March 10, 2018


We are delighted to announce the winners of the International Women's Day Creative Contest held by The Good City and Under The Raintree. The participants were from across the country, from namma Bengaluru to Gurgaon to Coimbatore.The youngest is a 12-year-old student, while the oldest is a retired teacher. While a majority of entries were from women, there are a sizeable number of entries from men too.

All the entries are published on dear readers voted to choose these winners, so go ahead and take a bow! 


And the winners are:


English: Poetry

1) Mitalee Dabral from Bengaluru: We are not from Mars or Venus: living together on Earth 
2) Tripti Nair from Bengaluru: We hear you, sister… silence is not golden

English: Short Story
Sonia Kuncalienkar from PanjimWe are not from Mars or Venus: Live together on Planet Earth
2) Ananya Dhananjayan from BengaluruWe hear you, sister… silence is not golden


Kannada: Poetry
Gowri Bhat from Bengaluru: 
We hear you, sister: silence is not golden

Editor's Choice award to Vidya Krishna from Bengaluru under the category All in a day's job: Breaking through the glass ceiling

* Prizes kind courtesy Sapna Book House.

The prizes were distributed on a sunny Bengaluru morning under the shade of the bandstand in verdant Cubbon Park by writer Sujatha HR and editor and publisher Sandhya Mendonca. The event was a part of #WomenInThePark 2018, an International Women's Day celebration by Under The Raintree. There was sunshine on shoulders and in hearts with women (and a few men) of all ages jiving to music by Indira Srinivasan, Sangeetha Agnes Hosea, Taanika Shankar and others. Women poets of all ages read out their works at the open mic. Free mammo screening service was provided by HCG Foundation Mobile Clinic.


(From left) Vidya Krishna, Gowri Bhat, Sujatha HR & Sandhya Mendonca


12-year-old Tripti Nair was the youngest participant this year, and she won the second prize in English poetry. 
Indira Srinivasan & Priya Vikram Singh


Taanika Shankar


Sangeeta Agnes Hosea on guitar, with Sangeeta Das