When Light supports Literature: REC partners with VoW for Literary Awards

In its Golden Jubilee year, India's premier power sector financier REC (Rural Electrification Corporation) Limited is pleased to announce a partnership with Valley of Words (VoW), a not-for-profit initiative of The Shivalik Hills Foundation Trust to acknowledge and promote excellence in the field of literature, including literarytranslations.

REC's commitment to transforming lives by spreading 'light' across the last frontier of the country is well known. By joining hands with VoW, REC will celebrate the finest writings, both in fiction and non-fiction categories in Hindi and English as well as writings for young adults. Next year onwards, REC-VoW awards will also be offered for the best translation from Indian languages to Hindi and English.

VOW awards were introduced in the first edition of the Valley of Words in 2017,   and this is the second edition of the Awards and the Festival. Last year, the Awards were won by Munawar Rana and Santosh Chaube in the Hindi Non Fiction and Fiction categories for their books Meer Aa Kar Laut Gaye, and Jal Tarang, respectively. The English Awards were won by Nitin Sathe for his book Born to Fly in the non-fiction category. The English Fiction award was received by Ms. Namita Gokhale for her work Things to Leave Behind. The Jury for English was headed by Principal Advisor to VOW, Robin Gupta and the Hindi Jury by Laxmi Shankar Bajpai.

The response to this year's REC VOW BookAwards was overwhelming, and over 200 entries in different categories were received. Almost all the major publishers in Hindi and English sent in books published in the calendar year 2017 for the consideration of the REC VoW awards. The final winners will be announced during the 2nd Annual Awards ceremony in Dehradun on November 23rd-25th 2018. 

"Celebrating our 50th year of inception by partnering with Shivalik Hills Foundation with this year's stellar list of authors demonstrated through their work is a wonderful opportunity for REC to showcase itself as a diverse organization supporting contemporary literature and promoting vernacular language literary works."

A spokesperson for Shivalik Hills Foundation commented: "We're delighted to partner with REC at this year's star-studded VoW Awards ceremony. REC's pedigree in financial services is well known and it was great to bring them on board as the sponsors forthe REC-VoW Awards."

The results forthe short lists are as follows:

English Fiction

·         Pawan: The Flying Accountant by Sorabh Pant (Rupa)

·         The Book of Chocolate Saints by Jeet Thayil (Aleph)

·         A handful of sunshine byVikram Bhatt (Penguin)

·         Murder in Mahim by Jerry Pinto (Speaking Tiger)

·         Hari Lal and sons by Sujit Saraf (Speaking Tiger)

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