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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!!

Apps Redefining Art

While we all have been admiring deep down in our hearts those amazingly painted frames up on the walls or the beautifully captured and well-timed story telling photographs, the poetries or fictions whose vocabularies astound us or the melodic music that just fills our heart more than the ears –admit it or not but we at the same time are also wondering and aspiring to create some of those artworks ourselves!

Technology today when is replacing even the need of human communication with its super intelligent apps like Siri for i-phones, it’s also in process of making artists!

Check out here how all the tech –savvy artists are using some great apps to enhance and groom their Artistic talents!

Photography
Clicking a picture is one thing (off course the most important one) but editing it beautifully is yet another important part! Most of the pictures that drool us online are ‘edited’ (though we are not talking about the extent of editing here)

  • To set the trend – INSTAGRAM is what we would call a revolution! Bringing editing in 2 simple steps and on mobile phones, it’s the hot cake in Click-and-post photography trend!
  • Photoshop has always been considered the cookie-of-the-professionals and therefore, not many dared to even download it. But now with its app “REVEL” it’s picking up pretty fast!
  • Another very handy app is the BeFunky Photo Editor – offering you instant touch ups and cropping and collage making options!

Fine Arts

Scribbling on the back of class notebooks is what every great artist must have done and also those who are not-that-great artists , but anyway those notebooks are now sophisticatedly replaced by large LED screen mobile devices or tabs or i-pads – giving a digital screen , a few tools to draw, brush and paint and instantly share them with their networks!

  • SketchBook Pro
    Provides a range of professional sketching and painting tools including 60 preset brushes, layer blending and customizable brush settings. Compatible in Android 3.0 and above.
  • Fresco Paint Pro
    Described as a ‘mobile art studio for Android’, digital painting app Fresco gives you a variety of brushes, filters and effects to help you create some pretty impressive art images. The app autosaves your work every few minutes and image files can also be exported to Photoshop PSD format for you to continue working on at the office. There’s also a free version, Fresco Paint Lite.

Writing
Well, writing surely comes from within, but so what? Can’t it be edited on the outside, just a few letters here and there and woaah- you get a much better piece in hand than you ever wrote!

There are apps that provide you instant dictionary — and that must needed vocab touch up!

  • Poetreat is simple stylish interface that allows users to easily structure a rhyme scheme. Stuck on a word? It will instantly provide a plethora of options — even slant rhymes (you can find a rhyme for orange). Whether writing in iambic pentameter or traditional haiku, Poetreat provides the structure needed to create a literary masterpiece.
  • Merriam-Webster A dictionary app offers a range of options. The free version, contains the complete Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary but only a limited thesaurus. A comprehensive offering of synonyms and antonyms is available in the $3.99 version. This version also includes illustrations, and foreign words and phrases that are commonly used in English lit

Since we are all not that truly-inspired-from-within community so we surely like a little help on that front! Here are few reading apps that inspire you enough!

  • Scribd – Quick, convenient and largely free access to a huge archive of books and articles, in what is described as a ‘world digital library’.
  • Wattpad- This resource allows mobile access to one of the world’s largest free online publishers of fiction and poetry. With more of an emphasis on previously unpublished work, new writers can compare and contrast their own efforts to the wealth of produce currently available. Once they have seen what their fellow writers are up to, they can share their own work with the easy to use ‘create’ tool

Music
So we may all not be music composers necessarily but isn’t being an Art-Lover almost equivalent to Art-Creator (Otherwise who will appreciate the art being created)

But still we have a few apps here which give you the virtual feel of Music creation and editing!

  • Musyc
    In this one, from Fingerlab , you basically drag and drop little shapes onto the screen, and as they fall, they bang around and generate musical tones. You can draw lines and mazes. The shapes bounce and tumble around the lines and spaces, knock into each other.
  • Garage Band
    This app, from Apple, offers the best of both worlds. It’s loaded with “Smart Instruments” that play notes, chords and patterns with the push of a button. But it also has a set of virtual instruments you can play like the real thing, if you know how. There’s piano, drums, guitar and strings. You can record multiple tracks of your music, add fades and effects. You can also record your own voice, if singing’s your thing, or plug in an actual guitar or bass. The band Ultramods recorded its entire album, Underwear Party, using the mobile version of Garage Band.

