In the second year of the Giller Prize, Mumbai-born Rohinton Mistry won for his novel A Fine Balance, which follows four characters through a tumultuous decade in Mumbai. Mistry was appreciative of the recognition and the prize money, which as a writer, offered him more time to work "without having to worry about paying the rent."
You can watch Mistry accept the award in the following video footage.
In this archival audio clip below, Mistry explains the inspiration behind A Fine Balance and the poverty and political unrest depicted in it to CBC Radio's The Arts Tonight. "The worst part of a situation of great poverty is that you become blind to it."