Crossword to celebrate Indian writing with 14th Raymond Crossword Book Award

Indian authors have added priceless gems in the treasure box of admirable fictional and non-fictional literature from around the world. And Crossword Book Awards honours them by bringing together the entire community –authors, readers, publishers and booksellers under one roof.

Introduced in 1998, the Crossword Book Award was launched to encourage Indian writing and Indian authors. Over the years the award has been compared with Pulitzer and Booker. There’s also a monetary prize in each of the four categories – fiction, non-fiction, translations, and children’s literature. This year, the award has gone through a makeover by introducing a lifetime achievement award and few new categories –Popular award readers’ choice- best biography book of the year, Management book of the year, Health and Fitness book of the year and Best children’s author of the year.

The Crossword Book Award recognises and rewards good writing and also actively promotes the authors and their books.

Kinjal Shah, CEO Crossword Bookstores says, “It’s that time of the year, when the whole publishing industry in India comes forward as one family to recognise its own stars. Yes, it’s exciting that we do have a star-studded shortlist this year and we are looking forward to seeing which author wins the most popular votes.”

The 14th Raymond Crossword Book Award makes a star-studded shortlist by introducing celebrity authors like Shilpa Shetty, Ronnie Ronnie Screwvala, Chetan Bhagat and Amish Tripathi, among others.

Check out the complete award shortlist here:

  • Popular award shortlist:


Title: Half Girlfriend
Author: Chetan Bhagat

Title: Scion of Ikshvaku
Author: Amish Tripathi

Title: Your Dreams are Mine Now
Author: Ravinder Singh

Title: World’s Best Boyfriend
Author: Durjoy Dutta

Title: Mumbai Avengers
Author: Hussain Zaidi


Title: 13 steps to bloody good luck
Author: Ashwin Sanghi

Title: Mrs Funnybones
Author: Twinkle Khanna

Title: Something Happened on the Way
Author: Sudha Murty

Title: My Gita
Author: Devdutt Pattanaik

Title: Aarushi
Author: Avirook Sen

Business and Management

Title: Chanakya in You
Author: Radhakrishnan

Title: Dream with Your Eyes Open- An Entrepreneurial Journey
Author: Ronnie Screwvala

Title: Arise Awake
Author: Rashmi Bansal

Title: Pandeymonium
Author: Piyush Pandey

Title: The Success Sutra- An Indian Approach To Wealth
Author: Devdutt Pattanaik


Title: Playing It My Way
Author: Sachin Tendulkar

Title: MSD- The Man, the Leader
Author: Biswadeep Ghosh

Title: Rajesh Khanna- The Fallen Superstar
Author: Yasser Usman

Title: Buy Born Again on the Mountain
Author: Arunima Sinha

Title: Being Salman
Author: Jasim Khan

Health and Fitness

Title: No One Has To Know
Author: Jamuna Pai

Title: The Great Indian Diet
Author: Shilpa Shetty

Title: Total Fitness – The Leena Mogre Way
Author: Leena Mogre

Title: Being Mortal
Author: Atul Gawande

Title: Body Goddess
Author: Payal Gidwani Tiwari


Title: Reignited
Author: A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Title: The Magic of the Lost Temple
Author: Sudha Murty

Title: Pashu
Author: Devdutt Pattanaik

Title: Uncles, Aunts and Elephants
Author: Ruskin Bond

Title: The Gita- For Children
Author: Roopa Pai

  • Jury award shortlist:


Title: The Sun That Rose from the Earth
Author and translator: Shamsur Rahman Faruqi

Title: Island of Lost Shadows
Author: E. Santosh Kumar
Translator: P.N. Venugopal

Title: In a Land Far from Home
Author: Syed Mujtaba Ali
Translator: Nazes Afroz

Title: Fence
Author: Ila Arab Mehta
Translator: Rita Kothari

Title: Hundreds of Streets to the Palace Lights
Author: S Diwakar
Translator: Susheela Punitha

Title: Farewell Mahatma
Author: Devibharathi
Translator: N. Kalyan Raman


Title: Flood of Fire
Author: Amitav Ghosh

Title: Hadal
Author: C.P Surendran

Title: Sleeping on Jupiter
Author: Anuradha Roy

Title: The Black Hill
Author: Mamang Dai

Title: The Cosmopolitans
Author: Anjum Hasan


Title: Ahmedabad: A City in the World
Author: Amrita Shah

Title: Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India
Author: Akshaya Mukul

Title: No one Else
Author: Siddharth Dube

Title: Seasons of Trouble
Author: Rohini Mohan

Title: The Ivory Throne
Author: Manu S. Pillai

Title: The Spirit of Indian Painting
Author: B.N.Goswami


Title: Adventure on Wheels
Author: Prashant Pinge

Title: Bookasura
Author: Arundhati Venkatesh

Title: Our Incredible Cow
Author: Mahasweta Devi

Title: Our Nana was a Nutcase
Author: Ranjit Lal

Title: Talking of Muskaan
Author: Himanjali Sankar

You need to visit Crossword’s website to vote for your favourite book.

The award ceremony will be held on November 29, 2016 at NCPA, Nariman Point.

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