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Initiative to promote writing skills of school students

A literary consultancy named ‘Pachyderm Tales’ has come forward to help promote young writing talents of Omanis and expatriates in the Sultanate.

The Chennai-based enterprise was launched in 2020. With a short span of a year, they have published over 100 books with writers from across the globe covering various projects.

To spread its success story, Pachyderm Tales now works towards spreading their roots in other countries and are scouting for new collaborations.

The Sultanate will be their first venture in the Arabian Gulf and plans are on to involve Omani students as much as possible and create a writing culture among them.

ELF professional Divya Hariharan, will act as its ambassador planning their programmes in the Sultanate. “We are planning to help Omani school going students to develop and foster their creativity in writing by conducting workshops and conferences and thereby helping them to bring out their works. We will also focus on the expatriate communities settled in Oman to develop and bring out their hidden writing talents.”

Explaining their plans for the Sultanate, Divya, who is a poet and blogger, says Pachyderm Tales has plans to launch their ‘1,000K Challenge,’ which provides publishing opportunities to students under the age of 18 free of cost, to schools and colleges in the Sultanate.

Divya further explains saying that “We will do everything from editing, typesetting and book cover free of cost for the 1,000 children project and I will be incharge of workshops and signing deals.

“We would also help the writing community to get a wider reading audience. Initially we started out by bringing out regional books in Spotify and also through Amazon. Our main intention is to make the world a creative place, to nourish and beautify nature and cherish their culture and foster love towards other cultures from writing.”

CEO and Founder, Dr Lakshmi Priya, says Pachyderm Tales means elephant stories. “We initially launched this for children, but now we are publishing books for the audience. We are working on a book based on Europe and another completely for students in the US,” she says.

Pachyderm Tales initially focused their roots in India. Now after a year, they are slowly spreading roots to develop creativity on a wider scale.

Pachyderm Tales have already held poetry reading sessions among students in Bhutan, workshops in Darjeeling, India, and at Jenderal Soedirman University, a public university located in Central Java, Indonesia, and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand. Similar workshops have already been held in Asia, Africa and The Netherlands.

They plan to conduct international creative writing symposiums with renowned speakers around the world to foster and nurture hidden talent. Pachyderm Tales helps writers discover the joys of writing, without letting the burden of the publishing world drain them of their passion.

Director and COO, Ms V Uma, says the consultancy aims to foster growth among students and others by spreading out to open the hidden talents. “It provides a credible platform, where every crumpled idea is given a chance to blossom into a masterpiece. The only difference is some hide their deepest feelings and we help them to learn who they are, the desires they have, what prevails in their mind and bring out the hidden colours of creativity in them.”


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