July 22, 2020

Whenever I hold the YAP sessions, serendipity follows. This time someone gifted the YAP program as a birthday gift to a talented young writer. I made friends with a lovely elderly lady who encouraged me to keep hosting sessions like these, my friends went all out to help me spread the word and I got…

May 5, 2020

It’s the first time that I conducted the Young Author Program online. I wondered if the ‘can you hear me?’ and the mute/unmute button would change the writing experience. But once we all tuned in, it worked out fine…I had students from Bangalore, Kochi, Vijayawada and Delhi. On the whole, there was an imagination overdrive….

March 24, 2020

With a pandemic In our midst, uncertainty is the norm and though the air is cleaner, anxiety makes it hard to breathe easy. In times such as these, where can you go except into fiction? And what better fiction than that of the unreal, the fantastic and the bizarre? Indian fantasy is a riot of…

February 19, 2020

As those of you occasionally pop onto my blog know, I did a series of Young Author Program workshops last year. The good thing about the workshops besides the frolic and fun was that I was finally able to put all the stories together into an anthology- a cute little book called Ice Creams and…

November 20, 2019

How’s the NaNoWriMo going? I started but halfway through I realized that I need to read up a bit more, so am back to reading…it’s satisfying to have a word count of 2000 odd words a day but unless you really know how you want to frame a chapter how do you achieve that word…

November 10, 2019

Have you ever thought about what genre your book lies in? This is a tricky question and is really important as it affects the way you market the book. I went to the Bangalore Lit Fest today and was fortunate to meet some amazing sci-fi and fantasy writers. They spoke about how speculative fiction could…

November 7, 2019

It’s NaNoWriMo month. I’ve been trying to do the 50,000 word count in November for many years now. Most of the time, something comes up and I stop. This year I’m trying again but the only reason I’m attempting it is because I have an idea about where the story should be going. And behind…

August 20, 2019

Over a couple of Sundays in July and August, I commuted to Artwist, Electronic City where I met a bunch of eager young writers- the most playful batch I’ve had to date. The oldest writer here was eleven and the youngest eight. The classroom was apt- a room filled with children’s drawings and an inspiring…