Winner | Desi Writers Lounge Short Story Competition 2012



From the Announcement at PAPERCUT .

We would like to thank all the writers who participated in the Desi Writers Lounge short story competition 2012. The volume and quality of the stories we received defied our expectations, and it was not an easy task to sort through them to select the winners. The stories covered a wide variety of subjects such as human psyche, relationships, exile, communal riots and even cyborgs.

A panel of three judges carefully read the short stories, examining them for language, originality, structure, theme, overall impact and execution. After several rounds of shortlisting, they were finally able to narrow down on three stories that stood out because of their excellent prose and execution.

So, without further ado, the winners are:
The Inauguration by  Suneetha Balakrishnan.

Suneetha Balakrishnan writes in and translates into English and Malayalam. Her latest publication is the Malayalam translation of Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies. She is an independent journalist by profession and works from her home in Trivandrum, India. Her debut novel, set in her paradoxical home region, Kerala, awaits a publisher.

Judges’ noteBalakrishnan’s story impresses with its unassuming eloquence. Her voice is authentic and she never trespasses on the narrative — letting events unfold at their own pace with minimal exposition. The world of The Inauguration is wonderfully rich in visuals and politics and Balakrishnan knows that all she needs to do is walk the reader through it, saying, “Look around you.” The result is an almost cinematic reading experience.

Read The Inauguration here.

Write direction

Suneetha B. is a translator and author who has her own following in cyberworld

Saraswathy Nagarajan

Suneetha B. is on cloud nine. Her 150-word story has won her the first prize in a mini-story contest conducted by Hindustan Times and Penguin Books. Contestants were asked to write about an amazing incident in their life a la top-selling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s latest book One Amazing Thing, which has a motley bunch of people narrating an unforgettable incident in their lives when they are trapped in a building after an earthquake. Continue reading “Write direction”

Suneetha B wins HT Penguin contest

( From Tech Goss  Editor’s  Desk )

Few things give the Techgoss team more joy than seeing one of our talented colleagues Suneetha B win a prestigious national writing contest. The Hindustan Times-Penguin India One Amazing Story Contest has just declared Suneetha as its winner.  India has a wealth of writing talent and more than 600 writers sent in their short stories to this Hindustan Times – Penguin contest. Continue reading “Suneetha B wins HT Penguin contest”

Blow Your Own Trumpet !

(Originally appeared in )

SUNEETHA B How It All Came About – interview with Suneetha Balakrishnan (14 April 2010)

– By Aneeta Sundararaj

I was looking at Suneetha’s ‘Wall’ on Facebook and found it quite interesting reading. I asked her if she’d like to be interviewed and she agreed. Without further ado, I have great pleasure in introducing to you, Suneetha Balakrishnan.

Aneeta: Suneetha, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Suneetha: The pleasure is indeed mine, Aneeta. Continue reading “Blow Your Own Trumpet !”

Writer Interview | Suneetha B

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This month we will introduce Suneetha B, an accomplished writer, published translator, accent trainer and a Chillibreeze Preferred Network member.

Please tell us about yourself.
I am 43, married to a broadcaster, have a son and a daughter, both in their teens. I live in the capital city of Kerala, Trivandrum. I am a postgraduate in English and Management and a student of M Phil (Management). I am a published translator and an accent trainer in the English Language. Other than in English, I also write in Malayalam, my mother tongue. Continue reading “Writer Interview | Suneetha B”