Two desis have made it to the shortlist for the Man BookerÂ 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 includeÂ Sebastian BarryÂ (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.