Just wanted to let you know how excited I am to be chosen as a semi-finalist in the Emerging Films essay contest on "Why I Dream of Going to India". I didn't win the grand prize but I did have the honor of making it to the semi-finals and winning $100 for my entry. Here is the email I just received:
After much deliberation, we have finally chosen our contest winner and wish to thank you for your participation and your wonderful, heartfelt essay. As we mentioned before, you are already a winner in your right, and you will be in receipt of a $100 cash prize.
Thank you again and all the best,
India ... an alluring and iridescent land far-away. My dream to visit this exquisite corner of the world has eluded me for far too long. It calls out, beckoning me to experience ...
An array of vibrant colors contrasting beautiful brown skin
Succulent mangoes, exploding with flavorful nectar
Trains, music, dance, laughter, diversity, architecture, wildlife, cinema,
Supple earth, an all-embracing banyan tree, mountains, beaches
Drenching rains, steamy haze
Pungent, crispy bel puri and sweet, soft gulab jamun
Sandalwood, chamomile, massage
I desire to drink in the essence and exotic beauty of INDIA ... a longing waiting to finally be fulfilled