Hope this article soothed your artistic + tech savvy nerves and will soon fill your phone with many new downloaded apps!

25 Awesome Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block

Every writer, as some point or the other, faces creative blockage or end of innovation. Nothing new worth penning down comes to mind and that can be quite frustrating. Instead of feeling bad or overwhelmed by that, think of ways to overcome it.

Here we suggest some practical and easily implementable tips.

# Turn of distractions – Unplug the internet, put the cell phone on silent, switch off the TV – this will help you focus.

# Keep a small notebook with you, always. You never know when a bright idea strikes you. Notebook will help you quickly make a note of it and build on it later on.

# Listen to music – music has a calming effect on your mind.

# Prepare a writing schedule and stick to it – Even if nothing comes to mind initially, eventually the mind will get tuned to the schedule and writing will not be difficult. Lot of successful writers have stick to the schedule of ‘500 words every morning’ and that has worked brilliantly for them

# Exercise – Go for walk, go jogging or hit the trade mill. Exercising is good for getting the blood flowing through the brain and gets the creative juices flowing.

# Rest and relax – Sometimes the brain gets tired of thinking and just needs rest to be able to recharge itself.

# Do something other than writing – It could be something creative which takes your mind away from writing like gardening, painting or sculpting.

# Create an outline and write main points – it’s easier to fill in the blanks rather than starting from scratch.

# Eat healthy – a balanced diet with proteins, antioxidants rich food, fresh fruits and vegetables gives the much required nourishment to you.

# Don’t focus on ‘perfect’ first draft – just pen down your ideas and thoughts. You always have time to revise and improvise it later on. Don’t edit your work till you finish it.

# Warm up yourself with freewriting – take a piece of paper and write down everything that comes to your mind about your topic. This will get your mind thinking

# Brainstorm or just talk to your friends and discuss your creative ideas and dilemmas.

# Use prompts and start writing. Many times random words and sentences can give ideas for great stories. Sometimes reading inspiring quotes can be a good start too.

# Read something old which you have written – published or unpublished. It can give you the needed creative boost and confidence convincing you that ‘you can write’.

# Set up deadlines and stick to them. Having a fixed schedule with deadlines always helps in avoiding procrastination.

# Many times, the writer’s block is because of some other deep rooted reasons. Try and identify the reasons and work towards resolving those issues. This will help you reconnect with your creativity.

# Take short breaks from time to time and do some other activities to rejuvenate yourself.

# Change your surroundings. Change in environment can spark new ideas and topics.

# Do you know that colors can trigger your mood? Try writing with a pen in different color!

# Get some fresh air and light – stare away from your notebook/ computer.

# You don’t have to complete your story in a sequence. Try writing as per your mood. Try matching your feelings and emotions like happiness, anxiety, love or despair with one of the characters in your story.

# Avoid noise distractions – go in a room where you can have silence, put the phone on silent mode, avoid loud music. If you like, use earplugs to help you concentrate better.

# Read good books and regularly revisit your favorite portions of the books.

# Don’t compare yourself with other writers – you are unique.

# Join a writing group or be in a company of other writers. With the Internet, it has become very easy to join other writers online. Take inspirations from each other, discuss ideas and grow your skills and confidence.

It was ‘Layla-Majnun’ and not ‘Laila-Majnu’!

We all have known, heard and talked about these epic love stories forever, but have we really bothered to find out where they all came from and who from?

Read here 5 Epic Love Stories with their origins, writers ,plots and their world famous adaptations!

#1. Layla & Majnun

Origin- It’s an Arabic folklore – a love story from the Middle East.

Writer- Nizami Ganjavii (1141 to 1209)

Nezāmi is considered the greatest romantic epic poet in Persian literature who brought a colloquial and realistic style to the Persian epic.

