By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 14 Jul: Monsoon clouds float into the Valley and the creative urge in the artist, poet and writer takes on wings. This happened in a most unique way when a group of city based writers, poets, journalists and a host of literati met to add further substance to what it takes to create a more enabling and inspiring environment for the creative community of Dehradun. The group is the embryo from which has today emerged “The Writers’ Combine”, which was mooted by Doon’s senior most journalist and writer Raj Kanwar! The group has a fair share of the city’s writers like Nayantara Sehgal, Aloke B Lal, Jaskiran Chopra, Anjali Nauriyal, Ashok Kumar, Pradeep Singh, Ratna Manucha, BK Joshi, KG Behl, Divya Negi Ghai, Arvindar Singh and others! Requested by Raj Kanwar, Pradeep Singh, author of recently launched ‘Sals of the Valley’, made a brief presentation on what could be the salient features of The Writers’ Combine! He proposed that the Combine should have an inspiring Mission Statement and desirable goals to achieve in order to provide avenues and means for upcoming writers to find their work in print. Pradeep Singh stressed on the need to evolve a Writers’ Combine Ecosystem that would knit all the critical stakeholders together like writers, editors, reviewers, publishers, printers, booksellers and libraries in a network which would also synergise with Literary Festivals, Writers’ Retreats, Workshops and similar platforms! Nayantara Sehgal, the celebrated author of the city with an international readership and accolades to go with it, also spoke and gave a message! She shared her experience as a writer and what it takes to be one and the challenges good writers face when they express freely thoughts that are not readily accepted by some, especially those in power! Jaskiran Chopra another noted author of several books on Doon and a poet of note also shared her experience of struggle to find good mainstream publishers and the pitfalls of vanity publishing! It was decided by consensus that a formal shape would be given to the Writers’ Combine to make it a vehicle of literary excellence which would also be inclusive in its appeal to persons and genres of writing!