Janice Pariat

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Janice Pariat
Janice Pariat an Indian poet and writer , Meghalaya origin India.jpg
Born Jorhat, Assam
Occupation Writer, poet
Language English
Notable works Boats on Land, Seahorse, The Nine Chambered Heart

Janice Pariat (Hindi: जेनिस पारिअत) is an Indian poet and writer. She was born in Assam and grew up in Shillong, Meghalaya.[1][2]

Boats on Land (Random House India, 2012),[3] her debut collection of short stories, won the 2013 Sahitya Akademi Young Writer Award for the English language[4] and the 2013 Crossword Book Award for fiction.[5] Pariat is the first writer from Meghalaya to receive an award from the Sahitya Akademi for a work in English.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Pariat was born in Jorhat, Assam, and grew up between Shillong and several tea estates in Assam.[1][2] She was educated at Loreto Convent, Shillong and The Assam Valley School.[1][6] Thereafter she obtained a BA in English Literature from St. Stephen's College, Delhi and an MA in History of Art and/or Archaeology from SOAS, University of London.[1]

She is the editor of online literary journal Pyrta, which she founded in 2010.[7] Her writing has featured in a number of Indian and international magazines,[8] such as Time Out Delhi,[1] The Caravan[9] and Internazionale.[10] Pariat teaches Creative Writing and History of Art at Ashoka University.

Awards and honours[edit]

In 2013, Pariat's debut collection of short stories Boats on Land won the Sahitya Akademi Young Writer Award for the English language,[4] and a Crossword Book Award (fiction).[11] The same work was also shortlisted for the 2013 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize,[12] and longlisted for the 2013 uday lakhanpal International Short Story Award[13][14] and the 2013 Tata Literature Live! First Book Award.[15] Seahorse was shortlisted for The Hindu Literary Prize (2015).[16]


In Boats on Land, Pariat's stories – set between Shillong, Cherrapunji and Assam – undertake fictional re-imaginings of the transformations that swept through Northeast India during a period of three centuries, starting in the 1850s.[17] Weaving together local folklore and tradition with unfolding social and political events, Pariat's style has been likened to magical realism[18] as well as to Haruki Murakami's writing.[19] Jeet Thayil commented on her stories to be 'revelatory and original'.[18]




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  1. ^ a b c d e Rao Chaini, Sanjitha (15 October 2012). "A Tale Can Be Told In Many Ways", Business World. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Staff writer (31 August 2013). "Honoured, says State's 1st Sahitya awardee in English". Eastern Chronicle. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  3. ^ Narajan, Manjula (6 October 2012). "Review: Boats on Land" Archived 4 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine.. Hindustan Times. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b Sahitya Akademi Press Release (23 August 2013). Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Crossword Book Award Winners 2013" (6 December 2013). Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  6. ^ Singh Vasudev, Ruchi (19 March 2013). "Of Vignettes and Voices". AVE Weekly Newsletter of The Assam Valley School. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  7. ^ Kaur, Karanjeet (26 October 2012). "Around Town". TimeOut Delhi. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  8. ^ Shutapa, Paul (2 December 2012). "Fantastical stories from a faraway land". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  9. ^ Pariat, Janice (1 September 2012). "Boats on Land". The Caravan. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  10. ^ Confortin, Emanuele (30 December 2012). "In edicola: Internazionale dedica un numero alla narrativa indiana". indika. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  11. ^ "'Popular choice' ruled at book awards". Times of India. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2013: short list (1 September 2013). Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  13. ^ Staff writer (17 April 2013). "State storyteller in Frank O’Connor Award longlist". The Shillong Times. Retrieved 30 August 2013
  14. ^ 2013 Longlist, The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Retrieved 31 August 2013
  15. ^ Staff writer (9 November 2013). "Longlist for the Tata Literature Live! First Book Award announced". IBN Live. Retrieved 19 November 2013
  16. ^ "The Hindu Prize 2015 Shortlist". The Hindu. October 31, 2015. Retrieved December 2, 2015. 
  17. ^ Staff writer (25 October 2012). "Janice talks about how the tales of Khasi and Jaitia tribes impacted her storytelling" "Boats on Land: Weaving Northeast's Real and Surreal". Outlook India. Retrieved on 30 August 2013.
  18. ^ a b Staff writer (2012). Book Review: Boats on Land. The Book Outline. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  19. ^ Staff writer (November 2012). "Boats on Land". First City. Retrieved 30 August 2013.