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Nov 26, 2017

Valley Of Words Int Lit Festival in Dehradun | VOW2017


Valley Of Words: VOW2017 in Pics - The Beginning

From the sprawling lawns of Kanota Palace (Jaipur - Jan, 2017) to meadow like spread of green carpet at Madhubani Hotel (Dehradun), it has been a long journey. I remember Sanjeev Ji (The Hon Advisor of Valley of Words (VOW2017) - An International Literature and Arts Festival which spread its creative wings last week i.e. 17th - 19th Nov,  2017 in Dehradun) talking to me and Aswani about his vision to create a festival, where all forms of creative expressions is given a platform. 

Hon Gov K K Paul of Uttarakhand inaugurated the festival. 

A festival that does not necessary have to engage crowd pullers but the real thinkers, philosophers, who will ensure that the echoes of its engagement will move beyond the valley of Doon and reach out to the readers, artists and creative people beyond boundaries.

The Group behind "VOW2017"
If you can spot me, I am 3rd from the right in the first row.

It has been an honour to part of this Festival from inception to completion. So here I am sharing my journey of VOW - The Road To Dehradun, through some of the pictures I have had taken over the year.
The beginning of the journey...
Sanjeev Ji, Aswani, Atulya Mishra, Anjani and Jasbir at Kanota Palace

Valley Of Words launched..
After almost 6 months, we were ready with the Logo, Vision & Mission
Some of the Advisors, who were there with us from the beginning and
some joined us on the way...
And as usual, behind every successful event, there is
The Power Of Women
And then there were these amazing people from the Valley Of Words
The Volunteers who ensured that each of the authors were happy
We are grateful for things you guys have done and things
that you have done and not many people noticed.
All the bags of goodies from VOW2017 including the 'First Day Cover'
you guys ensured. Thank you team and Rohan & Neha you guys did it

From the Old Dehradun Literature Festival - DELTA
We Changed to...

The New Dehradun Literature Festival - Valley of Words

And then the woo-ing started with thought leaders not the crowd pullers..
Some could come and some could not come... but then it was all
about 'Being there, Doon That'
And many workshops that have changed the out look of
VOW2017 Festival
Tried to get thinkers and thought leaders as many as possible
Some came and some had to drop like Keshav from HINDU

But in reality, we started in real earnest the day this happened...
Two hundred days to go and we tightened our belts...
Reached out to our Authors, Resources and panelists
Reached out to our friends Indiblogger as the Blogging Storm
was on its own way to the valley of words...
On The Road To Dehradun - At Hilton Bengaluru
And it happened in Blore and glad to say that we have had 100 Bloggers
to visit us at VOW2017 and 8 live bloggers...
(Sorry I have only pics of 3, please share yours I will upload it.)

And then this happened...
Behind every success, there is lot of work that goes un-noticed and
I must appreciate that behind our individual success, there was
our friends and the family that were behind us...
Supported us despite our whims and fancies

Finally as my friend Timeri N Murari and Maureen said, that it was one of the most friendliest festival they have attended, I will leave you with one of my own friendly moment, thanks to Bobby Cash, who I have made a friend for life.

Thank you Bobby Cash - The Echo of Valley and the lovely friends,
Readers, thinkers and the flag bearers of "Valley Of Words"

In eternity
We live. Come from. Life is one
Series of footprints.

ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya

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Kuhaase Ke Geet | Translation of my book 'Songs of the Mist' launched in Bengaluru - Hilton Hotel, EGL

After my book 'Songs of the Mist' was published and ranked 29th in in first week of April, I got connected with my publisher 'Story Mirror', whose founding partner Devendar Jaiswal, liked it so much that they wanted to publish it in Hindi. I remember at the time of signing the contract, he told me that his editorial team was unanimous in selecting the book. That's how 'Kuhase Ke Geet' came into existence and doing wonderful in the market. As I moved into Blore, Deven wanted to launch it in the city as well, so on the sidelines of 'Road to Dehradun' - a curtain raisers of sorts to one of the most interesting events happening in Dehradun, where Story Mirror is partnering, he once again launched my book. So here it is some of the images from the Hilton Hotel - EGL, Domlur - Bengaluru...

My good friends, Industrialists Jasbir (Chennai) and Udayan (Blore)
launching my book along with founding partner Bibhu.
And I get to speak as well... 
More importantly, in the audience my good friend Sanjeev Chopra (IAS)
Additional Chief Secy of WB.
Well, Jasbir had to ask the question, who actually wrote the book...
The family...
On the road to Dehradun.
Promoting my book I guess...
And my family and friends - Deven and Bibhu from 'Story Mirror'

ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya

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