The 10th R.L.Chopra Memorial Creative Writing Competition was organized by New Era Public School, Mayapuri on 15thJuly, 2016.This literary event was instituted in the memory of Late Shri R.L.Chopra, the founder chairman of New Era Public School. Mr. Chopra, an avid reader himself, was of the firm belief that reading leads to refinement and enrichment.
The occasion was graced by our dynamic Director Mrs. Usha Chopra who welcomed all the participants and our charismatic Principal Mrs. Vandana Chawla who shared anecdotes from her childhood and urged the young readers to read Night by Elie Wiesel.
Celebrating the decade long success of the festival since its institution, another dimension was added to it. This year the festival explored a book in Hindi as well. The festival witnessed an overwhelming participation of 47 schools.
The book chosen in English was The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, a Pulitzer Prize Winner. The book explores the story of two brothers who were brought up together yet were very different. One becomes involved in the “Naxalite” political movement and the other in contrast dedicates himself to scientific research in the USA.
Ms. VandanaTandon, a trainer with The Hindustan Times and Ms. Vidhi Bhargava, Editor with Scholastics, India judged the Book Discussion Round in English. Saru Sharma of KIIT World School, Elisha of Maxfort School, Dwarka and Devyani of Amity International School, Saket bagged the First, Second and Third prizes respectively.
The book explored in Hindi was Pinjar by Amrita Pritam, BhartiyaGyanpith Award recipient. It is a story of love and hate, a tale of complexities of human mind and the rehabilitation of an abducted woman with Partition as the backdrop.
Mr. Sushil Kumar Sudhanshu, Professor of Hindi at Ramjas College, Delhi University and Ms. Sarita Shrivastava, a retired (PGT)Hindi teacher judged the Book Discussion Round in Hindi. Simar Saluja of Holy Child School, Tagore Garden, Ashita of Maxfort School, Rohini and Neha Jaglan of Salwan Public School, Gurgaon bagged the First, Second and Third prizes respectively.
The winners for Creative Writing, both English and Hindi will be announced on 17th August, 2016.
The participants displayed an in depth understanding of the issues raised in the novels and impressed the judges with their analytical skills and won their appreciation. This one day long literary festival reasserts the significance of literature in our lives and helps us to understand the world better.