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Narendra Modi, Shashi Tharoor and Raghuram G Rajan make it to the Popular shortlist of the 16th Raymond Crossword Book awards

Its BJP versus Congress at the Popular shortlist of the 16th Raymond Crossword Book Award.

True blue denizens of the Indian literature diaspora continue to be front runners in the Popular shortlist of the 16th Raymond Crossword Book awards (RCBA). 

Names such as Arundhati Roy, Ruskin Bond, Amish Tripathi, Devdutt Pattanaik, Ravi Subramanian are in the running, with the much loved Sudha Murthy leading the nominations for three different titles. 

The popular category at the Raymond Crossword Book Awards comprises awards in 5 categories, which includes best fiction, biography, non-fiction, Business & Management, Health & Fiction and children’s Writing. 

 The popular award winners for all the categories are traditionally selected through online voting,” added Maulik Desai, head of Crossword Bookstores.

Penguin Random House leads with 15 nominations, among 30 nominees for the Popular Choice awards. Westland. Aleph, Jaico, Aatman Innovations, Juggernaut, Speaking Tiger, Harper Collins and Hachette also figure in the nominations.


 In The Name of God –  Ravi Subramanian (Penguin Random House India)

Sita – Warrior of Mithila, Amish (Westland Publications)

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy (Penguin Random House India)

The Boy Who Loved, Durjoy Datta (Penguin Random House India)

The Rise of Sivagami: Book 1 of Bahubali – Before the Beginning, Anand Neelakantan (Westland Publications)

Non- Fiction

1.Three Thousand Stitches: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives, Sudha Murty (Penguin Random House India)

2. Why I Am a Hindu, Shashi Tharoor (Aleph Book Company)

3. Thus Spoke Chanakya, Radhakrishnan Pillai (Jaico Publishing House)

4. Here  There and Everywhere: Best Loved Stories of Sudha Murty,  Sudha Murty (Penguin Random House India)

5. I Am Krishna : The Master of Mind & Life, Deep Trivedi (Aatman Innovations Pvt Ltd)


A Century is not Enough: My Roller-coaster Ride to Success, Sourav Ganguly (Juggernaut).

The Perils of Being Moderately Famous, Soha Ali Khan (Penguin Random House India)

Seventy.. And to Hell With It!, Shobhaa De (Penguin Random House India).

Indias Most Fearless: True Stories of Modern Military Heroes, Shiv Aroor & Rahul Singh (Penguin Random House India)

Lone Fox Dancing : My Autobiography,  Ruskin Bond (Speaking Tiger)

Business & Management

1. I Do What I Do, Raghuram G. Rajan (HarperCollins India )

2.  Catalyst, Chandramouli Venkatesan (Penguin Random House India)

3. Sell: The Art, the Science, the Witchcraft, Subroto Bagchi (Hachette India)

4.The Winning Way 2.0: Learnings From Sport for Managers, Harsha Bhogle & Anita Bhogle (Westland Publications).

5.The Nationalist: How A.M. Naik Overcame Great Odds to Transform Larsen & Toubro into a Global Powerhouse, Minhaz Merchant (HarperCollins India)

Health & Fitness

Pregnancy Notes: Before, During & After, Rujuta Diwekar (Westland Publications)

 Dr Dhurandhar’s Fat-loss Diet, Dr.Nikhil Dhurandhar (HarperCollins India)

The Diary of a Domestic Diva, Shilpa Shetty (Penguin Random House India)

You’ve Lost Weight: The Easy Guide to Receiving this Compliment Every Day, Dr.Sarita Davare & Sanjeev Kapoor (Popular Prakashan)

The Shoonyam Quotient, Dr. Mickey Mehta (Penguin Random House India)

Children’s Books

Exam Warriors, Narendra Modi (Puffin – Penguin Random House India)

The Man from the Egg: Unusual Tales About the Trinity, Sudha Murty (Puffin – Penguin Random House India)

Chase Your Dreams, Sachin Tendulkar (Hachette India)

The Boys Who Fought: The Mahabharata for Children, Devdutt Pattanaik (Puffin – Penguin Random House India)

Looking for the Rainbow : my years with Daddy, Ruskin Bond (Puffin – Penguin Random House India)

The Raymond Crossword Book Award also has a  Jury Category comprising best fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and translations. In addition to this, a Lifetime Achievement Award will also be announced, which was launched for the first time in 2016.   A total of 11 awards will be given on December 20th, 2018.

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