Thursday, 20 September 2012

The Economist Crossword Prize Shortlist 2012

Someone rang up yesterday as I was cooking dinner to tell me that The Folded Earth is on the Crossword shortlist. I've a powerful sense of deja vu because An Atlas of Impossible Longing was on the same shortlist in 2009, and Amitav Ghosh was on that shortlist too (with Sea of Poppies), as he is here. That year he shared the prize with Neel Mukherjee's Past Continuous, but what I remember most about going to Bombay for the award ceremony is the rain that lashed the beaches, the high winds that turned umbrellas inside out, and the crisp fried Bombay Duck at Mahesh Food Home.

Here's the complete list for fiction in English:
  • River of Smoke - Amitav Ghosh
  • Narcopolis - Jeet Thayil
  • The Storyteller of Marrakesh - Joydeep Roy Bhattacharya
  • The Folded Earth - Anuradha Roy
  • The Sly Company of People Who Care - Rahul Bhattacharya