New Delhi: Indian writing in English has come a long way and now it has Aravind Adiga’s Man Booker Prize 2008 to show for it.
Adiga won the prized catch, incidentally in its 40th year. Aravind Adiga's debut novel, The White Tiger is about contemporary India.
Adiga has also made it to India's bestseller list with his book on the ugly reality of contemporary India through the eyes of a rickshaw puller's son.
Not one but two Indian authors, Aravind Adiga and Amitav Ghosh, had made it to the shortlist for Man Booker Prize for Fiction for the year 2008 that was announced in London on Tuesday afternoon.
Man Booker Prize 2008 Judge, Hardeep Singh Kohli had said, "I am very happy with the short listed authors. I think India is particularly represented on that list. But that's because Indians are great writers, also, great cricketers. Unfortunately there isn't a Booker for cricket."
Adiga and Ghosh are very different Indian authors with two different books.
Veteran author Amitav Ghosh's Sea Of Poppies - the first in Ghosh's ambitious IBIS trilogy - is set in the 19th century around the pre-Opium War period and was being touted as the probable winner by many.
Now Adiga’s victory has paved the way for the commercial success of his novel too.
Meanwhile, British journalist and writer Linda Grant was the only woman who made it to the list for The Clothes On Their Backs. Irish playwright and novelist Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture and London-born Philip Hensher for The Northern Clemency, completed the shortlist for this year's Booker.
Some of the big names like Salman Rushdie and the bookies' favourite, Joseph O' Neill were left out.
33-year-old Adiga takes home a cheque of £50,000 in prize from the Man Booker Foundation. This does not include the aura he will win by being in league with the previous winners and the whopping sales his publishers will be too happy to push.