Deepak Unnikrishnan bagged the coveted The Hindu Prize 2017 for his ode to the ‘pravasi’ Malayalee - ‘Temporary People".
Temporary People is one part dystopia and one part nostalgia; it’s the brutal dashing of hopes of every aspirant pravasi.
Set mainly in the 90s and earlier, the stories are about those who made the UAE what it is now, the good and the bad.
The Hindu Prize 2017 shortlist had five books -
- The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy,
- Leila by Prayaag Akbar,
- The Small Town Sea by Anees Salim,
- Temporary People by Deepak Unnikrishnan, and
- When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy.
Renowned Tamil writer and playwright, Indira Parthasarathy received The Hindu Tamil Lifetime Achievement Award from N Ravi, Publisher of The Hindu Group of Newspapers.