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Tata Literature Live! Announces Literary Awards Shortlists for 2021

11th November 2021

The short lists for the prestigious Tata Literature Live! Literary Awards were announced today. The Awards are presented at the Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest each year. They are given in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction and Business books published during the year, with an aim to recognise and encourage literary talent, for both established and new writers, across genres.

The winners are traditionally announced at the closing session of the Festival. Since the Festival is online again this year due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, the Awards Ceremony will be streamed on Sunday, 21 November.

The Shortlists in each category (in alphabetical order), and the eminent Juries that decided the Awards are as follows:

  • Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year (Fiction) Shortlist (in alphabetical order):

    • Asoca: A Sutra by Irwin Allan Sealy (Penguin Random House)
    • China Room by Sunjeev Sahota (Penguin Random House)
    • Names of the Women by Jeet Thayil (Penguin Random House)
  • Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year (Non-Fiction) Shortlist (in alphabetical order)
    • Born a Muslim: Some Truths About Islam in India by Ghazala Wahab (Aleph)
    • The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move by Sonia Shah (Bloomsbury)
    • Undercover: My Journey into the Darkness of Hindutva by Ashish Khetan (Westland)
  • Tata Literature Live! First Book (Fiction) Shortlist (in alphabetical order)
    • A Bit of Everything by Sandeep Raina (Westland)
    • A Death in Shonagachhi by Rijula Das (Pan MacMillan)
    • Gods and Ends by Lindsay Pereira (Penguin Random House)
  • Tata Literature Live! First Book (Non-Fiction) Shortlist (in alphabetical order)
    • Breathing Here is Injurious to Your Health: The Human Cost of Air Pollution and How You Can Be the Change by Jyoti Pande Lavakare (Hachette)
    • It’s All In Your Head, M by Manjiri Indurkar (Westland)
    • Landscapes of Loss: The Story of an Indian Drought by Kavitha Iyer (HarperCollins)
  • Tata Literature Live! Business Book of the Year Shortlist (in alphabetical order)
    • Fossil Free: Reimagining Clean Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World by Sumant Sinha (HarperCollins)
    • Pandemonium: The Great Indian Banking Tragedy by Tamal Bandyopadhyay (Roli Books)
    • Spring: Bouncing Back From Rejection by Ambi Parameswaran (Westland)

Juries for the awards

Each award category is decided by an eminent jury. The juries for 2021 were as follows:

  • Fiction
    • Arundhati Subramaniam: Poet, author, journalist and curator.
    • Githa Hariharan: Author, editor and columnist.
    • Shashi Warrier: Author, columnist and professor.
    • Vinita Mathew: Professor of English Literature, Wilson College, Mumbai
    • Shireen Mistry: Committee Member, Tata Literature Live!; communications professional
  • Non Fiction
    • Amrita Shah: Author and journalist
    • Dilip D’Souza: Author and journalist
    • Nivedita Menon: Author, scholar, professor of Political Thought at JNU
    • Sanjay Johri: Independent director and former Managing Director of Voltas and Reader’s Digest
    • Tina Nagpaul: Committee Member, Tata Literature Live!; writer and filmmaker
  • Business 
    • Arun Kumar: Chairman and CEO, KPMG India
    • Emmanuel David: Strategic Leader, Influencer and Coach; Former Director Tata Management Training Centre
    • Errol D’Souza: Professor of Economics and Director, IIM Ahmedabad
    • Shaili Chopra: Business journalist, author, entrepreneur and founder of SheThePeople TV
    • Shinjini Kumar: Corporate leader, entrepreneur and co-founder of SALT, a financial services app focused on women