3 Indian authors in the running for $50,000 literary prize

Amitav Ghosh

Uday Prakash's "The Walls of Delhi" are three short stories in Hindi that pull back the curtain on life in 21st century India. A sweeper discovers a cache of black money and escapes to see the Taj Mahal with his underage mistress. An untouchable races to reclaim his life stolen by an upper-caste identity thief. A slum baby's head gets bigger and bigger as he gets smarter and smarter, while his family tries to find a cure. Translations have been done by Jason Grunebaum.

Amitav Ghosh's book "River of Smoke" is from his Ibis triolgy.

An international advisory committee comprising Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Alastair Niven, Fakrul Alam, Ira Pande, Marie Brenner, William Dalrymple, David Godwin, Michael Worton and Surina Narula is on the board of the Prize.

In January this year the DSC Prize 2012 was awarded to Singapore-based Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka for his book Chinaman, a novel that explores cricket as a metaphor to uncover a lost life and a lost history.

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