India Post received more than 2,600 stories for its ‘Stories on a Postcard’ competition held over the last two months to promote story writing. On Tuesday, India Post, and NGOs that promote story writing, Katha Kosa and Settle Stories UK, announced the winners. The exhibition of the stories, which began on Wednesday, will continue till October 15 at the General Post Office in the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus area.
The youngest participant is a Junior KG student and the oldest an 86-year-old Kharghar resident.
The creative writers let their imagination flow and produced their work not just in a story format but also through poems and drawings.
The authorities were in for a pleasant surprise after getting entries in several languages — Sanskrit, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Urdu and, obviously, Marathi, English and Hindi.
Chief postmaster general Col. KC Mishra said, “Our first edition of the competition has been a runaway success. We have also received blue postcards that India Post has discontinued issuing.” Now, only yellow postcards are available at all post offices.
Katha Kosa’s Dhara Kothari said, “We were not expecting these many entries. We had thought that there would be around 1,000 stories. We will now make an e-book of the stories received. As there are so many of them, it should be ready only by December.”
Later this month, the winning stories will also be displayed as part of the storytelling festival in the UK.
The winners are...
Marathi: Govind Musale, Subhash Khankal and Rajapurkar N Piraji
English: Virbala Shah, Anisha Mukherji and Sayali Yeole
Hindi: Dr Ramakant Sharma, Ajit Banerji, Tarachand Marusane and Shaifali Nayak
Urdu: Dr Siraj Balsari and Abdul Aziz Khan
Malayalam: Sulekha Sudheesan
Kannada: Abeed Ismail Gajaad
Sanskrit: Ritesh Vinod Umale
Bengali: Gopal Saha
Story through drawing: Janki Kadakia
Story through poem: Jinal Sangoi
Best handwriting: Prafull Patil
Best presentation: Mahima Singh and Deepak Parab