Literature – A Reflection of Life

The Hindu Lit for Life has been postponed to 2021, winners of the Hindu Prize will now be announced on 25 March

In conversation with Shashi Tharoor, Author, An Era of Darkness at the Hindu Lit for Life, 2017. Photo - The Hindu

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

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