Delhi Launch of Kiriti Sengupta’s “My Glass of Wine” – About Ashmi Ahluwalia, the Moderator

Posted by on Sep 26, 2015 in General Reading, News | 0 comments

Delhi Launch of Kiriti Sengupta’s My Glass of Wine was very different from a traditional book launch. Unlike a book launch, it had several sections that opened the stage up for writers who had won the My Glass of Wine creative writing contest and to poets who had been specially invited to read their poetry at the event. When Kiriti-da shared his plans of the book launch with Vibha, she felt that the event will need mindful moderation and the first name that came to her mind was Ashmi Ahluwalia, the poetry editor or Literature Studio. And she was convinced that Ashmi could do justice to the job. And Ashmi did all that and much more. Ashmi Ahluwalia, our moderator for the launch, not only managed to weave the event and all its sections together seamlessly, she, being a poet herself, also lifted it to another level. Her apt observations and spontaneous literary interjections were received rather well and we have heard nothing but praises for her. Here is a bit about Ashmi: Ashmi Ahluwalia is the Poetry Editor at Literature Studio’s Readers’ Corner. She is a poet and enjoys indulging in the world of rhyme when not doing business development in her day job. After completing her graduate education in English Literature at St. Stephen’s College, she did her Masters’ degree in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Passionate about her cocker spaniel, dessert, writing and soft rock; she has edited a compilation of Indian-English poetry called Writing Love (Published by Rupa, August 2010). Here are some Ashmi moments from the event: Thank you Ashmi for your expert moderation. It made a whole lot of difference to the event....

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Delhi Launch of Kiriti Sengupta’s “My Glass of Wine” – Some words about our Sponsors

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Organizing an event is a difficult task. From managing the expenses to getting the right kind of exposure and interest, the organizer’s performance is gauged on everything. And finding a sponsor is a part of organizing an event, and those who organize events will probably agree that it isn’t the easiest aspect of the entire task. Sponsorship isn’t always about money. It is about support and the right exposure. You need to identify sponsors who will be interested in the event, whose line of business doesn’t stand in direct contrast with what you are planning to do. And then it is the question of getting them interested. We were very fortunate to have the support of two fantastic sponsors for the Delhi Launch of Kiriti Sengupta’s My Glass of Wine. Our photography partner Travelling Camera ensured that we didn’t have to worry at all about photography. We will let the quality of the coverage speak for the talent of VJ Sharma, founder of Travelling Camera. Travelling Camera, also known as Photo Journey in the blogging community, is one of the most popular photography blogs in India. Founded in 2008, the blog has so far got 3,155,721 visits and has been associated with brands like Conde Nast Traveller, Hindustan Times, The Times of India, Daily Post, Delhi Tourism, Rail Bandhu, and Terrascape. Travelling Camera specializes in landscape, product, and event photography. VJ Sharma is also an Adobe Certified Expert of Adobe Lightroom. Tathya, run by highly enthusiastic and creative Isha Nagar, is a young brand that designs and creates innovative t-shirts, notebooks, mugs, and wall art. They were kind enough to sponsor gifts (a mug, a notebook, a t-shirt, and a wall art) for two of our contestants. You have to take one look at their exclusive collection to see why we decided to approach them. Their designs are quirky, youthful, and fun, and also irresistible, so open their website at your own risk. Besides everything that is on display on their website, they can also be commissioned to create an exclusive design for you. Isha Nagar is a graduate of NIFT and loves doodling in her spare time. Without Travelling Camera and Tathya, our event wouldn’t have been the same.  We would like to thank VJ Sharma and Isha Nagar for their support....

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Delhi Launch of Kiriti Sengupta’s book “My Glass of Wine”