Story

Layla was a beautiful girl born in a rich family. Being no less than a princess, she was expected to marry a wealthy boy and live in grandeur and splendor. But Layla fell in love with Qays (Majnun) and he too loved her dearly. Qays was a poet and belonged to the same tribe as Layla. He composed splendid love poems and dedicated them to his lady-love, telling in them his love for her and mentioning her name often. Qays’ friends knew about his affair with Layla and they often teased and made fun of his love. But such taunts had no effect on Qays. He was deeply in love with Layla and it was her thoughts alone that possessed his mind for all time.

But Qays was a poor lad. And when he asked for Layla’s hand in marriage, her father promptly refused him as he didn’t want her daughter to marry below her status. It would mean a scandal for Layla according to Arab traditions.

As fate would have it, the two lovers were banished from seeing each other. Soon after, Layla’s parents married her off to a wealthy man and she went on to live in a big mansion.

When Qays heard of her marriage he was heartbroken. He fled the tribe camp and wandered in the surrounding desert. His family eventually gave up on his return and left food for him in the wilderrness. He could sometimes be seen reciting poetry to himself or writing Layla’s name in the sand with a stick. Day and night, he pined for her.

Layla was no better. Separated from Qays, she was shattered in mind, body and spirit. Not long afterwards, in 688 AD, she moved to Iraq with her husband, where she fell ill and died eventually.

When Qays’ friends came to know about Layla’s death, they went looking for him all over to give him the news. But they could not find him.

Not much later, their search for him came to an end. Qays was found dead in the wilderness near Layla’s grave. On a rock near the grave, he had carved three verses of poetry, which are the last three verses ascribed to him.

“I pass by these walls, the walls of Layla

And I kiss this wall and that wall
It’s not Love of the houses that has taken my heart
But of the One who dwells in those houses”

Qays went mad for his love; for this reason he came to be called “Majnu”, or “Majnun Layla”

Famous adaptation- In Indian hindi movie “Laila Majnu” (1976) directed by Harnam Singh Rawail and starring Rishi Kapoor and Ranjeeta.

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#2. Heer & Ranjha

Origins- It’s one of the four most popular tragic romances of the Punjab.(India)

Writer- Waris Shah

Waris was a Punjabi Sufi poet, renowned for his contribution to Punjabi literature and is also called Shakespeare of the Punjabi language because of his great poetic love story

Story

Heer was an extremely beautiful woman, born into a wealthy Jat family of the Sayyal clan in Jhang, Punjab. Ranjha (first name Dheedo; Ranjha is the surname), also a Jat of the Ranjha clan, was the youngest of four brothers and lived in the village ‘Takht Hazara‘ by the river Chenab. Being his father’s favorite son, unlike his brothers who had to toil in the lands, he led a life of ease playing the flute . After a quarrel with his brothers over land, Ranjha left home and eventually arrived in Heer’s village and fell in love with her. Heer offered Ranjha a job as caretaker of her father’s cattle. She became mesmerized by the way Ranjha played his flute and eventually fell in love with him. They met each other secretly for many years until they were caught by Heer’s jealous uncle, Kaido, and her parents Chuchak and Malki. Heer was then forced by her family and the local priest or ‘mullah‘ to marry another man called Saida Khera.

Ranjha wass heartbroken. He wandered the countryside alone, until eventually he met a ‘jogi’ (ascetic). After meeting Baba Gorakhnath, Ranjha became a jogi himself, piercing his ears and renouncing the material world. Reciting the name of the Lord, “Alakh Niranjan“, he wandered all over the Punjab, and eventually found the village where Heer now lived.

The two return to Heer’s village, where Heer’s parents agreed to their marriage. However, on the wedding day, Heer’s jealous uncle Kaido poisoned her food so that the wedding doesn’t takes place. Hearing this news, Ranjha rushed to aid Heer, but he was too late, as she already ate the poison and died. Brokenhearted once again, Ranjha took the poisoned Laddu (sweet) which Heer ate and dies by her side.

