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Call for Writers and Editors

Want to Make History (Captivating)?

CaptivaTour is looking for writers and editors, who love Indian history and culture, to work with us!

 

Who are we?

We are CaptivaTour, a bold new startup that’s transforming the way tourists experience local history and culture. CaptivaTour makes mobile audio guides for historical and cultural sites in leading tourist destinations.

 

Who are our customers and what is their problem?

We believe the curious, intelligent, smartphone-carrying traveler of today deserves an infinitely better experience than what she’s currently getting.

Her current options are:

  • Dull, sleep-inducing government info signboards
  • Incredulity-testing local-site guides who don’t bother letting facts come in the way of a good, manufactured story
  • Pushy city guides, who are more interested in recommending the best place for them to earn a commission, for her to shop
  • On-site audio guides, which admittedly can be decent, but without site-maps, without pictures, without tour options and without an engaging story, are like using an ol’ Nokia phone when an iPhone 6 is available (at the same price!)

 

What is our solution?

CaptivaTour mobile audio tours are the best way to experience a monument/cultural site. Our product’s unique strengths are:

  • Engaging story: Highly engaging story-based approach that goes beyond narrating historical facts and events and makes it relevant, interesting to the contemporary international traveler.
  • Visuals & music: We go beyond just voice and add tons of pictures, paintings, maps etc. that bring the story alive. Music is also used to accentuate the drama!
  • Customised tours: We realise that every traveler is different and accordingly have three options for every tour (differing in duration and coverage).

 

These tours are packaged in a simple, gorgeous looking app that is highly user-friendly.

Our app is getting great reviews from genuine delighted travelers – check out some of thetestimonials.

 

Where do you come in?

We started off with five tours – of the most visited monuments in India. But we want more!

For the next tourist season, we plan to offer a wide smorgasbord of historical and cultural experiences in our chosen market – the Delhi-Agra-Jaipur circuit.

Our offerings would go beyond monument tours, and include the following:

  • Walks of iconic neighbourhoods (e.g. Old Delhi, Lutyen’s Delhi, Jaipur Old City)
  • Food walks (e.g. the best parathas in Delhi)
  • India’s religions – a beginner’s guide
  • Cultural quirks of India

 

What kind of people are we looking for?

We are looking for great storytellers. Having said that, the following would be useful:

  • Writing experience, especially long-form and for high-quality, popular media such as Scroll, Mint, Caravan
  • Passion for history and culture
  • Ability to do fairly detailed research (our tours require reading multiple books about the subject)
  • Ability to weave the story in a coherent manner (typically tour content length ranges from 5,000 to 15,000 words)
  • Ability to work in tight deadlines
  • Being located in Delhi/Agra/Jaipur would be a bonus

 

Does CaptivaTour pay, or is it all about the joy?

We believe that great work is its own reward.

We realize however, that good beer costs money. So you can expect compensation that is commensurate with your experience and ability.

Ok maybe slightly lesser than that. C’mon we’re a startup! And remember – that feeling of joy you’ll get on publishing a great tour that would be enjoyed by thousands of travelers? Priceless.

 

Is this full-time or part-time work?

As of now we are looking for part-time/freelance writers and editors. However if we mutually feel so, we can explore full-time options too.

 

How to apply?

Please send a mail to ravi@captivatour.com with the following:

  • Your preferred area of work – editing or writing (or both!)
  • Samples of your work (preferably in the history/culture/food writing domain)
  • Your background (education, work experience)
  • Any current work/time constraints
  • Location

In case of any queries you can send them at the above email address.

 

Let’s make history (captivating)!

Shah Jahan and Mumtaz

The Taj Mahal Story – in Rhyme

The Love Story

Prince Khurram (aka Shah Jahan), Mughal crown price, was our Hero,

The heroine was Arjumand, grand-daughter of the Empire’s CFO

You may imagine, between them, a cute, love-at-first-sight story

But this is India, ladies and g’men, we do arranged marriages only!

Married in 1612, Arjumand and Khurram’s love knew bounds none

As his favourite wife, she was titled Mumtaz Mahal (the Palace’s chosen one)!

 

Tragedy Strikes

Since he loved no one as much, he had many, many children by her

One child every 16 months? Mumtaz was one heck of a mother!

In her 14th pregnancy though, tragedy struck the couple loving

Mumtaz passed away; leaving a distraught, heart-broken king

For two years he mourned, his hair turned grey, dress a white gown

An uncle admonished him ‘Mumtaz is in paradise, time to move on’

But deep in his mourful heart, a monumental idea took birth

For his beloved Mumtaz, he would bring Paradise down here on earth.

 

A marble dream takes shape

One of the richest rulers was building a memorial for his dearest spouse,

He could’ve gotten the world’s best architect; but there was one inhouse

A gifted architect, Shah Jahan supervised and changed designs on his own

The world’s greatest monument took shape, brick by brick, stone by stone

For his beloved it would be only the best: marble – pristine, pure, white

Enhanced by a striking technique – pietra dura – it makes for a stunning sight!

One overarching design theme across the monument is made to stick

It was: ‘Ensuring Paradise Is Certain’ (for Mumtaz); in short, EPIC!

Taj Mahal - A pristine dream in Marble

Taj Mahal – A pristine dream in Marble

What happened Next

‘Move on’ an uncle had said and Shah Jahan later did so (literally)

Five years after the Taj was built, he moved his capital from Agra to Delhi

A majestic Fort Palace was built – The Red Fort (as it is now known)

Luxury, riches, entertainment – it was a good lifestyle to own

Until a tragic (and yes, embarrassing) incident occurred in 1657, September

And then Shah Jahan was overthrown and imprisoned in an Agra Fort chamber

 

Questions, questions

What was that incident? Had Shah Jahan ‘moved on’ too far?

Would Mumtaz be waiting in heaven with flowers (or with a crowbar)?

In short, was that immortal love story all that it was cracked up to be?

For answers to all these questions, take the Taj Mahal CaptivaTour: its free!

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