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Parashar Kulkarni's Cow and Company wins Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Parashar Kulkarni Image copyright Commonwealth Foundation
Image caption Kulkarni was presented with the award at Jamaica's Calabash International Literary Festival

An author's tale about the bovine star of a chewing gum advert has won the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

Parashar Kulkarni's Cow and Company "succeeded in exploring serious issues in a way that can make us laugh", judge Gillian Slovo said.

Kulkarni, an assistant professor in Singapore, is the first Indian author to win the award.

The £5,000 prize rewards "the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English" by a Commonwealth writer.

Slovo added that the author had "conjured up a large cast and their way of life... and all in a few thousand words".

Kulkarni was presented with the award at Jamaica's Calabash International Literary Festival on Sunday by Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James.

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