In the recent past, the Booker Prizes have featured many writers of Indian origin, but at no time has an Indian and a Pakistani writer are together in the running. Initial reports suggest that neither are favorites to win.
I have started on Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss, last year's Booker Prize winner and I must hesitantly admit that the book definitely does not smack of greatness. But it is early days yet!
There was a printing error on the second page itself! Alas!