Monday, February 24, 2014

'My Most Memorable Memento' Contest!

Somewhere in the chaos of my cupboard is a treasure. The treasure consists of my personal letters and a few hand drawn greeting cards, a drawing book, some sea shells, some origami birds from Japan, a fortune pencil from a Buddhist temple in Melbourne, old newspaper features and notes, etc.  Most of these things hide in them a story. These are stories weaved in the past, stories rooted in reality, stories that today trigger fond memories within me, making me chuckle, titter or smile. Which is why I love keeping journals.

I love souvenirs, keepsakes, mementos…
I love my memories, they are my sacred treasure.

In this lovely month of February, the kind folks at Indian Coupons, a website offering great discount deals in the form of coupons from top online stores in India like Indigo, Expedia, Make my trip, etc. in the travel section, are collaborating with My Yatra Diary... with a contest where you can win a shopping voucher worth INR 8000! And all we are simply asking you is to share your ultimate favorite and most cherished keepsake of all times, with us!

What is the prize?

The prize is a 8000 INR Giftbig's e-giftcard if the winner is an Indian blogger OR a 120 $ Amazon voucher if the winner is from any other country (other than India).

What AWESOME things can your prize buy?

The Giftbig e-giftcard will be redeemable for all products at their site, which means that you will have the freedom to choose from a host of remarkable top line brands ranging from apparels, books, electronics and travels like flipkart, Big bazaar, lifestyle, titan, croma, westside, yatra and many many more. On similar lines would work the amazon gift voucher, redeemable over an amazing selection of products listed on their site. You can browse through these brands, pick your favorite and then spend the voucher according to your heart's desire!

How do you win?

Look around. Open your cupboard, closet, attic, drawers - we all have them: mementos, keepsakes, souvenirs, one object that you would never want to part with, one artifact that is very very dear to you for some special reason. Perhaps it’s a surprise gift you had got from your grandparents on your birthday or some handwritten letters that were written ages ago or a souvenir you had received from your new found friends who made you feel at home in your travels? It could be just about anything that is memorable to you in some special way.

Origami bird from Japan
...  Not any ordinary gift, but some love from Japan.

Think. Think. Got it? Now get blogging about it. Tell us what is your ultimate favorite memento (in not more than approximately around 400 words) you still hold on to, and why. Don’t forget to show us the picture of the memento as well. Further, you can add a witty caption; other details like place, people associated (if any) and so on.

Important points to remember:

1. Be sure to nominate/tag at least 3 other bloggers (or more) to take part in ‘My Most Memorable Memento’ contest by listing their blogs at the end of your post and informing them about the same by leaving a comment on their blog.

(Note: The job here is only to tag and inform. Whether the tagged bloggers choose to participate or not is entirely up to them and has no binding on the validity of your entry whatsoever.)

2. Each entry should have a line at the end of the post saying – "This post is my entry for the ‘My Most Memorable Memento’ contest conducted by My Yatra Diary travel blog and Indian Coupons."

3. Submit your entry link through the linky tool embedded below so that we can evaluate all the entries once the contest is over. Multiple entries are not allowed.

4. Please make sure to follow all the above rules.

Extra brownies!

Please help me spread the word by sharing it on your Facebook and twitter pages so that more and more bloggers can benefit from the opportunity. In addition to this, if you have participated, do not forget to tweet me your entry and I will retweet it back.

Are you eligible?

Everyone who blogs and is a blogger, is eligible to participate in the contest. Nationality does not matter. This contest is open for all.

Contest deadline.

The last date to submit your entries is midnight, 16th March 2014 The new EXTENDED last dates to submit your entries is midnight, 26th March 2014.  

This contest is now CLOSED AND WINNERS ANNOUNCED! Please check out the winners here!

A Big Thank You to all those who participated, the results will be announced shortly (Tentative results date: 14th or 15th MAY!). We look forward to reading all your entries soon. Keep your fingers crossed and Stay tuned!

Winners will be chosen by me and Indian Coupons and will be announced right here, on this blog. To receive notification when the winners are announced, please subscribe via email or follow by Twitter and Facebook where I will keep you posted. Judges decisions will be final.

