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21 फरवरी – अन्तर्राष्ट्रीय मातृभाषा दिवस


शहीद मिनार, ढाका विश्वविद्यालय, बांगलादेश ।

1952 में आज ही के दिन ढाका विश्वविद्यालय, जगन्नाथ कॉलेज, तथा ढाका मेडिकल कॉलेज के छात्रों ने बंगाली को पूर्व पाकिस्तान की दो राष्ट्रीय भाषाओं में से एक बनाने की माँग करते हुए प्रदर्शन किया । ढाका उच्च न्यायालय के सामने उस प्रदर्शन पर पुलिस ने (जो उस समय पाकिस्तान के अधीन थी) गोली चलाकर कई छात्रों की निर्मम हत्या कर दी । उस घटना को स्मरण करते हुए वर्ष 2000 से यह दिन संयुक्त राष्ट्र संघ द्वारा अंतर्राष्ट्रीय मातृभाषा दिवस के रूप में मनाया जाता है  (स्रोत – विकिपीडिया) । Continue reading


For example, see:

  1. Narendra Modi’s chest barb a Chambal dacoit’s boast: SP, The Times of India, 25 January 2014.
  2. PM Modi’s 56-inch chest has not decreased ‘an inch’: Rajnath Singh, The Indian Express, 28 May 2016.
  3. Sena dig at PM Modi, say Pakistan’s PM now showing ’56-inch chest’, The Indian Express, 26 September 2016.
  4. ’56-inch chest’ is now 100-inch: Shivraj Singh Chouhan praises surgical strikes across LoC, The Indian Express, 1 October 2016.
  5. Farmers’ chest is of ’56-inch’ for working in odd conditions, not of PM Narendra Modi: Jyotiraditya Scindia, The Indian Express, 5 October 2016.

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Reflection on work and vacation. Hindi idioms and colloquial phrases have been used. A simple translation could be: Some are concerned with their own affairs, some enjoy in vacations. Some skip work, some work on holidays. Some work without taking any leave, some take leave without any work. Rest either do not work, or do the task pending from vacations.

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Book Review : ‘The White Marble Burzi And Other Stories’ By Sharat Kumar


In the fast paced life of these days, it is getting more and more difficult to devote time for literature. Under such circumstances, short stories come to our rescue, and by their peculiar format, provide us means to stay in touch with literature, and satiate our aesthetic and intellectual needs. The advantages brought by short stories are two fold. First, there is a sense of achievement as we can complete reading each piece in whatever time is available to us. Secondly, just in case the work is not up to our expectations, the time and effort lost would be less as compared to that in the case of novels. These are some of the reasons why I am attracted towards short stories in different languages, and from different cultures. Continue reading