A university Professor Parashar Kulkarni become the first Indian author to win commonwealth short story prize of for his story named ‘Cow and Company’, beating almost 4000 entries.
Parashar Kulkarni is an assistant professor in Social Sciences at Yale NUS college in Singapore. He was presented the Prize by Man Booker Prize Winner and former short story judge Marlon James at the Calabash Literary Festival in Jamaica on June 5.
This is a story of four men of 90s who go in search of cow to feature an advertisement of chewing gum.
"I am very happy to receive the Commonwealth Short Story Prize which provides an inclusive, accessible and international platform for participation which is particularly helpful for new writers." Kulkarni said in a statement.
Kulkarni who works at the intersection of religion and political economy said, he was trying to write a story from many years. The story Cow and Company had earlier been declared the winning entry from Asia region.
Chair of the judging panel, GIllian Slovo said “"In 'Cow and Company', Parashar has conjured up a large cast and their way of life, and at the same time he has succeeded in exploring serious issues in a way that can make us laugh - and all of this in a few thousand words."
Parashar, an assistant professor in Social Sciences at Yale NUS College in Singapore, is also a winner of the British Academy Brian Barry Prize in Political Science (2015). He said that he was working on a larger project and this short story is a part of that.
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