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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!!

7 Interesting Facts about Poems and Poetry

“There is something about poetry beyond prose logic, there is mystery in it, not to be explained but admired.” ~~ Edward Young

As someone who is passionate about poetry and truly believes in the saying that “Poetry is everywhere; it just needs editing”, you would certainly be keen to know some interesting things about poetry and poems. Here we compile such 7 super interesting facts. Read on and enjoy….

#1: The haiku is one of the popular forms of shortest poetic writing. It originated in Japan. The interesting thing about haiku is that it has only seventeen syllables – with three lines of five, seven, and five syllables, respectively. The 1st and 3rd lines must have five syllables, and the second line must have seven syllables.

#2: Mahabharata, an Indian epic poem, is the world’s longest poem with around 1.8 million words.

 

#3: Charles Ghigna poem called ‘I’ is one of the shortest poems in the world.

#4: World Poetry Day is celebrated on March 21st each year to appreciate and support poets and poetry around the world. It is an initiative of of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

#5: The earliest type of poem was The epic. An epic presents a long narrative (story) of amazing heroic deeds.

#6: Epic of Gilgamesh from Babylon is the oldest written poem. It is said to be around 4,000 years old and it tells the story of a king, Gilgamesh, who was half-man, half-god.

#7: A stanza, traditionally contains 12 lines. A two-line stanza is called a couplet, and a four-line couplet is a quatrain.

 

The Artists of Tragedy

Enlisting & remembering “Famous Artists who committed suicide” | People who graced 7 different Art categories with their immortal art but were defeated by life and themselves – Take a look!

#1 Fine Arts- Van Gogh

Vincent Willem Van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art.

Artistic Achievements – Van Gogh began to draw as a child, and he continued to draw throughout the years that led up to his decision to become an artist. He began painting in his late twenties and in just over a decade, he produced more than 2,100 artworks, consisting of 860 oil paintings and more than 1,300 watercolors, drawings, sketches and prints. His work included self-portraits, landscapes, still lives, portraits and paintings of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers.

However it is interesting to know that until his death, his work was known to only a handful of people and appreciated by fewer still. It was only after his death, he achieved world fame!

Most interesting fact about Vincent- He was known to exchange letters with his brother Theo.

Suicide Story- Death Day: 27 July 1890

On that Sunday evening Vincent van Gogh set out, with his easel and painting materials, into the fields. There he took out a revolver and shot himself in the chest. Vincent managed to stagger back to his room where he collapsed in bed and was then discovered by Dr. Gachet. It was decided not to attempt to remove the bullet in Vincent’s chest and Gachet wrote an urgent letter to Theo.

Vincent and Theo remained together for the last hours of Vincent’s life. Theo was devoted to his brother, holding him and speaking with him in Dutch. Vincent seemed resigned to his fate and Theo later wrote: “He himself wanted to die; when I sat at his bedside and said that we would try to get him better and that we hoped that he would then be spared this kind of despair, he said ‘La tristesse durera toujours’ (‘The sadness will last forever.’)

Vincent van Gogh died at 1:30 am on 29 July 1890 The Catholic church of Auvers also refused to allow Vincent’s burial in its cemetery because Vincent had committed suicide. The nearby township of Méry, however, agreed to allow the burial and the funeral was held on 30 July.

Strangely throughout June (a month before his death), Vincent remained in good spirits and was remarkably productive, painting some of his best known works (Portrait of Doctor Gachet and The Church at Auvers, for example).

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? – Van Gogh

#2 Performing Arts/ Acting – Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s.

Artistic Achievements- She began her career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946 with Twentieth Century-Fox. During her career, Monroe’s films grossed more than $200 million

Most interesting fact about Marilyn- She suffered a great deal of stage fright and was not allowed to go to movies in one of his foster homes.

Suicide Story- Death Day: August 4, 1962

The final years of Monroe’s life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for unreliability and being difficult to work with.

Sometime after 10 p.m. on that night, Marilyn Monroe slipped into a coma caused by an overdose of sleeping pills. She would never regain consciousness. And a bizarre set of activities took place in her home- some items were allegedly removed, including a diary and a note by the order from someone in the White House, in an attempt to prevent the presidency of John F. Kennedy (whom Marilyn was believed to be in a sexual relationship)

Marilyn is also said to be secretly taken that night by an ambulance crew to a nearby hospital before being returned again to her home. According to some accounts, Marilyn’s body was rediscovered by her house companion, Eunice Murray, and her psychiatrist, Dr. Greenson, several hours following the initial discovery of her remains.

