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Kullu: Starting from the sun temple at Nirath in Himachal Pradesh’s Satluj Valley that traces its origin to the Harappan era, a new book traces the sacred journey of the Kullu Valley as it concludes at the majestic Rohtang Pass, the so-called ground of the dead, after covering the Nirmand, Ani, Banjar and Kullu.

‘A Sacred Journey’ and two other books – one on traditional and popular cuisines of Kullu and the other anthology of excerpts from the accounts left by foreigners who have visited Kullu in the last 1,400 years – were released during the week-long Kullu Dussehra celebrations that began on October 24, Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Kanwar told IANS.

‘A Sacred Journey’ and the other two books were compiled by Minakshi Chaudhry, who now has 16 works to her credit.

In an earlier book, ‘Sunshine: My Encounter With Cancer’, she narrates her innate struggle and captures the intense experience of her journey to recovery. Her books include ‘Ghost Stories of Shimla Hills’, ‘Love Stories of Shimla Hills’ and ‘Whispering Deodars: Writings from Shimla Hills’.

‘A Sacred Journey’ has not only breathtaking and captivating photographs but also interesting information and nuggets, Kanwar said. For example, Nirmand village was established by Parshuram himself who granted land to the Brahmins.

The book also contains information about the earlier travelers like Penelope Chetwode, the wife of British Poet Laureate John Betjeman and the daughter of the one-time Commander-in-chief of the British Army in India, Field Marshal Philip Chetwode, who was so captivated by the area that she made repeated visits to Ani and Kullu as a young girl.

She was finally laid to rest in these hills near Khanag in 1986.

The book has more than 250 photographs and brief descriptions about places of tourist interest, both popular and lesser-known destinations.

The second book is based on the traditional and popular cuisine available in Kullu district.

Most people know that in the last decade Siddu, the steamed and stuffed local bread, has become a hot selling item.

But there are many more delicacies that are waiting to be discovered by the tourists, said Kanwar.

These nutritious items will definitely be relished by the tourists if made available on a commercial scale. This book makes the readers aware about dishes like askalu, babru, femda and geechey.

The book also details the restaurants and hotels where international food is served.

Manali, Kasol, Tosh and other destinations in the district have several eateries that serve authentic Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Israeli, Korean, Lebanese, Nepalese and German cuisine.

The third book is an anthology of excerpts from the accounts left by foreign travelers who have visited Kullu over the last 1,400 years.

The book starts with the description of Ku-lu-to (Kullu) by Huen Tsang, the 7th century Chinese pilgrim, and ends will a piece written by Cristina Noble in the last decades of the 20th century.

She liked Kullu so much that she married an Indian and made Kullu her home.

The centuries-old Kullu Dussehra celebrations begin on ‘Vijaya Dashami’, the day they ended in the rest of the country.

(Vishal Gulati, IANS)

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7 Things A Fictional Writer Should Never Do!

There are many examples of a fictional writer starting off his story on a very promising note and leaving the reader to feel cheated at the end

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Fiction writing has no specified code of conduct, it is an art where you follow your own approach. Pixabay

Based on interviews, with authors over the years, and conferences, it has been found that fiction writing can be challenging. There is no doubt that a reader’s attention span starts dwindling and being said that, an average reader takes less than a minute to abandon a book or piece of writing. There are many examples of a fictional writer starting off his story on a very promising note and leaving the reader to feel cheated at the end.

Whether you are writing a short story or something like a letter to a fictional character at https://gpalabs.com/, avoid these writing mistakes. Here are some points of consensus and observations:

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As a fictional writer, it is your job to keep your audience hooked to your script. Pixabay

1. Unhooked:

A well-written piece of fiction book serves to keep the reader interested and drawn towards the story with some point of tension, and some drama; all serve as hooks. Boredom! That’s what you need to avoid while writing a fiction, throw open a question and don’t answer it for a while. As a fictional writer, your job is to keep your audience hooked to your script.

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2. Don’t assume there is any single path or playbook a fiction writer needs to follow:

Simply you have to do what works best for you, try listening to the voices in your head and learn to train and trust them, because they will let you know if you are on the right path.

3. Cut!

You sure can write a 1000 page book, but should you? It is not about showing off being wordy or your English vocabulary which can be a surefire shot at rejection. Mostly it is about using the right words that your story needs. An unedited story is an agony for readers because they are reading until the end of your story just to know what happens in the end.

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Even if you like someone’s way of storytelling, do not copy it. Create your own way of storytelling and present your story in your own words. Pixabay

4. Don’t try to write like your idols:

Be yourself. If you try to pretend to write like anyone else, your readers will know. The one thing you’ve got that no one else does is your own voice, your own style, your own approach, so make each section of your story an acceptable experience for the readers.

5. Choose the adverb correctly:

Choosing the right adverb is very important because it brings about a sense of action while on the other hand, it may dilute the action.

6. Avoid putting all your eggs in one basket when it comes to pitching something:

As a fictional writer, ensure you don’t put all your creativity in one book always be working on your next book or idea while you’re querying. Make sure you send out your crispest version to literary agents and publishers.

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7. Don’t be a copycat:

There are many instances such as after the Harry Potter series many writers, all of a sudden, began writing stories with magic as a central premise and after the Twilight series, every other manuscript that landed on a publisher’s desk was about vampires. Yes, you can be inspired by some writers but never ever copy ideas and story plots of other authors.