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Customer Service Week Writing Competition

We had an incredible 35 entries for the CS Week Writing Competition in Delhi, with students sharing their best ever experience at the British Council in 100 words or less.

You can read the winning entries below:

Pooja Nehra
Chetna’s Evolution U3 class Tuesday/Friday, 11.30-1:30
‘Learning at British Council was a wonderful experience. The reason for joining a course here was to develop and regain my confidence while communicating in English. The mixed and loving culture of British Council exposed me to the vast world outside. I met people from different parts of the world and learnt a lot by making them my friends. Thanks to British Council for providing this wonderful service to people like me, without putting a bar on age, culture or religion. I transformed my personality after joining British Council. Thank you.’
Judge’s comments: Pooja articulately and succinctly matches her own customer experience to the core values of the organisation.

Gunel Aliyera
Tapsi’s Evolution I4 class Monday/Thursday, 09.15-11.15
‘On a rainy August morning, while I was coming to my English class in New Delhi, a woman asked me the way to the British Council. I mentioned to her that I was going there and she could accompany me. We both started walking together sharing my rather small umbrella and getting a little wet. Continuing our walk, we got to know a little about each other. She mentioned that that she had lived in Istanbul, Turkey. I was amazed to know that she had lived in the same apartment as me three floors above mine for over a year. As she walked, I was wondering what a small world we lived in. Owing to the British Council and my umbrella, we are now friends.’
Judge’s comments: Approaching the task through a reminisced personal narrative, Gunel produces a sweet, anecdotal work of micro fiction.

Rabiya Khan
Arun’s Evolution P1 class Tuesday/Friday, 14.30-16.30
‘It has been a pleasure while learning at British Council, as I would never forget the time spent here during my course English Evolution Pre Intermediate. It has been an extremely enriching experience both academically and professionally. My best ever experience at the British Council has been the learning experience while attending classes of my teacher Arun Ganapathy as I greatly appreciate the help and hard work. His dedication and commitment has provided me immense satisfaction. As a teacher he exhibits deep understanding of learners like me and strives towards exceeding our expectations. Arun sir – you just rock.’
Judge’s comments: A sophisticated choice of lexis for this level – and recognition of our learner-centric and dedicated teachers – makes Rabiya a deserving winner.

Congratulations to all of our winners. Gift wrapped books will be working their way to Pooja, Gunel and Rabiya!

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Creative Writing Course: The Charbagh, Delhi

The Creative Writing Course at the British Council, Delhi attracts people from all walks of life. Bankers, entrepreneurs and lawyers meet college students, research scholars and even retired civil servants, who are united solely by their desire to pen their thoughts and churn out the story lying dormant in them.

Ajay Todi is one such student who, in his own words, ‘had a truly memorable time’ during the course. Ajay was so moved by what he says is the ‘spirit of goodwill’ in the institution that he has penned a poignant story around the ‘Charbagh’ which is the inner courtyard at the Council and our very own ‘Garden of five senses’. His descriptions will strike a chord with anyone who has spent time in the Charbagh.

Teacher-author Kalpita Sarkar's Creative Writing class, Delhi

Teacher-author Kalpita Sarkar’s Creative Writing class

“Have you seen an oasis ?
Have you seen an oasis of calm in the middle of Delhi?”

Even before I could squeak my weak nays to these seemingly inane questions, Bubble had already put one arm around my shoulder and ushered me into the sanctum sanctorum, lavishly called Charbagh. Falling in love was something I’d done several years ago; I was sensing one more opportunity already.

It truly seemed like an oasis of calm in the middle of a maddening city. The petite fountain spread its plume of crystal clear water, ruffled every now and then by the gusts of in-disciplined wind blowing either which way. The muscular Goliath pillars refused to smile, as they dutifully stood tall, perhaps asserting their supremacy as the worldly beings strutted around the hallowed ground – some aimlessly, others with dreamy eyes.

I noticed the brunette on the wall eyeing me with her burnished gaze. “Oh, it’s the face of the five senses”, Bubble exclaimed; the magnificent statue occupying pride of prominence in a place so surreal; charming to some, a source of jealousy for others. Fresh clean air filled my lungs, rebounding off the red stone blocks that adorn the majestic façade of the modern building that lies beyond.