Good luck!

Wait no further! Now is the time to get started. Step out of the chaos, dig out your souvenir spaces, give your memories wings and throw your hat in the blogging ring. The 8000 worth shopping voucher is waiting to be grabbed and who knows? You might just be the lucky one! Good Luck!


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to let me know about it in the comments section or you can shoot me an e-mail at 22arti@gmail.com! I look forward to all your entries soon. :-)



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69 comments:

  1. Wow thats a great contest and useful prize. A nice bahana to recollect our most cherished memento..

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  2. How exciting. I'm also a great one for keeping all manner of things that remind me of people and places. Thinking about it I have so many things I could enter but I think I have the perfect thing.
    Tracy Terry.

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  3. Don't know why but my mobile will only let me sign in as anonymous. Tracy Terry

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  4. Lovely contest, Arti :)
    We all have so many mementos than we treasure. Now is the chance to express!
    Problem is which one to write about!!;)

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    1. I just submitted my Post-
      http://anitaexplorer.blogspot.in/2014/03/my-lovely-memento.html

      Hope you like- My 'Love'ly Memento! :)
      Thanks for the opportunity!

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  5. Great contest!!! Hope I unearth a special something soon...

    manjulikapramod.com

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  6. Nice , another giveaway on your blog. Great going arti. All the best for conducting the giveaway

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  7. this is exciting, hope I could join right in time :)

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  8. Arti, Wonderful contest :) Best wishes ~da

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  9. Wonderful contest. Hope I could join the bandwagon.

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  10. Let me open my box arti and let see if i have any new idea :)

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  11. Thank you, everyone! Glad to see the enthusiasm! :-)

    Contest and prizes apart, what I feel is that this will make for one wonderfully memorable collection!

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  12. A coincidence. Not the contest but I also spoke about some souvenirs in my latest post. And I have many such treasures! :)

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  13. I have a small and red Origami crane in my wallet, too! I found it two years ago in the streets of Tokyo!

    ;-)

    Have a great rest of the week!

    Uwe.

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  14. Thanks for posting this on my website :-)
    http://www.onlineprizecontests.com/event/win-120-amazon-voucher

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  15. Interesting Arti..You just reminded me of something I need to write about... Will participate...
    Memories are always charming..

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  16. Hi there Arti!! of course I'd love to join! hmmmm let me dig my memory first and search for that ultimate memento! will come back here as soon as I'm done.

    P.S. love your writing as always :)

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  17. Now here comes another way to attract the crowd. Good Going!!

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  18. I really would love to enter, but I do not have a blog, could I enter on my facebook page, still doing everything else, including the names of the bloggers in the post? Thanks, Judy Bradley
    jbafaith at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks for your interest, Judy. I would have really loved to see your entry but I am afraid 'to be a blogger' is one of the pre-requisites for this particular contest. Sorry about that.

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  19. such a sweet topic.....momentos! I did a treasure once upon a time. i.e. before we started moving countries. Thats when you realise what you are collecting and only the true worthy ones get shifted with you. Hope to write about one such beautiful memory soon. When is the deadline again?

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    1. Thanks so much, Mehroo! I am so glad you liked the topic. :) The deadline is 16th March, looking forward to reading more about your memory soon!

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  20. Sounds interesting dear. Will surly take part in this :)

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  21. Dear Arti, this is a wonderful idea and giveaway! And such a generous one! Would love tp participate. I know, what i wukk blog about - but need a bit of time for that. Maybe over the weekend - letÄs see! Thank you also, for your kind visit the other day - made me smile! Cheers to a lovely end of the week!

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  22. My current post is also related it to :)
    All the best to the contestants! Like your birds from Japan

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  23. So great Arti:-) BTW - as one of my favorite fellow bloggers I featured you here:- http://expatliv.blogspot.in/2014/03/blogs-i-love.html

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  24. Lovely origami ...and really you're hosting a nice contest.. :-)..a journey down the memory lane..

