Writers Retreat by Mayur Didolkar

Indica books is delighted to announce a two-day writer’s retreat on 18th-20th November 2022 for aspiring writers at our Indica- Rithambara Retreat, Bengaluru. This retreat is anchored by bestselling writer and screenwriter Mayur Didolkar. Mayur has published four novels and over thirty short stories in the last nine years. His short story collection Nagin was published by Juggernaut to immense critical and general acclaim. Mayur is also working on numerous screenwriting assignments.

A synopsis of the course curriculum:

  1. Introduction- What is Storytelling/Fiction Writing?
  • Three fundamental rules to follow
  • Qualities needed to be a writer
  1. Building Blocks of Fiction:
  • Conflict and why it is needed
  • Introduction to the three-act structure and its application in fiction
  • Paragraphs- unit of fiction writing.
  1. Plot Versus Character Driven Storytelling:
  • Whether to write an outline or not, how to write without outlining and pro and cons of both schools of thought.
  1. Dialogue Writing and Research:
  • Components of good dialogue writing
  • Dialogues as a tool to carry your story forward
  • One fatal flaw to avoid at all costs
  • Research- when, how much and why. Also, how to do it on a budget.
  1. Now Write:
  • How to start
  • Tyranny of the blank page and how to overcome it
  • Good writing habits

The objective of the above curriculum is to enable the participants to learn the building blocks of fiction writing as well as how to implement this knowledge to actually create a work of fiction. The course material will link writing related advice from literary giants ranging from Virginia Woolf to Stephen King and the participants will learn how to adapt and incorporate this advice into their daily writing routine. The retreat is aimed at being highly engaging and interactive where the participants will be encouraged to debate, discuss and challenge every concept they will learn. The curriculum is designed to benefit writers of both contemporary and period fiction.  All the sections of learnings will be followed by stimulating and unique writing exercises that would make the process more exciting.  There will also be a bonus session about fundamentals of screenwriting/non-fiction writing at the end.

This writers retreat is for creative intellectuals to get together and learn from the experts and begin their journey as authors. The idyllic ambience of the retreat will provide the perfect environment for the participants to get away from the monotony of their routine and accelerate the realisation of their writing dreams.

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.

INDICA WRITING RETREAT 2022

INDICA BOOKS  is delighted to announce a two day writer’s retreat on 2nd-4th September 2022 for aspiring writers at our INDICA-Rithambara Retreat, Benguluru.

Over two days of immersive learning, participants will learn the craft of bringing a story idea to a draft stage with an extensive focus on adapting Puranic stories for a novel. The retreat is anchored by Saiswaroopa Iyer, a Streeshakthi Awardee (2022) and author of five novels, all based on ancient Indian women. Other prominent authors and publishers will also give their insights online. The attendees would also get to know about the Indic context of creative liberty and how the traditional Kavyas and Natakas have been adapting Puranic stories to recreate a new genre of immortal classics. Participants will be made to put into practice what they have absorbed through hands on writing sessions. Attendees will also learn to review other books and build their own platforms, a crucial marketing  tool for their careers as authors.

This writers retreat is for creative intellectuals to get together and learn from the experts and begin their journey as authors. The idyllic ambience of the retreat will provide the perfect environment for the participants to get away from the monotony of their routine and accelerate the realisation of their writing dreams.

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.

