“I am not really interested in publicising myself. I realise that the industry is so competitive, so the writer has to promote the book. You can’t be as reserved as someone like Samuel Beckett; he’s a figure I would really like to be. He thought his work would speak for itself and it did,” says Cyrus Mistry, who has often been referred to as reticent as he chooses to stay away from the limelight. Every work of his has either won awards or has been critically acclaimed, from Doongaji House , his first play to Chronicle Of A Corpse Bearer , winner of this year’s DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
He has worked as a freelance journalist and written screenplays that have won several awards. He wrote his first novel The Radiance Of Ashes in 2005. His next novel Chronicle Of A Corpse Bearer brings to light the community of Parsi corpse bearers, the khandhias, who are relegated to the margins of society in Mumbai.