We are back in town after having a wonderful time at the Te Aroha – Literature Studio Writers’ Retreat. While an official recap of the event will be produced in due time, we just wanted to bring out some aspects of the Retreat that stood out, and also take the opportunity to thank everyone involved.
The Retreat for us was made special when the following happened:
- The participants quickly warmed up to each other, and with only a few hours into the Retreat, we were soon talking, laughing, pulling each others’ legs, and generally having fun.
- Amid the lighter moments, several sincere insights were shared and relevant topics discussed. I guess this is bound to happen when people who are so invested in their crafts get together.
- The staff of Te Aroha made our stay most comfortable with their constant smiles and eagerness to help in any way possible.
- All events and panel discussions generated quality content.
- Our hand-picked mix of diverse participants in terms of gender, age-group, nationality, genre, language, form, profession, all magically fell in place and fitted in perfectly like pieces of jigsaw.
- Everyone shared freely. We benefited immensely from their experience and insights.
- When we received signed copies of Charu’s O degree, even though he himself wasn’t able to attend the Retreat.
Preeti Shenoy and Charu Nivedita were missed immensely. We hope to run into them soon on other platforms.
All in all, the event was an enlightening experience. We wish to thank the following for their active participation and contribution. Amir Or, Geet Chaturvedi, Kiran Manral, Kulpreet Yadav, Chef Michael Swamy, Sudeep Sen, Vineetha Mokkil, Maulshri, Rashmi Nambiar, Saritha Rao, Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal, Vikas Vijayovich, and Anil Nakhasi — all of you added a different spice. Thanks a lot for being you throughout the Retreat.