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Reading is good and so is Appreciation : Raymond Crossword Book Award 2016

By Mansee Kumar
Posted on :
30 November 2016
Posted on :
30 November 2016

I like to sit in my balcony, relax and relish my cup of coffee with one hand with a book in my other. I like to travel as well and have been lucky enough to be a part of such interesting events lately. Anyone who loves to read would envy me as I attend the Raymond Crossword Book Award in its 14th year on Monday 29th November 2016. The award promotes Indian Authors and Writers in several categories like Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children Books, Biography, Management, Health, and Translation Works. 


The prestigious event brought together the who’s who of the Indian Literary world to celebrate Indian Writing. For the Authors are the superheroes of the publishing house and are their power lies in us, the readers. And when the two come together, with an extra dose of Mrs Funny Bones in the house; the evening could only get more entertaining. 

The auditorium was packed with people who share a passion for reading or writing. With exemplary Chief Guests like Gulzar Sahib, Shekhar Gupta, Sudhir Mugantivar & Anupama Chopra; the awards began with a musical performance on Vande Mataram by members of Indiva – An all-girls ensamble followed by Jury awards in all categories. 


While our electronic devices may delude us anytime, a book never runs out of battery. The jury read more than 200 books to come up with the winners. Assuming some of them being highly opinionated, it must have been hard for the members to come up with a unanimous winner in each category. 

Books belong to their readers and so do their interpretations. And they do not discriminate on the basis of age, caste, creed or sex. Before I put down the list of winners for you, I would like to bring one such book to your attention and is a work of translation by the same author who wrote it.  “The Sun that Rose from Earth” is written by Shamsur Rahman Farooqi , who is 81 years of age. Isn’t that remarkable? 

Clearly, age is just a number when it comes to talent. Books cultivates a culture of innovation, achievement & curiosity. Besides the story that we read in the books, there is a story that weaves in our lives simultaneously. Each one of us has a book in us. All we need is to present it as beautifully as we can. 


The pace of the program slowed down when Gulzar Sahib came to present The Life Time Achievement Award to Ruskin Bond. Though the author was not available to receive his award, hearing Gulzar Sahib speak about his bond with the legend was amazing in its own sense.  


Once again, Indiva onstage revved-up the evening and enthralled the spectators with their fusion jam and left us spell bound. The event was unabashedly a perfect platform to get inspired to read more, to write more and to put in more than we do. I felt thrilled to hear the authors’ stories about their journey in writing these books. It made me connect with them more and read their books. 


Crossword made it possible by holding a book stall of all the books featured during the event. The event concluded with two book launches – Challenging Destiny by Medha Deshmukh Bhaskaran & Benevolent Narmada by Hari Mahidhar. 


I bought few of the winners home to adorn my new book shelf and make me pleased of starting my own journey in this writing world.

Jury Awards

Translation

The Sun who rose from Earth  

Shamsur Rahman Farooqi

Children

My Nana was a Nut Case

Ranjit Lal

Non- Fiction

Gits Press & the Making of the Hindu India

Akshaya Mukul

Fiction

Flood of Fire  

Amitav Ghosh

Popular Awards

Children

The Gita for Children

Roopa Pai

Health & Fitness

Body Goddess

Payal Gidwani Tiwari

Biography    

Playing it My Way

Sachin Tendulkar

Business & Management

Chanakya in You

Radhakrishnana Pillai

Non- Fiction 

Mrs Funny Bones

Twinkle Khanna

Fiction

Scion of Ikshvaku

 Amish

About The Author
Mansee Kumar
A novice traveler who is all set to explore new dimensions in traveling and is eager to experience diverse cultures across the globe, and sharing experiences through travel blogging. My areas of interest apart from traveling are writing, reading and dancing. Currently working on short stories and a novel besides covering events.
A novice traveler who is all set to explore new dimensions in traveling and is eager to experience diverse cultures across the globe, and sharing experiences through travel blogging. My areas of interest apart from traveling are writing, reading and dancing. Currently working on short stories and a novel besides covering events.