“Tomb of Sand`, by author Geetanjali Shree has become the first book written in an Indian language to be awarded the International Booker Prize. 


  • Originally published in Hindi as Ret Samadhi, the book is translated into English by Daisy Rockwell. 
  • Geetanjali Shree born in Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh is based in Delhi  
  • The book narrates the story of an 80-year-old woman who experiences a deep depression after the death of her husband. Eventually, she overcomes her depression and decides to visit Pakistan to finally confront the past that she left behind during the Partition. 
  • The prize money will be shared between Geetanjali Shree and her translator Daisy Rockwell.

Some other works of Geetanjali Shree

  • Novels – Mai, Tirohit, Hamara Sheher Us Baras , Khali Jagah
  • Collection of short stories are - Anuoonj ,Vairagya, Yahan Hathi Rahte The ,and Pratinidhi Kahaniyan.  

What is the International Booker Prize?  

  • The International Booker Prize is awarded annually for a book translated into English and published in the United Kingdom or Ireland.  
  • Since 2005, this award is known as the Man Booker Prize. 
  • The award aims to encourage more reading of quality fiction from around the world.  
  • The important work of translators is celebrated and a £ 50,000 prize amount is shared equally between authors and translators. 
  • Each shortlisted author and translators also receive £ 2,500. 
  • Both novels and collections of short stories are covered.

Booker Prize for fiction 

  • The  Booker Prize for fiction is different from the International Booker Prize. 
  • It is awarded to the best novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom or Ireland.  
  • Arundhati Roy was the first Indian to win this award, for her book: The God of Small Things, in 1997.
  • Other Indian winners are; Kiran Desai for her book “The Inheritance of Loss” in 2006, and Aravind Adiga for his book “The White Tiger” in 2008.