Book review

“Writing Life Stories” – a guide to writing memoir

“Writing Life Stories – how to make memories into memoirs, ideas into essays and life into literature” by Bill Roorbach & Kristen Keckler, PhD. F+W Publications, 2008 A book review by Dr. Sangeeta Mahajan Bill Roorbach is a professor at University of Maine and lives in Farmington, Maine. USA. He is also a construction worker.

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Book review

EDUCATED: A memoir that sears the soul.

EDUCATED by Tara Westover Random House, Feb 2018 A review by Kamalini Natesan How does one review a book of this nature- a memoir? Memoirs have the undue advantage of a certain point of view, and rely on memory and narration of facts from the perspective of the writer, who has chosen to write of

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Book review

When Breath Becomes Air : A lesson in Memoir

The biggest challenge in such a book is that the reader knows the end. It’s on the blurb, and in every single book review. With that critical piece gone, how do you still engage the reader? Paul does so by taking us along on his difficult journey. We live his life, share his love, joy & pain. We experience utter despair in his book – I wept more than once. His skill as a storyteller makes us his fellow traveler.

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Blogging

5 Reasons why a Blogging Workshop Scores Over Online Courses

Contributor: Praveen Malik Would you attend a blogging workshop if you are already a blogger making a decent living? Would you go 350 KM away from Delhi to the Himalayas for a blogging retreat and spend almost 5 days in a quaint place? If you had asked me these questions 2 months ago, my answer would have

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A Technophobe Dinosaur goes to a Blogging Retreat

Contributor : Ruchi Chauhan It wouldn’t make sense to go for a blogging retreat when you’ve never written before, right? When you can barely even operate your laptop or smartphone ….. well, smartly. But the website had me at ‘you will leave with your blog set up and first post published’. “This is exactly what I

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Legends

In memory of Leonard Cohen

Contributor : Chetan MahajanOnly Cohen could write a tribute worthy of Cohen. Nobody else has his gift. His poetry made me weep, and laugh. He took the irony and the cynicism, the wit and the sorrow – the essence of an entire life –  and captured it in a few spare, masterful lines.Read moreIn memory

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Publishing

Self publishing can be a first choice

  “The difference between self publishing and traditional publishing “ a well-known author once told me “is the difference between masturbating and making love to someone.” That’s a bad metaphor being used to make the wrong point. In some circles, it is fashionable to look down at our noses at self-publishing. Just like it is

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The very first home for the Himalayan Writing Retreat
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Why I attended an Unknown Writing Retreat

Contributor : Anuj AroraI have a confession to make – I am a sucker for three things: nature, photography and a good scotch. And when I first read about the Himalayan Writing Retreat, and it seemed perfect to get me started on that political satire I had long dreamed of writing – in the company

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