Win a bundle of 3 books from "Random House Publications"!

Contest - "Ganesh Chaturthi Special"
in association with Random House India

The Proud Indian

Tell us - which ONE problem would you advice Lord Ganesha to remove from Indian society today and how would you help him?

Contest Closed

Thank you for the participation! The contest is closed. We have aggregated the points given by the judges, the likes and comments.

And the winners are (in descending order of points)...

  • Gaurav Pant
  • Walker Sam
  • Ekta Belwal
  • Rishi Kamath
  • Abhinav Sethi

Congratulations winners !! Please email us your shipping address at We will be mailing you a copy of -

This Ganesh Chaturthi, the elephant-god looks for your advice. He says "There are TOO many obstacles in the path to India's progress these days. Which ONE problem do you want me to remove first? And how would you help me?".

"Tell us - which ONE problem would you advise Lord Ganesha to remove from Indian society today and how would you help him?"

Make sure you choose only ONE 'obstacle' and explain how you AND Ganesha, as a TEAM, will remove the obstacle.

What do you win?

3 best answers win : A bundle of 3 very interesting books :--

How will the winners be decided?

Here is the system by which we will give points :
  • Each comment and like on the entry will count for 5 point
  • Our editors will choose the top 3 "Editor's choice" entries. Each editor's choice entry will get 50 points

The total points of your entry will be the sum of all the three points above. We will give prizes to the top 3 entries by total points.

What are the rules?

  • Multiple entries from the same person will not be accepted. Only the first entry will be considered valid
  • The contest is open till September 22nd 2013. Entries made after that will not be considered valid
  • The winners will be declared on September 24th 2013

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