A smart girl leaves before she is left – Marilyn Monroe

#3 Photography – Kevin Carter

Kevin Carter (13 September 1960 – 27 July 1994) was an award-winning South African photojournalist and member of the Bang-Bang Club. He was the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph depicting the 1993 famine in Sudan

Artistic Achievements-

In March 1993, while on a trip to Sudan, Carter was preparing to photograph a starving toddler trying to reach a feeding center when a hooded vulture landed nearby. Sold to the New York Times, the photograph first appeared on 26 March 1993 and was carried in many other newspapers around the world. In 1994, the photograph won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.

Suicide Story- Death Day 27 July 1994

On that day, Carter drove to the Braamfontein Spruit river, an area where he used to play as a child, and took his own life by taping one end of a hose to his pickup truck’s exhaust pipe and running the other end to the passenger-side window. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning, aged 33.

Portions of Carter’s suicide note read:

“I am depressed … without phone … money for rent … money for child support … money for debts … money!!! … I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings and corpses and anger and pain … of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners … I have gone to join Ken if I am that lucky.

#4 Filmmaker – Tony Scott

Anthony David “Tony” Scott (21 June 1944 – 19 August 2012) was a British film director and producer.

Artistic Achievements- His films were generally more popular with audiences than critics and include The Hunger (1983), Top Gun (1986), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987),Days of Thunder (1990), The Last Boy Scout (1991), True Romance (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), Enemy of the State (1998), Spy Game (2001), Man on Fire (2004), Déjà Vu (2006), The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) & Unstoppable (2010).

Suicide Story- Death Day: 19 August 2012

On that day, at approximately 12:30 pm PDT, Scott committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the San Pedroport district of Los Angeles, California. Police found contact information in a note left in his car, parked on the bridge and a note at his office for his family. Witnesses said he did not hesitate before jumping. His body was recovered from the water by the Los Angeles Port Police.

The two notes left behind by him, made no mention of any health issues and neither explained why he committed suicide.

Three days later the cause of death was announced to be “multiple blunt force injuries”. Although anti-depressants prescription drugs were found in Scot’s system on autopsy.

I think we are lucky because there are very few people in life who get to do what we are doing. – Tony Scott

#5 Model/Fashion – Nafisa Joseph

Nafisa Joseph (28 Mar 1978- 29 July 2004) was an Indian model and MTV video jockey.

She was the winner of Miss India Universe 1997 and was a semi-finalist in the Miss Universe 1997 pageant in Miami.

Artistic Achievements- Began modeling at age 12 Joseph was the youngest participant at the Miss India pageant in 1997, which she won. Joseph participated in the Miss Universe Pageant in Miami, Florida (1997) and was among the 10 semifinalists in the pageant.

In 1999, she was a judge for the MTV India VJ Hunt. A week later she was called for a screen test to host a show on MTV. She ran the MTV House Full show for close to five years. She also acted in a television series C.A.T.S, an Indian version of Charlie’s Angels for Sony Entertainment Television.

Suicide Story- Death Day: 29 July 2004

Something went terribly wrong in just three hours. Apparently, she was upset with her fiancé behavior with which she had settled a marriage and later discovered him to be already married

She had a long talk with her mother after which she asked her mother to go into the bedroom and leave her alone. Nafisa then hung herself in her flat sometime between 9 pm and 10 pm.

Found hanged, she was then rushed to the hospital where she was declared dead.

Winning is very important to me. I wouldn’t be happy with anything less. And I work towards my goal.- Nafisa Jose

#6 Writing – Virginia Wolf

Adeline Virginia Woolf (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer, and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century.

Artistic Achievements- During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One’s Own (1929), with its famous dictum, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”

Suicide Story- Death Day-28 March 1941

After completing the manuscript of her last novel, Between the Acts, Woolf fell into a depression. The onset of World War II, the destruction of her London home during the Blitz, and the cool reception given to her biography of her late friend Roger Fry all worsened her condition until she was unable to work. On 28 March 1941, Woolf put on her overcoat, filled its pockets with stones, and walked into the River Ouse near her home and drowned herself. Woolf’s body was not found until 18 April 1941. Her husband buried her cremated remains under an elm in the garden of , their home in Rodmell, Sussex.

In her last note to her husband she wrote:

“Dearest, I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel we can’t go through another of those terrible times. And I shan’t recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can’t concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don’t think two people could have been happier ’til this terrible disease came. I can’t fight any longer.”

#7 Music – Kurt Cobain

Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994) was an American musician and artist, best known as the lead singer, guitarist and primary songwriter of the grunge band Nirvana.

Artistic Achievements- Nirvana, with Cobain as a songwriter, has sold over 25 million albums in the U.S. , and over 50 million worldwide

Suicide Story- Death Day: April 8, 1994

On that day, Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle, the victim of what was officially ruled a suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head

During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with heroin addiction, illness and depression. He also had difficulty coping with his fame and public image, and the professional and lifelong personal pressures surrounding himself and his wife, musician Courtney Love.