Famous adaptation: In Indian hindi movie “Heer Ranjha” (1970) directed by Chetan Anand starring Raaj Kumar and Priya Rajvansh.

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#3. Romeo & Juliet

Origins- Its plot is based on an Italian tale, translated into verse as The Tragical History of Romeus and Origins- Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562

Writer- William Shakespeare

Story

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.

The Montague (Romeo’s Family) and Capulet(Juliette’s family) families were feuding.

The Count of Paris approached Lord Capulet about marrying his daughter, Juliet, but he was wary of the request because she was only thirteen. Capulet asked the Count of Paris to wait another two years and invited him to attend a ball. Lady Capulet and Juliet’s nurse urged Juliet to accept Paris’ courtship.

During the ball, Benvolio (a cousin of Romeo) discovered Romeo’s one-sided infatuation for the fair Juliette.

After the ball, Romeo sneaked into the Capulet courtyard and overheard Juliet on her balcony vowing her love to him in spite of her family’s hatred for his family. Romeo made himself known to her and they agreed to be marry each other.

With the help of a friar, who hoped to reconcile the two families through their children’s union, they get secretly married the next day.

Juliet’s cousin Tybalt, annoyed that Romeo had crashed the Capulet ball, challenged him to a duel. Romeo, now considering Tybalt his kinsman, refused to fight. Romeo’s friend, Mercutio was offended by Tybalt’s insolence, as well as Romeo’s “vile submission” and accepted the duel on Romeo’s behalf. Mercutio was fatally wounded when Romeo attempted to break up the fight. Grief-stricken and wracked with guilt, Romeo confronted and killed Tybalt.

The Prince exiled Romeo from Verona and declared that if Romeo returns, he will be executed. Romeo secretly spends the night in Juliet’s chamber, where they made love for the first and last time, consummating their marriage. In the morning, he prepared to leave and kissed her one last time.

Lord Capulet, misinterpreted Juliet’s grief, agreed to marry her to Count Paris and threatened to disown her if she refuses. Juliette pleaded for the marriage to be delayed, but her mother rejected her.

Juliet visited Friar Laurence for help, and he offered her a drug that will put her into a death-like coma for forty-two hours. The Friar promised to send a messenger to inform Romeo of the plan, so that he can rejoin her when she awakens. On the night before her wedding to the Count, Juliet takes the drug and, when discovered apparently dead, she is laid in the family crypt.

The messenger, however, failed to reach Romeo and, instead, he learned of Juliet’s apparent demise from his servant. Heartbroken, Romeo bought poison from an apothecary and drank it.

Juliet then awakened only to find her beloved Romeo dead. Unwilling to live without him, she stabbed herself with his dagger.

The feuding families and the Prince met at the tomb to find all three dead. The Friar recounted their story. The families were reconciled by their children’s deaths and agreed to end their violent feud.

Famous adaptation: Romeo + Juliet (1966) starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes

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#4. Pyramus and Thisbē


Origins- These are two characters of Roman mythology

Writer- Ovid

Ovid was a Roman poet who is best known as the author of the three major collections of poetry, the Heroides, Amores and Ars Amatoria, and of the Metamorphoses. His poetry greatly influenced European art and literature and remains as one of the most important sources of classical mythology.

Story

Pyramus and Thisbe was the story of two lovers in the city of Babylon who occupied connected houses/walls.

Pyramus was the most handsome man and was childhood friend of Thisbe, the fairest maiden in Babylonia. They both lived in neighboring homes and fell in love with each other as they grew up together. However, their parents were against them marrying each other.

Through a crack in one of the walls, they whispered their love for each other. One night while everyone was asleep, they decided to slip out of their homes and meet in the nearby fields near a mulberry tree. Thisbe reached there first. As she waited under the tree, she saw a lion coming near the spring close by to quench its thirst. Its jaws were bloody. When Thisbe saw this horrifying sight, she panicked and ran to hide in some

hollow rocks nearby. As she was running, she dropped her veil. The lion came near and picked up the veil in his bloody jaws. At that moment, Pyramus reached near the mulberry tree and saw Thisbe’s veil in the jaws of the lion. He was completely devastated. Shattered, he pierced his chest with his own sword. Unknown to what just happened; Thisbe was still hiding in the rocks due to the fear of the lion. When she came out after sometime, she saw what her lover did to himself. She was totally shattered when she saw the sword piercing right through her lover’s chest. She also took the sword and killed herself.

