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Thursday 16 February 2023

Best e-Magazine Award for Shubhapallaba

Sangram Keshari Senapati receiving the Best e-Magazine award for Shubhapallaba

"Receiving an award can be a significant achievement and a source of recognition and validation for our work." Some people may not like this, but I don't deny receiving any.

On 20 December 2017, when I thought about starting this magazine I called and tried to contact lots of people for the articles, some people agreed, but lots of denied to send their articles because I had no experience in editing and it was a new magazine. Yes, the time changed now, and we are getting more than enough stories, poems, essays, etc for the magazine. I'm really sorry for not putting everything in the magazine and not selecting lots of articles for every edition.

For this selection reason, lots of writers and poets are not happy with the Shubhapallaba team, but when we are getting a call from a new reader who appreciates the design and the selection of articles, we feel extremely happy in our hearts.

Initially, in 2018 we published more than 85 articles in every edition, but later we choose from them to put the best. Yes, I love my stories and in my opinion, those are the best in the world, but others may not like it. I have to accept that. And I'm requesting every writer to have patience and respect the views of others.

Why did the magazine's name change to Shubhapallaba?

On the very 1st day, I got the name 'Nabapallaba' from the tweet of Nidhi Aja, but later we came to know about another magazine with the same name, so after discussing it with lots of friends, finally got this name Shubhapallaba suggested by the teacher of my father Pandit Bhagirathi Nanda Sharma.

Almost everybody liked this name and after the 2nd edition, we officially changed the name to Shubhapallaba. Initially, that name reached lots of people, but we have to accept the bitter truth.

Why I changed the design of Shubhapallaba?

While doing the same thing for more than 4 years, I was trying to improve the full structure and design was the 1st approach. Before this design in 2022, I started another e-magazine named Shubhodaya and that was the place for the experiments. During that time, I tried colorful backgrounds, images inside articles, etc., and readers liked that design. So, I copied that design on Shubhapallaba e-Magazine as well as on the Odia Portal also.

At the beginning of 2022, after publishing two of our books under Shubhapallaba Publication, I learned a little more about Adobe InDesign and designed the 2nd edition (yearly edition) of Shishupallba or Shubhapallaba Sishuraija. Later in October 2022, we permanently shifted to InDesign.

The editorial board of Shubhapallaba 44th Edition and the editorial page was written by Sangram Keahari Senapati.

Lots of people called me personally after going through the 43rd edition in October 2022 during Durga Puja. And everybody appreciated the new design and some of them also compared it with the big magazines. We are not in that position to be compared with those big magazines, but those words really inspire us to do more.

At the end of 2022, I was felicitated by the Jatiya Kabi Lekhaka Sangathana, Bhadrak as the best editor for Odia magazine. I was really happy that day to receive the award from Prasanna Kumar Patasani and Sangram Acharya.

On 12 February 2023, Pritipranati Literary Family awarded Shubhapallaba with the Best Odia e-Magazine award. I was really happy to receive this award from Debabrata Barik because there was a time when I was designing the editions of the Priti Pranati e-magazine and this felt like receiving appreciation from the family.

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