Awards

  • Myanmar National Literature Award (The Glass Palace, Burmese translation by U Nay Win Myint) 2012

  • Tagore Literature Award, Sahitya Akademi (Sea of Poppies) 2012

  • Shortlisted Man Booker Asian Prize (River of Smoke) 2012

  • Blue Metropolis International Literary Grand Prix 2011

  • Doctorate, Honoris Causa, Sorbonne, 2010.

  • Dan David Prize 2010.

  • Honorary degree , Queens College, City University of New York, 2010.

  • Indiaplaza Golden Quill Popular Vote Award, (Sea of Poppies), 2009.

  • Indiaplaza Golden Quill Award for best novel, (Sea of Poppies), 2009.

  • Crossword Book Award, for best novel of the year, (Sea of Poppies), 2009.

  • Shortlisted, Man Booker Prize, 2008 (Sea of Poppies).

  • Asian-American Literary Award for non-fiction (for Incendiary Circumstances), 2007.

  • Grinzane Cavour Prize for lifetime achievement, Turin, Italy, 2007.

  • Awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India, 2007.

  • Finalist, Kiriyama Prize, San Francisco, 2006 (The Hungry Tide).

  • Crossword Book Award, for best novel of the year (The Hungry Tide), 2005, Mumbai.

  • Grand Prize for Fiction, Frankfurt eBook Award, 2001 (The Glass Palace).

  • The Pushcart Prize, for (‘The March of the Novel through History: The Testimony of my Grandfather’s Bookcase’), 1999.

  • Nomination for American Society of Magazine Editors Award, for reporting (Countdown, 1999).

  • The Arthur C. Clark Award, 1996, (The Calcutta Chromosome).

  • Best American Essays, 1995, (‘The Ghosts of Mrs Gandhi’).

  • The Annual Awardof the Sahitya Akademi (Indian Academy of Literature), 1990, (The Shadow Lines).

  • The Ananda Puraskar, Calcutta, 1990,(The Shadow Lines).

  • The Prix Medicis Étrangère, (Paris), 1990, (The Circle of Reason).