Manu Joseph, Editor of ‘Open’ magazine, has bagged The Hindu Best Fiction Award 2010. Joseph got the award for his debut novel, ‘Serious Men’. Nayantara Sahgal presented the award to him in Chennai on November 1, 2010.
The Jury for the awards comprised eminent members such as Shashi Deshpande, Mukul Kesavan, Brinda Bose and Jai Arjun Singh. Their decision was unanimously in the favour of Joseph. The Hindu quoted Deshpande as saying that the book was a ‘wonderful read’ and was an ‘original and surprising novel’.
Amongst other dignitaries, Gopalkrishna Gandhi was also present at the function. Shortlisted authors included names such as Upamanyu Chatterjee, Kalpana Swaninathan, Soumya Bhattacharya, Anjali Joseph, Tabish Khair, Palash Krishna Mehrotra, Daisy Hasan, Tishani Joshi, Anjum Hasan and Manjul Bajaj.