Monthly Archives: April 2016

A Way with Words: Consulting the Literati

AsiaBiz Today, March 15, 2016 Mita Kapur is the founder and CEO of Siyahi, India’s leading literary consultancy. In her other avatar, she is also a writer, critique, curator, commentator and editor. A freelance writer based in Jaipur, Mita’s journey with Siyahi began in April 2007. Her constant interaction and engagement with writer friends gave her the impetus to begin what has become one of India’s finest literary consultancies with an author base of 93 writers. Siyahi manages author careers, beyond […]

A Whiff of Nostalgia: What Memories of Food Do We Carry From Home?

The Quint, January 10, 2016 Picture this – a food room where you pack in a bunch of people. Now you release a whisper of saffron as you lift the lid of a mutton biryani, a whiff of freshly baked Oreo cookies, the laden smell of samosas being fried, a heady waft of just-ground coffee beans brewing, the smoke rising from tikkas over glowing charcoal, a warm hug of a cinnamon apple cake, the swirling, earthy smell of wheat and jaggery halwa… […]

Literary Agent Mita Kapur: Gun Point, Been There. Rebellion, Done That.

Jaipur Women Blog, March 14, 2016   When I made her a call to fix what we refer to as ‘a shoot’, I was all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Not particularly because she is a freelance journalist, author of two books, and the founder and CEO of the country’s best literary consultancy firm – Siyahi, and she also indulges in conceptualizing and producing literary festivals across the world. No. But because in that brief-barely-a-minute-long-conversation, her persona came across as that of […]


Comeeat, March 10, 2016   Every dish tells a story. And when the dishes multiply, so do the stories. So, you end up with a feast on one hand and a book on the other. That, in essence is the life story of Mita Kapur, our home culinaire for the week.   When it comes to food and literary pursuits, Mita needs no introduction. But what is not known is how much these twin passions are intertwined in her life, like […]

Jaipur – The city I live in

Namaste – The ITC Hotels Magazine, February, 2016 There are many Jaipurs within Jaipur – the city you see mapped on the political map of Rajasthan is not the city I live in. I live in my Jaipur. If I were to map my city –a Jaipur that means to me something more than mere roads and buildings — it would be a haphazard meandering between the old and the new. My city would be about the herringbone pattern on […]

‘Read, research & rewrite: The secret of creative writing’

The Times of India, February 29, 2016 It was a perfect Sunday morning for a bunch of budding writers to get tips on creative writing from an author and literary agent Mita Kapur and senior columnist Bachi Karkaria at a workshop titled ‘The Times Passion Creative Writing  Trail’ held at The Times of India office on Tonk Road, Jaipur. The event was organized by the The Times of India to encourage writers, journalists and copy editors. Kapur kicked off her […]