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Why you should write in हिन्दी when you are writing in Hindi

Hindi – the mother tongue of India is trying real hard to not loose grip of its roots. Thanks to all the writers who still prefer Hindi as their medium of expression but with the rising advent of technology, every gadget by default in English and the ease with our QWERTY keyboards sometimes does major damage to our Hindi manifestation . Roman Hindi is the new “Cool” way of writing things in a jiffy and call it an artwork! If we were to write Hindi also using English words, why were all these dedicated fonts created in MS word or Google translate was conceived?

 

Let’s understand why we should use only appropriate fonts for any language that we use to write it:

1. You know its hindi in the first look Using the appropriate font (for e.g Mangal for Hindi) is the best way to write in a dedicated language. At least you don’t go all the near to the write up piece and then feel ditched, realizing its Hindi written using English- let’s not do that!

2. Correct Pronunciation You might have wanted to write something else when in the lieu of spelling it in English and adding the tadka of sms lingo, the original meaning of the word absolutely flips. Better if you want people to read it the way you have written it, use Hindi font. This way those who are reading hindi will understand hindi only and not Hebrew.

3. Devnagri Script Hindi as we widely know originates form Devnagri Script. And Hindi is an amalgam of many languages which includes Sanskrit, urdu and even a couple of English words. Using appropriate font will also reflect your overall commitment to that language you chose to write your feelings in. Being a writer, let’s have some personal ethical standards

4. Easy to read

Anyone choosing to read in Hindi will also definitely be able to understand it in Hindi font. Don’t think that if you write in Roman Hindi, intelligibility will be better, No it doesn’t work like that. If you want to attract the right people to your write- up , use the right font

Note: You can either download Mangal font on your MS word or just go online to Google Transliteration and type out in your favorite Roman Hindi and it will give you the Hindi Font.

Let’s give each language their due respect by using the font they are married to!!

So That We Don’t Forget Hindi Literature!

A list of 5 very popular Hindi writers/poets along with their works available online

We are majorly an English speaking community now! Not just we only prefer to read and write in English, the process of understanding English language more has somewhere reduced the affection towards our own national language “Hindi”. The biggest example stands that this post is boasting about Hindi language and yet written in English so that it reaches maximum ears and minds!

Hindi literature has been utterly rich and intense just like the language of its expression! The sad part is today with the invincible race of remaining updated with the new bestsellers, we have somehow let loose of the strong connect of this deep ocean of expressionism.

Therefore to get a glimpse of the amazing marvel on your computer screens, we are compiling a list of a few gems of the Hindi literature along with their works which are still available online!!

#1. Munshi Premchand

(July 31, 1880 – October 8, 1936) One of the most celebrated writers of the Indian subcontinent of the early twentieth century he was famous for his modern Hindustani literature.

Born Dhanpat Rai Srivastav, he wrote under the pen name “Premchand”, A novel writer, story writer and dramatist, he has been referred to as the “Upanyas Samrat” (“Emperor among Novelists”) by some Hindi writers. His works include more than a dozen novels, around 250 short stories, several essays and translations of a number of foreign literary works into Hindi.

Works available online-

Premchand’s novels as Free PDFs

Premchand’s complete work in Gadya Kosh

 

#2. Shivani


(1923– 2003) was one of the popular Hindi magazine story writers of the 20th century and a pioneer in writing Indian women based fiction. She was awarded the Padma Shri for her contribution to Hindi literature in 1982. Almost all of her works are in print today and widely available across India.

She garnered a massive following in the pre-television 60s and 70s, as her literary works were serialised in Hindi magazines like Dharmayug and Saptahik Hindustan, and in TV serials n films.

Upon her death in 2003, Government of India described her contributions to Hindi literature as, “…in the death of Shivani the Hindi literature world has lost a popular and eminent novelist and the void is difficult to fill”

Works available online-

Lal Haveli, a story by Shivani

Piti Hui Got, a story by Shivani

 

#3. Amrita Pritam

(31 August 1919 – 31 October 2005) born as Amrita Kaur was a Punjabi writer and poet, considered the first prominent woman Punjabi poet, novelist, and essayist, and the leading 20th-century poet of the Punjabi language. With a career spanning over six decades, she produced over 100 books, of poetry, fiction, biographies, essays, a Punjabi folk songs and an autobiography.

Awards- Sahitya Akademi Award for her poem, Sunehe (Messages); Bhartiya Jnanpith, for Kagaz Te Canvas (The Paper and the Canvas); Padma Shri in 1969; Padma Vibhushan in 2004, and Sahitya Akademi Fellowship given to the “immortals of literature” for lifetime achievement.

