On one side is novelist-publisher David Davidar, currently the MD at Aleph Book Company, and variously described as the man who put recent Indian writing and publishing on the world map, the most successful Indian publisher and one who has discovered top Indian talent.

On the other is Sivasundari Bose, a Tiruchirapalli-based novelist-poet, who charges Davidar with having plagiarised from her manuscript, submitted to Penguin when he headed that firm. Sivasundari sued Davidar, saying there are many similarities between her novel—submitted in manuscript to Penguin as I Hunt for the Golden Stag and eventually published by Mosaic Books as Golden Stag—and Davidar’s own acclaimed novel The House of Blue Mangoes.

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It’s that time of year when the shortlist for the Man Asian Literary Prize is announced, highlighting once again the growing richness of the Asian English language literary world.

AUTHORS from India, China and Japan swept the shortlist for Asia’s top literary prize last Tuesday, with a debut novelist and Nobel Prize winner among those vying for the US$30,000 (RM92,000) award.