Last year, around 3,000 people from across the country shared Dhara Kothari’s interest of storytelling through postcards. In collaboration with Mumbai GPO and Settle Stories, UK, she invited people to send her stories on a postcard. She received an overwhelming response as postcards in English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati as well as Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam poured in. People shared stories about their families, or even wrote short stories and poems.
The ‘Stories on a Postcard 2014’ challenge is now open and Kothari is accepting entries till September 15. Like last year, all entries will be collected and put on display from October 25 to 31 at the Kitab Khana bookstore in Fort. There is no age or language bar for the contest. Kothari only asks for the story to be written on the back of an ordinary postcard. Kothari — owner of a story-telling platform, called Katha Kosa — accepts multiple entries. Apart from reviving the act of letter-writing, Kothari is trying to renew public interest in postcards.
Send in your stories to: Stories on a Post Card, Kitab Khana Book Stores, Somaiya Bhavan, 45/47 MG Road, Fort, Mumbai – 400 001.