"It was the story that I know very well. I have lived that life in Mumbai and I always that thought it was the chronicle of a life that was never been documented in fiction and I thought it would be a worthwhile story to be told," said Thayil after receiving the award from actor Sharmila Tagore.
The other books in the running were The Wandering Falcon; Our Lady of Alice Bhatti; The Good Muslim; River of Smoke and The Walls of Delhi.
Last year, Thayil had received the Sahitya Akademi award for his poetry collection titled "These Errors are Correct". Thayil is credited for introducing new areas of feelings and emotions to Indian literature related to pleasures and pains of drugs and alcohol, sex and death.
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