Mihir Vatsa awarded Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar

HSS PhD Scholar Mihir Vatsa (Mihir Kumar Jha) has been awarded the Shitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar for 2022.

Title: Tales of Hazaribagh: An Intimate Exploration of Chhotanagpur Plateau
Author: Mihir Vatsa (Mihir Jha)
Publisher: Speaking Tiger Books LLP
ISBN: 9789354470387
Edition: 1
Format: Paperback
Pages: 211 + 8 colour plates

About the Book
Winner of the 2022 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar in English, Tales of Hazaribagh: An Intimate Exploration of Chhotanagpur Plateau is a travel memoir that brings together the pastoral past and industrial present of Jharkhand’s garden town Hazaribagh in an eco-centric narrative.
Vatsa's prose has three components that are vital for writing about a place and its people: love, earnestness and humility. This is a book that will be remembered. HANSDA SOWVENDRA SHEKHAR
Written to the speed of discovery, [the book] moves gracefully through history, between the archive and experience, to leave us with a landscape that we will, from now on, remember like we do our bed. SUMANA ROY
A new form of non-chauvinistic, deeply immersive writing. THE HINDU
A leisurely journey, chronicled in admirably simple diction, but there’s something unmistakably heroic about it. THE WIRE
Poignant and lyrical genre-defying book. BUSINESS STANDARD
[The book] goes beyond conveying the allure of Hazaribagh to underscore the redemptive potential of travel. HINDUSTAN TIMES
What enriches the reader, hitching an imaginary ride along with Vatsa in his Alto, is the entire arc comprising characters, history, politics, environmental concerns and even literature that the journey covers — or uncovers. THE TELEGRAPH
[The book] reads like a gentle, preternaturally wise voice from the future, telling us about the perils and pitfalls of our flawed, helter-skelter modernity. MINT LOUNGE