An Indian Fiction Appreciation Masterclass


Explore the wonderful range of engaging and diverse stories published in India

With Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa

Bonus: All participants will receive a special 10% discount voucher from Champaca Bookstore

Course Fee

A crash course in Indian Literature.

Learn how to read and critically analyze stories with expert editor and instructor, Tara Khandelwal. Explore a fascinating range of diverse stories published across India spread over different genres, authors and geographies — by writer and book reviewer Michelle D'costa.

We will cover writers like: Jane Borges, Jahnavi Barua, Samit Basu, Vivek Shanbag and K. R. Meera.

Whether you are a writer look for inspiration and techniques, or an avid reader who believes in the power of stories, this class is for you!

DURATION: 2 weeks (9 hours)

DATES: Saturdays and Sundays

6th-7th March and 13th-14th March

TIME: 4 to 6 PM

AGE LIMIT: 16 and above


Become a literary expert

Learn how to read and analyze stories. Get a comprehensive introduction to the Indian literary scene.

Elevate Your Writing

Study the tricks and techniques used by Indian authors and apply them to your own writing.

Build Your Indian Bookshelf

Explore the talent and diversity of Indian fiction by reading some of the finest writers in India today.

Build your community

Join a community of like-minded booklovers and discuss your favourite books and authors.

Wondering if this course is for you?

Drop a query and we will get in touch to answer all your questions.


    1. Read Like A Writer

    Learn how to analyze stories by reading between the lines and conduct an in-depth analysis of a story. Compare writing styles and look for rhythm, metaphors and imagery.


    2. Spectrum of Indian Fiction

    From Bombay novels to stories set in the North-East, India has a lot to offer. Explore the finest of diverse Indian fiction with authors like Jane Borges, Jahnavi Barua and Samit Basu.

    3. India In Translation

    Some of the prolific works of our time are written in Indian languages. Let's bridge the gap by reading excerpts of Vivek Shanbag, Perumal Murugan, K.R. Meera and Benyamin's translated work.

    4. Broadening Our Horizons

    An introduction to the best of fiction being written just outside our borders. Read Taslima Nasreen from Bangladesh, Mohsin Hamid from Pakistan and Nayomi Munaweera from Sri Lanka.

    More than just a reading course.

    • 8 hours of teaching time with an expert instructor.
    • Exercises to improve your reading and writing skills.
    • A certificate to show off your new literary knowledge.
    • An opportunity to submit your book review to our online magazine, Jotted, for publication.

    All Inclusive

    INR 4,000

    Limited seats available!

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    Meet the Instructors

    Tara Khandelwal

    Tara Khandelwal is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and the Columbia Publishing Course. She currently works with Asia’s largest literary agency, Writers’ Side. She has worked with Penguin, BloombergQuint, SheThePeople.TV and more. She is the founder of Bound which provides skill building for creatives through writers’ retreats, workshops, writing coaching and editorial services.


    Tara is an editor with 10+ years of experience.

    Literary Podcaster

    She is the co-host of the Books and Beyond with Bound podcast.

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    Michelle D'costa

    Michelle D’costa is a Mangalorean from Mumbai. She was born and raised in Bahrain. Her poetry and prose have been published in over 50 journals like Out Of Print, Eclectica, Litro UK, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Coldnoon, Vayavya, Guftugu and more. She is the Managing Editor at Bound and is currently working on publishing a collection of interviews with some of the finest fiction authors in India.

    Book Reviewer

    Michelle reviews books on her blog and on her YouTube account.

    Literary Podcaster

    She is the co-host of the Books and Beyond with Bound podcast.

    Class Bundle Offers


    Q. Is there an application process to join this course?

    A. No, there is no application process. Anyone who enjoys reading or wants to be a writer can benefit from this course.

    Q. Do I have to make full payment before the course begins?

    A. Yes.

    Q. Will I get a certificate?

    A. Yes, you will receive an official certificate from Bound.

    Q. If I have to miss one session, what do I do?

    A. Please contact [email protected] as soon as you are sure that you will miss a session. We will try our best to address your absence. The class payment is non-refundable. You can, however, use the amount towards another class or service.

    Q. What if I have more questions?

    A. Fill up our query form and a member from our team will get in touch with you.


    Bound Testimonial

    • “Thank you so much for the class, I had the best festive weekend. I came across Kuzhali Manickavel's work for the first time in the fiction appreciation class by Bound. Every time I read an unforgettable short story, I am reminded of how potent the form of the short story is.”
      Kajol Hinduja
    • “Thanks for the workshop, Michelle! I loved how you curated the sessions (reading together and discussing the writing - I found it very useful). The selection you picked was also excellent in terms of themes, writing styles, authors from different regions, etc. The workshop introduced me to a bunch of new writers and short stories of known writers. I’m not too exposed to literary fiction journals and the short story examples you shared (such as Whore by Kuzhali) have inspired me to read them.”
      Ila Reddy
      Nonprofit Consultant and Content writer
    • Bound India’s How to Read Like a Writer facilitated by Tara Khandelwal helped me analyse the works of different authors thoroughly and offered a new perspective on the various aspects of storytelling. I think this workshop is very important for aspiring writers because it helps you hone your skills and experiment with different styles.  ”
      Beatrice Roy
    • I've thoroughly enjoyed the sessions hosted by Michelle and Tara. Their knowledge and sheer love for books and literature make the classes interesting and interactive. I've had the opportunity to get such different and intriguing perspectives on varying topics from them and aspiring writers. It's been an enriching experience in a short span of time.  The topics for sessions/workshops are intelligently chosen, providing ample opportunities to participants to share ideas, theories and the like. Analysis, reasoning, styling, and editing are some of the active discussions that occur with like-minded folks.  Thus far, I've attended sessions on How to Edit Your Book (Tara), How to Read Like A Writer (Tara), and a 2-Week Advanced Fiction Class (Michelle). Looking forward to many more and a long-lasting relationship with Bound. Happy to have found you.      ”
      Tushar Chatterji
      Associate Director Of Operations, Cactus Communications

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