Anupam Kher

The Pune International Literary Festival (PILF) has introduced the Anupam Kher Award for Best Debut English Novel. (photo provided)

MUMBAI—The Pune International Literary Festival (PILF) has now introduced the Anupam Kher Award for Best Debut English Novel. This award will mark the beginning of recognition for new writers. It will be in the form of citation and a cash prize of a lakh of rupees.

“Everyone has a dream. Some meet with early success, while others have to go to great lengths to realize theirs. My endeavor in initiating an award is to give a boost to talented writers who might otherwise remain voices in the wilderness,” expressed Kher.

This unique platform is strictly for Indian debut writers stationed in India to uplift their potential. The first edition of the Anupam Kher Award will be judging all the new English novels published in 2016. The selection process of the novels was very fair as the publishers sent their best debut novels to PILF Panel of Juries. The jury – R. Raj Rao, Ravi Subramanian and Salil Desai – shortlisted the entries based on originality, plot, narrative techniques, impact and various literary characteristics that compile a novel.

Kher and the PILF Committee have jointly decided on five nominees: “The Patient Patient” by Tushar Rishi (Westland Publications), “Neon Noon” by Tanuj Solanki (Harper Collins), “Song of the Kaveri” by Kalyanaraman Durgadas (Rupa Publications), “A Thousand Times Over” by Sudhanshu Bisen (Fingerprint) and “Dangle” by Sutapa Basu (Readomania).

The winner will be announced shortly.

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