Posted by on Sep 20, 2015 in General Reading, News | 2 comments

This was an event we were really looking forward to. Poet Kiriti Sengupta was travelling to Delhi for the launch of the expanded second edition of his book My Glass of Wine. The first edition of My Glass of Wine was declared a bestseller within a month from its release in February, 2014. The book has been widely reviewed and appreciated in literary journals both in India and in the United States. It has been inducted into the Ryerss Museum & Library (Philadelphia, USA). Hawakaal Publishers, Kolkata, have published an expanded second edition that has been a bestselling title in the United States ever since its release on Amazon on August 18. Kiriti Sengupta is a bilingual poet and translator in both Bengali and English. He is the author of three bestselling titles, My Glass Of Wine, a novelette based on autobiographic poetry, The Reverse Tree, a nonfictional memoir, and Healing Waters Floating Lamps [Poetry]. Kiriti’s other works include: My Dazzling Bards [literary critique], The Reciting Pens [interviews of three published Bengali poets along with translations of a few of their poems], The Unheard I [literary nonfiction], Desirous Water [poems by SumitaNandy, contributed as the translator], and Poem Continuous – Reincarnated Expressions [poems by Bibhas Roy Chowdhury, contributed as the translator]. Sengupta has also co-edited three anthologies: Scaling Heights, Jora Sanko – The Joined Bridge, and Epitaphs. Hawakaal (pronounced as Hawa Kol) Publisher has been founded by Bitan Chakraborty more than seven years back. They made their foray into the English language publications through Rhapsodies and Musings, a book of literary criticism, authored by Ketaki Datta and Tania Chakravertty. Other books by the publisher include the expanded second edition of My Glass of Wine by Kiriti Sengupta and Poem Continuous by Bibhas Roy Chowdhury (to be launched on September 28). We had organized the launch of his book at Oxford Bookstore, Connaught Place, New Delhi. Along with launching the book, we had also decided to open the stage up for aspiring writers and young poets who are already making a mark on the world of Indian poetry. It was a two-hour-long event and here is a brief round up of it. The book was launched by eminent poet, scholar, and writer Dr Sukrita Paul Kumar, Prof. Chandra Shekhar Dubey, Kiriti Sengupta, and Vibha Malhotra. In her talk about My Glass of Wine, Sukrita ji spoke about hybridization in culture and language. She also applauded Kiriti Sengupta for his use of alaap in his book. Professor Dubey spoke about the inherent spirituality in My Glass of Wine and also about the title of the book. Sukrita Paul Kumar was born and brought up in Kenya and at present she lives in Delhi, writing poetry, researching and teaching literature. An Honorary Fellow of International Writing Programme, University of Iowa (USA) and a former Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, she was also an invited poet in residence at Hong Kong Baptist University. She has published five collections of poems in English including Rowing Together, Without Margins and Folds of Silence. Sukrita’s major critical works include Narrating Partition, Conversations on Modernism, The New Story and Man, Woman and Androgyny. Some of her co-edited books are Ismat, Her Life, Her Times,Interpreting Homes in South Asian Literature and Women’s Studies in India: Contours of Change. As Director of a UNESCO project on “The Culture of Peace”, she edited Mapping Memories, a volume of Urdu short stories from India and Pakistan. She has two books of translations, Stories of Joginder Paul and the novel Sleepwalkers....

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Results of My Glass of Wine Creative Writing Contest

Posted by on Sep 12, 2015 in General Reading, News | 12 comments

First of all, we (Kiriti Sengupta, Literature Studio, Hawakaal Publishers, and Tathya) would like to thank you all for your overwhelming response to the “My Glass of Wine” Creative Writing Contest. Entries kept pouring in till the very last minute and by the end of the day on September 10, 2015, we had 23 valid entries to choose from. And we are talking about Hybrid literature here, so we know how tough it was for everyone to come up with something that would showcase their mastery over two or more forms of creative expressions. However, at the end of the day we had to choose 5. Trust us we tried hard, but we couldn’t arrive at the final 5, so we decided to do a final 6. Here are the winners (and a bit about their entries) in alphabetical order: Aashutosh Mukherjee studies in eighth grade in Delhi, and he loves to write and paint. His short memoir Dida’s Schooling, takes a peek into a world he had only heard of, one that does not seem probable today, especially in a city like Delhi. Arvind Passey began his professional life marching up and down the drill square of the Indian Military Academy as a gentleman cadet and ended his job-era playing hide-&-seek with media teams as the Head of Corporate Communications. He is an eminent blogger and a columnist. His essay I’m Part Human explores seamless hybridization palpable all around us. Esha Chakraborty is an avid reader and a writer. She has two full time jobs. One of course is her 9-5 job and the other and more exciting is being a mom to her 2-year old. Her story The Stone Hearted Husband explores assumptions, preconceived notions, and individual expressions of love. Radhika Maira Tabrez is a hustling mother by day and a writer by night. When she isn’t dancing to the tunes of her three-year-old son, or experimenting in the kitchen for her husband, she loves to read, watch movies, and engage in DIY home décor projects. Her story Tiny Drops of Grace explores lives of invisible men and women who go about their businesses, alienated by poverty, neglect, and disdain. Raghav Arora is a wanderer and believes that he’ll find the truth in his own written words gradually. He’s a big fan of astronomy, physics, metaphysics, and mythology. In his story That Precise Moment! he dives into the complexities of human relationships and mind. Tanmoy Bhattacharjee is a postgraduate scholar in English Literature. His story Chase: In Search of Reality explores the struggles of a side-lined poet and the choices he makes that decide his fate. All winning entries will be published by Hawakaal Publishers in a path-breaking anthology of hybrid literature titled Sankarak – The Literary Fusion. The anthology will be edited by Kiriti Sengupta and Vibha Malhotra, founder of Literature Studio. These writers are invited to read/present their works during the launch of Kiriti Sengupta’s My Glass of Wine on September 18, 2015 at Oxford Bookstore, Connaught Place, New Delhi. The winning writers stand a chance to grab one of the following prizes; Book deal with Hawakaal Publishers Creative writing course worth Rs. 10,000/- with Literature Studio Gift hamper from Tathya Surprise prize from Kiriti Sengupta...

