ANURADHA ROY Wins The DSC Prize For Sleeping On Jupiter

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The winner of the much coveted DSC Prize for South Asian Literature was announced in Sri Lanka at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival (FGLF) on the 16th of January 2016 at Hall De Galle. At the ceremony, co-founder of the DSC prize, Surina Narula said that she has ‘fallen in love with South Asia’ and that it was her son’s idea that brought about this prize. The jury panel consisted of Mark Tully, Dennis Walder, Karen Allman, Neloufer de Mel and Syed Manzoorul Islam.

Chair of the jury, Mark Tully said “it has been a team effort, a huge pleasure, a huge responsibility and a huge honour to work with such exceptional colleagues. Picking the winner was – if you were a betting man – a neck to neck decision!” Chief Guest, Honourable Prime Minister, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed that it is ‘great to have the GLF back on its feet again’ and that ‘the SAARC members must also take the initiative to organise awards like this’ The shortlisted novels for this award were; ‘Family Life’ by Akhil Sharma, ‘Sleeping on Jupiter’ by Anuradha Roy, ‘Hangwoman’ by KR Meera, ‘The Book of Gold Leaves’ by Mirza Waheed, ‘The Lives of Others’ by Neel Mukherjee and ‘She will Build Him a City’ by Raj Kamal Jha. The winner, Anuradha Roy, said she was ‘stunned’ and joked that she ‘never wins things’ but is always just shortlisted.

“I really truly didn’t expect it so when he announced my name I was feeling flabbergasted. I’m really grateful for people like my husband, who is one of my readers, and also my publishers. You need quite a lot of faith because the author always feels uncertain and you need them to tell you to carry on” Speaking on the occasion, Mark Tully explained the reason behind the decision, “we chose Sleeping on Jupiter because of its elegance, flair and readability. The South Asian setting is described faithfully and evocatively. Among the issues raised are the power of memory and myth, religious hypocrisy, sexuality, abuse and other forms of violence. We believe this novel will be a source of inspiration to other writers” The winner of the DSC prize will receive a cash prize of USD 50,000 and the award is open to all international writers writing on the topic of South Asia.