Writers Workshop With R Jagannathan

EFFECTIVE & AUTHENTIC WRITING IN THE AGE OF ChatGPT

Thanks to technology, it is now easier to become a good writer. AI and ChatGPT are now seemingly writing better than you and me. However, effective writing is not just about technical proficiency; it’s about authenticity and connecting with your audience.

My workshop will primarily focus on developing your writing skills in various forms, including news reporting, opinion pieces, and micro text for social media. We will also explore ways to eliminate bias and develop your own unique writing style. While technology can make you a better writer or even write better than you, it can never replace the authenticity and individuality of human writing.

Join me at INDICA Rithambhara, Bengaluru from March 17th-19th.

The retreat is limited to 15 participants. The cost of accommodation will be Rs 5000 for both the days.

Existing members of 1000 Reviewers Club ( 2021 & 2022) who have written 3 or more reviews need not pay the above cost and will be hosted free of charge. Outstation members of the Reviewers Club who have fulfilled the above criteria will also be provided an additional travel grant of Rs 10000 or actuals whichever is lower.

Venue: Ritambhara Retreat, No. 69, BMTC Layout, Adjacent to Kammasandra Village, Lakshmipura Hobli.

The Retreat, located just on the outskirts of Bangalore city, is a small beautiful space dedicated to Yoga & spiritual studies and practices in a simple and clean environment adjacent to a farm of its own.

Accommodation: Only shared accommodation will be provided

Food: Simple sattvik food with fresh grown vegetables from the farm

Reaching the Retreat Venue: The venue is about 22 kms from Majestic Bus Stand and is accessible through Magadi Road and Tumkur Road preferably through own vehicles. The retreat center is very close to ‘Kamadhenu Kshetra’ – a highly popular Raghavendra Swamy temple in the last few years. It would take about an hour to reach the retreat venue from the heart of the city. Participants have to make their own arrangements. If any assistance is required Indica Moksha Team will help.

Please Note:

-Precaution and care are being taken keeping in mind the pandemic situation and health advisories. The venue is cleaned and sanitized. Sanitizers and other necessary aids and practices are put in place.
-The participants are mandated to fill and submit the registration form.
-All Participants have to reach the venue by Friday noon as the sessions commence from that evening itself.
-No children below the age of 18 are allowed in the retreat.
-Accommodation would be provided on a sharing basis. No individual rooms.
-No outside food is allowed or available.
-After registration payment link will be shared separately.

Round Table on KAUTILYANOMICS

Indica Books presents a Round Table discussion on the book “KAUTILYANOMICS” with the author Sriram Balasubramanian along with the following panellists

Badri Seshadri, Publisher and Author

M.R. Sivaraman, former Revenue Secretary

Swaminathan Venkatraman, Hindu American Foundation

Prasanna Viswanathan, CEO Swarajya

Muthuraman, Finance Consultant

About the Book:

India was an economic power to reckon with until its economic decline in the 18th century. What explains this long period of prosperity? The answer might lie in a framework of social and economic thought that lies buried in our ancient heritage, says Sriram Balasubramanian, of which Kautilya’s Arthashastra is a major example. Kautilyanomics for Modern Times seeks to do three things—first, to provide a structure and a context for Kautilya’s economic thoughts; second, to examine his work’s relevance today; and third, to do it in a way that a lay reader can follow and grasp easily. Kautilya’s thought is mainly articulated through the prism of dharmic capitalism and its components—some examples include his views on global economic outlook, state-market dynamics, and sustainable growth through observance of environmental, societal and familial responsibilities. Fathoming India’s rich economic and philosophical heritage and making use of it, Balasubramanian argues, would prove to be a great asset in India’s/the country’s/the nation’s ascent again.