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Literature Studio’s Advisor Geet Chaturvedi gets Krishna Pratap Katha Samman

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in General Reading, News, Short Fiction | 0 comments

We are proud to share that Hindi author and member of our advisory board Geet Chaturvedi has been awarded the prestigious ‘Krishna Pratap Katha Samman’ for 2014 for his collection of stories Pink Slip Daddy, published in 2010. This was announced by the convener of the awards committee, Shri Narendra Pundarik. He said, the jury found the stories associated with the corporate world, enthralling; and many people can find glimpses of their story in these stories. These stories are ample evidence of Geet Chaturvedi’s mastery as a storyteller. His taut poetic language has a certain exotic shine and sharp freshness, and an abundance of dreams and thoughts, he added. Often regarded as an avant-garde, the 37-year old poet-writer has been nominated several times as one of nation’s best writers by various periodicals and newspapers. He was awarded the Bharat Bhushan Agrawal Award for poetry in 2007. Geet Chaturvedi has authored five books till now and his writings have been translated into nine languages, including English, Russian, Spanish and German. He lives in Bhopal. Geet Chaturvedi was one of the guest authors at the Te Aroha – Literature Studio Writers’ Retreat and has been a member of our Advisory Board since November 2014. In person, Geet comes across as someone who is humble and grounded. A powerhouse of talent, this young writer has the ability to leave his audience stunned with his mesmerizing readings. He will receive this award in November this year in a ceremony....

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This Raksha Bandhan, Gift Your Sibling an Opportunity

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in General Reading, News | 0 comments

Happy Raksha Bandhan to All, Hope you have all bought your rakhis and the sweets. Many of you would still be searching for that perfect gift for your sibling. Clothes, accessories, chocolates – you have exhausted all these possibilities. None of these make your sibling’s eyes sparkle. You need something unique. So here is your chance. You can now Gift an Opportunity to the person with whom you have shared some of the best days of your life. On the occasion of Rakhi, Literature Studio is pleased to offer a 20% discount on some of our most popular courses. The discount can be availed by anyone who wants to gift a Creative Writing Course to their sibling. Discount is available on the following courses: Fiction Fundamentals  – Literature Studio’s “Fiction Fundamentals” is a course custom tailored for busy homemakers and retired personnel. If you want to enhance your skills as a writer, but children and family keep you busy, you can take this course that has been scheduled keeping your convenience in mind. The 10-hour-long course will be spread over 5 days and would cover the following concepts of fiction writing: 1) Plot 2) Characters 3) Settings 4) Dialogues 5) Types of Points of View and Narrators Through inspiring readings, engaging exercises, and constructive discussions, you will take your first steps towards imbibing these techniques in your writing. The course will be useful whether you want to write flash fiction, short stories, novellas, or novels.  Short Story Writing –  Unlike a novel, a short story doesn’t offer an author the luxury of space to carve a plot, develop characters, and build up a climax. A short story is, never the less, a very powerful tool that says what it has to say in limited words. A writer has to make each dialogue, description, and action count. This programme takes you through the process of writing your own short story and will help you master each aspect of short story writing, one at a time. Through a reflection on several published works, you will start your own journey towards becoming a short story writer. The programme is designed to be effective and interactive. The focus is not only on teaching but also on getting you started as a short story writer. The course is delivered face-to-face or online over 12 classes, one class per week. Short Non-Fiction Writing – This short course aims to equip you with all the skills required to write quality non-fiction. Through intensive reading and writing exercises, assignments, and in-depth critical discussions, this course will be with you as you discover your own style, your core strengths as a creative non-fiction writer. The course is delivered face-to-face or online over 7 classes, one class per week. Travel Writing – Travellers are explorers. They dare to go where others don’t and they tend to see what others overlook. Each travel story deserves to be immortalized not only for your ready reckoner but also for the generations to come. The world as we know it today is changing rapidly. It is up to us travellers to preserve and leave a legacy for generations to come. What can you do to make your travel story special? How can you become a sensitive traveller and an informed travel writer? This short course will take you through this unique journey in which you will discover...

