In this fascinating, accessible, intimate history of the Persians, Kumi Kapoor, himself a Percy, has pierced through the names, stories, achievements and continued success of this small but extraordinary minority. He explores the two questions of what it means to be a Persian in India, as well as how the contributions of the community become inseparable from what it means to be Indian.
Shreyana Bhattacharya’s (HarperCollins) ‘Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh’
In this path-breaking work, Shrayana Bhattacharya has mapped the economic and personal trajectories of different groups of women. Divided by class but united in novelty, they remain steadfast in their quest for intimacy, freedom and fun. Embracing Hindi film idol Shah Rukh Khan gives them a small respite from an oppressive culture, full of fantasies of their friendly masculinity among Indian men.
Shabnam Minwalla’s Murder at Daisy Apartments (Speaking Tiger Book)
A crime thriller set in Mumbai during the lockdown, the book focuses on Nandini Venkat, a 15-year-old resident of the Daisy apartment who climbed the stairs with a pair of legs to see the chairperson drinking poison in her own home that night. Because of the cove and lockdown, no one entered the apartment, that is, one of the killer residents!
Paro Anand’s ‘Unmasked’ (Penguin Random House India)
From a mother and son when lockdown drastically affects their lives to a housewife who is a victim of domestic abuse, from a young keyboard wizard to a home delivery executive who can become an unlikely hero, this book unmasks the year (2020). The levels that changed us all.
‘Uncle Nehru, please send an elephant!’ By Devika Kariyapa (Tulika Publishers)
One day, when Prime Minister Nehru opened his overstaffed mailbag, there were hundreds of colorful letters from Japanese children! “We didn’t see a live elephant,” they said. “Can you please send us one from India?” This thrilling picture book takes readers across the land and ocean to show how Indira, Ambika, Murugan and others have become India’s great gift to the world.
‘Queen of Fire’ by Devika Rangachari (Penguin Random House India)
In this fascinating novel, Devika Rangachari brings to life the inner life of this nineteenth century queen – Lakshmibai, pushing her into a position she doesn’t want to guess, and her son, for the challenge he has to face. But his mother is determined to live according to her courage.
‘What did they make? What did they find? ‘ By Shweta Taneja (Hatchet India)
In ‘They Made What?’, The children meet the brilliant scientists of India and read in this first-of-its-kind book about their incredible, groundbreaking discovery. Where, in ‘What They Found’, they are introduced to the brilliant scientists of India and read about their incredible, groundbreaking discoveries.
The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony in New Delhi on March 25, 2022. The top winners of the four categories will receive cash prizes and a female writer will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for her long-term contribution. The field of literature.
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