This is a reminder for all of us to celebrate victories - big and small.
In our community of creative souls, each writer chases different goals. Some win contests, others become debut authors and others still publish poetry and short stories. We celebrate every single one.
We've shared on this page some of these triumphs with joy, gratitude & a little pride. Our participants & community members have done the work, and we are grateful they chose the Himalayan Writing Retreat to be part of their journey.
Vishwajeet has won the Tata Trust and 1947 Partition Archive Grant 2021 for his research on Partition.
Her short story “A Night with the Tiger” is one of the winners of New Asian Writing Short Story Competition 2020
She has also won the South Asia Literary Mentorship-2020 where she will be working with acclaimed author Aruni Kashyap on her collection of short stories set in Arunachal Pradesh.
Her short story Newly Weds was Long-listed for the Short Story Prize by the Grindstone Literary
In April 2020, Harper Collins India hosted a contest called #WritewithChitra - a crowdsourced novel where best-selling author Chitra Divakaruni Banerjee wrote the first chapter taking which as a prompt, participants were supposed to write the subsequent chapter. The winning chapter will be a part of a book which will be published by Harper Collins India. In total there will be 16 chapters, one from Chitra Divakaruni Banerjee and one from another guest writer (unannounced as of now). The rest 14 chapters will be selected from this contest and Mohana's winning entry will be Chapter 6 of that novel.
A chance application and a scholarship from the Indic Academy brought me to a 2-day power-packed workshop with Chetan Mahajan. I got an end-to-end view of what is involved in the process of telling your stories through a book. The workshop also gave me tools to get started on that pathway, resources to explore for further development, and a bunch of like-minded people to bounce ideas with.
I came away from the workshop, energized and ready to put it to good use. The end result has been the first book in the #IndiaInspires series titled Shitala: How India Enabled Vaccination. A topical book that connects the dots between India’s knowledge traditions, its colonial appropriation, subsequent erasure, and its current applications. The story unfolds as a conversation that can take place in any household across Bharat. It has been extremely well-received from readers 7 to 70+ age range.
Thank you, dear Chetan and Himalayan Writing Retreat team for giving me just the nudge I needed to get started on this journey.
When I enrolled for Online Himalayan Writing Retreat in September’ 20, I was already in the advanced stage of editing my manuscript. However, attending the workshop gave me valuable insights on writing better and editing efficiently. This helped me finding weak points and amending it in final rounds of editing. On many occasions while reviewing my manuscript, I thought, it would have been much better if I had attended the workshop earlier.
Now that my book (The Vulnerables: Chronicle of Lives amidst Disasters) is published, I would like to thank Chetan and co-participants for being such a supportive team. Chetan facilitated the workshop with ease and warmth; and there was always a friendly interaction with other participants.
During the workshop I was able to share my writings from other projects and got valuable inputs from Chetan as well as participants. Surely, the learning is going to reflect more prominently in my next book. I wish to be part of HWR at Satkhol sometime.
Salini Vineeth’s short story Varayan has been published in Zia – Stories from India by Ukiyoto Publishing. Varayan is a mystery short story set in a village in Kottayam, Kerala. The villagers are plagued by intricate lines in their sandy front yard. They called the mysterious creature behind the lines, ‘Varayan’ (“The one who draws”).
I have been writing my blog since March 2018. When I decided to attend the Himalayan Writing Retreat in January 2020, I was skeptical as to whether it was really possible to learn “how to write”. But I must confess that my writing really improved after that workshop. Thanks to Chetan.
I look forward to attending more sessions from HWR in near future, and I can’t wait to visit their retreat.
Unsung Valour: Forgotten Warriors of the Kurukshetra War (Bloomsbury, 2020) is an anthology by ten writers to celebrate the lesser-known warriors of the Mahabharata. All the ten writers participants were a part of a workshop with HWR conducted for the Indic Academy.
Elizabeth gifted us a copy of her book inside which she wrote: “To the wonderful Mahajan family. Grateful to have shared your home. Your ears were the first to hear all these words. My love, Beth. “
Language erupted and stories morphed into living beings, icebergs, half-hidden from one’s vision. This unleashing, as it were, stayed with me well after I returned to the plains. A marvelous experience, and am impatient to get back there. The quietude offered, willy nilly, is that place, where I hear what I need to, and tune in to listen. My first novel was completed soon thereafter, and is about to go into publication this coming month. Thank you HWR!
Language erupted and stories morphed into living beings, icebergs, half-hidden from one’s vision. This unleashing, as it were, stayed with me well after I returned to the plains.
A marvelous experience, and am impatient to get back there. The quietude offered, willy nilly, is that place, where I hear what I need to, and tune in to listen.
My first novel was completed soon thereafter, and is about to go into publication this coming month. Thank you HWR!