Write India Campaign – The hunt for India’s next best writer

After a successful first season, Times of India has returned with ‘Write India’ campaign Season 2 to uncover India’s great story-telling potential. It is an unprecedented crowd-sourced short story contest for which TOI sets up an eclectic line-up of world-renowned authors to inspire, encourage and evaluate budding writers and amateurs.

The first season of Write India program was a grand success with around 1.5 lakh registrations and 25,000 short stories received in a span of 11 Months. It discovered top writers from across the country and 36 winning stories were published in the form of a book in November last year.

This year’s panel of judges includes celebrity authors– Sir Jeffrey Archer, Ruskin Bond, Sudha Murty, Twinkle Khanna, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Shobhaa De, Manu Joseph, Namita Gokhale and Nikita Singh. Anand Neelakantan, the author of ‘The Rise of Sivagami’ kicked off the campaign this year in July.

The entire campaign will be run for a period of 10 months, until 30 April 2018. Each month, one of the celebrity authors will share a passage for budding writers to weave a short story around, stories will be curated by Write India team and then, top winners will be selected by the author of the month. The winning stories created during Write India campaign will later be compiled in a book and published by TOI. At the end of the year, TOI will also organize a workshop for the winners where they will be mentored by celebrity authors.

Sounds like a challenge to go in for? Log on to www.toi.in/writeindia to submit your story and live your dream of becoming a published author.


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Listen to these 10 ‘Pujor Gaan’ this Durga Pujo

Durga Pujo is here. Uma is all set to embark on her journey from Kailash to her ‘Baaper Bari’. As the final countdown begins for the greatest festival on earth, and the frenzy reaches a crescendo, let us immerse ourselves in the spirit of Sharodiya.

Durga Pujo is not just a religious festival for Bengalis. The significance of this autumnal celebration is deeply ingrained in our cultural psyche. Durga Pujo is nothing short of a large-scale, open-air, street art festival in Kolkata.

Durga Pujo is also that time of the year when artists launch the festive editions of their work – from literature to music. Pujor lekha (literature) and Pujor Gaan (music) have been part and parcel of the celebration of divine feminine. Even in this age of social media, the fervour refuses to die down.

Here are top 10 songs which embody the spirit of Pujo for me:

Aay Re Chhute Aay

Durge Durge Durgatinasini

Gouri Elo

Dhaak Baja, Kashor Baja

O Thakur

Dhaaker Tale

Maa Go Tumi Sarbojonin

Bajlo Tomar Aalor Benu

Jaago Tumi Jaago

Ogo Amar Agomoni


Wishing all of you Shubho Sharodiya. Hope the festive season is filled with joy and happiness.


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