Our On-site Crew
Anand, Kapil, Pawan and Pushkar are the smiling "Fab Four". Nothing would work here without them.
Our chef Anand has magic on his fingertips (Or so say the lovely folks who have visited us till now!) He can rustle up a storm in the kitchen in the blink of an eye and leave your taste buds craving for more.
Kapil is the Man Friday of the retreat. With his observant nature and problem-solving skills, he ensures the retreat is operating smoothly 24*7 without any hiccups by looking after the grounds and water. Whether it is setting up a bonfire, or carrying bags up and down the walking path, Kapil is the go-to man.
Young and enthusiastic Pawan makes sure your rooms are clean and shiny. From taking care of endless cups of chai and coffee to keep you warm, to ensuring you have a warm room and bed waiting at the end of the day, Pawan manages it all.
Pushkar is no pushover. He supports Anand in the Kitchen, and is a budding chef himself.
HWR Pro Team
(Alphebetical order, Last name)
Namrata: VP - Buzz and Chatter
Namrata is one of the pillars of the Himalayan Writing Retreat. A social media junkie, she is editor of Kitaab.org, a singapore based Literary magazine.
She has been a book blogger for a decade now and her book reviews can be found on various sites and magazines like the Kitaab, Asian Review of Books, Contemporary South Asia Journal of King’s College-London, The Friday Times, Feminism in India and Cafe Dissensus. Namrata has also been an independent editor and beta reader for publishing houses and indie authors.
Namrata handles all customer interaction at HWR. She has also initiated many new ideas at HWR, and manages many initiatives like the book club, the First draft club, #stepupforbookstore etc.
A published author, she enjoys writing stories and think pieces on travel , relationships and gender. She is a UEA alumni and has studied travel writing at the University of Sydney.
Rajal Brahmbhatt - Web dude (a.k.a spidergirl)
Despite being an IIM alum and an IIT student, Rajal still ponders when the tiresome "What do you do?" pops up.
Rajal loves writing, and decided to make it her career only to realize later how complex this field can be. To deepen the affair and enhance her abilities, she decided to work at the Himalayan Writing Retreat (where else?). Here she hopes to interact with and be inspired by some of the most brilliant people in the industry.
She claims her city home is as peaceful as our view from the mountains. Clearly, this recent recruit hasnt been up in the mountains yet.
Rajal handles some of the social media, and also the website of the Himalayan Writing Retreat. We can't wait for her to visit to show what "peaceful" really means.
Vandita Dubey: Co-founder, Author & Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Vandita Dubey is the author of "Parenting in the age of sexposure: Raising the precocious generation"
, published by Rupa in 2016. Dr. Dubey earned her Doctoral degree in
Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology
in 2006 and obtained her Psychologist License from the State of Indiana
in 2007. She trained and worked in private practice, community mental
health centers, and schools in the US. Her research focused on
resilience. She started her private practice in Gurgaon in 2008 and has
consulted with schools and corporates. Dr Dubey also holds a degree in
Medical & Psychiatric Social Work from TISS, Mumbai, and worked with
NGOs on the issue of child sexual abuse in Delhi and Mumbai between
1997 and 2000.
Dr. Dubey now chooses to live in the Himalayas, where she has co-founded the Himalayan Writing Retreat. She has designed the Emotional well-being through Writing workshop which she conducts. This is a course which uses writing as a means of introspection and self growth. Through a host of creative writing exercises participants at this workshop get an opportunity to reflect and gain insight into their thoughts and feelings. She is also the expert psychologist featured on the popular YouTube channel Zen-brain.
Chetan Mahajan: Co-Founder & Writing Coach
Chetan Mahajan is the co-founder of the Himalayan Writing Retreat. A Penguin-published author, he quit the corporate world and moved to a village in the Himalayas to be a full-time author, blogger and teacher almost a decade ago. The Himalayan Writing Retreat is all about helping people with their writing. He is also a writing coach with the London based the writing coach.
Chetan blogs about life in a Himalayan village at www.uncity.blog. This blog won the Indiblogger award for Humour in 2017.
He is currently working on his first novel "Tara and Vishnu" and also co-authoring a non-fiction book titled "The Indian Writers Handbook". Chetan often writes columns for the Readers Digest, Mint, Outlook Magazine, Hindu Business Line and the Hindustan Times (Brunch).
For more details, visit www.chetanmahajan.com
Vanya Singh grew up in the mountains close to the retreat. As a child she would invariably be found with her nose buried in a book. Her love for literature and reading meant she was a precocious writer, far ahead of her years.
Vanya is now a writer, poet and actor. She has worked as a copywriter for studios like AnanTaya and AKFD, and is currently studying sociology in Delhi University. She also writes for the HWR blog.