A 31-year-old Indian-origin female author in Singapore, Ms. Aditi Krishnakumar won the Singapore dollar 10,000 award this week for her manuscript "Codex: The Lost Treasure of the Indus".
The 32,000-word manuscript has won the Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) for her rooted in "love of Indian history".
Aditi who has been living in Singapore for the last three years said she juggles writing with her career in finance, and tekes out time at night and on weekends to dream up her stories.
Aditi, who submitted her manuscript hours before deadline last September, said she juggles writing with her career in finance and ekes out time at night and on weekends to dream up stories.
"One of my biggest challenges was to not get distracted by the internet.. It can be a challenge... But I wouldn't change it. I enjoy my job and I love writing", Aditi was quoted as saying.
"I've always loved reading and I think writing was a natural progression from that. My earliest serious ambition was to be an author and that stayed with me through everything else I've done," she said.
"It's a real page-turner. I couldn't stop reading it. It's also a book that has a subtext of interest in the deep history of India, so the book has a contemporary feel, but it is also rooted in an interest in and love of Indian history," American historian and author Leonard Marcus, one of the judges for the award, said about the manuscript.
The SABA is the joint initiative of the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and Scholastic Asia in Singapore.