â€œWhen you lose your ego, you win. It really is that simple.â€ â€• Shannon L. Alder
Some conversations reassure you that you are making a difference in someone’s life by what you are doing. In one of the many riveting conversations that we had with the awesome bloggers at an event in Goa the last weekend, Umang Bhatia shared something with us which brought tears in our eyes.
As a part of the #MyRoleModel activity at your Adda, many of you created videos, wrote wonderful posts talking about your Role Model. Umang is one amongst us. He created a video where he was talking to his Grandfather about his life and difference he has made in several others and shared it with us. Unfortunately his grandfather left this world to create a place in the stars for himself. Umang tells us that ‘It is because of this activity, I cherish the memories and all the times spent with him’. :'( Thank you Umang for sharing.
Judging the My Role Model contest was an incredibly enriching experience, and immensely motivating for me, reading the stories of the many souls, some famous, some known, some unknown, who have in their way, touched another’s life. What I was looking for, in all the stories I read, was a glimmer of something that transcended the narrative, or the strength of the writing, a story that anyone could relate to, a story that gives the one reading it courage and hope. I realise, after reading all the entries, that role models aren’t necessarily the famous, the rich, the super achievers. Role models are regular every day people who live their lives with a quiet dignity and courage, and who impart that courage to those who come in touch with them. Our parents, spouses, teachers, siblings, unknown people we come across in our day to day lives. They are the true role models, they make us all want to be better people.
The 10 bloggers who win Rs 1000 Gift Vouchers are:
- My Superstar the real hero my tribute to NanajiÂ by Khushboo Motihar
- Besides the Point Mrs DeMonteÂ by Kavi Arasu
- The Girl Who Never said quit by Anwesha RayÂ
- Be Your Own Role ModelÂ by Ekta Khetan
- The Role Model I never sawÂ by Dr Roshan RadhakrishnanÂ
- Periods are not Taboo by Srilakshmi Indrasenan
- My Grandfather Mr Role Model by Priyanka Bhille
- Dr Go Getter by Harsh Snehanshu
- Ma and Her Bag of Tricks by Vinodinii Iyer
- The Seed by Mahesh Sowani
The blogger who wins the the CANON EOS 1100D is:
- Iron Man for Me by Jigish
And the grand prize winner of this contest is…
“A very interesting innovative way of bringing out the role model scenario – also there is a lot of coming of age angst in this – which is when one really needs role models…”
- Dear Sir: A Letter To My Role Model by Somdyuti D. Ray
The winner for ‘My Role Model Video Activity judged by the super talented Kanan Gill. This is what he has to say about the winners. 🙂
The contest was judged based on two criteria, content and production. Video production covers the quality of the video created. This includes the final product, but also the effort that was spent in creating the video and the creator’s vision for the video as a viewing experience more than the final result. Content covers the message of the video, it’s intention and the relevance to the theme.
Based on the above factors, we have a TIE for the grand prize. The winning videos are:
Arvind Passey’s video scored higher on production. It has a series of well planned shots that perfectly convey his idea and the voiceover is articulate and pleasant to listen to.
Deepika Muthusamy’s video has some absolutely lovely shots. While it lacks in finesse, the video is touching and sincere and scored higher on video content. There were a lot of other videos that were very close, the tie for top spot is only by a lead of 0.5 points from second place!
Congratulations Arvind and Deepika, you both share the top prize of Rs 50000. 🙂
Congratulations to all and salute to each of the Role Model!
Note: All those who participated will shortly receive a mail from us informing them about the prizes, goodies and other things.