Mumbai based journalist and playwright Annie Zaidi has declared the winner of the Nine Dots Prize-2019 for her essay Bread, Cement, Cactus. She is a freelance writer whose work includes reportage, essays, short stories, poetry and plays, she has been announced as the winner for year 2019-20.
Annie Zaidi’s work, ‘Bread, Cement, Cactus’, includes reportage and memoir to explore concepts of home and belonging rooted in her experience of contemporary life in India, where migration – within the country, especially from villages to cities – is high.
• She has published both fiction and non-fiction, including a collection of essays Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales’, which was shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award in 2010. Her collection of short fiction Love Stories 1 to 14′ a published in 2012.
• Her new proposed book, based on her Nine Dots Prize winning essay Bread, Cement, Cactus’, will be published by Cambridge University Press in May 2020.
• She also writes poetry (Crush, 2007), short stories (The Good Indian Girl, 2011), plays and novels.
The Nine Dots Prize aims to reward original thinking in response to contemporary societal issues. Each Prize cycle lasts two years, with a new question being announced every other October.