The chief of communications of Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP), Ramendra Kumar, has won five prizes in the 'Competition for Writers of Children s Books, 2016 (English)'.
The competition was organised by Children s Book Trust (CBT), New Delhi, a premier publishing house of the country, which is celebrating its golden jubilee this year.
According to Ramendra Kumar, popularly known as Ramen, children's writing in English has come of age in the country with many new voices emerging.
According to him, writers need to move beyond fantasies and fairytales and explore the more challenging genre of 'here and now' writing.
With these, the tally of Kumar s awards in this prestigious competition over the years climbed to 31, the highest by any writer, a statement from RSP said.
Ramendra Kumar is the only writer from Odisha to feature in this year s list of award winners.
Besides, two of the writer s award-winning stories have an indelible Odisha connect.
A Player and a Gentleman is a short biography of the Hockey icon Dilip Tirkey while The Modern Eklavya showcases the struggle and success of the International Sand Master Sudarsan Pattnaik, the RSP release said.
Kumar is an award-winning writer with 30 books to his credit. His repertoire includes satire, poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
His writings were translated into 12 Indian and nine foreign languages and also featured in school text books as well as anthologies.
He had also been researching on Jagannath culture and presented papers both within the country and outside.