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PHILANTHROPIST SURINA NARULA ON MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND REWARDING WRITERS WITH HER DSC PRIZE by MITA MISTRY British philanthropist Surina Narula MBE has worked for over 25 years to change the lives of women and children. She has also made a significant difference to South Asian literature and instituted the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature in 2010. The founder sponsor and festival advisor for the Jaipur Literature Festival, she has been able to use the prize to showcase South Asian writing talent globally along with rewarding them. The prize is also open to novels written in regional languages, which have been translated into English. Earlier this year, the DSC Prize of $25,000 (£19,034) for South Asian Literature 2018 was awarded to No Presents Please, which was originally written in Kannada by noted author Jayant Kaikini and translated into English by Tejaswini Niranjana. Eastern Eye caught up with Narula to talk about the DSC Prize, literary excellence, inspirations, aspiring authors and making a difference.   What inspired you to start the DSC Prize for South Asian literature? There were several reasons. It all started at the Jaipur Literature Festival. We were the founder sponsors and attending it for a few years made us realise there was a lacuna in this space. My son Manhad who had just finished studying at the London School of Economics came up with the idea of this prize. We decided to name it after a company my father-in-law had started, which had his name in it. DSC prize stands for Darshan Singh – my father-in-law’s name. He educated himself by hiring a teacher in his later years. He started a business at 15 years old and was an inspiring man. Therefore, we chose the name and decided to give this prize. How do you look…

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