Wahe Movember!: Scribe’s Block Impressions

01 – 28 November 2020 / 2021

“Half-risen then she sent her gaze around,
As if to recover old sweet trivial threads,
Old happy thoughts, small treasured memories,
And weave them into one immortal day.”

Banks of Ganges, Foothills of Himalayas, Haridwar, India

Saint Namdev (1270 AD) made devotional compositions on Lord Vishnu. His creations are also included in the Guru Granth Sahib, the bible for the Sikh. Saint Namdev has a big following in Maharshtra state of which Mumbai is the capital.

Hundreds of members of the community of traditional weavers and block-printers from all over India arrive in Haridwar during the 1st week of November, the occasion of the birth day of Saint Namdev. The traditional block-printing, as a profession, has got extinguished about a decade ago. Now it is considered largely a work of art. Associated art forms of cloth making by handlooms and stitching are also available in Haridwar.

The relaxed month of November presents an additional good opportunity to creative – writers. A fresh cool nip in the air mixes well with the gentle river sound for sun-bathing and writing creatively.


  • Sanskrit / Hindi
  • Calligraphy
  • Photography
  • Visual art
  • Documentary
  • Spirituality
  • Performance art
  • New media
  • Linguistics
  • Painting
  • Music
  • Writing
  • Education
  • Yoga
  • Everybody
  • Art of Life


  • Visiting Ganges ghats,temples, ashrams
  • Pilgrim interactions
  • Local collaborations
  • Exhibit
  • Print media coverage
  • Local music instruments
  • Conditional access to a Braille printing press
  • Arts mentoring
  • Life coaching
  • Drawing / writing / performing projects


  • En-suite room
  • Shared studio
  • Twice daily Yoga teaching
  • Om & mantra chanting initiation
  • Daily lecture & discussion
  • Options at other cluster-locations
  • 3 meals, 2 herbal tea + snacks
  • Sachet tea/ 24hrs
  • Daily small basket of fresh flowers
  • Towels, bedding
  • Laundry
  • Ayurveda doctor visit after every 3rd day

365 Arya Nagar Jwalapur
Haridwar 249407
Uttarakhand India

01 – 28 November 2019 / 2020 (28 days)
Haridwar, Banks of Ganges, Foothills of Himalayas
One can apply to join for any 28 continuous days, either the dates mentioned above or earlier / later.

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Image: “L Ottenki Tou Kapot”. Isana Goribidnur Kumar.

diego_rivera_indian-spinning.jpg!LargeImage: “Indian Spinning”. Diego Rivera (1886-1957). Courtesy -Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona, USA / Gift of Mrs Clare Boothe Luce / Bridgeman Images

1The Golden Temple at Amritsar. Edwin Lord Weeks
2The Golden Temple at Amritsar. Edwin Lord WeeksImage: “The Golden Temple at Amritsar”. Edwin Lord Weeks (1849–1903). Courtesy – Annmary Brown Memorial Collection, Brown University, Rhode Island.

outside_an_indian_dye_house-largeImage: “Outside An Indian Dye House” Edwin Lord Weeks (1849–1903). Courtesy – Private Collection

the_silk_merchants-largeImage: “The Silk Merchants”. Edwin Lord Weeks (1849–1903). Courtesy – Private collection

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