Pankaj Mishra,High Brow Essayist and Novelist of India Wins The Prestigious Yale Literary Prize 2014by Nira Nanavati March 10, 2014 0 comments
Pankaj Mishra is one of the most prolific writers based in India, writing for India and offering a mix of contemporary values with concurrent issues.
Well traveled and well versed with India as well as strife in political and religious themes prevailing across the globe today, Pankaj has quite impressively aired his views through his writings and compilations.
From the Ruins of Empire (2012)
In an attempt to find an answer to quest for a place of dignity in a world predominated by Western culture, ideas and values within the non-West allies where they are occupying the most revered positions. This book was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2013 for it relates to a deep analysis to locate the answers of current political strife in Asian countries.
An End of Suffering (2004)
This book reflects Pankaj Mishra’s attempt to realize and understand the teachings of Buddha in current scenario of terror in the name of Jihad – Islamic Holy War which is rapidly spreading across the globe. The book reflects the author’s realization of relevance of teachings of Lord Buddha as he visits and observes the life of the common people in the terror stricken nations of Afghanistan and Pakistan along with the coexistence of Hindus and Muslims within India. Though written at a personal level, this book highlights how Buddhism had and will continue to influence the most dynamic personalities across the globe.
Butter Chicken in Ludhiana (1995)
A collection of short stories relating to the aspirations of the common people in India. Some have the will to make it big while some leave it to their fate. With small town people emulating the city trends, are they really successful in what they actually set out to achieve? The thought pattern of Indians who are on a look out strike it big or move on the next level has been keenly observed and revolves around each of these stories which have been descriptively narrated by Pankaj Mishra in Butter Chicken in Ludhiana.
Most of his books are worth reading especially for those who prefer reading on modern world situations especially Asia. He has received many accolades for his writings viz. Crossword Book Award and Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding for From the Ruins of Empire and the Art Seidenbaum award for Best First Fiction. Recently, he was awarded the $1,50,000 Windham–Campbell Literature Prize in the Nonfiction category in recognition of their literary contribution and for further support.
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In 2011, when Mishra criticised Niall Ferguson’s book Civilisation: The West and the Rest in the London Review of Books, Ferguson threatened to sue for libel.