Mumbai: Author and chairperson of Infosys Foundation, Sudha Murthy, was honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th edition of The Raymond Crossword Book award. While Bollywood producer Karan Johar won for his book ‘An Unsuitable Boy’ which was co-authored by Johar and Poonam Saxena, in biography (popular) category.
While accepting the award, Johar said, “This is my first award for my first book.” Johar added that he was skeptical about writing the book but he finally decided to tell his untold story. “I want to call it a memoir rather than my biography.” Meanwhile, after given the lifetime award, Murthy said, “I am independent of Narayana and Infosys.” She also took pride of writing which gives her peace.
Other winners in popular category are Sadhguru (non-fiction) for ‘Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy’; Durjoy Dutta (fiction) for ‘Our Impossible Love’; Shantanu Guha Ray (business and management) for ‘The Target’; Isha Foundation (health and fitness) for ‘A Taste of Well-being: Sadguru’s Insight for your Gastronomics’, and Archita Mishra (Children’s writing) for ‘The Stormbringer’. Meanwhile, in the jury category: Anita Nair bagged an award for her book ‘Muezza and Baby Jaan’ (Children category); Journalist Josy Joseph won in non-fiction category for ‘A Feast of Vultures’; and Sujit Saraf was awarded for his work ‘Harilal and Sons’ under fiction. In jury-translation category, winner is Fathima EV who translated the Malayalam book ‘A Preface to Man’ authored by Subash Chandran. The evening also saw a performance by city-based neo-fusion rock band Kabir Cafe.