Tata Literature Live! Announces Its Literary Awards Longlists for 2022

The Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest presents annual literary awards for Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Business books published during the year. The aim of the awards is to acknowledge and encourage literary talent across the genres among both established and new writers. The awards, considered prestigious and keenly awaited each year, are one of the highlights of the Festival, where the winners are announced at the grande finale. 

The Longlists in each category (in alphabetical order), and the eminent juries that decided the awards are as follows:

Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year (Fiction) Longlist (in alphabetical order)

  1. Geeta Rahman at Championship Point by Saskya Jain (Simon and Schuster India)
  2. Lahore: Part 1 of the Partition Trilogy by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar (HarperCollins Publishers)
  3. Tell Me How To Be by Neel Patel (Penguin Random House India)
  4. The Earthspinner by Anuradha Roy (Hachette India)
  5. The Garden of Heaven by Madhulika Liddle (Speaking Tiger Books)
  6. The Map and the Scissors by Amit Majmudar (HarperCollins Publishers)

Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year (Non-Fiction) Longlist (in alphabetical order)

  1. A Thousand Cuts: An Innocent Question and Deadly Answers by TJ Joseph (Penguin Random House India)
  2. Ancient India: Culture of Contradictions by Upinder Singh (Aleph Book Company)
  3. Better to Have Gone: Love, Death and the Quest for Utopia in Auroville by Akash Kapur (Simon and Schuster India)
  4. Field Notes from a Waterborne Land: Bengal Beyond the Bhadralok by Parimal Bhattacharya (HarperCollins Publishers) 
  5. Lords of the Deccan: Southern India from the Chalukyas to the Cholas by Anirudh Kanisetti (Juggernaut Books)
  6. The Silent Coup: A History of India’s Deep State by Josy Joseph (Westland)

Tata Literature Live! First Book (Fiction) Longlist (in alphabetical order)

  1. Half-blood by Pronoti Datta (Speaking Tiger Books)
  2. Kololo Hill by Neema Shah (Pan Macmillan India)
  3. The House Next to the Factory by Sonal Kohli (HarperCollins Publishers) 
  4. The Immortal King Rao by Vauhini Vara (HarperCollins Publishers)
  5. The Muslim Vanishes by Saeed Naqvi (Penguin Random House India)
  6. We Move by Gurnaik Johal (Hachette)

Tata Literature Live! First Book (Non-Fiction) Longlist (in alphabetical order)

  1. Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh: India’s Lonely Young Women and the Search for Intimacy and Independence by Shrayana Bhattacharya (HarperCollins Publishers)
  2. Last Among Equals: Power, Caste & Politics in Bihar’s Villages by M.R. Sharan (Westland)
  3. The Gorakhpur Tragedy: A Doctor’s Memoir of a Deadly Medical Crisis by Kafeel Khan (Pan Macmillan India)
  4. The Right to Sex by Amia Srinivasan (Bloomsbury India)
  5. What’s Left of the Jungle: A Conservation Story by Nitin Sekar (Bloomsbury India)
  6. Whole Numbers and Half-Truths by Rukmini S. (Westland)

Tata Literature Live! Business Book of the Year Longlist (in alphabetical order)

  1. Harsh Realities by Harsh Mariwala and Ram Charan (Penguin Random House India)
  2. Indomitable by Arundhati Bhattacharya (HarperCollins Publishers)
  3. My Life in Full: Work, Family and Our Future by Indra K. Nooyi (Hachette India)
  4. The Ambuja Story: How a Group of Ordinary Men Created an Extraordinary Company by Narotam Sekhsaria (HarperCollins Publishers)
  5. The Struggle and the Promise: Restoring India’s Potential by Naushad Forbes (HarperCollins Publishers)
  6. What the Heck Do I Do with My Life?: How to Flourish in Our Turbulent Times by Ravi Venkatesan (Rupa Publications)

Juries for the awards:

Each award category is decided by an eminent jury. The juries for 2022 were as follows:


  • Tina Chakravarty, Educator and former professor, Sophia College
  • Somak Ghoshal, Author and editor
  • Mrunalini Katiyar, Journalist and publishing consultant
  • Gayatri Rangachari Shah, Author, columnist and podcaster
  • Shireen Mistry, Communications consultant and committee member, Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest  


  • Girish Kuber, Author and Editor, Loksatta
  • Palash Mehrotra, Author and columnist
  • Moomal Mehta, Entrepreneur and Founder, Crossover Catalyst
  • Inakshi Sobti, CEO of Asia Society India Centre
  • Tina Nagpaul, Filmmaker and committee member, Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest 


  • Senthil Chengalvarayan, Former Business Editor of CNBC TV18
  • Mayank Jha, Head Westside Ecommerce, Trent Ltd
  • Nandan Maluste, Investment and private banker, Consultant and Entrepreneur
  • Paula Mariwala, Venture capitalist and co-founder of Krea University
  • Anand Shankar, Director, Tata Management Training Center and Senior Vice President, Group Human Resources, Tata Group

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The Tata Group is the title sponsor of Tata Literature Live! The Festival was conceived by Anil Dharker (1947-2021) Founder and Festival Director of Literature Live!, which organises the festival with the support of the Tata Group.Ends

About Tata Group: 

Founded by Jamsetji Tata in 1868, the Tata Group is a global enterprise, headquartered in India, comprising 30 companies across ten verticals. The Group operates in more than 100 countries across six continents, with a mission ‘To improve the quality of life of the communities we serve globally, through long-term stakeholder value creation based on Leadership with Trust’. Tata Sons is the principal investment holding company and promoter of Tata companies. Sixty-six percent of the equity share capital of Tata Sons is held by philanthropic trusts, which support education, health, livelihood generation and art and culture. In 2021-22, the revenue of Tata companies, taken together, was $128 billion (INR 9.6 trillion). These companies collectively employ over 935,000 people. Each Tata company or enterprise operates independently under the guidance and supervision of its own Board of Directors. There are 29 publicly-listed Tata enterprises with a combined market capitalisation of $311 billion (INR 23.6 trillion) as on March 31, 2022. Companies include Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Chemicals, Tata Consumer Products, Titan, Tata Capital, Tata Power, Indian Hotels, Tata Communications, Tata Digital, and Tata Electronics. For more details visit www.tata.com

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About Literature Live!

Literature Live! is dedicated to celebrating the written word in all its glorious and varied forms. It offers a chance to participate in the many joys of literature, from book launches, thought provoking talks and author interactions, all of which continued online during the pandemic. Literature Live! also organises Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest, Mumbai’s premier international Literary Festival (8.5 million views for the virtual Festival last year). Now set to launch in a hybrid format: virtual and on-ground, from 9-13 November, 2022, the Festival has become very popular not least because it looks at literature in a way that complements the spirit of Mumbai: energetic, inclusive and cosmopolitan. 

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