The Hindu Lit for Life, a festival that celebrates ideas, literature and cinema, is an annual literature festival organised by the Hindu Group in Chennai that strives to bring together authors, artists, performers and literary enthusiasts across the world on one platform in an effort to bring about an exchange of ideas, knowledge and thoughts and celebrate literature.
The festival, started in 2010 by Dr. Nirmala Lakshman, director, The Hindu Group, is based on the underlying principle of freedom of speech and expression, and it recognizes and celebrates all genres of literature. An integral part of this literature festival is the Hindu Prize for fiction and nonfiction.
In light of the ongoing global crisis in the wake of COVID-19, The Hindu Lit for Life has been postponed to January 2021. The Hindu Prize 2019 will now be announced in The Hindu on 25 March, 2020.
The Hindu Prize 2019 Shortlist
Polio: The Odyssey of Eradication by Thomas Abraham
The Transformative Constitution: A Radical Biography in Nine Acts by Gautam Bhatia
India, Empire, and First World War Culture by Santanu Das
Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From by Tony Joseph
The Anatomy of Hate by Revati Laul
Latitudes of Longing by Shubhangi Swarup
The Queen of Jasmine Country by Sharanya Manivannan
Heat by Poomani translated by N.Kalyan Raman
The Assassination of Indira Gandhi by Upmanyu Chatterjee
Tell her Everything by Mirza Waheed