Ever since its inception in 1998, the Raymonds Crossword Book Awards has always celebrated Indian writing, acknowledging the achievements of Indian authors. The 14th edition this year was no different. At a literary night in Mumbai the award honoured writers in various categories.
Held at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, it saw the presence of eminent personalities and legends of the literary world. The exclusive Literary Award in India for the Indian Authors is spread across Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s, Translations and Popular categories. In its 2016 edition, the prestigious award also included a few new categories – Popular Award-Readers’ Choice, Best Biography Book of the Year, Management Book of the Year, Health & Fitness Book of the Year, Best Children’s Author of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Renowned writer Ruskin Bond was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award; he was honoured by lyricist and poet Gulzar.
Twinkle Khanna’s Mrs Funnybones won the popular non-fiction award, while Scion of Ikshvaku by Amish Tripathi won the award in the popular fiction category.
Cricketer Sanchin Tendulkar too bagged an award for his autobiography Playing It My Way in the popular category for biography section. Radhakrishnan Pillai won the popular award in Business and Management category for his book Chanakya in You.
Amitav Ghosh was awarded the Crossword Book Award by the jury in the fiction category for his book, Flood of Fire, while in the non-fiction category Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India by Akshaya Mukul bagged the jury award.
Indian Express columnist Ranjit Lal won the jury award in the children’s book category for his book Our Nana was a Nutcase, and Roopa Pai was awarded for children’s writing for her book Gita for Children in the popular category.
Apart from the awards, a coffee-table book, The Benevolent Narmada, featuring photographs by Hari Mahidhar and script by Vithal Nadkarni was also launched at the ceremony.