Rahul Bhattacharya was recently awarded the Ondaatje Prize for his second book, “The Sly Company of People who Care”. The novel details an Indian journalist’s travels through Guyana. He has previously authored “Pundits from Pakistan”, a book on the Indian cricket team’s tour of Pakistan in 2004.
Congratulations on the Ondaatje Prize. Tell us a little bit about it.
Thank you. It is an award of the Royal Society of Literature in Britain, set up by Christopher Ondaatje, philanthropist and elder brother of Michael Ondaatje. It is awarded to a book that evokes the spirit of a place. Novels, travelogues, poems are all eligible for the Ondaatje Prize.