Jayant Kaikini


Jayant Kaikini is a Kannada poet, short-story writer, columnist, and playwright, as well as an award-winning lyricist and script and dialogue writer for Kannada films. He has won the Karnataka Sahitya Akademi Award several times, in addition to winning various other awards in India, including the first Kusumagraj Rashtriya Bhasha Sahitya Puraskar. No Presents Please (Harper, 2017), his volume of selected stories, is the first book in translation to have won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. “Dagadu Parab’s Wedding Horse” is excerpted from No Presents Please: Mumbai Stories (Catapult, 2020).

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