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Priya Doraswamy on Publishing a Book in India

Priya Doraswamy founded Lotus Lane Literary in New Jersey in May, 2013. She has been an agent for a little over five years and has sold books globally. Priya represents bestselling and award winning adult fiction and non-fiction authors. Prior … Continue reading

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Lavanya Sankaran’s advice to aspiring writers

Lavanya Sankaran is the author of the celebrated short story collection The Red Carpet, which spent two years on the best-seller lists and collected praise world-wide. Her debut novel The Hope Factory, just released, has been selected by Amazon UK … Continue reading

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Ashok Rajagopalan on Finding my voice while writing stories for children

There is a simple logic behind writing well. It evolves from two premises that I, well, evolved. Premise 1: Art is something that moves you. If it doesn’t move you, personally it doesn’t mean Art to you. Premise 2: A … Continue reading

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Revathi Suresh on Young Adult Fiction in India

Revathi Suresh worked with EastWest Books, Chennai, and helped edit, along with a senior colleague, a book review magazine called Indian Review of Books. EWB also had an imprint called Manas which brought out both fiction and non-fiction. She has … Continue reading

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Shikha Malaviya on Geography of Tongues

Poet Shikha Malaviya, considers herself a morpher. She was born in the U.K. but grew up in the US and India. Raised in a family where books, good food, music, art and candid conversations always took center stage, it is … Continue reading

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Shom Biswas on Getting Published

To start with, I am in no position to advise you on writing. I am a decent writer, but so are you. But the last month has been glorious in terms of getting published. I have got published or accepted … Continue reading

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Jeet Thayil on Narcopolis and poetry

I met Jeet Thayil on a wonderfully nippy, December evening in Bangalore. I had read Narcopolis a month back and was desperately hoping he would win the Booker because it had been long since a book had thrilled me so … Continue reading

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Annie Zaidi on How to begin

Very often, when I lead workshops or sit on panels featuring writers, young people will ask this question: Where do you start? Sometimes this is also phrased as: How do you get ideas? This question, I must confess, always leaves … Continue reading

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Shashi Deshpande to aspiring writers

When I speak of the art and the craft of writing, I take it for granted that: You have the talent. That  you have an  urge, a strong urge, to say something and that this is what drives you into writing. That you … Continue reading

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Nick Johnson on ‘What do you do when you leave the workshop?’

Workshops, no matter how professional or laid-back they may be, are difficult. Everyone hopes that they will walk through the door into a room of peers and present them with something they will be astounded by; something that they will … Continue reading

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