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  25. Nice initiative Arti,very tempting.But it is hard to pick up on one memento.I have started thinking!

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  26. A great contest and a beautiful Japanese souvenir you have there. Good luck with the contest.

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  27. Wow a contest !!! Off to.open my closet :)

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  28. I dont exactly collect Mementos, but this is a nice way to get me thinking. Will search my wadrobe and see if I've anything locked away from a long time back :-)

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  29. Great contest and congrats on your own blog domain!! :-)

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  30. Love the origami shot. I wish I knew how to make them. What a great contest, Arti. I'll be sharing along.

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  31. What a treasure, Origami from Japan itself! You must be having many memorablia from all your travels, right Arti

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  32. awesome contest arti!! way to go!!!!! and thanks arti for being supportive as always,...returned to blogging after 3-4 months...feelling so good...

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  33. I'm going to take part too.
    Good one, Arti. :)

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  34. Hey Arti, how many winners will you select?
    BTW, an awesome contest. Will participate for sure :)

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    1. Hey Khushboo, thank you so much for your interest :) there will be one winner for the contest.

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  35. Looking forward to all your entries, everyone! :-)

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  36. Interesting contest with a great prompt to write on. Good luck to all who participates and hopefully I may too :)

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  37. All the best!! :)

    Regards,
    Angad Achappa
    Bangalore

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  38. I submitted the link of my post. :)

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    1. Thank you for participating, Namrata. :) All the best!

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  39. Participated... it was fun thanks for the initiative. Btw i celebrate my blogoversary you can participate to win some amazing hampers.

    http://www.icynosure.in/2014/03/intl-blogoversary-giveaway.html

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  40. My favorite mementos are my grandparents letters and photos, such a tribute to my family's history!

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  41. I have submit my entry above, but got to know of it at last moment so did not tag my friends, as no use now as it about to be midnight.

    sending you my entry here also

    http://life-camera-fashion.blogspot.in/2014/03/my-most-memorable-memento-gift-by-my.html

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    1. Hey Pooja,

      The contest is now extended! Please do tag your friends and also do link up your entry using the linky tool so that all of us here can read it.

      Thank you so much for your participation, and happy holi to you and your family. :)

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  42. Just got to know that it has been extended, yay, thank you ,now will post a better picture and send my entry again tomorrow and also tag all my bloggers friends :)

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  43. Heya...great that the deadline got extended...got tagged today...will send my entry soon! Cheers!

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  44. Great contest...nice topic to write. :) Even the post on this will become memorable.

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    1. Thank you so much dear, :) your inspiring presence is enough to make this memorable for me. :)

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  45. Hey all,

    Just a quick note: The contest dates are now extended owing to a lot of entries that were received towards the end; thus giving a chance to the recently tagged bloggers to take part too. Thank you to all those who have participated or expressed interest or supported me in any form, you make this possible. And to all those who are still thinking, hurry up, only a few more days remain! I look forward to reading YOUR entry soon!

    All the best! :)

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  46. Hi Arti, by any chance can the rule of 'not more than 400 words' be relaxed? I have a beautiful story to tell. With the limitation of the word count, it would be difficult to express the exact emotions behind my story. Please help.

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  47. I just added my link. I had so much fun last night going through my treasure and writing this! Thanks again :)

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  48. Thanks for this. Enjoyed writing and reading too :)

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  49. Thank you for the brilliant topic Arti .. done and submitted. Referred 7 friends .. last day today .. let's see :)

    http://phantomdelight.blogspot.in/2014/03/the-art-of-hatching-my-most-memorable.html

    Cheers.

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  50. Submitted a post...
    In pursuit of a promise
    http://passey.info/2014/03/in-pursuit-of-a-promise/

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  51. Hey Arti,
    Unfortunately I just read about this wonderful contest now. IS it still open??

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    1. Sorry Ananya, it closed yesterday midnight!

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  52. Hey Arti, I have added my link around 11pm, so its considered for the contest right?

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    1. Yes dear, its valid :)
      Best Wishes!!

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  53. Hello Arti, When will the winners be announced ?

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