Who will win the DSC Prize?

By Peter Griffin
Published: 09, Jan 2012

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We're going to be at the Jaipur Literature Festival later this month. We'll be blogging and tweeting from there, and we hope to snag you some interviews as well. Let us know who you'd most like to hear from. Here's the schedule.

One of the events at the festival is the announcement of the winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, which, at US$ 50,000, is the richest literary prize in this part of the world. The jury — Ira Pande (chair), Dr. Alastair Niven, Dr. Fakrul Alam, Faiza S. Khan, Marie Brenner — short-listed six books: • U.R. Ananthamurthy for Bharathipura (Oxford University Press, India, translated by Susheela Punitha)
• Chandrakanta for A Street in Srinagar (Zubaan Books, India, translated by Manisha Chaudhry)
• Usha K.R for Monkey-man (Penguin/Penguin India)
• Shehan Karunatilaka for Chinaman (Random House, India)
• Tabish Khair for The Thing About Thugs (Fourth Estate / HarperCollins-India)
• Kavery Nambisan for The Story that Must Not Be Told (Viking / Penguin India)
(More about the books and authors here.)

Who would you wager on? Leave your votes in the comments.

  • George

    Was Jeet Thayil not a nominee? How come he won then? :)

    on Feb 7, 2013
  • tikulicious

    Tabish Khair for The Thing About Thugs of course.

    on Jan 15, 2012
  • Padma Bhamidipati

    I would place my money on U.R. Ananthamurthy for his publication Bharathipura

    on Jan 11, 2012
  • Vidushi

    I'm voting for Chinaman or The Thing About Thugs, but it could well be Bharatipura, which is fine by me because Mr. U R Ananthamurthy is a gem!

    on Jan 11, 2012
  • Suneetha Balakrishna

    I am torn between between voting for Monkey Man and Chinaman, but I have a feeling The Thing About Thugs could be the winner.

    on Jan 9, 2012
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