Mangalore, Sep 18, 2014: According to reports, Geralyn Pinto, head of the department of English at St Agnes College, Mangalore, has won the 2014 Desi Writers Lounge (DWL) International Short Story Contest.
She is one of the three prize winners from among the hundreds of participants worldwide. Geralyn said she feels privileged to be the winner once again; she won the contest last year too. Her short story "addresses the painful, yet extremely pertinent issue of female infanticide", she said.
The DWL judge said in her short story, Shanthi Smells of Smoke, "Geralyn transports the readers into Teen Taro, a once-beautiful village, visited seasonally by a mystery fever that claims the lives of many children". The judge said the story quickly establishes the melancholy and fear that pervades the villagers.
Geralyn had won fourth place for her short story, No Talking After Lights Out in Save as Writers, an international open-themed creative writing contest. The competition was held at Canterbury, England, in 2013.
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Dr. Geralyn Pinto serves as Head of Department of English at St Agnes College (Autonomous), Mangalore. She topped the M.A. in English at Mangalore University in 1984. For her work on the orientalist imaging of India - ‘Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ Prof Pinto, obtained the M.Phil degree with distinction, from Mangalore University. In 2005 the Mangalore University awarded her a doctoral degree in English; Her thesis - ‘A Study of Narrative Technique - special reference to the Works of Amitav Ghosh’. Dr. Geralyn lives life between a page and a stage. Her creative work, which spans the genres of poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction writing, has been featured in Indian and international journals, web-zines and anthologies. Her students are simply impressed by he commitment and efficiency and she has became a role model par excellence!
Prof Geralyn is a descendant of two great Mangalorean families; her father served as a member of the Railway Board among several other vital positions. Her paternal grand father is well known deputy Collector of Kanara, Rao Sahib A L Pinto, who has too bagged many awards in English language. Her siblings occupy leading positions and are spread world wide. Her mother hails from the prominent Coelho family of Falnir, her maternal grand father was an educationist of repute. Her maternal Uncle a brilliant scholar, Author and administrator;an IFS he is well known as Secretary to Jawahralal Nehru and Ambassador to several countries.
Ms Pinto has significant publications to her name and has been Asian Representative at the conference for the International Ostomy Association in London (Feb-Mar 1998) and Copenhagen, (Oct 1999). She has many awards to her credit.
Dr Geralyn, regularly presents research papers at national and international fora. Currently, Convener of ‘Curtain Raisers’ a vibrant theatre group of St Agnes College, Mangalore. Now, also engaged in writing her first novel. Works on a voluntary basis with the ostomates.