Kiran Desai

Bookers of the winning feather flock tog­­ether. The bescarved Salman Rushdie and Kiran Desai made a happy stand at the New York Indian Film Festival before heading in to watch the opening film, the sensitively made Lipstick Under My Burkha, which, till rece­ntly, wasn’t cleared by the censor board in India.

Photograph by Maria Boyadjieva

Courtesy: Penguin Books

Kiran Desai won the 2006 Man Booker Prize for her novel, 'The Inheritance of Loss'

Narendra Bisht

Kiran Desai, the winner of the Man Booker Prize, displays her book after a ceremony at the Guildhall in London, Tuesday, October 10. The India-born novelist scooped the 50,000 pound prize with her second novel, The Inheritance of Loss, a story rich with sadness about globalization and with joy at the small surviving intimacies of Indian village life. The 35-year-old author, daughter of well-known Indian novelist Anita Desai -- to whom The Inheritance of Loss is dedicated -- is the youngest woman to win the award, eclipsing the works of five other short-listed authors.

AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth