Journalist/Writer of the Year – Aatish Taseer   

They say the pen is mightier than the sword and when it comes to Aatish Taseer the saying holds true. Born in London, raised in Delhi and educated in the US, Aatish Taseer has carved a niche for himself as a journalist and a writer. Son of Indian journalist Tavleen Singh and Pakistani politician Salman Taseer, Aatish’s opinion pieces have garnered both attention and critical appreciation, worldwide, while his books have been lauded in both the sub-continent, UK and the US.

He is the author of The Way Things Were, which The Los Angeles Review of Books described as “the best Indian novel of the last decade.” His other books are Stranger to History: A Son’s Journey Through Islamic Lands, a Costa-shortlisted first novel, The Temple-Goers, and the highly acclaimed Noon. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and The Sunday Times, London, among other publications, making him the Journalist of the Year.

Accepting the award from Lord Swraj Paul and journalist Ashis Ray, Aatish said: “It is a very emotional moment for me as I started my career at a magazine in Strand, and today I am winning the British Asian Media Awards at the Great Hall in Strand. Through the awards, it is my hope and desire that the Asian media industry keeps UK’s cosmopolitanism alive.”

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