In the end, the gods listened to Thisbe’s lament, and forever changed the color of the mulberry fruits into the stained color to honor the forbidden love.

Famous Adaptation : In a “mock opera” by the German-born composer John Frederick Lampe (1745)

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#5. Orpheus & Eurydice

Origins- It is a tale from Greek mythology.

Writer- There is no single author for this story- it’s been told and passed for generations!

Story

Orpheus fell deeply in love with and married Eurydice, a beautiful fairy. They were very much in love and very happy together. Aristaeus, a Greek god of the land and agriculture, became quite fond of Eurydice, and actively pursued her.

While fleeing from Aristaeus, Eurydice ran into a nest of snakes which bit her fatally on her legs. Distraught, Orpheus played such sad songs and sang so mournfully that all the nymphs and gods wept. On their advice, Orpheus traveled to the underworld and by his music softened the hearts of Hades and Persephone (he was the only person ever to do so), who agreed to allow Eurydice to return with him to earth on one condition: he should walk in front of her and not look back until they both had reached the upper world. In his anxiety he forgot that both needed to be in the upper world, and he turned to look at her, and she vanished for the second time, but now forever.

Famous adaptation : In a Brazilian film Black Orpheus (1959) by French director Marcel Camus

5 Creative Things to do in 5 Minutes

If you work on an internet-enabled computer system and are creative at heart plus bored and got 5 minutes to spare, read below:

#1. Fine Arts

Paint a sketch – a still life- any bottle, cup, saucer, pen stand, telephone in front of you! You can also consider sketching a human face from a person in the vicinity!

Benefit- Improvement in speed of sketching and a gradual but crisp idea of ratios and proportions of sketching! Poetry

#2. Writing

Re read an old poem/story/article of yours, you will find at least one mistake or think of a few word replacements. Polish the edges and try to analyze if reading the same old poem created a different picture of meanings in your mind.

Benefit -Brushing up of the old poems from your archives with updated vocabulary.

#3. Photography

Edit a photo clicked by you! Sorted!

There are many Photo editing software available online which can transform the face of your photograph! Try a few effects! It is very interesting to see a new look of the same picture.

Benefit- A new photograph out of an old photo will be ready in just 5 mins.

#4. Music

Search for your favorite songs lyrics online, and sing it aloud but only remember to record the same. Use the tiny voice recorder on your cell phone for the same. Then listen to the original song and the one sung by you. Repeat this activity when the next time you have 5 mins, you will instantly know your own mistakes.

Benefit- Instant relaxation because of singing activity and also self-improvement on musical notes.

#5. Reading

Read anything that you find upfront and interesting! Don’t be too selective. Generally all good articles are featured by different websites on their homepage- just click and start reading.

Benefit- A lot of learning happens via reading.

And if you still got 2 mins left after trying out any of these tricks, go to www.tumbhi.comSubmit your Sketches, Poems, Stories, Song recordings, Photos etc. and enjoy the opportunities coming your way as an artist.

Also if you want to read a whole bunch of interesting articles – welcome to http://blog.tubmhi.com.

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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#PoeticLove @tumbhi on twitter.com

A hashtag can change many meanings- that too on an eve like that of Valentine’s Day! Tumbhi on its twitter thought of bringing poetic people into some action by trying to float #PoeticLove so that people share their love in the form of their shers/shayaris/poems. Splendid it was as nothing fits better in poetry than love.