Masterclass on Screen Writing by Boman Irani

From Prof Sahastrabuddhe of 3 Idiots to Kishan Khurana of Khosala ka Ghosala, Mr Boman Irani has enthralled audiences all over with his portrayals of diverse, quirky and strong characters for more than two decades. A keen student of world and Indian cinema, Mr Irani always found screenwriting as a fascinating and critical component of movie-making. Through his screenwriting masterclass “Spiral Bound” Mr Irani has built a community of students of screenwriting from around the world with over 500 sessions in the last two and a half years. Screenwriters, established, aspiring and in-between, get together on 90 minutes sessions to discuss, understand and learn the various nuances of screenwriting. Mr Irani is the architect, mentor and coach of this group.

Indica Books Live – Deepak MR’s book on Bharat Ratna Lata Manageshkar, with Deepak MR

Indica Books presents Author Q&A with Deepak MR

Book Discussion – “The Life & Music of Lata Mangeshkar: A Fan’s Tribute to the Melody Queen

About the Book: 

  • Do you know what Lata Mangeshkar’s original name was?
  • Were you aware of why Lata left school after the very first day?
  • Did you know which was Lata’s first song and last song?
  • Did you know why Lata stopped working with Rafi and S D Burman for a few years?
  • Is it true that Lata loved to gamble in casinos wearing jeans?
  • Why did Lata say she would never want to be reborn as Lata again?
  • Which was the only Hindi film in which Lata was seen on-screen?

The Life and Music of Lata Mangeshkar: A fan’s tribute to the Melody Queen reveals the answers to all these questions and presents interesting facts about Lata Mangeshkar. This book is a tribute to the melody queen and presents her life journey. Find out how a 13-year-old was forced to sing to support her family and ended up becoming a legend.

The reign of Lata Mangeshkar over the Indian film industry is unparalleled. She reigned for over 65 years and sang until the age of 90. This book presents not just the story of Lata but the story of Hindi film music. Read how Shankar-Jaikishan rose to the top and then dramatically fell. Know the rise of R D Burman and Laxmikant-Pyarelal and their career graphs. From the golden era to music to the decline of music, and then to the revival–the book covers it all.

Find out about the filmmakers, musicians, singers, and family members who played a key part in her success. Read about her trials, tribulations, awards, and achievements.

The book has interesting nuggets about incidents from the life of the great singer. The number of songs she sang, with which composer has she sung the most songs, how much she was paid for her songs, and many other facts are presented in this book.

This book is the tribute of a fan to the greatest musical legend born in India. If you are a lover of Hindi film music, this book is a must. If you want to know about the life story of the nightingale, then read this book.

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Indica Books Live with Koral Dasgupta, author of ‘Draupadi: Sati Series III’

Indica Books presents Author Q&A with Koral Dasgupta

Book Discussion – “Draupadi: Sati Series III

About the Book:

‘Ahalya, Draupadi, Kunti, Tara, Mandodari – each of the Pancha Kanyas is fascinating … Koral Dasgupta’s wonderful retelling adds to this corpus, with a lyrical and poetic quality’ BIBEK DEBROY

THE THIRD BOOK IN THE EXCEPTIONAL FIVE-PART SATI SERIES BY KORAL DASGUPTA

Draupadi is immortalized as the beloved princess of Panchal and the queen of Indraprastha in Indian myth and legend. Yet what do we really know of the fire-born queen’s dreams? What were her true desires?

In Koral Dasgupta’s thrilling new interpretation, Draupadi’s interior story, often relegated to the margins, is vividly foregrounded – from her unique friendship with Krishna, unconventional marriage to the Pandav brothers, to her quirky relationships with Kunti and Bhishma, and her deep passion for building a loving home. Bold, intimate and immersive, it thrusts the reader straight into the heart and mind of an unforgettable heroine from the Mahabharat, who remains both contemporary and timeless.

In the Sati series, Koral Dasgupta explores the lives of the Pancha Kanyas from the Hindu epics and reinvents them with a feminist consciousness.

