‘Res­cue’ cen­tres get failed au­thors on write track

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - PUSHKAR BANAKAR

ARE you an as­pir­ing au­thor, pas­sion­ate about writ­ing, but un­able to make a mark? Fret not; help is at hand. Nikhil Chand­wani, all of 24 and an engi­neer­ing dropout, can help “bridge the gap be­tween pas­sion and pro­fes­sion” through Writer Res­cue Cen­ters.

“I am a writer my­self and dropped out of engi­neer­ing to pur­sue writ­ing. I no­ticed peo­ple strug- gling when they en­coun­tered fail­ures in writ­ing, and wanted to help,” said Chand­wani.

Start­ing off in­for­mally in 2016, the au­thor of 10 books launched the Nikhil Chand­wani Foun­da­tion in 2017 and set up a Writer Res­cue Cen­ter in Nag­pur with Tel­ugu film pro­ducer Nee­l­ima Tiru­malasetti as a part­ner.

He has since ex­panded to Hy­der­abad, Visakha­p­at­nam and Sin­ga­pore, with about 100 as­pir­ing writ­ers, in­clud­ing 13 for­eign­ers, seek­ing to be ‘res­cued’ at th­ese cen­tres. “I first train failed writ- ers to write on pa­per and then on script-writ­ing soft­ware.”

Among those who “grad­u­ated” from his res­cue cen­tre is au­thor and di­rec­tor Ripesh Verma. “He came to me with 13 back­logs and bruised hands as he was sui­ci­dal. He wanted to leave ev­ery­thing and run away from col­lege. He was drunk when I first met him in Vel­lore. But he has now won the award for best script-writ­ing at the Los Angeles Film Fes­ti­val.”

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