Reaction on getting shortlisted:
“I was surprised and very happy to know about the shortlist. Also the fact Kannada was chosen by Tata trust was encouraging.”
Na D’Souza, born in Sagara, Karnataka. He completed his primary education at St. Joseph’s Higher Primary School and higher studies at Sahyadri College, Shimoga. He worked in the Karnataka Public Works Department for 37 years. He has written over 40 novels, several short stories and plays for children, publishing over 94 books. His novel Mulugadeya Oorige Bandavaru has been awarded Sahitya Academy’s Bala Sahitya Puraskar. He has been writing in Kannada for more than three decades and his two novels Dweepa and Kadina Benki were made into motion pictures and won National awards. Some of his works like Dweepahave have been translated into English. Shalege Hogada Hudugiyar, Gopiya Gombe, Kadaneya Kole are a few favourites.
“While reading N D’souza, especially his short stories, we are transported to ‘malenadu’ (Western Ghats). His stories create curiosity and entertain you. Language appeals to the children and makes for an easy read. He often weaves aspects of social cause/ reason into stories. Such stories strike a chord with you and bring the characters closer to you. It is worth a mention how he has woven stories keeping girls central and also representing girls in unusual roles, breaking stereotypes.”