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Celebrating Love - The Desicritics Valentine's Day Contest Winners

February 19, 2009
Temple Stark

Twenty-one entries discussing, attacking, welcoming love and Valentine's Day. The Desicritics Valentine's Day Contest was also a celebration of diverse writing.

What I found most surprising was this strong animosity toward Valentine's Day written about or felt by the authors.

My focus is quality writing and a good story told; whether that's fiction, opinion or news (AJ's Free Hugs: The Triumph of Love and Peace. As one of the judges, tasked with reading them all - most of them to read again - there were a few who stood out immediately.

Top 5

5. Happy Valentine's Day by Hardik Ruparel --- For deft use of sarcasm in asking, WTF to making people marry to protest India's "adoption" of Valentine's Day.

4. Valentine's Day 2006 --- Deep tension, slightly broken by those who knew she was married but still, a behind-the-curtain peek into what happened to cross the cultural divide - through her fiancé's parents.

3. Poornamadah Poornamidam - You Can't Give Love Away by Meenaksh / Blokesablogin --- Putting the St. Back into St. Valentine's. Ok, not quite, more the author puts a heavy dose of tradition about love and those infamous and famous as a result of how they handled and discussed love themselves. Extremely well written!

2. Valentine, Schmalentine by Deepa Krishnan --- This piece laid out in a very gentle way the discussion surrounding Valentine's Day and its role in India and Desi culture. We fall in the middle of a family conversation and the picture at the end, clearly shows, if we needed any evidence, that love exists without Valentine's Day.

1. My Funny Valentine - Sweet Comic Valentine by Aditi Nadkarni --- A pondering rumination through the river of great stories from her life, everything from a farting dad to, well a farting Valentine's Day card and friends staying up late unknowingly mourning fictional characters. Ms. Nadkarni wrote a piece of friends occupying the love space not yet filled by one person, with a great riff on Platonic Love.

And that was before I saw all the comments, which pulled off the rarest of rare feats; comments numbering above 10 without one being negative. Turns out we all have friends.

Note: Given Aditi's status as an editor, the first and second prizes will be awarded to Deepa Krishnan and Meenakshi/Blokesablogin. Thanks Aditi, we owe you six cents:)

Honorable mentions:

Joseph Thomas (Jo) for a song - yes a song!!! (Valentine Day's Song - Let Them Sleep - that he arranged and sung himself. Top effort. It's not quite my speed of music but inspiration clearly hit him right between the ventricles.

Deepti Lamba, for her volume of posts and for touching on so many different angles - humor, familial love, eternal, dark - of the unfathomable but irresistible.

All the entries for the Valentine's Day contest can be found here. Winners will be mailed their coupons. Congratulations and thanks for expressing your views.

I will find a way to get to India. I'm not afraid of crowds. I enjoy new, experiences, writing, photography, having opinions on music and getting lost in the moment. I'm the new Chief Copy Editor at Desicritics.org. What else ya want to know?
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Celebrating Love - The Desicritics Valentine's Day Contest Winners

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#1
Amitabh Mitra
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February 19, 2009
01:04 PM

Heartiest Congratulations to all the winners

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Temple Stark
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February 19, 2009
01:10 PM

A lot of writers pitched in, ahem, wholeheartedly.
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#3
Aaman
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February 19, 2009
01:36 PM

Thanks for all the entries, and made for much fine reading over the days.

Thanks, Temple, your selections seem most apt.

#4
Aditi N
February 19, 2009
02:54 PM

Thanks Temple! And congratulations to all the winners especially Deepa and Meenakshi.

My personal favorite entry of course was Aaman's unforgetable and hilarious piece about Desi porn for which I voted on the day it was published :)

#5
Deepa Krishnan
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February 19, 2009
03:12 PM

Thank you for voting me winner, although frankly, I didn't think I deserved it.

- Deepa

#6
smallsquirrel
February 19, 2009
03:22 PM

congrats to the winners! nice job!

#7
Aditi N
February 19, 2009
05:51 PM

I wish we had more contests....awardless ones. Commentators and readers can send in their votes and at the end of the week/ month the vote will be published. There is poll-system that some sites use. Or would that be too much trouble (with risks of rigging). Coz it'll be fun for sure.

#8
Ledzius
February 19, 2009
10:45 PM

Deepa - Your entry deserved it more than anyone else's! But of course, this comes from someone who is anti-V day!

#9
Aditi N
February 19, 2009
11:14 PM

....and also from someone who has rarely bestowed such benevolence on anybody else here on DC. Maybe he's happy it didn't go the "dustbin" route as he had wondered on another thread.

And yet even with this rare and generous compliment Ledzius still managed to insult the other winners. So all is right with the universe.

#10
Deepa Krishnan
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February 19, 2009
11:26 PM

Aditi, I didn't think he meant it as an insult?

#11
Deepti Lamba
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February 19, 2009
11:37 PM

Congratulations Deepa and Meenakshi The contest was great fun and I enjoyed reading the articles.

Temple, thanks:)

#12
Aditi N
February 20, 2009
12:17 AM

Deepa: I was joking :) Should've put in a smiley there. Led rarely says something nice and so when he does I have to poke fun. Couldn't resist it.

#13
annamma
February 20, 2009
07:54 AM

"The strong animosity towards valentine's day" - thats an interesting observation - seems many people tend to look at Valentine's day like that. But the animosity resulted in a lot of fun stuff to read, DC style. Thanks !

#14
kerty
February 20, 2009
10:56 AM

Aditi

"Led rarely says something nice "

That is a highly subjective take on what is 'nice'. 'nice' does not have to confirm to your views.

#15
Aditi N
February 20, 2009
11:06 AM

kerty are you running out of things to debate on DC?

#16
Jo
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February 21, 2009
04:30 AM

Congratulations to the winners and thanks for the honorable mention. :-)

#17
Jo
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February 21, 2009
04:32 AM

Congratulations to the winners and thanks for the honorable mention. :-)

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