Jammu, Nov 1: Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu Zone, Danesh Rana has a new achievement in his kitty and the latest is the Tata Literature Live! First Book Award for his fiction novel “Red Maize”. He received this award at a function held in Mumbai.
About the award: Tata Literature Live! First Book Award is all about the new shining talent in the Indian literary space across fiction and non-fiction genres. Mr Rana’s Red Maize’ has bagged the award in fiction category among two other nominees – “The Devourers” by Indra Dass and “Don’t Let Him Know” by Sandip Roy.
The Tata Literature Live! event saw an cross-disciplinary mix of over 120 celebrated writers and thinkers along with literature lovers, from more than 14 countries. The prestigious award event included Performances – plays, performance poetry, dances based on stories and poetry, and storytelling with music.
Red Maize is a portrayal of conflict in the Kashmir valley thorugh the eyes of Danesh Rana. The novel encompasses multifarious shades of the pain of human tragedy in Kashmir. His characters have found their shapes from personal experiences with the farmers, the extremists and the Army.
The story does not have heroes in it. One however, cannot help but feel for the suffering of a woman Kausar Jan which is heroic by all means. Rana has successfully been able to show that real tragedy is not a figment of imagination but, as is seen the depiction of Kausar Jan, is an end which is inevitable.