BCG Inter-School Poetry competition (2016-17)


UniqVerse is a poetry writting competition. Teachers were allowed to write on any topic of their choice. The poem had to be an original, unpublished piece. They could submit their poems in English or Hindi.

Winners: English Poetry
Radhika Menon
Second home
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Vidyalaya, Malad
Nita Ghule
I’m the old tamarind tree speaking
Bombay Cambridge School, Andheri (East)


Winners: Hindi Poetry
Rajani Dubey
कब समझेंगे
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Vidyalaya, Borivali
Rajni Thanvi
चाह में राह मिलती है मुझको
Tehseen Shaikh
अनोखी ऑंखें

Profiles of Judges

Vivek Sharma:
Vivek is an engineer by education and a banker by profession. He has been writing poetry for 7 years now, and counts Shakespeare as a distant inspiration. To date, Vivek has written more than 30 sonnets, among other forms. Vivek has conducted several poetry workshops targeted towards both novices and experienced writers.
He has read his work at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival and also moderated panel discussions with a few prominent names in contemporary Indian poetry.

Trupthi Shetty:
Trupthi is a management consultant by weekday and poet by weekend. She co-founded The Poetry Club Mumbai that organises monthly events for poets to perform, find communities and grow. The Poetry Club organises 30+ events in a year for its 700 member poets.
The Poetry Club Mumbai has provided a platform for amateur poets to perform at the Kala Ghoda Arts festival, Lil flea, IIT Bombay, etc. She was a TedX speaker at IIM Bangalore speaking about creating spaces for art.

Mohinder Pratap Singh:
While he started his career in advertising, he has since moved to writing screenplays and dialogues. He won the Mirchi Kaan award (2010) for Nirma Colour Gaurd [Radio Campaign] and ABCI award (2011) for a corporate film for Mahindra Tractors.
He has written for several serials on various TV channel shows like ZEE TV, SONY TV, STAR TV, to name a few, as well as a few films. He has also written a book called “KATRANE” (2004), which is a collection of two one acts plays, 13 poems and one satire.

Neha Jha:
Neha has a Masters in Journalism & Mass Communication from Amity University, has worked for Indian Express, Infomedia 18, Karmayog, PPCPL, and is now the Founder-Director of Event Eyes Communications.
She is a member of The Poetry Club Mumbai, and has published a poetry e-book Moods & Musings. In her words: “Writing is like a piece of paper that stuck between the two panels of my heart when it was being locked, leaving a small- feeble opening through which my imaginations, thoughts and emotions find air to breathe...”

Ramneek Singh:
Originally from Jammu and Kashmir, Ramneek has been writing since the last 12 years. Most of his published work is in Hindostani.
He used to curate Poetry on the Big Mic at the Hive, Bandra. In the year 2015, he started 'The Great Indian Poetry Challenge', 'Dark Room Poetry', 'Celebrating Classics' and 'UnPublished'.
He has written on subjects ranging from social to political, with his poetry dealing majorly with irrelevant constitutional practices and archaic laws besides the regular subjects like City, Love and Life.