Govindarajan Elangovan: the prata man & a (Sunday) poet

And he won second prize for Tamil poetry at the Singapore Press Holdings-National Arts Council Golden Point Award competition! I like the way how dedicated he is. It's said that he closes his prata stall on Sunday so that he can pen his poems.

Govindarajan Elangovan, 36, whips up pratas and curries at his food stall. Sundays though are for poetry.

That is when his stall in Bukit Batok Crescent is closed and he can write.

It is hard going, but the father of two's perseverance has paid off. He won second prize for Tamil poetry at the Singapore Press Holdings-National Arts Council Golden Point Award competition.

Twenty-three authors from all walks of life were feted at a ceremony at The Arts House yesterday for their winning entries in the biennial writing contest.

Selected from 453 competitors, they included teachers, professionals and a polytechnic student, who at 17 was the youngest-ever winner since the award's inception in 1993.

Of the seven first prize winners, two are immigrants, now permanent residents here. Ms Perinbam Vasudevan, 35, from India, took the honours for the Tamil short story category, while Mr Li Qingsong, 32, from China, won the top award for Chinese prose.

From Straits Times, "Prata man whips up poem".

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