Congrats to Dilip D'Souza

Via Locana, I learn that Dilip D'Souza, blogger and journalist extraordinaire, has won the Outlook-Picador Prize for a non-fiction book. The award is given for his book Ride Across the River.

Ride Across the River was adjudged the winner of the fourth Outlook/Picador India Non-Fiction Competition at a function today. Mr D'Souza read out excerpts from his prize-winning entry that would be published in the forthcoming of Outlook dated March 14 that would be available on the website on March 5.

Mr D'Souza had also participated in the second Outlook-Picador Non Fiction Contest in 2001, and his essay, Kashmir Here, Kashmir There had then been declared the first runner-up.

The other runners-up this year were:

Geralyn Pinto for Re-Routing and
Tishani Doshi for Excerpts From the Journal of a Delusional Widow

These, along with the other two short-listed entries would be published on the website during the week March 7 - March 14. These are:

Ankush Saikia's Spotting Veron and
Samanth Subramanian's In Search of the Razor’s Edge

Outlook and Picador India thank all the participants of the fourth Outlook/Picador India Non-Fiction Competition. We were overwhelmed by your enthusiasm and by the number of entries we received.

The jury comprised:
Vinod Mehta, Editor-in-Chief, Outlook
Sandipan Deb, Managing Editor, Outlook
I. Allan Sealy, Author
Ajit Vikram Singh, Bookseller
Sam Humphreys, Editor, Picador

I'm going over to to see if I might be able to get Dilip's book in the U.S.