The Barbra Naidu Prize for the Personal Essay–Overall Winner

Of Distances Ila Ananya Jury Citation Ila Ananya’s personal vignettes are drawn with an almost painterly craft. Searing and full of detail, her images are impossible to forget. She offers us no easy answers or manicured biography, just the ambivalences of memory.

The Barbra Naidu Prize for the Personal Essay–Open Winner

Living Online Siddharth Vodnala Jury Citation Siddharth Vodnala’s raucous essay is a chatty guided tour of chatroom subcultures. Allusion follows anecdote in this joy-filled ode to the internet, from one of its most loyal inhabitants.

The Barbra Naidu Prize for the Personal Essay–School Winner

Living Online Shalom Gauri 11C, Mallya Aditi International School, Bangalore. Jury Citation Shalom’s essay is a laugh-out-loud funny expose of alternative school pretension. Bangalore’s multiple online subcultures star in this wry yet strangely hopeful fly-on-the-wall dissection of teenage social life.

The Prof. Barbra Naidu Prize for the Personal Essay–College Prize

College Winner: Varun Ramesh, SJC.   BEING MULTILINGUAL   Is something I would not know about. My lingual is solely singular, and for this, I have few regrets.

The Prof. Barbra Naidu Prize for the Personal Essay–Open Winner

Prithwiraj Mukherjee Being Multilingual

The Prof. Barbra Naidu Prize for the Personal Essay–School Winner

Dipika Subramaniam Grade 9. NAFL. Being Multilingual    ‘Being multilingual’. The phrase itself brings different thoughts to my head. Several, actually.

The T.G. Vaidyanathan Memorial Film Review Contest

III Place: Aliya Abreo, SJC.   Yes, I know. It’s almost midnight, and I was supposed to have given this in by 9:00p.m. But, you know what, I’m just gonna go right ahead and write it, and give it in anyway, because I’m feeling lonely right now, I need to talk to somebody, about something. ...

The T.G. Vaidyanathan Memorial Film Review Contest

II Place: Vidya Gopal, SJC. One of the most interesting conversations in the film “Where do we go now?” is between the two priests, the Pastor and the Imam as they contemplate ways and means to prevent the outbreak of Communal strife in their village.

The T.G. Vaidyanathan Memorial Film Review Contest

Winner: Vidya Balasubramaniam Institution: St. Joseph’s College Where Do We Go Now”  A typical scene of communal disharmony. Despairing families, violence and bloodshed. Women who are suppressed by the males in their society, and a partition between the discordant religions as thick as the Iron Curtain.