Thank you to all for submitting your story to Katha: Desi Fiction Contest 2014. As the judges can attest, it was a very tough job to identify the finalists. To all the writers who submitted, keep writing and keep submitting. Congratulations to all the winners.

Here are the results:

First Place: Blood and Guts by VIDYA PRADHAN, Fremont, California

Second Place: A Bag of Ashes by RAVIBALA SHENOY, Naperville, Illinois

Third Place: Rivers of Time by RITU MARWAH, Cupertino, California

Honorable Mention:

• Kindness by SUJATHA RAMPRASAD, San Jose, California

• Memory Metric by ROSHANI CHOKSHI, McDonough, Georgia 

The winning entries will be published in upcoming issues of India Currents and/or Khabar magazines.This year’s judges were Indu Sundaresan and A.X. Ahmad.

Indu Sundaresan is the author of five novels and a collection of short stories. Her novel The Twentieth Wife (book #1 of the Taj trilogy) has won the Washington State Book Award. Her latest novel, The Mountain of Light, is based on the Kohinoor diamond and its last Indian owners. More atwww.indusundaresan.com

A.X. Ahmad is the author of The Caretaker, the first in a trilogy featuring ex-Indian Army Captain Ranjit Singh. His second book, The Last Taxi Ride, will be published in June 2014. A former international architect, he lives in Washington, D.C. and teaches writing. www.axahmad.com

…You Are Our Business Model!

More people are reading India Currents than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organizations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can.

So you can see why we need to ask for your help. Our independent, community journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too.

If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps fund it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as $5, you can support us – and it takes just a moment to give via PayPal or credit card.