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Back to Diary

Back to Diary is aimed at encouraging people to keep a diary or a personal journal. In earlier generations, it was common to keep the diary or personal journal. Today few people do it, and very few recognize the value and astonishing power of keeping a journal. The diary is an invaluable sandbox not only for learning the craft of writing but also for crystallizing own passions and priorities, from which all creative work springs. Innovative programmes have been planned to encourage people to go back to diary writing. If one can write, one has access to the most amazing source of personal power and magic.

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect - Anaïs Nin (the most dogged diarist in recorded history)

Writing a diary can become the panacea for unlocking creativity. When one doesn’t know what to write, one gets introspective, and by sitting down every day to write, one is exercising brain in ways that it doesn’t always get. It also helps in exploration of language. Writing promotes a natural urge to search for new words and increase vocabulary. Words are representations of ideas; the formation of letters and causes the mind to compose or recompose ideas while journaling. It calls a wandering mind to attention, from passivity to actively engaging with thoughts. Soon it becomes an outlet for processing emotions and increases self-awareness.

There is another great benefit that the diary writing can serve. It can be a great way of keeping track of the past and think about future.

Back to Diary

Back to Diary is a project (Project) of the Taj Colloquium Foundation aimed at encouraging people to keep a diary or a person journal.

Initiatives

Innovative programmes are planned to incentivise people to go back to diary writing.

  • In the present times, in particular in context of India, the diary can become the most effective medium and means to document untold and unwritten stories. There are powerful stories and memories, of two generations, that might die with them. A few survive of the generation, which experienced, lived through partition of India or observed this historical episode in modern Indian history. Their memories need to be documented by their grandchildren or other family members. A campaign will be started to record these stories. The most impressionable and powerful stories will be narrated at Kumaon Literary Festival, the Colloquium festival and other platforms such as the Partition Museum Project (Yaadgaar-e-Taqseem).
  • A project will be started that requires the diary keeper to interview an elderly woman in the family, and write a story based on the interview. There is a generation, which has the unique distinction of having lived through different times – pre-liberalized and post liberalized India. They have experienced the transition from one to the other and have many stories to tell and lessons to share. They must be recorded for the benefit of our future generations. The stories told by these people will form the emotional legacies that are part of our history. And no nation can progress it does not respect or learn from its history. A panel can be held at KLF and the Colloquium around 6-8 most powerful stories.

Steering Committee

Back to Diaries project is managed by a Steering Committee. Following is the composition and term of the Steering Committee:

  • The Steering Group will have a maximum of six (6) members, including a chairperson. Jerry Pinto will be the first chairman of the Steering Committee.
  • One member of the Steering Committee will be co-opted from Uttar Pradesh, and one from Uttarakhand. Other members will be drawn from other parts of the country.
  • The chair of the Steering Committee will be the ex-officio Special Invitee Member of the Advisory Board of the Colloquium.
  • The Planning Committee, in consultation with the chairman of the Steering Committee, will appoint the members of the Steering Committee.
  • The term of the Steering Committee will be two (2) years.
  • The Steering Committee will be responsible for planning the programmes and initiatives of the Project.
  • The Steering Committee will work under the guidance of the Planning Board of the Taj Colloquium.

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