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India is my country and all Indians are my brothers and sisters.

This is the first line of the National Pledge of India and every time we recited it in school during assembly following it up with giggles was mandatory as one smart aleck or another invariably added the words ‘but one’ behind it.

But then, this post is not about the National pledge. It is about wrimos from India and NaNoWriMo.

India is part of the continent of Asia and though many people around the world think that the preferred mode of travel in India is the elephant they would be highly mistaken. India is now among the top countries in the world that suffer from pollution from the gases emitted by cars (We have all the Audis and the BMWs and the Mercs, and the others too).

All things are not as dull as the smog, though.

There is a burgeoning rise in people participating in NaNoWriMo. The number goes up every year and the enthusiasm is inexhaustible.

Last year there were around 3,500 participants which saw an increase this year. The most popular genre of writing is fantasy and the age of the participants varies from 13-75 (to the best of my knowledge of the active wrimos). One of the most exciting happenings is that many of the nanonovels have been published. In fact, one of the Wrimos, Prem Rao, has three published NaNo novels and one book of short stories which he wrote last year (nanorebel).

And yes, India is a beautiful country full of spicy diversity.

Writing Tip #9

“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay?” (Stephen King)


This post is part of the A-Z Blogging Challenge 2014.



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