Journalist-turned-author Inderjit Badhwar has won the prestigious French literary award Le Prix Litteraire for his debut novel La Chambre Des Parfums (The Chamber of Perfumes).
The novel was selected for the best foreign debut novel of 2004 by a jury comprising France's leading writers, intellectuals and filmmakers in Paris.
Previous winners of the award include India-born Salman Rushdie for his novel Shame and London-based poet and author Lavinia Greenlaw.
Badhwar's novel was first published in India by India Research Press last year under the title Sniffing Papa, IRP said in a release on Wednesday announcing the award.
It was later published in French under the title La Chambre Des Parfums which received critical acclaim.
An alumnus of St Stephens College, Badhwar worked in several television channels in the US and was the executive editor of India Today magazine.