Monday, October 31, 2022

Tata Literature Live! Literary Awards Shortlists for 2022 Announced

Mumbai, 31st October 2022: The Shortlists for the prestigious Tata Literature Live! Literary Awards have been announced today. The Awards are presented annually at the Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest, for books published during the year in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction and Business. The aim of the awards is to recognise and encourage literary talent across genres, for both established and new writers. 

 The winners are traditionally named at the gala closing session of the Festival, which will be held on Sunday 13 November, 8pm onwards at the Tata Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai.

The Shortlists in each category (in alphabetical order), and the eminent Juries that decided the awards are as follows:

Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year (Fiction) Shortlist (in alphabetical order)

1. Tell Me How To Be by Neel Patel (Penguin Random House India)

2. The Earthspinner by Anuradha Roy (Hachette India)

3. The Map and the Scissors by Amit Majmudar (HarperCollins Publishers)

Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year (Non Fiction) Shortlist (in alphabetical order)

1. Better to Have Gone: Love, Death and the Quest for Utopia in Auroville by Akash Kapur (Simon and Schuster India)

2. Lords of the Deccan: Southern India from the Chalukyas to the Cholas by Anirudh Kanisetti (Juggernaut Books)

3. The Silent Coup: A History of India's Deep State by Josy Joseph (Westland)

Tata Literature Live! First Book (Fiction) Shortlist (in alphabetical order)

1. Kololo Hill by Neema Shah (Pan Macmillan India)

2. The Immortal King Rao by Vauhini Vara (HarperCollins Publishers)

3. We Move by Gurnaik Johal (Hachette)

Tata Literature Live! First Book (Non-Fiction) Shortlist (in alphabetical order)

1. Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh: India’s Lonely Young Women and the Search for Intimacy and Independence by Shrayana Bhattacharya (HarperCollins Publishers)

2. The Gorakhpur Tragedy: A Doctor's Memoir of a Deadly Medical Crisis by Kafeel Khan (Pan Macmillan India)

3. Whole Numbers and Half-Truths by Rukmini S. (Westland)

Tata Literature Live! Business Book of the Year Shortlist (in alphabetical order)

1. My Life in Full: Work, Family and Our Future by Indra K. Nooyi (Hachette India)

2. The Ambuja Story: How a Group of Ordinary Men Created an Extraordinary Company by Narotam Sekhsaria (HarperCollins Publishers)

3. The Struggle and the Promise: Restoring India’s Potential by Naushad Forbes (HarperCollins Publishers)

Juries for the awards:

Each award category is decided by an eminent jury. The juries for 2022 were as follows:



Tina Chakravarty, Educator and former professor, Sophia College

Somak Ghoshal, Author and editor

Mrunalini Katiyar, Journalist and publishing consultant

Gayatri Rangachari Shah, Author, columnist and podcaster

Shireen Mistry, Communications consultant and committee member, Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest


Girish Kuber, Author and Editor, Loksatta

Palash Mehrotra, Author and columnist

Moomal Mehta, Entrepreneur and founder Crossover Catalyst

Inakshi Sobti, CEO of Asia Society India Centre

Tina Nagpaul, Filmmaker and committee member, Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest


Senthil Chengalvarayan, Former Business Editor of CNBC TV18

Mayank Jha, Head Westside Ecommerce, Trent Ltd

Nandan Maluste, Investment and private banker, consultant and entrepreneur

Paula Mariwala, Venture capitalist and co-founder of Krea University

Anand Shankar, Director, Tata Management Training Center and Senior Vice President, Group Human Resources, Tata Group







The Tata Group is the title sponsor of Tata Literature Live! The Festival was conceived by Anil Dharker (1947-2021) Founder and Festival Director of Literature Live!, which organises the festival with the support of the Tata Group.


About Tata Group: 

Founded by Jamsetji Tata in 1868, the Tata Group is a global enterprise, headquartered in India, comprising 30 companies across ten verticals. The Group operates in more than 100 countries across six continents, with a mission 'To improve the quality of life of the communities we serve globally, through long-term stakeholder value creation based on Leadership with Trust’. Tata Sons is the principal investment holding company and promoter of Tata companies. Sixty-six percent of the equity share capital of Tata Sons is held by philanthropic trusts, which support education, health, livelihood generation and art and culture. In 2021-22, the revenue of Tata companies, taken together, was $128 billion (INR 9.6 trillion). These companies collectively employ over 935,000 people. Each Tata company or enterprise operates independently under the guidance and supervision of its own Board of Directors. There are 29 publicly-listed Tata enterprises with a combined market capitalisation of $311 billion (INR 23.6 trillion) as on March 31, 2022. Companies include Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Chemicals, Tata Consumer Products, Titan, Tata Capital, Tata Power, Indian Hotels, Tata Communications, Tata Digital, and Tata Electronics. For more details visit

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About Literature Live!

Literature Live! is dedicated to celebrating the written word in all its glorious and varied forms. It offers a chance to participate in the many joys of literature, from book launches, thought provoking talks and author interactions, all of which continued online during the pandemic. Literature Live! also organises Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest, Mumbai’s premier international Literary Festival (8.5 million views for the virtual Festival last year). Now set to launch in a hybrid format: virtual and on-ground, from 9-13 November, 2022, the Festival has become very popular not least because it looks at literature in a way that complements the spirit of Mumbai: energetic, inclusive and cosmopolitan. 

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