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“My Glass of Wine” Creative Writing Contest

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in General Reading, News | 0 comments

Literature Studio and Hawakaal Publishers are very pleased to announce an exciting “My Glass of Wine” contest on the occasion of the launch of Kiriti Sengupta’s book My Glass of Wine. PRIZES UP FOR GRABS: Out of all submissions we receive, we will be shortlisting 5 entries. Those 5 contestants will get a chance to read their work at the launch event of My Glass of Wine on September 18, 2015. One of these participants will be awarded a book deal with Hawakaal Publishers. Two participants will win free creative writing courses worth Rs. 10,000/- each. Two will receive a gift hamper from Tathya. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES Interested candidates are requested to send their entries along with their biographies and profile pictures to The entry should be your own unpublished creative work. We are looking for entries that belong to the genre “Hybrid Literature”. Other genres will not be accepted. For more information on “Hybrid Literature”, please scroll to the bottom of this Event The entry should be between 600 to 700 words in length. You can either send the entry in a word document or paste it directly in the body of the email. The subject line of the email should state “MGOW Contest Entry”. Each contestant can submit only one entry. In case someone happens to submit multiple entries, the last one will be considered. Decision of the judges will be final and cannot be contested. The contest is open to citizens of India only. The contest is open only to those who haven’t yet published a book traditionally. DEADLINE: All entries should reach us by September 10, 2015, 11:59pm. SELECTION AND DECISION PROCESS Out of all entries received, our jury will shortlist five. These contestants will then be invited to read / present their entries during the launch event on the 18th. In case, you cannot make it to the event, you can let us know and we will arrange for someone to read your entry. During the event, the winner and the runners-up will be decided on the spot by the members of the panel, in consultation with the publisher. The results will be declared before the end of the event. WHAT IS HYBRID LITERATURE? In simple terms, Hybrid Literature is a piece of writing, short or long, in which the writer breaks free of the boundaries imposed by a single genre. The writer may choose to intersperse prose with poetry, accentuate text with graphic elements, such as photographs, caricatures, etc., or intermingle fact with fiction, and biographies with memoirs. Following are some examples of Hybrid Literature: Example 1:  An excerpt from The Reverse Tree by Kiriti Sengupta. This excerpt marries poetry and prose.  ***** I have been an ardent fan of the poet Sumita Nandy’s works. She is subtle, yet she is strong, and she writes sensuous Bengali poetry. It was with her Desirous Water (that I translated from its Bengali original, Ichemoti) where I could easily sense that she used a male voice in some portions of her poetry. She even confessed that in Ichemoti she wrote like a male, although I have found a mix of both the sexes in the book. Is this what we refer to as a third sex or gender? Here is a poem that I wrote as I read Sumita’s Desirous Water: I...

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Braving the rain for the 2nd meet of Writers’ Circle – Central Delhi Chapter

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015 in General Reading, News | 0 comments

The 2nd meet of the Writers’ Circle – Central Delhi Chapter was scheduled for Saturday afternoon and it seemed that weather was determined to play spoilsport. It had been raining continuously since the morning, so I decided to start early for the event. I started at 12pm for the 2pm event. It was perhaps the most difficult drive. The rate at which the rain was falling was much higher than the rate at which my car’s windshield wipers were able to wipe off the water. And as a result, I could hardly see anything. It was such a blessing that I didn’t find any traffic jams en route. But I was worried for the participants and wondered whether they would take the pains to step out of their homes in such a weather. I could do nothing but wait and watch. But as the clock struck 2, people started pouring in, and in the end, we had 10 participants excluding me for the event, which wasn’t bad on such a day. I silently applauded the participants for their courage and determination. It was a fun mix once again. We had a tech entrepreneur who is also an artist, an artist who is also a columnist, a columnist who is also an author and businesswoman, a businessman who is also an aspiring writer, an aspiring writer who is also a blogger, a blogger who is also a Hindi poet, and some very talented college students. Each of them had their own unique styles and genres and personalities and that added variety to the readings. There wasn’t a second of boredom. In many ways, the group was very much like the Noida Chapter, especially where Chetan Bhagat is concerned. One mention of his name is enough to cause an uproar in the group and then you can rest assured that you will need to wait it out for at least 10 minutes before you can interrupt and bring the focus back to the readings. So I am planning to add another rule from the next time onwards. Words like “Chetan Bhagat” and “Amish Tripathi” and to some extent “Durjoy Dutta” and “Ravinder Singh” can only be uttered during the break or after the readings are over. They are too much of a distraction. 🙂 The next meet will be held in the first half of August and will be posted on our various platforms. If you want to be a part of this wonderful group, send an email to

