GUWAHATI, Nov 22 - Internationally recognised author Arup Kumar Dutta on Sunday called upon the budding writers, who participated in the short story contest �Spinning a Yarn� organised by The Planet Young, The Assam Tribune, to focus on hard work in order to create something that is permanent and has value for the society.
At the prize distribution function of the short story contest held at the auditorium of the Assam State Museum here, Dutta shared his own experiences with the young people and said that upcoming writers should not hanker after instant fame as meaningful writing is the result of years of hard work and patience.
He advised the budding writers to inculcate the habit of reading, pointing out that to be good writers they must first be good readers. �There is no end to the learning process. We must keep learning and assimilating,� he said, reiterating that writing requires a lot of hard work.
The contest was held to encourage young writers as well as to provide them a platform to showcase their creativity.
The first prize was won by Anushka Rath, a Class X student of Happy Convent School, Dhubri. Expressing her joy, Anushka said that her short story was based on experiences gained from life. Her story highlighted the plight of underprivileged children.
The second prize was won by Ananya Kalita, Class VIII, South Point School, Guwahati, and Joanna Gogoi, Class X, Little Flower HS School, Dibrugarh.
The third prize went to Gautom Kajree, a Class IX student of Maria�s Public School, Guwahati.
The consolation prizes were won by Rajnandini Kalita, Class III, South Point School, Guwahati, Ananya Roy, Class XI, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Digaru, Yuvika Agarwal, Class VII, Holy Child School, Guwahati, Swapnil Dey, Class VIII, Don Bosco School, Guwahati, and Rudrakshi Haloi, Class IX, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Mangaldoi.
Speaking on the occasion, writer Bandita Phukan, who was the judge of the contest, said that all contestants had expressed themselves wonderfully in their stories.
�The participants had selected a wide range of themes for their short stories, particularly emphasising human values,� said Phukan.
Phukan also dwelt at length on the challenges that are being faced by writers of children�s literature at present.
Earlier, welcoming the audience, Indrani Raimedhi, Feature Editor of The Assam Tribune, said that it was a proud and happy moment for the organisers as the children got an opportunity to express their creativity.
�We are here to celebrate creativity and it is our effort to expose them to creative experience and give them a platform. Under the prevailing situation of hate and bloodshed, children with their creativity give us a hope for a better future, reinstating faith in humanity,� added Raimedhi.
The function was attended by Editor of The Assam Tribune PG Baruah, among others. It was compered by its Executive Editor, PJ Baruah.