A ten-year-old boy from Mangalore has won the 'Creating Life Story Telling Contest,' a national-level event held between November 2005 and May 2006. Nihal Kumar, a sixth standard student of Canara school at Dongarkeri, won a certificate and five-day trip to Australia with his parents, the first prize.
Over 90,000 children in the age group of 6 to 11 years took part in the contest held across the country between November 2005 and May 2006. Of the entries received, 100 top stories were selected, from which the top three were shortlisted, said T K Uthappa, vice-president and head (sales) of ING Vysya Life, the organisers.
Uthappa said Kumar's super adventure story, 'My Papa and I reached the moon,' was chosen for the first prize, while Arun Kumar Pandy from New Delhi and Aishwarya Pradhan from Visakhapatnam were adjudged the first and second runners-up, respectively.
The runners-up won a gift coupon of Rs 5000 each from Pages Book Store. Kumar's story would be published in ING Vysya's in-house magazine 'Pride' and circulated in all schools that took part in the contest.