It’s time to celebrate all things related to literature. Come January 2015, The Hindu Lit for Life in Chennai will see discussions, seminars, workshops and performances all with one common overarching theme: books and words.

The festival will be held at Sir Mutha Venkatasubbarao Concert Hall, Harrington Road, Chennai, on January 16, 17 & 18, 2015. Watch this space for announcements on participants and programme.

And while you’re waiting for announcements about LFL, check out the shortlist for The Hindu Prize for Fiction 2014. The panel of distinguished judges — Malayalam poet, author and critic K. Satchidanandan; author and translator Arunava Sinha, author and academic Githa Hariharan, author and poet Tabish Khair and author and academic Malashri Lal — have selected six novels:

The Competent Authority by Shovon Chowdhury
Shadow Play by Shashi Deshpande
A Bad Character by Deepti Kapur
Idris: Keeper of the Light by Anita Nair
The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar
Book of Common Signs by Ashok Srinivasan

The winner will be announced on January 17, 2015. The prize comprises a cash component of Rs. 5 lakhs and a plaque.

Manu Joseph won the first The Hindu Prize for Best Fiction in 2010 for his debut novel Serious Men. In a strange coincidence, the next two prizes also went to debut novels: Rahul Bhattacharya’s The Sly Company of People Who Care (2011) and Jerry Pinto’s Em and the Big Hoom (2012). In 2013, the prize went to Anees Salim’s Vanity Bagh.

For more about the shortlisted books click here.


  • Here’s the shortlist
    The six shortlisted authors for The Hindu Prize, 2014 (clockwise): Anita Nair, Shovon Chowdhury, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, Shashi Deshpande, Ashok Srinivasan and Deepti Kapoor. One of the six novelists will win The Hindu Prize 2014. Read what our panel of judges has to say about the books.
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  • A walk through India’s rich heritage
    It was an interesting blend of historical narrative and knowledge on contemporary conservation work for all those who assembled at the Humayun’s Tomb, a world heritage site, on Saturday morning.
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  • Notions of the nation
    The disparate sessions at The Hindu’s Lit for Life in Delhi were held together by words, ideas and memories. In a word … The phrase best illustrated the world of meaning and possibilities embedded in that unit of language: the word. The tagline for The Hindu’s Lit for Life 2014 “Beyond Words” only multiplied the potential. If — at the end of the Delhi leg of the festival, which took place at Siri Fort auditorium last week— we laughed at our foibles as Anuvab Pal delivered a comic monologue satirising everything ridiculous yet endearing about Indians, we also relived the shaming memories of the anti-Sikh pogrom of 1984 and had our attention drawn to the power of myth that can both shackle and free us.
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