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Where do you live?

Does where you live influence your writing?  I have been living in Dehradun, in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, for the last three years, moving here from Delhi, and have been wondering if a change of place affects one’s writing.

Dehradun has around 600,000 people compared with Delhi’s 16 million. Everyone is somewhat laid-back. People drop in unannounced, and stay for hours. There are steep slopes to climb, tall trees, and in the background, the Middle Himalayas, glittering with lights in the dark, very occasionally covered with snow. In the monsoon there is incessant rain.

The city is rapidly changing, the trees being cut, high-rise buildings being constructed.

But there are beautiful buildings too, such as this Buddhist temple.

A little distance behind the house, the Johri forest still survives. With increasing encroachment, monkeys descend from there in hordes, one hears about leopards prowling, and yesterday I saw a jackal.

Rather than traffic, I hear donkeys, pigs, chickens, dogs, and the sound of rain.

Does where one lives affect one’s writing? I don’t really know, but the circumstances in which one lives, has an effect.



A writer with ten published books and several articles, book reviews etc. I primarily write on history and religion, but also philosophical fiction.

4 thoughts on “Where do you live?

  1. Location can affect circumstances which in turn affect your writing, I think. Perhaps we’re talking about state of mind. Nothing beats a month away in a strange place far from home, particularly if it’s a writing retreat where your every writing-need is anticipated: that’s a buzz, and bolsters you. And yet, when my mind is settled and focused, I’ve been just as productive in a flimsy 10-square-metre cottage without even a bathroom. Enjoy your holiday, if you have one at this time of year.


    1. You are right, it is a state of mind. A sense of security helps–financial and otherwise. But there may be something in the atmosphere too, the air one breathes. Looking at the mountains gives me a sense of peace. Friends help one to relax. And meeting new people gives one new ideas.
      I work from home–so no long holiday. And can’t travel at present as there is no one to take care of my seven cats and one dog!


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