On making Anita’s Attic, the best writer’s atelier


It’s been two weeks since Anita’s Attic went live. And we are already oversubscribed but I intend to keep the doors open. I am going to wait till the end of the month to decide who exactly will constitute my first batch.
It is an exciting time and there are some concerns too. I think the last time I felt this avalanche of mixed emotions was when I was published my first novel. The wondering, the not-knowing, an occasional flash of apprehension at what may or may not emerge, the possibilities across the corner and a delirious joy that a long cherished dream was now on the threshold of reality.
For the last two weeks, I have thought of little else but Anita’s Attic and how to make it the best writer’s atelier. It isn’t just about working on crafting and the narrative process. It is also shaping a perspective; to teach how to perceive and absorb differently. All through my long car ride through the length and breadth of Punjab, and or as I sat in the quiet of my publisher’s home in Delhi early in the day sipping a cup of ginger tea, I found I could seldom veer away from Anita’s Attic – detail after detail for each detail is significant in the shaping of a mind.
After all, as David Ogilvy once said,”God is in the details”. It is a lesson that I have drawn from to guide me in both my professional and personal life.
And now in Anita’s Attic.

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