Nominees for South Asia’s literary prize confirmed
Contenders of the prestigious DSC Prize to be awarded for South Asian literature were revealed yesterday evening, which covered most regions such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India. Amongst the finalists are critically acclaimed novelists, Jhumpa Lahiri for The Lowland and Kamila Shamsie for A God In Every Stone. They will be vying for the sought after bounty against debut novels, The Scatter Here Is Too Great by Bilal Tanweer, as well as The Mirror Of Beauty, set against the backdrop of the Mughal Empire by Shamsur Rahman Faruqi. Finalist of the Booker prize in 1994, Romesh Gunesekera’s Noontide Toll was also shortlisted. Judged by an esteemed panel of judges, all exceeding in their experience and opinion of literature, endured 'quite the ordeal pouring through the initial 75 books', according to the chair of jury, Keki Daruwala, though he quickly added, 'it was a thoroughly enjoyable and honourable task'. The winner will be divulged in January at the Jaipur Literarature Festival, which is known for its notable guests in the past, including royalty and Oprah Winfrey.