facebook icon twitter icon youtube iconinstagram icon

Home About Contact Press

Contest: Writing

Calling all student travellers... wanderers... storytellers!

We had an amazing array of entries on the theme of 'Most memorable journey in India'! Now we need your votes to decide which writer wins a prize! The top three most liked entries are winners of the contest.

The most liked entry/the winner of the contest gets 3000 Rs of cash prize and 4000 Rs worth of merchandise
The second most liked entry gets 2000 Rs of cash prize and 3000 Rs worth of merchandise
The third most liked entry gets 1000 Rs of cash prize and 2000 Rs worth of merchandise.

The winner will be announced on the 20th of May after all the votes have been counted!

Like this story? Click the 'like' box above to cast your vote!

travel contest

Vote for Prateek Singhal

Click on facebook button at the top of the page to cast your vote.

Read the other travel contest entries

Summer Sunset in Shimmering Shimla, Anurima Chanda. Read Story

The Voice of Timeless Ellora, Siddhartha Chakraborti. Read Story

Withering Away, Kiran Bhargava. Read Story

From The Eyes of Tomorrow, Rajiv K. Mishra. Read Story

Short Story on Life, Gaurav Shrestha. Read Story

Of Serendipity and Soul-searching, Prateek Singhal. Read Story

Darjeeling is the Goth of East India, Jelena Savkovic. Read Story





Serendipity and Soul-searching

Prateek Singhal,
Delhi Technological University

When I first decided to go journeying to Haridwar, for a complete month no less, I was clueless about what I was getting into. Here was I- a single boy of twenty from Delhi- all alone in a city of nearly two million. To make matters worse, I had my eBook reader as my only companion and means of entertainment, for there was no television, Internet connection, or laptop.

Haridwar has a culture quite unlike Delhi. There is a sense of ease in their way of life, a degree of camaraderie and bonhomie that exists even between complete strangers. If the simply marvelous mini-treks or a refreshing dip in the river Ganges isn’t enough to pique your interest, the spicy food and the spicier anecdotes certainly will. Moreover, I went during the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri, so I had the opportunity to witness an immense inflow of travellers from all over the country.

Everyone should take a hiatus from the hustle-and-bustle of city life and have a quiet moment of introspection in this peaceful city. I have been a recluse for most of my life, yet before I knew it, I was going on solitary walks along the banks of river Ganges, trekking in Rishikesh, chatting up with random fellow travelers in cafes, and experiencing an unprecedented level of tranquility.

William Blackstone once said: “Man was formed for society, and is neither capable of living alone, nor has the courage to do it.”

I disagree.

Vote for Prateek Singhal

Click on facebook button at the top of the page to cast your vote.





Travel Contest image

Travel Writing March 2015: Contest

Calling all student travellers... wanderers... storytellers! We are looking for short travel stories that capture our attention. If you have a unique story with a picture that tells a tale of an unforgettable experience, share it with us and win prizes worth 15000 INR! More

Kathputli Colony Photo Walk image

Kathputli Colony Photo Walk: Photo Essay

Bring Home Stories organised a photo walk in Kathputli Colony. We had seven finalists and the winner was Reema Gill - view her pictures and read what she had to say!

Bring it on Delhi image

Bring It On Delhi - 2013: Video

We challenged the people of Delhi to submit stories to us that could be made into a film. The winning entries had their films produced by Bring Home Stories and got the chance to present on the film. Watch

Anchor Contest image

Bring Home Stories Anchor: Contest

The live anchor Contest took place at TLR on 24th April. Contestants were challenged to read read these lines to the camera with all the oomph they could muster! Lavanya Choudhary did a great job and our celebrity judges crowned her the winner. Watch!

Delhi 100 Images image

Delhi 100: Contest

We celebrated the city of New Delhi on its 100th anniversary with a photography contest in 2011. The brief was simple - "submit a picture that shows Old and New Delhi in a single frame". We got many thought-provoking and beautiful entries! The winner was Neha Chaudhary.


For A While, Himachal


Societe Naturelle


Sunder Nursery, New Delhi


Madan Meena


Jamini Design, Paris Zo Fidji


CW Pencil Enterprise



Travel Contest image




- Eat

- Stay

- Explore

- Art

- Design

- Offbeat

- Postcard

- Contests


- Video

- Photo

- Writing

- All Content


- Who We are

- Contact Us

- Press


facebook icon twitter icon youtube icon instagram icon

Sign up to our newsletter