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    Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the victory

    On the day of the intra-college Talent Hunt festival, the college was on celebration mode, the participants were busy grooming themselves for various talent competitions, the volunteers were so active with their volunteering works and the non-participants who always occupy the gallery were so excited to view the performances of their friends, seniors and juniors.

    At sharp 11'o clock, the Talent Hunt festival started with a bang. The college stage unleashes the talent of many students in various competitions such as dance, music, drama, ad zap etc. The judges of the competitions were amazed by the performance of the students. The whole auditorium was filled with a positive energy and the loud cheers of the audience.

    Everyone at the college was enjoying the festival, except for Hari, a studious second-year student from the English department. He is a good orator as well as a good painter with a lot of talent and special skills. He was also the winner of the Talent Hunt-English Elocution competition, conducted last year. This year he was shortlisted for the final round of the English Elocution competition and even he had prepared his speech on the topic ''Satisfaction lies in the efforts, not in the victory''. But unfortunately, he met with an accident two weeks back and had undergone a surgery in his throat. The doctors had advised him to give complete rest to his speech until recovery. So, Hari was unable to participate in his final round. He sat under a tree near the auditorium by isolating himself from the crowd.

    Holding his sadness, Hari stared at the speech paper on his hands for a while and started to read the content written on that paper in his mind. Tears rolled down his cheeks and he couldn't continue reading. He tore his speech paper and wept. While wiping his tears, suddenly an idea flashed his mind. He ran to his hostel room, took a bag and immediately rushed towards the auditorium. The mime competition was going on the stage and the next was English Elocution. So, he waited near the stage.

    The Elocution competition started and when Hari went to the stage, the crowd was amused as the entire college knew about Hari's accident and his surgery. Hari's throat was covered with a thick white cloth and he was holding a bag in his hand. On seeing him, the judges were perplexed. The time limit for a single participant in elocution is 15 minutes. So, Hari requested the judges to give him the same through his sign language. He sat on the floor near the podium, opened his bag, took a chart, and pencil sketched an image. He begged for a camera from the photographer who was standing near the stage and took a snap of his sketch and displayed his image in the auditorium through a projector.

    On the image, he had sketched a minimal art of his speech topic by portraying a man standing in front of a mic, an accident, and the same man with a wrapped cloth over his throat addressing a crowd by holding an image. Below the picture, he has written the text "A picture paints a thousand words. Now, I'm satisfied!" He pointed out that text to the audience and smiled. The entire auditorium stood up and clapped. Though it was elocution, Hari symbolically represented his speech topic and showcased his creative efforts on the Talent Hunt stage and left the stage with the satisfaction of participating in the competition.

    (Idiom: A picture paints a thousand words
    Meaning: A Visual representation is more descriptive than words)

    Entry for short story writing contest on Idioms and Phrases
  • #654924
    A wonderful story by the author to draw the whole picture with words. Yes, "A picture paints a thousand words" which was rightly acknowledged by the audience inside the auditorium. Hari was confident about his performance since he was the winner of the Talent Hunt competition last year and prepared the speech accordingly. Unfortunately, he couldn't deliver his speech but portrayed his actions through a picture.

    Hari suddenly got an idea which changed the scenario. Well, the tagline of Idea (telecom service provider) came true here also. They promoted their brand by saying "An idea can change your life".

    A very good entry.


    "Life is easier when you enjoy what you do"

  • #654959
    A good story by the author. The elocution competition for dumb people can be carried out like this. They need not talk. But they can present their paintings or pictures through which they can make their views clear. Good idea,
    always confident

  • #654963
    A very interesting story by the author. The idea of depicting a theme through the picture is really superb. The author has presented the situation of Hari in a very realistic way and also shown very nicely how Hari could overcome his deficiency by presenting his ideas through a picture.
    Knowledge is power.

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