So here we have gathered a few good ones from #PoeticLove:

“चलो शेरो शायरी का आलम बनाते है ,आज के दिन , इश्क की महफ़िल सजाते हैं ! tweet ur love in poems/shers with #PoeticLove”

1. @maktuub मेरी मुराद मेरा ख्वाब मेरी मंजिल तू / तेरे बगैर मुझे कुछ नज़र नहीं आता ~ मक्तूब #PoeticLove

2. ‏@sriv_anu ना कुछ नज़र कहरही,ना ही लब कहरहे,ना समझ आ रहा क्या ये सब कहरहे,अजब ही ज़ुबान हम दोनो की है,कुछ बोले बिना हम तो सब कह रहे #PoeticLove

3. @kattitudette Ab Dil Ki Tamana Hai Ke Kaash Aisa Ho Ansu Ki Jaga Ankh Se Hasrat Nikal Jaiye! #PoeticLove

4. @kattitudette fursat hi nahi deti ye gham-e-duniya saara din. jugnuon se armaan mere har shaam jal jaate hain 🙂

5. @sriv_anu मेरी कविता के हर शब्द हैं तुमसे, मेरे गीतों ने तुमसे ही सुर पाया, जी उठते हैं एक साथ सब, जब भी ज़िक्र तुम्हारा आया #PoeticLove

6. @sriv_anu यहाँ वहां ढूँढा जिसको वह, था नज़रों में, पर नज़र न आया, धड़कता है इस दिल में कब से, दिल आखिर क्यों समझ न पाया #PoeticLove

7. @sriv_anu कहते हैं कहीं भी जाओ, साए हमेशा साथ चलते हैं, पर मेरे साथ तो हरदम तू चलता है, क्या इसे ही प्यार कहते हैं #PoeticLove

8. ‏@Chatar_Matar कभी फुर्सत हो ज़रा सी, तो कह देना बस इक बार इशारे से, शायद दिल की कहानियों को, पल भर की राहत मिल जाए #PoeticLove @tumbhi

9. @Chatar_Matar रास्ते तो हमारे रहने दो मंजिलें तो वैसे भी तुम्हारी हैं ;साथ रहना मुनासिब नहीं हाथ थामके चलना, उस में भी क्या शिकायत है #PoeticLove @tumbhi

10. @ideakikhan Aaja mere sanam tu b aaj is shayri ki mahfil me.. dekh le teri bewfai pr b kitna pyar bhara h mere dil me.. @tumbhi #poeticlove

11. @kattitudette Hamko Maloom Hai Jannat Kii Haqeeqat Lekin.. Dil Ke Khush Rakhne Ko ‘Ghalib’ Ye Khayal Acha Hai..

12. @JunejaAnju @tumbhi nami hai dil mein kitni abhi tak kya batayein, nishan tere kadmon ke hain jas ke tas bane huye.

13. @sriv_anu @tumbhi चाहे कितना भी नकारे ये मन, दिल को ऐतबार अब भी है/ आओगे तुम वापस ज़िन्दगी में फिर, दिल को इंतज़ार अब भी है #PoeticLove

14. ‏@maktuub कासिद के आते आते ख़त इक और लिख रखूँ / मैं जानता हूँ जो वो लिखेंगे जवाब में #Ghalib #PoeticLove

15. @1d1f @tumbhi Main bhi zabaan rakhta hu kash poocho ki muddaa kya hai jab ki tujh bin nahi koi maujud phir ye hangama ki Khuda kya hai #PoeticLove

16. @1d1f Tere vaade pe jiye hum, to ye jaan jhoot jana, Ke khushi se mar na jatay agar aitbar hota. #ghalib #PoeticLove

17. @Chatar_Matar Humko to duniya main koi bewafa na mila.. kami jo paayi to apni mohobbat main paayi.. #ghalib #PoeticLove @tumbhi

So with all this love floating in the forms of poetry , we were just enthralled to share this with everybody who missed it! Also download our special Romantic Poetry book “EHSAAS” which is accompanied with beautiful sketches – to spread more love!

#Wahwah @ Tumbhi

To beat the Monday morning blues, we decided to make the twitter TL a little more interesting, a little more poetic and to awaken the poetic spirits of the people. So we just asked them to tweet their or other’s shers- shayaris or couplets following the #wahwah tag with us!!

