2 Indians on Booker Shortlist; Rushdie Not on List

Two desis have made it to the shortlist for the Man Booker prize for fiction books.

They are Chennai-born Aravind Adiga (The White Tiger) and Amitav Ghosh (Sea of Poppies).

The other authors on this year’s Booker shortlist include Sebastian Barry (The Secret Scripture), Steve Toltz (A Fraction of the Whole), Linda Grant (The Clothes on their Backs) and Philip Hensher (The Northern Clemency).

Of the six books on the list, we’ve read Adiga’s The White Tiger. The book is alright but nothing extraordinary.

If Adiga’s book wins the Booker Prize, we’d be surprised and even lose respect for the Booker. (We’re re-reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ Love in the Time of Cholera and that is a masterpiece.)

A surprising omission from the Booker shortlist is Salman Rushdie’s new book The Enchantress of Florence.

The Booker competition is open to citizens of the British Commonwealth and the Republic of Ireland.

The prize ($71,0000) is one of the most prestigious in the world of fiction books.

2 Responses to "2 Indians on Booker Shortlist; Rushdie Not on List"

  1. gandhiji   September 10, 2008 at 1:37 am

    Have you watched the movie.. “Love in the Time of Cholera” with Bardem.. didn’t have good reviews.. apparently a bad adaptation.. it is available on DVD.. wondering whether to watch it or not.. one good thing about the movie is that it has some pretty girls sans clothes.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write above: Have you watched the movie.. “Love in the Time of Cholera” with Bardem.. didn’t have good reviews

    No…we remember the not-so-good reviews. But it’s in our Netflix queue.

    The issue with reading an extraordinary book or watching a fine movie is that anything that follows usually seems puny in comparison.

    After watching Bardem, if you watch Ajith or Vijay you can’t but call them monkeys. And then the fan-monkeys of these star-monkeys start frothing at the mouth and jump on our back because they don’t follow the journey we’ve taken and the stations we’ve stopped at before arriving at a Billa, Bheema or a Kuruvi. Life’s hard!

  2. vqtor   September 10, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    I will sure try those books. And,

    Irresistible video to post, if you dont like Ajith
    (tamil video)


    Billa Review

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