The Fourteenth Edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest
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Tata Literature Live! Announces Its Literary Awards Longlists for 2022

27th October 2022

Mumbai, 27th October 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. Ancient India: Culture of Contradictions by Upinder Singh (Aleph Book Company)
  2. Better to Have Gone: Love, Death and the Quest for Utopia in Auroville by Akash Kapur (Simon and Schuster India)
  3. Field Notes from a Waterborne Land: Bengal Beyond the Bhadralok by Parimal Bhattacharya (HarperCollins Publishers)
  4. Lords of the Deccan: Southern India from the Chalukyas to the Cholas by Anirudh Kanisetti (Juggernaut Books)
  5. 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 Hospital 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