A peek-a-boo at what happened!

[Tumbhi]: Tweet the #wahwah with us today! Share awesome shers, shayari- yours or of stalwarts and lets create a poetic monday!

तेरा न हो सका तो मर जाऊंगा ‘फ़राज़’ कितना खूबसूरत वो झूठ बोलता था #wahwah Tweet the sher with us! This was when we tried building the “shayrana” atmosphere and the first few responses were like—

[Aakriti]@Chatar_Matar दिल नाउम्मीद तो नहीं , नाकाम ही तो है रंगीन है गम की शाम , मगर शाम ही तो है #wahwah @tumbhi

[Tushar] @Shorisays वोह खूबसूरत है पलके हमारी झपकती ही नहीं । #wahwah @tumbhi

Then we had to simulate a little more to build the flow! Heres how we did!

Tweet the #wahwah with us today! share awesome shers, shayari– Wake up all fantastic poets on the TL!

तुमको नाराज़ रहना है तो कुछ बात करो ‘फ़राज़ ‘ के चुप रहने से मुहब्बत का गुमान होता है – अहमद फ़राज़ #wahwah tweet the sher!

So again, [Tushar] @Shorisays दिल ने कहा दिल ने सुना और मोहब्बत हो गयी । #wahwah @tumbhi

And then [Aakriti]@Chatar_Matar कभी भुलाने के लिए पीते हैं कभी सहलाने के लिए और कभी पी कर जो लिखी थी उसे मिटाने के लिए #wahwah @tumbhi

And we kept poking—————- >> #wahwah —– anyone there??

आँखों में जल रहा है क्यूँ , बुझता नहीं धुंआ उठता तो है घटा सा , बरसता नहीं धुंआ – गुलज़ार #wahwah Tweet the sher! spred d awesomeness!

So some new handles were seen

[Radha] @RadhaGiri कौन कहता है हाथो की लकीरें तकदीरें बनाती है तकदीर तोह उनकी भी होती है जिनके हाथ नहीं होते है @tumbhi #WahWah

[Anupriya]@sriv_anu @tumbhi ये जो दर्द मिल रहे हैं किश्तों में, डर है ये सिलसिला भी थम न जाये, अब तो इस दर्द से ही, जिंदा होने का एहसास होता है #wahwah

[Aakriti] @Chatar_Matar “कागज़ और कलम से अब राते इंतिहा होती हैं हसरतों की महफिलों को नया ठिकाना जो हासिल हुआ है ” #wahwah @tumbhi

[Anupriya]@sriv_anu @tumbhi ज़िन्दगी की जाने कितनी, मुस्कुराहटों की वजह है तू, फिर किस मुंह से आखिर आज, तुझको बेवफा कह दें #wahwah

The poking never stopped———–More poets on the TL- tweet the sher with us and make people go #wahwah

[Tushar] @Shorisays वोह ढलता सूरज और हमारे चाँद का छत पे आना, कौन कहता है आज अँधेरा होगा । #wahwah @tumbhi

वोह ढलता सूरज और हमारे चाँद का छत पे आना, कौन कहता है आज अँधेरा होगा । #wahwah @tumbhi

On facebook too, we thought we shouldn’t let the poets miss the fun!! So —–Poets/ Shayars: Catch the latest action on Tumbhi’s Twitter. Something really exciting is happening there! Follow… http://fb.me

So some facebook shayars walked in : like- Ruhi @tumbhi Tere Ishq me jalte hue hum khak hue jate hain na samjh zinda ke hum bezaar jiye jaate hain ..Ruhiii ♥

[Kavita] @kattitudette @tumbhi Mujhe dekh kar wo sahib-e-ilm bola, “Teri sanjeedgi batati h, tujhe hansne ka bahut shoq tha kabhi!” #wahwah

[Tushar] @Shorisays जेठ की दोपहर में उनका बुलावा शायद इन्तिहान हैं मोहब्बत की । #wahwah @tumbhi

[Ruhi] @RooheeSharma @tumbhi Fasla tujhse bas itna sa hai “Zindagi” jab chaha aankhe band ki aur tujhe jee liya ..Ruhiii

Poke poke ————–#wahwah kyu nhi ho rahi hai bhai!!

