Dinesh Devarajan


I am : An IT project manager, a father to a feisty two year old daughter and the proud of owner of a bright red Maruti 800

As I secretly follow my dreams of : writing a fantasy novel that weaves together Gods , Karma, middle class India and a water buffalo

As good as: My last project status update

Part of the : Creative Writing Mentorship Program from July 1 – Sep 21 2017

My Blog : Indian Born Confused Desi

About being a part of Anita’s Attic Creative Writing program

Saturday mornings at Attic were the highlight of the week. For five hours I could park aside real world responsibilities and do something that truly mattered to me. I got to discuss my work with Anita, sit in contented happiness among my people and eat exquisitely flaky ,chewy Kerala Paratha.

Anita gave my writing roots and wings. She was insightful, warm and encouraging but had no hesitation slipping her fingers around the throat of a badly written paragraph to give it a good firm squeeze. I was told what I needed to hear and not what I wanted to hear. She easily combined the wispy, dreamy elements of writing with a no-nonsense ,down to earth commitment to plot, structure ,character development and word count.

I will be forever grateful for the company I got to keep. My batch mates were intelligent, witty and compassionate people from all walks of life. Easy conversation, an undercurrent of good humor and a general sense of well-being pervaded within the four walls of Anita’s Attic. Signing up for the course is a decision I will be always be pleased with.

Dinesh Devarajan | “Not Just Jazz” | The Graduation Ceremony of Season 5, Anita’s Attic

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