The young palms in the corner soil-beds twist with joy, eagerly trying to catch high-fives with the swaying creeper vines that appeared to extend promises to meet them tonight. Amour at Charbagh under the summer sun? I’m game for a bet. Unable to straighten their stiff necks, tall poor-cousin skyscrapers alongside cast their furtive glances sideways, jealously eyeing the luck that this revered piece of earth enjoys; so near, yet so far – oh, to have been born in Charbagh.

And then the crows appeared; perched on the western wall, awaiting their turn; perhaps eager to amplify the din of traffic horns that has so far failed to disturb the tranquillity. All by itself, the peacock looks away in the distance, trying to catch a glimpse of its companion flying far on the horizon; while the bunch of ivy parrots search for a branch to rest; perhaps time for them to recover from the devastation caused by the now sulking bearded langur looking away with guilt written large.

The clutter of china breaks my thought – spruced in the corner, waiting for the napkins to arrive before they dish some healthy nourishment to eager rounded gourmands. Perhaps the grease would give them their deliverance for the day. With spotless white aprons, the freckled stewards try their best to mimic the MasterChef starcast; not that it matters. I am beginning to feel my stomach churn.

Bubble looked cherubic as ever with the soothing sun playing hide and seek on her cheeks; the chairs under the large brown umbrellas were far more comfortable than I’d thought; to think of it, I’d always preferred the stone benches under the winter sun. Summer was on
its way, I thought.

In the western corner, the aroma of coffee and muffins escapes through the half-opened window where the chirpy girls are unable to decide on their next rendezvous. “Care for a bite?” I could hardly hear Bubble amidst my stupor. “Oh, sure”, I said almost instinctively although not the least bit hungry – thoroughly satiated by the grandeur of the “Classic” meeting “Modernity” in a setting I had least imagined.

Ajay Todi

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SOWR Writing Competition 2013

SOWR Writing Competition 2013

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of our 2013 Speak Out Write Right writing competition

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In 1st place:
Natasha Gupta
(Neenaz and Chetna’s 11:30am class)

Poem on ‘My Favourite Family Member’ – Affable Aunt

Oh, she’s whimsical, smart and gregarious,
Extremely kind, all but nefarious.
We greet each other with hugs and a kiss,
Well, she’s fun like a kid, she’s utter bliss!
Cracking up at silly jokes and teasing other people,
poking fun at everyone, she’s anything but feeble!
Everyone goes green when we’re together,
She’s sophisticated and cool and light as a feather.
Cooks delicious food & thinks out of the box,
her house is beautiful, she collects antique clocks!
Eyes sparkling with mischief, even though she’s of age,
She gives great advice, oh she’s such a sage.
But, she lives far way, not in this city,
I don’t meet her very often, oh, what a pity!
My aunt, I think, is one in a million.
I’ve described her all, in short- she’s brilliant!

In 2nd place:
Nischay Malhotra
(Steven’s 14:30pm class)

Article on ‘My Favourite Television Show’

All TV stations are displaying different forms of commercial and political shows with different messages. These messages are usually trying to attack our minds to summarize those ideas to the viewers. In my opinion with basis of my psychographic profile, the most appealing TV programme is National Geographic. This programme is very remarkable as it tries to invite viewers to live curious.

The programme is bounded with questions of what we know, how we view the world, and what drives us forward. These questions are realizations that we exist together with questions that need to be answered.

The television (TV) is part and parcel of many households. Therefore, watching television is a culture of today’s modern society. I must admit that I too enjoy “sitting glued” to the TV as mum often grieves. Since I watch TV whole day long, I don’t blame mum. However, whenever I watch my favourite TV programme, she doesn’t complain. In fact, she often sits together to watch it, the ‘National Geographic’.
Whole world is brought before me, for me to taste its beauty and wonders. Personally, I am often awed and amazed with them.

I like this programme because it is very educational. It is a ‘window to the world’. By watching it, I can ‘travel’, ‘explore’ and ‘discover’ the four corners of the world. I have walked up the highest peak and captured Mt. Everest. I have dived down the deepest trenches. I have walked through the wilderness and have been amongst the wild beasts, big and small. Thus, this programme has helped to expand my horizon and improve my knowledge and experience. Before watching this programme, I can proudly say I was no more a ‘frog in the well’.

I also enjoy watching the National Geographic because it is entertaining, interesting and stimulating. I never imagined that such an educational programme can be very enjoyable.

