As quiet person by nature, it has always been a challenge for me to make my presence known in a room full of people. Hence, my comfort with creative pursuits, where my imagination knew no bounds. I lived in the stories I wrote and the poems I penned. Theatre, Music, contemporary dance, writing made me connect with the world in my own unique way. I wrote my first play when I was 12, I won the Sheetal Memorial Award for Best Outgoing Student in school and also won a state-level ‘Best Actress’ prize when I was only eight years old.Degree and Institution:
In college, I embraced English Literature while being the secretary of Kannada Association, and tried my best in making sure the languages and the culture associated with them co-exist harmoniously, in an atmosphere where speaking in Kannada is looked down upon. I also took up street photography, which made me appreciate things that are considered mundane and trivial. I stood 2nd in the national level Photography Competition in IIT-Bombay, ‘Framed’, during their annual festival, Mood Indigo-2011.The contest was judged by ace photographer Ritam Bannerjee. Around the same time, a short story I had written won Christ University’s annual state-level short story competition in Kannada and was published along with four other prize-winning stories.
I worked at International Business Times, covering stories on US Education for their website, University Daily News. I also assisted a filmmaker in making documentary films for the Karnataka Agriculture Department on Israeli Agro-technologies.
I love doing translations from Kannada to English and vice-versa and someday wish to introduce literary masterpieces of Kannada to international English-speaking audience.
B. A. in Psychology, Journalism and English Literature from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore.After a year at YIF:
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