Applicants may write to us at namaste@indica.org.in

Indica Books Q&A with Saiswaroopa Iyer, author of “Abhaya: The Legend of Narakasura Vadh”

Indica Books presents Author Q&A with Saiswaroopa Iyer

Book Discussion – “Abhaya: The Legend of Narakasura Vadh”

About the Book

Ever wondered what made Lord Krishna marry the 16,100 women held captive by a demon? Of these prisoners, one was Princess Abhaya Dhaarmaseni, and this is the story of her adventures through the Mahabharata.The princess of a little-known kingdom in western Bharatavarsha, Abhaya’s idyllic life is thrown into disarray owing to the run-up to the Rajasuya announced by King Yudhishtira of Indraprastha. The only hope is her friend Krishna Vaasudeva of Dwaraka. But there is a greater danger lurking in eastern Bharatavarsha. Lord Bhauma of Kamarupa (who later is infamously known as Narakasura) plots to use religion to extend his dominion that wrecks Abhaya’s kingdom and kills her father. What is Bhauma’s plan? How does a lone princess stand up against this sinister zealot? Caught up in the larger hustle of the Rajasuya, can Krishna reach her on time to prevent the disaster?

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Indica Books Author Q&A with Arjun Singh Kadian, author of Land of the Gods: The Story of Haryana

Indica Books presents Author Q&A with Arjun Singh Kadian

Book Discussion – ” Land of the Gods: The Story of Haryana ”

About the Book

An ambitious book that engages with a region and people who have defined the subcontinent for over five millennia.

The great war of right versus wrong was fought here. It was from this land that Lord Krishna’s wisdom—the universal truth—spread across the globe. It is the cradle of the ancient Indus-Saraswati civilization, with the sacred river Saraswati, glorified in the Rig Veda, flowing in its full might across the plains and onward.

Kings and emperors used this place to expand and consolidate their empires. The East India Company, and later the British Crown, played their games here, manipulating and managing their colonial affairs. The much-ridiculed ‘Aaya Ram, Gaya Ram’ political epithet originated here. This land gave the nation a number of stalwarts of the Independence movement. And, it became the address for a cocktail of regional and national political manoeuvrings, impacting national politics in major ways.

In his debut book, Land of the Gods: The Story of Haryana, Arjun Singh Kadian takes the readers through a fascinating journey of Haryana which offers new insights and delightful nuggets.

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Indica Books Q&A: Amazing Ayodhya: The Splendid City of Lord Rama by Neena Rai

Indica Books presents Author Q&A with Neena Rai

Book Discussion – ” Amazing Ayodhya: The Splendid City of Lord Rama ”

About the Book

How big was the ancient city of Ayodhya? Why is this city so significant for Hindus? Who established the city and what did it look like? What did Lord Rama and Devi Sita’s palace look like? What sort of animals were found in this ancient land? No one grows up in India untouched by the beautiful story of Lord Rama and Devi Sita. Every Dussehra we celebrate the victory of Rama over Ravana, the victory of good over evil. Every Deepavali, we commemorate the return of Rama and Sita to Ayodhya and hear the tale of how the entire city was lit up to receive their beloved king and queen. But is the magnificent capital of Ayodhya just limited to this?Ayodhya was a renowned pilgrimage destination since the dawn of mankind, and after the birth of Lord Rama, it became a place of supreme importance for Hindus. Amazing Ayodhya is an attempt in gaining knowledge about this ancient city-its architecture, its design, its buildings and all the splendid details during the era when Lord Rama walked this earth. This splendidly researched book, replete with shlokas from the Valmiki Ramayana, offers authentic information about the city which will not only help understand the life and times of ancient Hindus but also the revered figures of Rama and Sita.Replete with descriptions, author Neena Rai draws out comparisons of an earlier era with our current life and culture, thus connecting the past with the present. She further compares Ayodhya with the cultures of other ancient civilisations so that the reader feels ‘connected’ to the past and the content of the book appears ‘contemporary’. A fascinating account of an ancient city with significant contemporary relevance, Amazing Ayodhya is a must-read for a better understanding of history, scriptures and Hindu civilisation.

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Indica Books Author Q&A: HINDU LOVE STORIES by Aditi Benerjee

Indica Books presents Author Q&A with Aditi Bannerjee

Book Discussion – ” Hindu Love Stories: Dharmically Ever After ”

About the Book

Not your typical romance!
What is the meaning and purpose of love?

