The most awaited Vodafone Crossword Awards took place on 20th August at NCPA, Mumb
08/24/2010

The award ceremony began with an introduction by R Sriram and a delightful anecdotal introduction by Ruskin Bond....who lamented that there were no awards in his time. Humor reigned supreme as Ruskin Bond maintained that authors should be read and not seen as most of them do not look good.

Online PR News – 24-August-2010 – – 20th aug-2010
Mumbai

All roads led to NCPA and were paved with books, as masterful writer Ruskin Bond presided over the Vodafone Crossword Awards on a rainy Friday evening.

Hosts Chandrashekhar Navalkar and Award founder R Sriram welcomed one and all; as eminent writers such as Gurcharan Das and Amit Chaudhuri stood in anticipation of the results.

Dolly Thakore, a host of publishers and avid readers were present at the function. The award ceremony began with an introduction by R Sriram and a delightful anecdotal introduction by Ruskin Bond....who lamented that there were no awards in his time. Humour reigned supreme as Ruskin Bond maintained that authors should be read and not seen as most of them do not look good. The grand old man of children's books stood on the stage through the 2 hour function and graciously gave away each of the Vodafone Crossword Awards.

POPULAR AWARD
The Vodafone Crossword popular award was won by bazaars conversations and freedom, a book those documents in vivid detail small interactions and ideas and places Indian exchanges in a global setting written by Rajni Bakshi.

TRANSLATION AWARD
The Vodafone Crossword translation award winner was Sarah Joseph for translating the book Othappu written by Valson Thampu. (Malayali literature) There is no other writer in Malayalam consistently in word and deed said the citation.

NON-FICTION
The Vodafone Crossword Award for non-fiction was jointly won by Rajni Bakshi (Bazaars Conversations and Freedom) and Sunanda K Datta Ray (Looking East to Look West). Sunanda K Datta Ray, when accepting the award spoke of Ruskin Bond as a young boy. The book deals with how Lee Kwan Yu saw that India had a destiny in Asia; it also speaks of the historical compulsions of the elite of another country.

FICTION
The Vodafone Crossword Award for fiction category was keenly fought with great authors like Amit Chaudhuri, fellow of royal society of literature and Mridula koshy. But the award went to Kalpana Swaminathan for her book Venus Crossing. Reading out the citation for Kalpana, the jury said that literary prizes are very different in the sense that its not about breasting the tape in a running race but about a marathon of several years and several books. In the book, intense relationships are played out against mundane odds...she writes with the assurance of her own voice...expresses aptly with imaginative and stylistic pleasure.

CHILDREN'S AWARD

The Vodafone Crossword Award in the children's category initiated this year was given to Grasshoppers Run. A compelling writer, Siddhartha Sharma, sets this book in the 1940s, a friendship between a Naga boy and an Assamese boy, set during the Japanese invasion.

Siddhartha Sharma was also nominated for other children’s book "103 journeys, voyages, trips and stuff"