Indian literature has a clear demarcation. There are the Indian writers in English and there are the regional writers of the vernacular. Jerry Pinto is one of the rare few who straddles both worlds. Pinto’s 2012 novel Em And The Big Hoom was praised by Salman Rushdie as ‘one of the very best books to come out of India in a long, long time’. Pinto has also written some of the finest English translations in contemporary times of Marathi books. This year he was the recipient of Yale University’s Windham- Campbell Prize. It is fulsome recognition for a life in literature.