In 3rd place:
Ravin Bindra
(Yasir’s 16:45pm class)

Article on ‘The Place where I live’

The place where I live is a little scary. In the past it was all jungle but now everything has changed. I live in Gurgaon which was full of greenery once upon a time. Before this I used to live in Delhi where I was pretty happy but if I go back there then I wont be. Due to globalisation everything has changed. Backward places where land is present, organisation are buying that land to create houses and trying to change the life of the people out there but I think thats helping. When my dad told me that we are shifting to Gurgaon I thought it would be like a village as it has village in its own name but when I came here it was not like that.

It was very different than I thought. It actually had people who were more educated and smart in every way like in dressing to living. The skyline of Gurgaon was covered with high rises than huts. I had never ever seen something like this in India in my life ever. Now I am just happy that I decided to move here than staying in Delhi. I love Gurgaon now and also my life out here is so much better than before. This place has shops of all most every brand on Earth, dinning cafes which are offering various types of food from Mexican to Spanish food. Now I have learnt a lesson that we should never judge a book by its cover like I did in choosing about the place where I should or I do live.

Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who submitted an entry this year. We really enjoyed reading through your work. Keep writing!

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Neenaz & Yasir’s Ace Teens, Class of 2013

What I love about these biopoems is that they allow us to get to know each other though our likes and fears, ambitions, achievements and dreams. I hope you enjoy the biopoems of the Ace Teens class of Summer School 2013 as much as we did. They are wonderful reflections of the spirit of these really very interesting young people!

Neenaz Ichaporia, Teacher, British Council India

B for biopoem

Tall, kind and honest
Son of Gurvinder Singh and Kawaljeet Kaur
Loves to work on computers and do creative work
Scared of failure and less marks in tests
Has got a scholar badge for two years
Who hopes to be a software engineer from IIT
And wants to make the worlds most useful software.

Kind happy lucky
Friend sister cousin
watching T.V playing Mother
Dogs Sneaks Dark
Won a baskekball match
Running 1 mile in 1hour
Visitng usa, meeting 1d,jb, snow in Sudan
Khartoum, Sudan

tall, friendly, talkative
sister of Abhimanyu
loves to shop, cook and chat
who sometimes feels excited, childish and emotional
sometimes who is afraid of water and heights
who got her first scholarship in school
she hopes to be a fashion designer or a doctor
resident of East Delhi

Friendly, funny, helpful, responsible.
Friend of Udit, Brother of Vaibhav.
Loves to sleep on the lap of nature, playing guitar, making friends.
Who feels lazy all the time and sometime exited too.
Who’s afraid of spiders, crackers, standing at a height.
Who won a swimming competition at 9.
Who wants to experience life as a pilot as well as a guitarist.
Resident of Anand Vihar.

Friendly, short, enthusiastic
Daughter of Sumit Chugh and Shalini Chugh
Loves shopping, reading books & playing
Who feels excited on her birthdays and on weekends
Who is afraid of staying alone at home
Who won a tennis match in her school
Who wishes to become a doctor, resident of East Delhi

Optimistic, energetic and friendly
Is a friend, a sister and a daughter
Loves doodling, chocolates and travelling
Who feels suprised on birthdays and lazy on weekdays,
Who fears lizards, exams and the sea,
Who’s been to Germany alone, who plays the violin beautifully
Who hopes to own a chocolate factory,
Delhi, india

Friend of Dhruv and Manan
Loves music, sports and friends
Memory of being a champ
Scared of deep waters and heights
Who won a gold and learned piano
Who hopes to play the guitar and to always be with friends
Resident of Model Town

Kind, helpful, friendly, ambitious
Friend of Om, Shamit, Sagar
Who loves friends, kids, aircraft,
Who feels shy going to new places & meeting new people.
Who is scared of heights & ghosts,
Who performed a play on stage when he was 4 years old
Who wants to go into space,
Resident of New Delhi, CHOUDHARY.

Besties are Kartik,Mridul and Arpit
Loves to sing and explore new things
Afraid of Depth,darkness and exams
Received siver medal in singing
Wants to become CEO of an big MNC
Wants to buy the ASTON MARTIN 177
Wants to help poor people to gey out of poverty.
Resident of Janak Puri.

