The Man Booker Prize is every writer’s dream. The first Booker Prize was given in 1969. Usually, the names of the winners come out every October. Also, The literary prize is given only to original English novels published in the United Kingdom. Moreover, this prize is of great significance and value in the literary world. India also has its own share of the Booker winners. In fact, we have three Indian Booker Prize winners who are also Indian residents. Let’s get to know them better.
Arundhati Roy (The God of Small Things)
Of course, many of you must have heard of this renowned author who made India proud. She is one of the three Indian Booker Prize winners who are also Indian residents. Arundhati Roy won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997 for her debut novel ‘The God of Small Things’.
The novel is based on Indian society and portrays elements such as caste and culture. Besides, the story takes place in Ayemenem, a village in Kottayam district of Kerala. It unravels the lives of the fraternal twins, Rahel and Esthappen, and their family. Apart from being a writer, the Indian Booker Prize winner is also a political activist and is highly involved in Human Rights and Environmental causes. She has won the ‘Sydney Peace Prize'(2004) and many other awards for her social work.
Kiran Desai ( The Inheritance of Loss)
Kiran Desai is the daughter of the novelist, Anita Desai. This Indian Booker Prize winner’s first novel, ‘Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard’ received much appreciation. But, it was her second one that won the Booker Prize in 2006.
‘The Inheritance of Loss’ revolves around the lives of two characters, Biju and Sai. The story has connections with colonialism and multiculturism. Apart from the Booker Prize, Desai also won several other awards and accolades for this novel.
Aravind Adiga ( The White Tiger)
Aravind Adiga is the third among the three Indian Booker Prize winners who are also Indian residents. He grew up in Mangalore and Sydney. This literary prize holder’s debut album won the Booker Prize in 2008.
Moreover, ‘The White Tiger’ also appeared in the ‘New York Times bestseller list’.
The story unravels through a letter written by the central character, Balram to the Chinese Premier. It talks about his life as a child and how globalization affected India. Also, the novel portrays Balram as the ‘White Tiger’, a symbol of power in East Asia. The story also covers topics like caste and social freedom. Apart from novels, this Indian Booker Prize winner has also written several short stories.
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