– 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 –




‘A new anthology of essays on The Himalayas goes beyond the generic limitations of nature writing and brings to the fore the most memorable literary encounters with this region, writes Ruskin Bond’

 The Sunday Guardian


In these her late poems, the volcano that is Eunice de Souza is still erupting. As in her early work too, what she here ‘upchucks’ is lava, molten lines that burn and glow and leave a permanent mark. The tone, as before, is casual, bantering, close to the spoken idiom that is uniquely hers. When terrible things happen the tone changes, quickens, then relaxes again. 

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra


Life is bemusing, ludicrous; death even more so. In the work of no other poet I can think of do you find such brevity and grandeur, swiftness of utterance and the unbearable weight of grief, unbearable because de Souza is so dry-eyed. ‘The crone’s still capable/of spite’ she writes in one poem, the old necklace-of-skulls self-irony intact, except that in her case ‘spite’ also means ‘wisdom’. It is easy to forget that the crone is deeply moral as well, and like any moral being she too feels that she’s lived ‘In the wrong season.’ There is plenty in these spare but unsparing poems to remind us of the classical virtues we associate with Bhartrhari, for instance, or a Latin epigrammatist like Martial. These are poems to live by. In time, they will come to be seen as classics of our literature, as many of her earlier poems already are.



A rich, panoramic historical novel shows you Kumaon and the Raj as you have never seen them.
It is 1856, in picturesque Kumaon. History has already begun its steady march. Six native women clad in black and scarlet pichauras huddle around Naineetal Lake, attempting to cleanse it of threatening new influences. For, these are the days of Upper Mall Road (for Europeans and their horses) and Lower Mall Road (‘for dogs, servants and other Indians’).

And this is the story of feisty young Tilottama Dutt, whose uncle hangs when he protests the reigning order—and her daughter, Deoki, who will confront change as Indians and as women.

Things to Leave Behind brings alive the romance of the mixed legacy of British-Indian past. Full of the fascinating backstory of Naineetal and its unwilling entry into Indian history, throwing a shining light on the elemental confusion of caste, creed and culture, illuminated with painstaking detail, here is a fascinating historical epic and Namita Gokhale’s most ambitious novel yet.

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.