The Man Booker Prize can undoubtedly be called the Oscars of the literary world. Today, we bring to you a list of Indian authors who have been won it!
V.S.Nagpal : In 1971, V.S.Nagpal’s novel In a Free State was the first book by an Indian novelist to win the Booker. The book is constructed of three interrelated stories. Each of the stories considers the impact of British imperialism, in different parts of the world and at different times, on the characters.
What is Naipaul’s connection to India? While he was born in Trinidad, his grandparents previously emigrated from India to the Caribbean, where they found jobs as farm workers. While many of his works have clear ties to Trinidad and Tobago, his characters also deal with questions of imperialism, colonization, and the relationship among the Caribbean, Britain, and the Indian subcontinent.
Arundhati Roy : A human rights activist, environmentalist and political activist, Arundhati Roy is best known for the 1997 Man Booker Prize for her novel “The God of Small Things”. She has won many other notable awards since then. However, her critical political views have gotten the better of the spot light.
Kiran Desai : What the mother could not do, the daughter has achieved! (For those who are unaware, Kiran is the daughter of Anita Desai who was nominated for the Booker prize earlier.) Kiran Desai’s novel “The Inheritance of Loss” won the Man Booker prize in 2006. The novel was praised by critics across the globe.
Arvind Adiga : Not often do we hear a writer’s debut novel fetching them the Man Booker Prize, but Arvind Adiga’s gripping and blunt debut novel “The White Tiger” has been among the very few to achieve this! He is the fourth Indian author to win the prize & he win the prize in 2008.