Had they been alive , they would have given so much more to the world!

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

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

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!

7 Questions About Poetry

A poem could be written with words but poetry could not be defined, just felt!!
Therefore just bringing together few questions that may arise in your mind as a poet accompanied with answers.

Why rhyming in poetry?
In ancient times we had a lot of things to be remembered and forwarded to future generations and there was no paper! Therefore poetry was employed as a way to orally remember the history, stories and other incidents that the world would like to keep in their mind-museums. Hence Poems came up as a writing art which had rhyming words at its tale, so that it became easy to sing and remember them.

Why imagery in poetry?
Have you heard of “words coming alive”, this is called imagery in poetry. When you can create a picture of the words in your mind, the poetry is in its best form of intelligibility. A good poet always chooses words which can actually create a picture in the readers’ mind so that he is able to understand well what the poet himself is able to see. Probably when you read a poem about heartbreak, you may not be able to experience the exact feelings if you have not been through yourself but reading something like ‘window glasses bursting’ might help you feel the intensity.
Difficult words: how important are they?
Poets get famous because they can play with words but poets get even more famous when they play with simple words. Flowery language is good to make things impressive but deliberate use of heavy words just to show off the size of your vocabulary is a turn off for the reader. A poet should be able to deliver intelligible things and not bouncers. A poem understood well parallel to reading has much deeper impact than a twisted tail with no tale.

What and why: Economy in poetry?
Basically it means using as few words as possible in poetry to convey the desired meaning. But that doesn’t means you create a drought of words and turn the desired interpretation upside down. Being ‘short and sweet’ is good but being ‘crisp and clear’ is equally important. It’s possible that you might have written four words which could have had a single word to express the same thought. Try it! Words are the treasure in poetry, use them wisely.
Is it good to edit my poem after finishing it?
Generally being raw is being natural and natural is always preferred over the made up one. But still a few things grow on themselves over time & effort and poetry is one of them. If you are one of those poets for whom words are self generating and you compose a poem in merely ten minutes, still it’s always good to polish and present it the dazzling way. A little adjustment here and there won’t take the natural essence away from your poem.
Is it obligatory to have poetic genes?
Of the most common notions, having poetic genes is considered necessary to possess poetic abilities in you. That’s not true. A poem comes from a game of words, beading of rhyme, a deep feeling/emotion, a sensitive heart and a great pen! One can of course be a poet even if his parents aren’t. It comes from the incidents you face in your own life and not the history of your DNA.
Why poetry at all?
Ask yourself; don’t you want to preserve the songs of your own life?

Know What Tumbhi Can Give You!

“Open your eyes and look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?” Bob Marley

When Bob said this, it was clearly not for an average man who comes to work, does his routine and sleeps off to complete the cycle. It was more about the man who despite of his routine , takes out time for himself, the one who discovers himself as an artist, nurtures his talent and grows without any full stops in view.

Tumbhi, as per definition, means an online platform that seeks to transform the lives of artists, art lovers and art seekers. You are an artist if you have created some artworks in the credit of your name, out of pure imagination of your own.

If you walk in Tumbhi world as an artist, there are a lot of things that are offered to you! Some of the pointers are as under:

  • You are an instant ‘Star’: All of us know fame doesn’t walk in the window so easily but there is always a beginning to everything. Tumbhi artists who get recognized either by getting shortlisted in some of the Tumbhi’s Contests or winning those are interviewed. These interviews are opened up for reading on our blog as well as other social media platforms. Through this, the world gets to know both the personal side of the artist along with the Artistic part.
  • Featuring on Facebook: Facebook is a big deal these days. The entire world around us is there on Facebook as well and making up to something on Facebook is not a meager issue. Tumbhi has a proactive Facebook page with a huge fan base of more than 90,000 fans. Any artist who captures the attention of the Tumbhi team with his outstanding work of art (be it a photograph, poetry, story or even modeling portfolio) gets featured right there in front of thousands on Tumbhi’s Facebook page. Same goes with Tumbhi’s Twitter and blogging platform as well.
  • Expert Comments: This is something which you don’t easily get everywhere! An artist always craves for the right eye for his/her artwork and if that eye is of an expert of that field, there is nothing better than that. Tumbhi has on its board an eminent panel of advisors, who are handpicked by their respective industry itself for the kind of work they have to show to the world. These include people like Anurag Kashyap (Film Director), Irshad Kamil (Lyricist), Javed Siddiqui (Screen Writer), Sunjoy Monga (Photographer) and so on. An artist coming to Tumbhi gets an opportunity to expose his talent to such maestros and receive expert comments from them.

So the first step to discover yourself as an artist will always be your initiative but Tumbhi can take definitely take up from the following steps.

Give yourself a chance to get Explored by the world! Login to www.tumbhi.com.