Translated works available online-

The Cellar

Sahiban in exile

Wild flower

 

#4. Dr. Dharamvir Bharati

(25 December 1926 – 4 September 1997) was a renowned Hindi poet, author, playwright and a social thinker of India. He was the Chief-Editor of the popular Hindi weekly magazine Dharmayug from 1960 till his death in 1997.

Bharati was awarded the Padma Shree for literature in 1972 by the Government of India. Bharati’s Suraj ka Satwan Ghoda is considered a unique experiment in story-telling and was made into a National Film Award- winning movie by the same name in 1992 by Shyam Benegal. Andha Yug, a play set in the time immediately after the Mahabharata war, is another classic that is enacted very often in public by various drama groups.

He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Playwriting (Hindi) in 1988, given by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama.

Works available online-

Dharamvir Bharati’s Poetry

 

#5. Mahadevi Varma

An outstanding Hindi poet, she was a freedom fighter, woman’s activist and educationist from India. She is widely regarded as the modern Meera. She was a major poet of the Chhayavaad generation, a period of romanticism in Modern Hindi poetry ranging from 1914-1938. With passage of time, her limited but outstanding prose has been recognized as unique in Hindi Literature.

She was awarded India’s highest literary award, for lifetime achievement, the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1979, followed by the Jnanpith Award in 1982.She was the recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award, in 1988.

Works available online-

Poetry

Mahadevi’s Poems

Hope this post aroused your Hindi taste buds and made you wonder how amazing this world of literature was!

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Guest Column writing- Why, why, why??

Writing happened to you once and since then life followed….!!

If that’s the case with you too, you are probably the class of writers who try to redefine the world with their pens!

There are many of us who have this gifted “pen” with us , we write and love to write more, to express and put our own point of views in front of the world. Our lives may look absolutely normal like anybody else’s and we might be doing the traditional IT jobs as well but that doesn’t kills the “writer” within.

But we are not the celebrated faces or the known names whose writings will be heartily read by everyone. No matter from how many years we might be writing, we still need exposure and of course appreciation to keep going.

So the best way to keep this flame alive and ignited is to write “Guest columns” . Yes, you read it right, guest columns. Maintaining a blog of your own is something which everyone might do but a guest column adds to your overall esteem in the online writing world.

Highlighting few points as to why you should take up “Guest Column” writing if you are not doing it till date:

1. The ‘big’ exposure

You might have your personal blog where you would be very regular with your posts but writing for a different platform with probably a larger readership could help you get better views and thus more eye-balls for your piece of writing. Remember, the portals which invite guest columns usually have dedicated budget for advertising and marketing of the portal and you have an excellent opportunity of leveraging on that! Additionally, you can also give link to your own blog or website there which will promote your own little space as well.

2. ‘Connect’ with like minds

Writers suffer from a problem. They don’t get appropriate audience/readers. Agree? Then writing for an already established platform where many writers like you come together might solve this problem of yours. The fellow writers reading your write-up, commenting on it, sharing their views will definitely cut down on your entire search for “like minded” people and may help you in thinking from different perspectives.

3. Business Possibilities

A guest column in plain words is a demo of your writing skills. Go ahead and pour the best of the words you know. Who knows, someone out in the world might just be looking for your talent and you might find something great where you would love to contribute.

4. Virtual Reputation

Reputation is no longer a word only in the real world. If you are online, you have to have ‘Virtual Reputation’ as well. It refers to the credibility of your work reflected by the authentic sites of which you are a member in some way. Writing Guest column for a genuine portal can add tons to it! Your name with back links to various authentic portals speaks of your virtual credibility immensely.

5. Revenue Sharing

Last but not the least, monetary benefits cannot be ignored. There are pages which are popular only because of the kind of guest columns it holds. These pages are known to share their revenue with the guest column writers. So you not only make reputation but may also make some handsome money as well!!

And eventually, it’s all about writing – your true passion!

Keep it alive, keep writing!

Applauses Captured!

In each of us is hidden a Story teller, one who loves to open up new windows to the world, looks up beyond the horizons and dreams in the day just to mar a virgin sheet of paper with a fantastic fable. Tumbhi came up with a Short Story Writing Contest called “Somewhere Sometime” to catch hold of such beautiful birds of imagination with only one string of condition attached, i.e. the story was required to have a twist.

