SRINAGAR JAN 13: Prominent Urdu writer Tarannum Riyaz has bagged the prestigious best fiction book award of Urdu Academy Delhi for 2008.The award has been given to her for her latest book of short stories “Mera Rakhtey Safar”. The award is being conferred by a high level jury which considered a number of titles and finally zeroed in on Tarannum’s book. The award was delayed due to demise of its former Secretary Qamar Rais. The Award will be presented to her February at a ceremony in Delhi. An author of 13 books, Tarnnum has previously been given Fiction Award by the same Academy in 2005. She is currently working on her new book “Meri Khak Jugnu”.Tarannum is a noted Urdu short fiction writer, translator, critic, poet and novelist. Her last book “Barf Ashna Parindey” was released last year and it deals with prevailing situation in Kashmir. She has worked on television and radio for several years as Urdu news broadcaster, translator and organiser of literary and cultural programmes. She regularly contributes to Urdu Service of All India Radio and writes columns in Urdu newspapers. Tarannum’s poetry has been published in several Urdu and Hindi magazines in India and Pakistan, including Shayer (Mumbai), Shiraza (Srinagar), Aiwan-e-Urdu (Delhi), Takhleeq (Lahore), Tasteer (Karachi), Panj Darya (Jalandhar), to name a few. She has also received the U.P. Urdu Academy Award (1988).