Indian writer Pankaj Mishra has bagged a $150,000 (Rs 91,85,850) Yale University prize in recognition of his literary achievements. Mishra, who is an essayist, memoirist, travel writer and novelist, won the Windham Campbell Literature Prize for the non-fiction category. While pursuing high literary standards, he has offered new narratives about the evolution of modern Asia.
Mishra's work "expands our understanding of the encounter between Western and Non-western culture," says the announcement, "His prose is a mellifluous yet precise, whose generous intelligence speaks to the general readers and the specialists alike." Besides a novel "The Romantics", Mishra has published four non-fiction books namely "Butter Chicken in Ludhiana: Travels in Small Town India"; "An End to Suffering: the Buddha in the World"; "Temptations of the West: How to Be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Beyond"; and "From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia."
His most recent work "From the Ruins of Empire", tries to a re-imagine the geo-politics of the late 19th and 20th centuries from multiple Asian perspectives. His essays and long-form journalism articles regularly appear in The New York Review of Books, The London Review of Books, The Guardian, The Hindu and other preputed publications.