Praise for the Sati series

‘Magical and thought-provoking’ CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI

‘Enigmatic’ NAMITA GOKHALE

‘A must for those wishing to know about our past and the dialectics of gender within it’ PAVAN K. VARMA

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Indica Books Author Q&A with Prof. Gautam Desiraju, author of Bhārat: India 2.0

Indica Books presents Author Q&A with Prof. Gautam Desiraju

Book Discussion – “Bhārat: India 2.0

About the Book:

Bhārat: India 2.0 is a brilliant vision for the nation by one of India’s most prominent scientists. Through a meticulous analysis of the proceedings of the Constituent Assembly, Prof. Desiraju demonstrates the limitations of the Westminster model of governance for a country that has nurtured the longest extant human civilization. Specifically, the Indian Constitution of 1950, with its subsequent amendments, has many fault lines related to federalism, secularism and caste-based reservations that will lead to problems in the future. Going beyond conventional analyses, Desiraju argues for changes that acknowledge the civilizational aspects of a deeply religious country and proposes a unique solution to this problem. — Padma Shri Subhash Kak (Scientist, Indologist, Vedic Scholar)

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Indica Books Author Q&A with Sriram Balasubramanian, author of Kautilyanomics for Modern Times

Indica Books presents Author Q&A with Sriram Balasubramanian

Book Discussion – “Kautilyanomics for Modern Times

About the Book:

India was an economic power to reckon with until its economic decline in the 18th century. What explains this long period of prosperity? The answer might lie in a framework of social and economic thought that lies buried in our ancient heritage, says Sriram Balasubramanian, of which Kautilya’s Arthashastra is a major example. Kautilyanomics for Modern Times seeks to do three things—first, to provide a structure and a context for Kautilya’s economic thoughts; second, to examine his work’s relevance today; and third, to do it in a way that a lay reader can follow and grasp easily. Kautilya’s thought is mainly articulated through the prism of dharmic capitalism and its components—some examples include his views on global economic outlook, state-market dynamics, and sustainable growth through observance of environmental, societal and familial responsibilities. Fathoming India’s rich economic and philosophical heritage and making use of it, Balasubramanian argues, would prove to be a great asset in India’s/the country’s/the nation’s ascent again.

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Indica Books Author Q&A with Deepak MR, author of Mahabharata Tales

Indica Books presents Author Q&A with Deepak MR

Book Discussion – “Mahabharata Tales

About the Book:

This collection of 12 tales from the Mahabharata are a delight to read. Deepak has done a great job in retelling these immortal stories, staying true to the source material, while using language and dialog to bring alive these episodes for readers, I could not stop reading once I picked the book up.

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Writers Workshop

The Indica Books Writers Workshop with Otis Haschemyer is a unique opportunity provided to aspiring writers and authors to get feedback on their writing from a Stegner Fellow in Stanford University’s Creative Writing Program and to engage with other like-minded writers.

Upcoming writers can participate in the workshop by sending samples of their writing of up to 750 words to otishaschemeyer@me.com  clearly mentioning “INDICA” in the subject. Otis will go through your sample and give his feedback and tips to improve your writing during the weekly Zoom call.

This workshop is conducted every Sunday, at 8pm IST | 8:30pm OST, via Zoom.

Recordings of previous workshops can be watched here

Writers Workshop

The Indica Books Writers Workshop with Otis Haschemyer is a unique opportunity provided to aspiring writers and authors to get feedback on their writing from a Stegner Fellow in Stanford University’s Creative Writing Program and to engage with other like-minded writers.

Upcoming writers can participate in the workshop by sending samples of their writing of up to 750 words to otishaschemeyer@me.com  clearly mentioning “INDICA” in the subject. Otis will go through your sample and give his feedback and tips to improve your writing during the weekly Zoom call.

This workshop is conducted every Sunday, at 8pm IST | 8:30pm OST, via Zoom.

Recordings of previous workshops can be watched here