‘Rescue’ centres get failed authors on write track
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.”