Yashodhara Katkar from Essel Infraprojects Ltd was honoured with the Damani Sahitya Puraskar, for her book of short stories in Marathi, titled Third Person. Yashodhara received the award from Sushil Kumar Shinde, Central Minister for Energy at a ceremony in Sholapur in December 2007. The award comprises a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 25, 000/-.
Yashodhara, who handles PR and Communications for Essel Infra, has emerged as one of the new age writers in Marathi. Third Person is the fourth book that she has written. “Third Person is an independent fiction venture. It is a collection of 13 short stories which talk about city life and the alienation of humans in the city,” Yashodhara said. The stories dwell upon loneliness in a metropolis and the pervading uncertainty, fear and trauma.
“I look around my space for story ideas,” she says. “It may not be my own experience, but these are incidents that happen to people around.”
The Damani Sahitya Puraskar is considered as a prestigious recognition in the field of Marathi literature. Entries are not invited; but books are collected and scrutinised by a panel of eminent writers, poets and critics.
Yashodhara's earlier works include two books on fiction and a book on travel and tourism for vocational education. She is currently working on a book on career guidance aimed at people from small towns who do not have access to the internet or various career fairs.
The Essel family congratulates Yashodhara Katkar for her award and wishes her the very best for the new book.