As the British poet-novelist CS Lewis once famously said, “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.”
Hyderabad is one such city where there’s literature worth beauty camouflaged in its historic monuments, delectable cuisine, exquisite mélange of languages and the salient contrast between the quaint old city charm and the ostentatious dynamics of city life.
Hyderabad also hosts a number of clubs that incessantly churn out wordsmiths, who, in return enrich the city’s aesthetics. Write Club, Happy Book Club, Abhivyakti, Twin City Poetry Club and Ka Se Kavita are some such paradises of bibliophiles.
Sravanthi Talluri, a software developer at an MNC and a founder of Write Club Hyderabad recalls the instigation of the club.
“I started writing at a very young age and wanted a critique for my works. I somehow realised that friends and family always sugarcoat feedbacks. That’s how the idea of a club where writers can get unbiased and honest feedbacks occurred to me. I knew of Write Club Bangalore and decided to start a Hyderabad chapter,” she shares.
Over two years down the lane, the club has earned an earnest space amongst the city’s writers. Write Club meets every Saturday at Lamakaan, where they pick a topic to discuss and writes impromptu on it. The works are then read aloud, where the rest of the members can give their response.
“At the end of the year, we compile selected articles and publish an eBook,” Sravanthi says, adding that these meetups also serve as a platform where innovative writing techniques are introduced.
“Each meetup will have a takeaway. You will learn something new. Members can write in any language. Telugu writers are comparatively less in number,” she points out.
Venues like Lamakaan and Gallery café often hosts poetry slams, where amateurs can shed their inhibitions and build confidence.
Akshay, Manager at Lamakaan, feels the scene in the city is quite vivacious. “While Write Club is regular with their Saturday meetings, although somewhat erratic, other clubs in the city too host events at Lamakaan. There is always a minimum of 20 to 25 people, who regularly attend all the events. There are frequent book launches and discussions as well,” he says.