07 Sep Atul Roy ’99 – graphic designer for the London Olympics & Omair Ahmed ’93 wins prestigious book award
Atul Roy ’99 – graphic designer for the London Olympics
Many visitors drop into the Alumni office to update us on what has happened in their lives since leaving Woodstock. Atul Roy actually called in to see his family and we heard about the incredible direction his life has taken and share his exciting story on our website news.
Omair Ahmed ’93 wins prestigious book award
Omair Ahmad ’93 was just named as the joint winner of the 2010 Vodafone Crossword Book Award in the English Fiction category for his second novel, Jimmy The Terrorist (this novel that was also shortlisted for the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize). The Vodafone Crossword Book Award is India’s biggest private sector award and previous winners include Salman Rushdie and Amitava Ghosh. Omair shared the prize this year with Anjali Joseph, for her book, Saraswati Park.
Jimmy The Terrorist is the Muslim narrative of the recent Indian history, pockmarked by grievances, riots and pogroms. Omair, a political analyst based in New Delhi, says the title is a red herring. “The book is more about society. It is about how in small towns life revolves around small issues. We try to define everything by political terminology. Is Jamaal (Jimmy) a terrorist, a nationalist? He is a human being.”
Ahmad ends his novel by saying that “No one asked who Jamaal had been, where he was born, or what he did, but Jimmy the terrorist was listed, his death reported, and may be that is the important thing.”
Omair has degrees in international politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and Syracuse University in New York, and has worked for as an analyst, reporter and political adviser in New Delhi, London and Washington. His published work includes the novels Encounters and The Storyteller’s Tale. Read more on the Outlook Magazine website. To hear an interview with Omair (BBC radio), click here.