Mathangi Krishnamurthy’s research for 1-800 Worlds included working a job as a voice-trainer. The result is a scholarly book that is also empathetic and playful.
In their conduct and demeanour, only Aarushi’s parents remained above the level of the pulp drama of which they were made the villains.
“I thought it was a bit too much to receive a journalism award from a man so contemptuous of journalists,” winner of the award for best non-fiction book Akshaya Mukul said after boycotting the event.
Nandini Sundar’s meticulously researched The Burning Forest is a searing indictment of how the government and the Maoists fail to deliver constitutional rights.
Amidst all the hand-wringing over a woman’s, and a society’s morals, relatively few bells have been rung about the ethics of the media scrum that has developed around the Sheena Bora murder case.