Category Archives: Language and Literature

Book Review: Infinity In The Palm Of Your Hand: Fifty Wonders That Reveal An Extraordinary Universe By Marcus Chown

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Today I would share my views on the book Infinity In The Palm Of Your Hand by Marcus Chown. This is the first popular science book that I am reviewing on this blog and the second book by Marcus Chown that I have read. I got acquainted with Marcus Chown through his book We Need To Talk About Kelvin, which explained the scientific concepts behind everyday events and processes that we take for granted. I was so impressed with that book that when Infinity In The Palm Of Your Hand was offered to me for review, I grabbed it with both hands. Continue reading

Book Review: ‘Autumn Shadows: Memoir’ By Tomichan Matheikal

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I am writing to you after a short gap. The reason is that I was busy reading Tomichan Matheikal’s new book “Autumn Shadows: Memoir” and it was very difficult to interrupt the reading to pen down any of my own thoughts. So I decided to first finish the task at hand and then share my views with you. No, it was not a pleasure reading, instead I was reading it in order to review it as a critic. So today I would share my thoughts and opinion of this book with you. Continue reading

Lessons Learnt From The Faizabad Book Fair

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Contrary to popular belief, children still show a lot of interest and enthusiasm towards books.

The Faizabad book fair was organized during 30 October to 7 November 2018. We planned to visit it on 1st November after a day had passed and the vendors had put up their stalls and settled down. The governor of U.P. was scheduled to visit on 2nd November, so 1st was the best option. Continue reading

The Song Lives On: Looking Back At The Gita

7325996116_9995f40082_nIt is said that a classic is a book which has never finished saying what it has to say. Admirers and followers of the Gita say the same thing, i.e., even after years of study and analysis, every time someone reads the scripture, new meanings and messages come out of it. It is always fresh, always new. I do not oppose this assertion, and my only concern has always been that Indians have always considered Gita as a symbol or a label, to take oath in courts, as a token to prove their religious nature, truthfulness, attachment to duty and so on. Very few people ever take the trouble to open it and see what actually is written on those pages. Treatment of Gita is no different from that of Swami Vivekananda — the moment children or youth open their messages, their parents become afraid that they are going to become monks! And of course, parents’ own desires and ambitions are attached to the children, so why would they allow that to happen? Continue reading

हम सब भारतवासी भाई-बहन हैं !

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मुझे अपनी मित्रमण्डली में चल रही एक विशेष विषय पर बातचीत याद आ रही है । आप तो जानते ही हैं, विवाहित मित्रों की एक ही तो समस्या होती है — अपने अविवाहित रह गए मित्रों का विवाह । और मेरी समस्या थी कि जब भी मैं किसी कन्या को पसंद आता, वह झट-से मुझे अपना भाई बना लेती — ‘तुम्हारी शक्ल मेरे भाई से मिलती है’ । फिर जैसे हिन्दू लोग मूर्ति को ईश्वर मानकर उसकी पूजा करते हैं, उसी प्रकार मुझे अपने भाई का प्रतीक मानकर राखी आदि बाँधने लगतीं । और हम न इधर के रहे न उधर के — असली भाई तो थे ही नहीं, और संबंधी भी बन नहीं पाए । जब असली भाई आ गया, तो हमें सुरेश वाडकर का गाना सुनने के लिए छोड दिया गया — साँझ ढले गगन तले हम कितने एकाकी . . . । Continue reading

कितना आवश्यक है हिन्दी में अंग्रेजी शब्दों का बढता प्रयोग ?

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हिन्दी दैनिक जनसत्ता में प्रकाशित एक पत्र में अभिषेक त्रिपाठी ने कुछ विद्वानों के इस प्रस्ताव पर टिप्पणी की है कि यदि हिन्दी भाषा में अंग्रेजी आदि भाषाओं से शब्द मिला लिए जाएँ, तो इसे अधिक समृद्ध बनाया जा सकता है । Continue reading

ये क्या देखता हूँ

रचनाकार — प्रदीप बहुगुणा ‘दर्पण’

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ये क्या देखता हूँ

किसी बुरी शै का असर देखता हूं ।
जिधर देखता हूं जहर देखता हूं ।।

रोशनी तो खो गई अंधेरों में जाकर ।
अंधेरा ही शामो सहर देखता हूं ।। Continue reading