[Aakriti] @Chatar_Matar कोशिशें रुसवाइयों की नाकाम हो जाएँ , इल्तिजा दिल की अब ये सारी है अजनबी बन के इक बार फिर से, कभी टकरा जाएँ हम दोनों #wahwah @tumbhi

Poking continued—Thoda #wahwah ho jaye??? Tweet a sher with us and spread the awesomeness on TLs!!

Poetry is everywhere, it just needs some editing! Tweet a couplet with us and spread the magic! follow with #wahwah

And then a handle billu (@1d1f) was in the field with different shers from different poets:

@tumbhi Ragon me daudte phirne ke hum nahi qaayal,,,Jab aankh hi se na tapka to phir lahoo kya hai..”Mirza Ghalib”.. #wahwah

@tumbhi Isse Pahle Ke Bewafa Ho Jayein,,Kyun Na Aye Dost Hum Juda Ho Jayein,.”Ahmed Faraz”.. #wahwah

@tumbhi Nahi Tera Nasheman Qasar-e-Sultani Kay Gumbad Par; Tu Shaheen Hai Basera Kar Pahadon ki Chattano Par.”Allama Iqbal”. #wahwah

@tumbhi kya nazaakat hai ki aariz unke neele pad gaye,,maine to bosa liya tha khwaab mein tasweer ka-”Mirza Ghalib”. #wahwah

@tumbhi Meharbaan ho ke bula lo mujhe chaaho jis waqt,,,Main gaya waqt nahin hoon ke phir aa bhi na sakun.”Mirza Ghalib”. #wahwah

Finally we disclosed ———-:> Ur shers will find a space in our special #wahwah blog going live by today evening! tweet with us and immortalize ur tweet-sher!

So here it is, compiling all the tweeted shers by our poetic souls!! Take your bit home!! J

Artist’s Motivation; Miles to go before I sleep

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”

These golden lines from Robert Frost bring back the wondered thought- what keeps an artist going?

It sure must be something really burning which keeps the urge inside an artist alive. To keep his pen rolling, his paints flowing, his camera clicking, his legs tapping and his heart jumping, all the way.

Indecisive of what the reasons would be, I just thought of putting down a few points which keep me, as an artist, going …

  1. Take it out on a paper
    It’s when I have a lot of things to surrender to, lot of things to face to, in daily life, at home, at work, in relationships or I am just grumbled of the general behavior of a common human tendency and I desperately need to take it out somewhere, writing or painting become the best medium. I just write it down or paint it out and the relieve exchanged is worth that effort!
  2. The mighty incentives
    Two words of a serious thought on my creative work brings in voluptuous changes. With the prowess of the web today, exposing talent is easy, quick and vast! Even the comments that I receive on a four line poetry of mine, is capable enough to take me 10 miles further.
  3. The critical “high”
    Believe it or not, one thoughtful remark coming from n expert in the industry can teach an artist lesson for his entire life. We don’t actually realize its importance since these experts are not really in our reach. Even one thoughtful remark from a friend can boost an artist so much. If even once, by any chance, one becomes lucky enough to recite his poem to a well famed poet or show his photograph to the most eminent photographer in the industry, it takes you another one million miles in a flash.
  4. The urge of getting better
    It is said “Practice makes man perfect”. Similarly, any art comes through two channels- Inborn talent and sheer experience. Artists tend to learn through hit and trial method. It’s their own work which motivates them to improve further! When I compare my two years old poetry with the present one, the difference is crystal clear. The journey of evolution in me and my writing comes alive in those papers. It’s that promise to myself to keep getting better just gives me a push every time!

As an artist, I keep doing my art for myself but somewhere I realize that what I did, isn’t enough and that I have to keep going , because, there are miles to go before I sleep…!!

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!