Announcing the shortlist for the inaugural 2008 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize.
The judges, William Dalrymple, Kamila Shamsie and Samit Basu, will pick a winner from seven books that made it to the shortlist this year. In Search of a Future: The Story of Kashmir by David Devadas. Kari by Amruta Patil. A Reluctant Survivor by Sridala Swami. The Music Room by Namita Devidayal. White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif. Smoke and Mirrors, An Experience of China by Pallavi Aiyar.
The Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize is the only Indian book prize that honours a first book. By awarding a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh, the prize aims to bring attention to deserving books of any genre by first-time authors. As a measure of the timeliness of this prize, there were more than two dozen entries this year, proof of the depth and quality of new writing in the country.