– Celebrating Mussoorie’s Literary Heritage –


Mussoorie Writers was founded in 2005, with the objective of celebrating Mussoorie’s literary heritage and encouraging an interest in books and authors. In collaboration with the Hanifl Centre for Outdoor and Environmental Study at Woodstock School, Mussoorie Writers is committed to focusing attention on the Himalayas, as a source of inspiration and inquiry, for authors and readers from India and abroad.



– Monsoon Muse –


The Absent Traveller
Thunderclouds in the sky,
Paths overgrown, streams in flood,
And you, innocent one, in the window,
Expecting him.

Bookish lovemaking
Is soon repetitive:
It’s the improvised style
Wins my heart.

From The Absent Traveller: Prakrit Love Poetry from the Gathasaptasati of Satavahana Hala translated by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra.


Monsoon Woes
Salt clogs the salt-cellar, mustard mildews, seameal curdles, bread won’t rise, curtains sag, doors stick, windows jam, ovens slow, kettles fur, rubber perishes, leaves rot, cobwebs lurk, garbage stinks, the carburetor sweats.
The infallibly stuck-in Beijing wok-handle comes unstuck.

The Small Wild Goose Pagoda

From The Small Wild Goose Pagoda by Irwin Allan Sealy.


Here in the clouds, Jim could feel an unsettling sense of communion. Monsoon
mist spilled through the branches of deodar and cypress trees. No mountains were
visible, only a cowl of murky white, obscuring the ridgelines, the lake and the tops of the
taller trees. Jim’s hair was wet from the veil of moisture. The rain had stopped but his
rough cotton shirt felt damp and droplets of water clung to the blonde hairs on his arms.

From In The Jungles of the Night, A Novel about Jim Corbett by Stephen Alter.

7th Mussoorie Writers Mountain Festival


The 7th Mussoorie Writers Mountain Festival was held at Woodstock School from 22-25 October, 2015.  The primary theme was “Women and Mountains.” More than twenty speakers gave illustrated talks, readings and presentations.  Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, the first woman to climb all fourteen peaks over 8,000 meters in altitude without supplemental oxygen, was the keynote speaker.