Clumsy, optimistic, helpful, friendly
Son of Jai and Hemanti Kukreti
Loves to play badminton, listen to music, read novels
Who feels excited on weekends and loves to eat street food
Who is scared of loosing friends and relationship
Who learned cooking at 11
Who wants to visit the Bahamas and hopes to represent the nation in badminton
Resident of Vasundhara

Shy, enthusiastic, cheerful
Friend of Varun, Vikram, Vishesh
Love to play piano, volleyball and draw
Who feels over excited when he reaches a place
Who is afraid of dogs and cats
Who has performed at a concert
Who hopes to become a great pianist
Who lives in New Delhi

Athletic, tall, musician, strong
Loves Basketball, football and Xbox
Who feels happy while helping others
Who won his first tournament at the age of 10
Who wishes to watch a live basketball game
Lives in Gurgaon, Sector-57

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Steven’s Impact Class: Haiku

Haiku is one of the most famous forms of traditional Japanese poetry.
It is a 17-syllable verse form consisting of three metrical units of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. Haiku is valued for its simplicity and depth.

quiz - beijing

Cinema haiku. Can you guess the film?

Alone in the dark
You should be scared and guilty
He comes for justice

Basket Ball Player
Who Fell In Love With A Girl
Unique Love Story
Tejas Kumar

Untold love story
Of a king and a princess
Uniting at the last
Anupriya Jain


Fun knowledge of ours
Altogether leads to it
I cry and you laugh.
Bhawna Arora

A Boy runs away
from home, realizes mistake
feels sorry, comes back.
Neha Dhawan

Four friends in vegas,
Blacked out, found the missing friend,
One hitched, other ditched.
-Skand Arora

Kanika Mahna

He has the power
To blow the mighty Ten Rings
With his armor suit

Shray Gupta

The girl with no eyes
Wanted to see the world’s beauty
It was wish of her

Passionate person
fell in love with two women
select one for eternity
sanchit singh

Shi Shi festival
Are we really going there
Meet me in the Park
Asna Akhtar

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Steven’s SOWR Class: Haiku poems

Haiku is one of the most famous forms of traditional Japanese poetry.
It is a 17-syllable verse form consisting of three metrical units of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. Haiku is valued for its simplicity and depth.

quiz - beijing

The theme of these haiku is ‘My Favourite Film’. See if you can guess which movie each poem refers to. Enjoy!

Seize every moment,
Live each day like its your last.
Embrace life and enjoy
Chetana Rajesh

Fun and Refreshing
Life of three friends together
Nischay Malhotra

Michael Kennedy

True story of love,
They make love on a huge ship
He dies but love lasts…
Himanshi Goel

Up goes the baseball
Down comes money from the sky
But math may prove wrong
Mridul Garg

the closest to wolves,
the one who can’t die of age,
the man made of steel.
Abhinav Bhattacharya

A huge thing is made
Love is refreshing the air
Blood is in water
Aakanksha Marmat

Sports we would play
No one would know the sport
Three musketeers
Anubhuti Srivastava

A strange story of
a wife, searching her husband
knowing he was dead.
Sukrit Arora

Mystery and challenge,
Inside the city of gold,
Treasure lost in time.
Pankhuri Agarwal

Shray Gupta

A Fallen City,
With A Strange Environment,
And The Last Human.
Karandeep Bajaj

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Hitaishee’s Biopoem

Creative, tall, clumsy, calm and sociable
Friend of Navya, Arsh and Diksha
Loves listening to music, dance and make paintings
Who feels scared of darkness and snakes and hates insects
Who loves her grandparents, parents and friends the most
Who felt proud when she learnt cycling without any support and scored 95% in English…
Who wishes to go on a world tour along with her three best friends
Resident of Pushp Vihar
Gaur :D

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Srishti’s Biopoem

is tall, chirpy, creative and naughty
daughter of abhijit and sister to saksham
she loves singing, reading and photography
she is scared of syringes and is phobic to dark
she has been learning classical music
and wishes to own 6 pets and a restraunt when she grows up
lives in kaushambi

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Abhiyudha’s Biopoem

Grandmother,Family and Friends
Loves Choclates,Technology,Cars,Football,Cricket and my Grandmother
Who felt happy when his younger brothers was born and gave him name
Who have won 2 consecutive sculpture competition in school
Who wishes to become a scientist,astronaut or astronomer,do skydiving,go for world tour
Resident of Mayur Vihar
Pratp Singh

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Sri Akhil’s Biopoem

Sri Akhil
Patient, Clumsy, Careless ,Even tempered
Friend of Paul ,Ranga ,Sourish
Love to do Gardening,Carpentry,Sleeping
Who is naughty in school
Fears from darkness and Porcupines
Who learned to cook food at the age of 12
Hopes to visit New Zealand ,argentina and die on an aeroplane
Resident of Gurgaon

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