Tag Archives: Bangalore Writers Workshop

BWW Star: The Street

He tries, albeit unsuccessfully, to stifle the yawn that seems to rise out of nowhere from inside his body.  His head has been throbbing for the last five minutes, he hasn’t shaved or showered and there is a persistent itch … 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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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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BWW Star: Budo

The students of the great master Winfang Li came up to him and said, “Master, the villagers feel that Yokomita Kuwahara, who lives in the mountains, is the greatest martial artist alive.” Winfang Li, a seventh generation martial artist, who … 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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BWW Star: The Cat Called Jingle Bell

That big fat cat is not mine. Mine was called Jingle Bell. I had actually named him Gingerwell after an Enid Blyton character, but when I told my friend that I got a cat and named him Gingerwell, she told … 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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