My manuscript Kala Pani has won the 2010 Nicholas Sparks Prize, a postgraduate year-long fellowship at University of Notre Dame's Creative Writing Program. The judge, Shelley Jackson, wrote:
"Kala Pani is vastly energetic, goofy and fierce; fantastic and topical. I love how stories sprout, split, and multiply amidst the slippage of sense in its formally various passages, and how politics and media mingle with its grotesquely physical and comically/poignantly anthropomorphic trees, ducks and beans. Something desperate, wonderful and slightly unhinged emerges from the cross-currents."
Wow. Overwhelmed and totally grateful.