The 2024 AutHer Award Winners

The Women AutHer Awards, presented by JK Paper and The Times of India, celebrate the best of literature from Indian women authors. Awarded in categories like fiction, nonfiction, children’s literature and best debut, these prizes recognise the creativity and talent of female authors, honouring their achievements, and thus promoting their voices to encourage a more diverse literary landscape in India.

Best Fiction: Mad Sisters of Esi by Tashan Mehta

In “Mad Sisters of Esi,” Myung and Laleh, guardians of a cosmic whale, yearn for different realities. Myung’s escape into a fantastical world of shapeshifting islands and forgotten lore sets them on a collision course with the truth behind the legendary mad sisters of Esi. This captivating tale by Tashan Mehta blends elements of fantasy, science fiction, and mythology, offering a captivating exploration of identity, memory, and the power of storytelling. 

Best Fiction: The Laughter by Sonora Jha

“The Laughter” explores the unsettling world of Dr. Oliver Harding, a privileged professor whose life collides with a brilliant Pakistani colleague, Ruhaba Khan. Delving into themes of race, class, and academia, exposing hidden biases and the dangers of obsession, Jha’s sharp writing forces readers to question our perceptions and confront uncomfortable truths about identity and power in contemporary America.

Best Non-Fiction: From Phansi Yard by Sudha Bharadwaj

“From Phansi Yard” is a memoir by human rights activist Sudha Bharadwaj, chronicling her experiences in solitary confinement at Yerawada Central Jail in India. More than a memoir, it offers a nuanced look at prison life, painting a vivid picture of the women she meets, their struggles, and the harsh realities of prison life. Shedding light on broader issues like unequal access to justice and the human cost of incarceration, it offers an unflinching while balancing humour and resilience. A thought-provoking read for anyone interested in social justice and the complexities of the prison system, it emerges as a remarkable testament to individual as well as communal strength.

Best Children’s Literature: Zen by Shabnam Minwalla

Diving into Mumbai’s rich history, Minwalla’s “Zen” is a captivating novel that weaves together the stories of two women named Zainab, living in Mumbai across different eras. Spanning eight decades, it weaves a tale of two contrasting eras: the vibrant 1930s and the bustling present of 2019. An unputdownable book, it offers a glimpse into the city’s evolution, its enduring spirit, and the secrets it holds. Through the experiences of the two women, the book explores themes of societal change, family struggles, and the fight for independence in India. The dual narrative and rich historical backdrop make it a fascinating read, offering a unique perspective on the evolution of a nation and the challenges faced by women throughout history.

Best Debut: How Prime Ministers Decide by Neerja Chowdhury

In her book “How Prime Ministers Decide,” award-winning journalist Neerja Chowdhury peels back the layers of Indian Prime Ministerial decision-making. By analysing six critical moments in history, Chowdhury sheds light on the complex factors that shape these high-stakes choices. This insightful book is a must-read for anyone interested in Indian politics and understanding how leaders navigate critical national issues.

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