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Jeet Thayil wins Rs 26.89 lakh prize

JAIPUR: Poet and novelist Jeet Thayil became the first Indian on Friday to win the DSC South Asian Literature prize, now on its third edition.

Jeet’s “Narcopolis” was shortlisted from six names to bag the Rs 26.89 lakh ($50,000) DSC prize.

The prize was announced on at the ongoing DSC Jaipur Literature festival venue, Diggi Palace by celebrated actress Sharmila Tagore in the presence of renowned personalities and authors.

Thayil won the prize from a short list of six which included Jamil Ahmad: The Wandering Falcon; Tahmima Anam: The Good Muslim; Amitav Ghosh: River of Smoke; Mohammed Hanif : Our Lady of Alice Bhatti; Uday Prakash: The Walls of Delhi (Translated by Jason Grunebaum)

Instituted by DSC Limited in 2010, the DSC Prize is awarded annually for the best work of fiction inspired by the South Asian Region, people, culture and diaspora; published in English, including translation into English.

Jeet Thayil [1] is the son of the great journalist TJS George, who is a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Thumpamon.