The General Secretary
of Katha (U.K.) and noted writer Tejendra Sharma has commented that the year 2005 has been the year of David
and not Goliath. This year's coveted International Indu Sharma Katha Samman goes to Mr. Pramod Kumar Tiwari for his novel Darr Hamari Jebon Mein. The award consists of an air passage Delhi-London-Delhi (sponsored by Air India), Airport Tax, Visa
fee for UK,
a shield, a shawl and one week's stay in London where the
award winner would be taken to important historical sites. The award will be handed over to Mr. Tiwari in a glittering function
to be held on 23rd July 2005 at the Nehru Centre, London.
Indu Sharma Katha Samman was instituted in the memory of promising poetess and short
story writer Indu Sharma who lost her battle of life to cancer in 1995. The past recipients of this coveted award have been
Chitra Mudgal, Sanjiv, Dr. Gyan Chaturvedi, S.R. Harnot, and Vibhuti Narain Rai.
Mr. Promod Kumar Tiwari was born on 30th October 1965 in village Hathidihan, Distt. Rohtas, Bihar.
He completed his graduation from Purnea College,
Purnea. He is an IAS of 1991 batch in Assam-Meghalya Cadre. Darr Hamari Jebon Mein is his first novel. It took
him around five years to give it the final shape and was published in the year 2003. This novel has received rave reviews
at the hands of literary giants of Hindi literature. His second novel - Arey Chandal, is ready for publication.
At present, he is working on his third novel. He also indulges in writing poetry.