| Book Awards 2022 | English Fiction
A Family. A Lockdown. A Journey.
For young Meher, living in Dharavi meant a life full of possibilities. Things were going well until the Indian government announced the world's biggest coronavirus lockdown. Soon, her parents are left jobless and stand to lose all - their home and their lives.
As Covid-19 cases in the Mumbai slum soar, Meher and her family realize they have no choice but to leave for their village in Rajasthan. With the ban on public movement, it becomes clear that they would have to walk the 900 kilometres, facing barbaric police officers, searing heat, wild beasts and indifferent deities.
A deeply moving story about family, survival and relentless hope, Homebound brings to the page the stark realities of those who have remained too long without a voice.
Puja Changoiwala is an award-winning journalist and author of two non-fiction books – Gangster on the Run and The Front Page Murders. Her work has been featured across news networks, publications and more, including BBC, CNN, The Hindu, the Guardian, National Geographic and Al Jazeera.
Previously a senior correspondent with Hindustan Times, Puja is a recipient of the International Centre for Journalists' Covid-19 Reporting Award, the Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity, Red Ink Award for Excellence in Indian Journalism and the Iceland Writers Award among others.