The Raymond Crossword Book award is in its 14th edition this year and has been the paradigm of appreciation in Indian English Literature. It is the only forum in India that gives a face to Indian authors and Indian literature,
with a well-rounded jury mining gems from the length and breadth of the country.
“Winning the Crossword Book Award was one of the high points of my writing life and the reason for that is that there is no Award like the Crossword Award…” – said Amitav Ghosh after winning the award in 2004 in the category of English Fiction.
Readers look forward to the award each year to find out which book among their favourites clinches this prestigious one. Here’s our pick of some of the favourites in each category.
Scion of Ikshvaku by Amish
You couldn’t have missed this one among last year’s bestsellers, right? It is the first of Amish’s new series, the Ramchandra and has been hugely popular. Readers have always been curious about the Mythological fiction churned by this bestseller author and you can take a glimpse of the Ram Rajya too.
Will Ram rise above the taint that others heap on him? Will his love for Sita sustain him through his struggle? Will he defeat the demon Lord Raavan who destroyed his childhood? Will he fulfil the destiny of the Vishnu?
Begin an epic journey with Amish’s latest: the Ram Chandra Series.
Mrs Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna
It’s quirky, it’s fun and realistic to quite an extent. Twinkle Khanna brings her newspaper columns within cover to create a book that has touched a chord among millions.
The tagline of the book, ‘She’s just like and a lot like me” coupled with the celebrity author might make one wonder, how can one compare a normal Indian household life with the glamorous life of someone like Twinkle Khanna. But that is the beauty of this book.
Business and Management
Dream With Your Eyes Open by Ronnie Screwvala
We have read and loved this book with hugely inspiring stories and anecdotes from Ronnie’s life. He has written the book in a way that is very relatable to all our readers.
If you’ve ever had an impactful, disruptive product or business idea, been curious about owning your own business, or have already taken the first steps on your entrepreneurial journey, this is the book for you.
Sachin Tendulkar – an autobiography
Who hasn’t loved and revered the Little Master in India? And when you have a scope to read more about his life and cricket, why not!
The only criteria Sachin kept in mind during writing this book was to stay honest. Hence this book is not just a story of Sachin’s life but is also a very personal and interesting take on his Cricketing career. It summarises the entire 24 years of Sachin’s life spent on the Cricket ground and also delights the readers with some personal anecdotes.
Health and Fitness
Body Goddess by Payal Gidwani Tiwari
Health and fitness books are as important to our lifestyle as any other book these days. This seemed to be a great book on yoga for starters and keeps.
Payal’s essential mantras guarantee not just weight loss but also promise a healthier lifestyle. Designed for all age groups, this book comes enriched with easy to follow exercise regimes and invaluable tips. Body Goddess is indispensable for every woman who wants to look and feel like a diva.
The Magic of the Lost Temple by Sudha Murty
When a book is written by such a prolific and sensitive author like Sudha Murty, it has to be a great source of nourishment for children.
Join the very curious character of Nooni as she unfolds the mystery behind the stepwell. Her incessant urge to abstracting information is what leads her on this adventure. This much awaited book by Sudha Murty is indeed a heart-warming read.
You can still vote for the awards (ceremony on 29th November, 2016) here.