Results : The Home Connect Contest
We now have the WINNERS of the The Home Connect Contest – first of it’s kind essay contest which talks about the association we have with our home and surroundings!
The goal was to foster a sense of belonging towards our surroundings, to make cities and villages better places to live in. What we received were not just essays, but timeless stories that capture the essence of the bond people have with their homes and environs.
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***WE EXTEND OUR HEARTFELT PRAYERS TO ALL FAMILIES AFFECTED BY FLOODS IN INDIA. IT IS DIFFICULT, BUT WE HOPE THAT THEIR HOMES AND NORMAL LIVES ARE RESTORED SOON!***
The Judges liked most of the essays and felt some of them had potential to be place-making pieces that address issues of the urban and rural context. Authenticity of the experience, emotional connect and impact on the surroundings were some of the criteria for assessment.
We received 12 Final entries (AGREED – it is quite an effort to write an 800-word essay in times of micro-blogging and short text messages!). You can find all published entries here.
Watch this feature video for the final results:
A huge congratulations to all the Winners and to the Participants for making this unique initiative a success.
We started small this year, but promise that it will be bigger in 2019! To know when we will start accepting entries, just write to email@example.com
(in Reverse Alphabetical Order)
Some of the winners opted to remain camera shy, but that’s alright!
Naresh chose to write – or rather make a video – about a trek to Triund and how it helped him connect with nature
He is a web developer and a graduate in computer science. ‘Watch’ Naresh’s essay here
Medhika shared her experiences of growing up in Patna, and the special role her home played in every facet of life
She is an advocate and faculty member in the field of criminal law. Read Medhika’s essay here.
Chrisanta’s essay screams MUMBAI – the very unrelenting spirit of the maximum city! She loves most things Mumbai, particularly vada pav and and misal pav 🙂
She believes that a city’s residents are the ones who can truly elevate its sense of community and vibrancy. Having lived her whole life in Mumbai she hopes it can become the top livable city of the world by 2050!
This is where you can find Chrisanta’s heartfelt essay!
“I have a keen interest in travelling, reading and writing.”
“Writing for Local feedback, was an intense recapitulation and elaborate documentation of my homeland which would have otherwise faded. Thank you for such a lovely opportunity.”
Bushra hails from Darjeeling district, West Bengal. She has done her bachelors in Architecture from Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi and is pursuing masters in planning from SPA Bhopal.
Read Bushra’s story here.
“I am a theater enthusiasts and love listening to songs. Solo travelling and long walks is what makes me happy when in despair.”
Amit is an architect and a prospective urban and rural planner. Coming from a teacher’s family, he has interests in Education sector and has been working in little forms every time I get an opportunity for the same.
Amit’s essay on founding his educational venture at home is published here.
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