Way with Words


India Today - - COVER STORY -

Heal­ing through self ex­pres­sion is Pen Pa­per Dreams’ mantra, founded by US born singer, song­writer and blog­ger, Amanda Sodhi who con­ducts work­shops and open mics on cre­ative writ­ing and po­etry slams. Sodhi runs one of the few places in the city that have reg­u­lar open mic nights that are spe­cific to each form of per­for­mance art in­stead of club­bing it all un­der one roof. She also makes it a point to of­fer con­struc­tive feed­back. “We ac­tu­ally take time out to share in­di­vid­ual feed­back and demo clips with each per­former so they can con­tinue to im­prove their skills,” says Sodhi.

The brand also con­ducts one-of-a-kind post­card writ­ing work­shops that Sodhi says is “an at­tempt to re­vive the lost art of hand­writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion.” Sodhi be­lieves that words of­fer a form of writ­ing ther­apy. “One par­tic­i­pant was able to make peace with her fa­ther, with whom she had a strained re­la­tion­ship, by writ­ing a thought­ful post­card to him for the first time in her life,” ex­plains Sodhi. De­tails pen­pa­per­[email protected]

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