Thiruvanathapuram : Kerala writer S Hareesh has won the JCB Literary Award (2020), one of the largest literary awards in India for the english translation of his novel ‘Meesha’ S. Hareesh’s famous novel was translated by Jayasree Kalathil in tge name ‘Moustache’ and published by DC Books. The prize money is Rs 25 lakh and also the translator will get Rs 10 lakh.
The JCB Award has been instituted by the JCB Literature Foundation since 2018 to promote Indian writers. Meesha is a novel about the caste system of ancient Kerala in the context of Kuttanad. This is a novel that has caused controversy and debate.
The JCB first prize went to Benjamin’s Jasmine Days translated by Jasmine Daisy and published by DC Books.