We think of love stories as those that end in happily-ever-after. But thousands of years ago, in ancient India, love was understood in a different way — as one of the four aims of life, as a means for spiritual growth, as a celebration of the play of the Divine. As something profound, beautiful, and sometimes elusive.

The sacred texts of Hinduism are populated with astonishing stories of love between gods and goddesses, between mortals and celestial beings, between sages and saints and ordinary humans. Not just ancient lore, these iconic stories have come to define one of the oldest continuous living civilizations and cultures in the world.

This book takes more than 25 stories from the Itithaasa and Puranas, the epic literature of ancient India, as well as stories from history that exemplify the many different aspects and dimensions of love. These stories were transmitted over thousands of years until they became part of the memory of a people. These stories teach us how to find love, how to rise through love, and how to become better through love.

Here you will find —

Stories of the apsaras, the female spirits of the waters and the clouds, exquisite dancers as elegant as they are beautiful;
Stories of rishis and rishikas, the sage, wise ones who find their balance between asceticism and earthly pleasures;
Stories of kings and queens, scholars and forest dwellers, demons and deities;
Stories that traverse death and span different worlds;
Stories that may be bittersweet, joyous, humorous, and tragic — but all stories that point us to Dharma.

There may not always be a happily-ever-after — but there can always be a Dharmically-ever-after!

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IBC Author Q&A with Prof. Alok Kumar, author of ‘Ancient Hindu Science’

Its Impact on the Ancient and Modern Worlds

To understand modern science as a coherent story, it is essential to recognize the accomplishments of the ancient Hindus.

They invented our baseten number system and zero that are now used globally, carefully mapped the sky and assigned motion to the Earth in their astronomy, developed a sophisticated system of medicine with its mindbody approach known as Ayurveda, mastered metallurgical methods of extraction and purification of metals, including the socalled Damascus blade and the Iron Pillar of New Delhi, and developed the science of selfimprovement that is popularly known as yoga. In the modern era, thinkers and scientists as diverse as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Johann Gottfried Herder, Carl Jung, Max Müller, Robert Oppenheimer, Erwin Schrödinger, Arthur Schopenhauer, and Henry David Thoreau have acknowledged their debt to ancient Hindu achievements in science, technology, and philosophy.

Ancient Hindu Science is well documented with remarkable objectivity, proper citations, and a substantial bibliography. It highlights the achievements of this remarkable civilization through painstaking research of historical and scientific sources. The style of writing is lucid and elegant, making the book easy to read. This book is perfect for all students and others interested in the developments of science throughout history and among the ancient Hindus, in particular.

 

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Indica Books Author Q&A: Abhimanyu: The Warrior Prince by Deepak MR

Indica Books presents Author Q&A with Deepak MR

Book Discussion – ” Abhimanyu: The Warrior Prince ”

About the Book

Born to Arjuna, Abhimanyu was Krishna’s favourite nephew and the grandson of Indra. He was a maharathi at the age of sixteen, who was destined to rule Hastinapur. The apple of everyone’s eye, why did fate so cruelly cut short his life? Why didn’t Krishna save him? Why couldn’t his legendary warrior father save him?

Abhimanyu
 is the story of a young man in his quest for love, valour and honour. Experience his struggles to become a great warrior, and join him in his quest to find his father. Exult as he finds love in Uttara and enjoys life with his family. Accompany him to the battlefield where his destiny awaits him.

One of the greatest heroes of the Mahabharata, the sixteen-year-old Abhimanyu single-handedly brings the Kaurava army to the verge of defeat but is ultimately killed in cold blood by treachery. This is also the tale of how an act of adharma seals the fate of the Kauravas.

Fast-paced and packed with action, this retelling, based on Vyasa’s Mahabharata and the rich folklore of India, narrates a saga of bravery. This is the story of a devoted son, a loving husband, a father who never saw his son and an emperor whose fate stopped him from wearing the crown.