Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Who won the Poetry Writing Competition 2013?

Simran Grewal
Chandigarh Literary Society (CLS) announced the winners of its first poetry writing competition 2013 which was launched in January on 26th April.
Just after Sonia Golani's interaction with the city's literati, the much-awaited results of the Poetry Writing Competition 2013 were announced.  
There were 53 entries in English, 20 in Hindi and 3 in Panjabi, Ms. Sumita Mista, President CLS, informed.

Ms Sumita Misra and Ms Superna Puri, who were two of the three jury members shared the difficult process of sorting out the best poems out of numerous good ones, not without enjoying the insightful diverse treatment to the single theme of "Darkness Before Dawn". 
Though not many winners could join the function, their winning poems were receited  with aplomb by Superna.
Dr. Sandeep Chhatwal

The first prize for English poem went to Simran Grewal , while second and third prizes went to Mrinalini Singha and Dr. Sandeep Chatwal respectively.

From amongst contributions in Hindi, first and second prize went to Surbhi Kishore and Ajay Singh Rana respectively.

Ajay Singh Rana
Superna Puri
Sneh Ganju and Srishti Sood won the consolation prizes, while Randeep Wadhera and Dinesh Kapila received special mention by the jury.

Our special thanks to English Book Shop and Nando's family restaurant for sponsoring the prizes for the winners of the CLS PWC2013. 

Sonia Golani shares 'My Life, My Rules'

Sonia Golani, author of ‘My Life, My Rules’ addressed the members of Chandigarh Literary Society (CLS)  at PHD House auditorium on 26th April.
‘My Life, My Rules’ published by Westland comprises of her interviews with 18 new generation leaders of the country who made a mid-career change and followed their dream passions to make a success of their lives.
An alumna of Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi and Delhi University, she heads the Management Consultancy Group  specializing in recruitment of professionals for banking, financial services and insurance sectors. 
An interesting floor participation, the audience interacted with Sonia Golani, who was quick in responding with an engaging anecdotes from the lives of those who featured in her book.

Chandigarh Literary Society is grateful to Westland publishers for coordinating the visit of Sonia Golani to Chandigarh as also the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry which joined hands with us in making 'Meet the Author' programme a great success.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Are you the winner?

The much-awaited results of the Poetry Writing Competition, the PWC2013, are awaited from the jury, and ultimately the winners would be announced...hold your breath...on Friday, 26th April 2013.

This is the time we are having our 'Meet the Author' program featuring noted management consultant Sonia Golani from Mumbai, whose second book, 'My Life, My Rules' published by Westland is already inspiring many a youngsters and startups.

The program will be held in the auditorium of PHD Chamber, Sector 31, Chandigarh, and every participating poet in this competition shall receive a Certificate of Participation, and of course, the winners will receive their prizes and mementos. Don't forget to collect yours.

We thank the overwhelming response that we received for the competition, and some of the poets however, digressed from the theme of the competition "Darkness Before Dawn", and sent something on their own, which were not considered for the competition. However, we deeply appreciate all those who took the trouble to let their creative fluids flow on to the paper and sent their expressions digitally for the competition.

Remember, 26th April 2013 at 5pm sharp at PHD House, Sector 31, Chandigarh.

The participants are requested to bring along their families and friends. 

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

'My Life, My Rules' Author to visit Chandigarh on 26th April

On Friday, 26th April 2013, Chandigarh Literary Society has invited Sonia Golani,  a management professional from Mumbai and author of her second best-seller 'My Life, My Rule' published by Westland.

Keep your date free for interacting with this young professional who is passionate about life and its fascinating nuances. In this book, she has recorded stories of 18 successful entrepreneurs, who changed their life's rules, followed their dreams, and made a success of their lives.

It is interesting to read about Rahul Akerkar, a Masters in Biochemical Engineering from US who is today known as celebrity chef and owner of Mumbai's fine-dining restaurant, Indigo.  Or there is actor R.Madhavan, who moved from teaching to the fashion world and then to Bollywood.

And there is Rashmi Uday Singh, once a Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax who is today widely known as India's most-sought-after food critic.

Who has not seen the guitarist with his colorful headgear in the band Indian Ocean, Rahul Ram.  He is Doctorate in Environmental Toxicology but chose to make a career as a musician.

These 18 gripping stories are glittering examples that changing course in mid-stream may not be a bad idea.

Thanks to the publishers, Westland Ltd, and the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry that Sonia Golani would be here to share her insight to inspire the 'round pegs' to get out of 'square holes' by just following your passion.