 

 

Each entry was individually analyzed by the jury which comprised of Kiran Khalap (author, Brand Consultant and founder of Chlorophyll Brand & Communications Consultancy); Javed Siddiqui (urdu and hindi screenwriter, dialogue writer and playwright form India, he has written over 50 storylines, screenplays and dialogues which comprises of films like DDLJ, Umraao Jaan, Taal, Pardes, Raja Hindustani and many more); and Pankaj Shukla (a film critic, a senior journalist, a book reviewer, writer, director, and a keen traveler).

Beautiful captures of visionary pieces were tracked and judges could only give some to-be-remembered-forever remarks on the entries.

The entries were judged on the basis of 4 criteria: Plot, Narrative, Language and Twist .They were looking for a perfect balance of idea and execution along with the compulsory flawless of the language used.

Although the expectations made are seldom defeated, the jury was able to make some concrete remarkes on the quality of the entries that poured in .

Following the criteria trail, the remarks are as under:

Plot: Basically considered as the idea of the story, the plan wherein all the events of the story fall in certain sequence. Some of the entries were quite surprising with their plots with good build ups and imagery. The feel was remarkable at some reading points. Some stories also came up with slight moral reflection and subtle humor which was highly admired
Narrative: what the reader sees and hears of what happens – and how he sees and hears it. The Hindi entries were almost flawless in their narration. Although a much higher level of good narrative by the use of quality dialogues was expected which was missing.
Language: The words weaving and unfolding the events in the story need to be carefully chosen in terms of their tone and elegancy. A couple of the English ones were quite poor in their use of language with the extensive usage of sms language and not-so-decent words although the Hindi stories stil scored some decent points in this respect.
Twist-in-the-tale: The surprise element in the story which changes the course of the events and takes it to a new climax, something which is not predictable by the reader. Many of the writers used GHOSTS as the only object of Twist which was kind of predictable. The twists could have been much twistier with more element of surprise in it. Because ofcourse there could be many more surprising things than ghosts alone 🙂

Tumbhi team expects the writers who participated and got a chance to run their artworks under such veterans of the writing world will surely benefit from such valuable feedback!!

Shayari @ Tumbhi

Tumbhi comes across yet another list of aspirants, this time Poets and writers. A writing Contest in the name of “Nadaan Parindey” had been organized by the portal which invited Poems in Hindi and Roman Urdu. The superlative part of the Contest this time was its Jury! Tumbhi was able to give a chance to the poets-at-heart a chance to present their work to Irshad Kamil, the ace poet/lyricist in Indian Cinema.

The response was overwhelming! Recording the entries in thousands, we were flooded by people appealing to submit their entries even after the closure of the contest. We received startling response not only from India, where Hindi is the mother tongue, but also the entries pouring from Pakistan , UAE and NRIs(Non Resident Indians) especially in Roman Urdu were wonderful.

We had announced 2 cash prizes of Rs.21, 000 and Rs. 11,000 for the contest but the winner will be more than worth it , we believe!

Announcing the shortlisted “Super 25” poems on 6th Feb 2012’ is not going to be an easy task for our judges but we have taken the challenge and now looking forward to the best entries being selected.

To give you a look, here are a few snippets from the participation entries selected randomly:

कब से लिए बैठा हूँ इस कागज़ के टुकड़े को

कब से कर रहा हूँ तफ़तीश मैं खुद की
रोज़ तोड़ा है मैंने हर क़रार इसका
रोज़ पलटा है मैंने हर सफ़हा माज़ी का
इससे बड़ा भी कोई जुर्म क्या होगा
मुझसे बड़ा भी मुजरिम कहाँ होगा..
-केतन कनौजिया

अब काहे को रोत है, सब हो गया मालिया मेट।

जले भुझे की राख ले, और बिखरी मट्टी समेट॥

पहले खुद को जानले, फिर औरन को जान।
सभी यहाँ है आदमी, कौन यहाँ भगवन॥
-मोहित गोस्वामी

ख़्वाब बड़े और कमरे छोटे
आसमा पर ग़र कुछ घर होते
बादलों से घर भर लेते
मुट्ठी मे बाँध कर तारो को
घर अपना जग मग कर लेते
हे ख्वाब बड़े और कमरे छोटे …..
-गायत्री मनचंदा

ज़िन्दगी माचिस की एक तीली है
एक से शमा जला लूं या चूल्हा
दोनों के चक्कर में
कई दफा ऊँगली जली है
-आबिद हुसैन

Needless to mention, but thanks to all the participants for the immense contribution.