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Launch of Literature Studio’s Writers’ Circle Central Delhi Chapter || The Perfect Beginning

Posted by on Jun 7, 2015 in General Reading, News | 0 comments

Literature Studio was to launch the second chapter of its popular initiative Writer’ Circle in Central Delhi on 6 June 2015. The venue was to be the iconic Oxford Bookstore in Connaught Place. It was hard to imagine that things could get better than this. But they did, and it was because of the awesome people who attended it. Literature Studio has been running the Writers’ Circle for the past seven months in Noida and the amount of warmth, camaraderie, and support the group has managed to generate among the members is incredible. Noida chapter has people who write in both Hindi and English, from various age groups, and at various stages of their journeys as writers. This brings a variety to the group and gives the members a chance to learn from each other. After running the Noida chapter successfully for the last 7 months, it was time to take this experience to other parts of the city. The group that attended the first meet of Writers’ Circle – Central DelhiChapter was eight people strong, plus the facilitator, Vibha Malhotra. People from various walks of life had registered and brought with them a depth of experience and a wide variety of writing genres and styles. As a result, the event was full of fun and insights. It is amazing that we had such a brilliant group in our first meet. This is a very encouraging sign. I am already excited about the Central Delhi Chapter, and have goosebumps imagining the heights we can reach after such a wonderful start....

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Literature Studio Summer Scholarship (Season 2) – And here are the winners…

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in General Reading, News | 3 comments

Literature Studio Summer Scholarships were announced for the first time in 2014 and Shreeya Sharma and Shreya Pothula were the winners. Encouraged by the sessions we had with them, we decided to increase the number of scholarships this time. When we announced the Season 2 of Literature Studio Summer Scholarship we weren’t prepared for the sheer quality or the variety of the entries we would be receiving. And as expected, it made judging all the more challenging. But it was a pleasure as always to read evocative short stories, biographical essays, and thought-provoking articles children chose to send in. Congratulations to those who made it to the list. Those who didn’t, please don’t lose heart. All submissions we received this year were of the highest quality and the only factor coming in the way of us awarding you too is the limited number of scholarships. Your writing is precious, and you should be proud of it whether or not you win. And, now, ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for the Literature Studio Summer Scholars of 2015: Winners of 100% scholarship (A Creative Writing course worth Rs. 25,000/-)  Aashutosh Mukherjee, a student of class VIII from Delhi, loves to read and likes to try his hand at writing too. He is looking forward to the short story course, as he hopes that this will bring in some discipline in his writing activity. He also looks forward to improving his skill in terms of being able to elaborate on a plot and learning the art of story telling. In his own words: “I will learn to think and express myself under the aegis of Literature Studio.” Lily Sperber is a 15 year old from New York who loves to read, and listen to music. She also enjoys keeping up her Instagram Fanpage, spending time with family and watching TV shows and movies. She is very persistent in accomplishing her goals, and works hard in school. Her main goal is to make a difference in people’s lives, the same way so many have impacted hers. Winners of 50% scholarship (A basic Creative Writing course worth Rs. 12,500/-, with an option to upgrade to the Advanced Course) Meenakshi Sunil is a 15 year old class X student from Wayanad, Kerala, who hopes to one day become a Software Engineer, Creative Writer, and a volunteer for a nongovernmental organization, and also explore the world travelling solo. She is a member of the editorial board of her school magazine and a district level winner in Guitar Western and Carnatic Music. She loves hanging out at Café Coffee Day and eating at KFC and Dominos. Udupi joints are her favorite too. Her favorite books are Diaries of Wimpy Kid, Two States, Malgudi School Days. Tushita Tandon is a 15-year-old student ,studying in class X. She loves to read and spends her spare time writing, which she does a lot a lot. She wishes to go abroad for her higher studies and wants to pursue science in her life ahead. She enjoys dancing and writing poems and short stories. She is her school topper not only in academics but also in co-curricular activities. Congratulations to the winners and we look forward to getting started with the courses. Best, Team at Literature Studio...

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