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Sikkim writer spins success story

- 32-year-old’s short story chosen from 400 entries by publishing house

Gangtok, Oct. 2: A short story by a 32-year-old writer from Sikkim is among the dozen entries chosen by Random House for a collection by Indian women writers.

The leading publisher had invited entries from women writers for the MSN-Random House She Writes contest.

The contestants had to submit their stories on any one of the themes: Woman in a City, Growing up in India and The Man in My Life.

From over 400 entries, 12 stories were selected, said the organisers.

Yishey Doma’s story Mantras of Love is about a Sikkimese nun and a New York photographer who find love in Dzrongi in the hills during a trek.

“My short story getting selected from over 400 entries across the country cheers me up,” said Yishey.

Such contests inspire women writers, especially those from small states such as Sikkim, she said.

She is the only writer from the Northeast to be selected.

Yishey’s book Legends of Lepchas: Folk Tales from Sikkim was published by Westland Tranqueber in 2010.

The book has been included in the postgraduate syllabus of Sikkim University from this year.

Yishey is an English graduate from Sikkim Government College and is a copywriter in a local newspaper.

She has also written a coffee table book, titled Sikkim — A Hidden Fruitful Journey, and a travel guide on Sikkim titled Sikkim Traveller’s Companion.