ALLAHABAD: Neeraj Srivastava , a local author, has been given the excellence in writing award at the British parliament, house Of commons for his historical fiction novel-Daggers of Treason. The award was given to him on September 27 as the British Parliament was celebrating 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi, and a few Indians who had done well internationally were chosen to receive the ‘excellence award’ in nine different fields.
His novel is a historical fiction novel, deeply researched from original Mughal documents , based on the life and reign of emperor Khurram Shahjahan. Those present on the occasion were Lord Swaraj Paul, Dame Helmsman, Lord Ranger, Lord Parric and several other dignitaries from the British Parliament, Diplomatic Corps and the Indian high commission. The ceremony was held in the house Of commons, British parliament, London, informed Srivastava.
The author has been the winner at the 5th annual beverly hills book awards, US, in the multicultural fiction section and runner up at the London Book Festival 2016. In the general fiction category, he has also received an honourable mention at the San Francisco Book Festival 2019, for his poem 'Onwards, Ho!'
Son of Late Dr Devendra Srivastava, an eminent eye surgeon of Allahabad and erstwhile head of the Ophthalmology department of MLN Medical College, Allahabad, Srivastava has done his schooling from an eminent English medium school of the city and has done BCom and MBA from Allahabad University. He is also the doctorate in management from the University of Canterbury, England. He is also the member of The Royal Society Of Literature, England.
"I am happy and proud to have received the award in writing at the British Parliament and hope to bring more laurels and glory to my city and put Allahabad back on the literary map of the world”, said Srivastava.