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Just when we thought translations were breaking out of the ghetto, with three translations in the Hindu literary prize shortlist, the jurors voted to go back to separating Indian fiction into two classes: original writing in English and translations. The Rs 5 lakh prize went to Rahul Bhattacharya’s debut novel-cum-travelogue, The Sly Company of People Who Care, but the jury argued for a separate and equal prize for translations as, thanks to poor quality, “they can’t match up to smartly written novels in English”. The problem is what appears to be a caste issue: writers with good English would rather attempt to write bad novels of their own than translate good Indian language ones.


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