Review: The 2011 DSC Prize

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The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature recently announced its first ever winner HM Naqvi for his book Home Boy (HarperCollins India). The event took place at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival, one of the biggest literature festivals in the world. The US $50,000 DSC Prize along with a unique trophy was awarded to HM Naqvi by Mr. H S Narula – Chairman of DSC Limited – a well known patron of literature.

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The Prize was instituted in January 2010 to celebrate the richness and diversity of South Asian writing that highlights the region, its people, culture and diaspora. The prize is unique since it is not ethnicity driven in terms of the author’s origin and is open to any author belonging to any part of the globe as long as the work is based on the South Asian region.

An international Advisory Committee of eminent literary personalities guides the processes of the DSC Prize and in the selection of the Jury.

Nilanjana S Roy, Chair of the jury observed “Perhaps what the shortlist in this first year of the DSC Prize for South Asian literature reflects most strongly is the emergence of a provocative, intensely confident new generation of writers HM Naqvi’s Home Boy precisely captures the swaggering bravado, black humour and complex loyalties of a generation that belongs everywhere and nowhere. The contemporary, pitch-perfect voice of his characters allows Naqvi to explore prejudice, belonging and exile as he maps the restlessness and conflicts of his three protagonists in a world where none of the old certainties apply.”

The Longlist of 16 authors of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature was announced in September in New Delhi from among close to 50 entries received from across Publishers representing authors and their literary works on South Asia.

The shortlist of 6 books for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2011 was announced in October 2010 at the London’s Globe Theatre during the ongoing DSC South Asian Literature Festival. The event was attended by long listed authors, publishers, London’s literati and literary ambassadors from the South Asian region.

Manhad Narula, Director DSC Limited and Founder of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature says, “The DSC Prize has come a full circle on its vision and it’s been a fulfilling journey from the institution of the prize to the winner announcement. The DSC prize in its first year has generated a keen interest among the literary community and we hope to further our commitment to the propagation of the literary cause in the years to come”

The first year of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature has been a success and it has been very well received by the literary fraternity. It is all set to embark on its next journey and has just announced the call for entries for the 2012 edition.