Category Archives: Miscellaneous

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

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

The Best Way To Pay Tribute To Your Teachers

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So, you celebrated Independence Day, then threw the flags on the roadside alongwith the cloak of patriotism that you wore throughout the day; tied the Rakhi on Rakshabandhan and then threw away the thread in dustbin and alongwith it all affection and memories of your relationship; you have already swept clean your home temple of the decoration you did for Janmashtami, and with it washed away everything that the Lord taught and stood for. And now you are ready once again to celebrate yet another festival in line — Teachers’ Day, perhaps the only festival which is celebrated all over the country on a grand scale without any use of colours, crackers or controversies. We love our teachers, we hate our teachers, we love to hate our teachers. It is always a complex relationship, without a single exception. Continue reading

क्यों आग बुझा नहीं देते

रचनाकार – ऋतेश मिश्रा 

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                    क्यों आग बुझा नहीं देते

                    क्यों आग बुझा नहीं देते?
                    नफरत से प्रचंड कर, विसंगति से विपुल कर
                    क्यों चिनगारियों को मशालों मॆं धधका देते?
                    क्यों आग बुझा नहीं देते? Continue reading

Three Takes On ‘No Change!’

28384452797_7d56d2df63_nToday I’m feeling very light. In fact, very very light. Today I was finally able to take  off that burden from me. Let me be specific. A huge pile of coins had accumulated and it was indeed getting more and more difficult to store them. Of course, I couldn’t keep them in my wallet nor in the pocket of my trousers. For some time I kept them in my bag, but the load kept increasing. Have you seen the calendars sold during Dussera and Diwali? You remember that pile of gold coins in front of Lakshmi ji? Same thing here. I segregated them into smaller piles of Rs 5, Rs 10 and Rs 2 coins and put them in different boxes. Once I discussed this problem with a local shopkeeper and he happily agreed to change them with notes. So today I got rid of all the coins. Continue reading

ख्वाइशें कुछ ऐसी

रचनाकार – हेमा जोशी

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ख्वाइशें कुछ ऐसी

ख्वाइशें कुछ ऐसी, नन्हे जुगनू जैसी
अंधेरे में उस उजाले की तरह, जिसे उंगलियाँ छूना चाहती हैं
हैं अनगिनत तारों की तरह,
जिन्हें मैं हर रात निहारती हूँ, बातें करती हूँ
और छू लेना चाहती हूँ
हैं प्यारी, अनगिनत ओस की बूंदों की तरह
ये ख्वाइशें कुछ ऐसी,
जो उड़ जाना चाहती हैं पंख लगाकर Continue reading

My Favourite Stories From Contemporary Bengali Literature : The Lone Tree

28317470829_8e99126b55_nI moved to this new accommodation in January this year. The design and construction of this residential complex is quite strange. None of the residents seems to have any clue about what came to the architect’s mind to have designed such a stupid tower. No ventilation, no windows, no outside view. Everything is closed with glass panes, shutters, walls. We don’t even know what colour the sky is at any time of the day or whether it is raining outside or is it sunny. Continue reading

इंद्रासन प्राप्त करो तुम

रचनाकार – गौरव मिश्र

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इंद्रासन प्राप्त करो तुम

अस्थिर अशांत इस जग में
क्यों मूक बना सोता है,
यह रत्नविभूषित जीवन

क्यों इसे व्यर्थ खोता है ?

तू नहीं जानता पागल
यह समय कभी नहीं रुकता,
यह काल अमिट अविनाशी

पद चिह्न छोडता चलता । Continue reading

Competition In Sorrow

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Do this experiment once. Next time when someone asks you ‘how are you?’, instead of telling ‘fine’, just mention that you are not, and enumerate one or two troubles you have. For example, ‘not fine, I don’t know, but since last couple of days I am feeling intense pain in my stomach’. Or, ‘my children not faring well in exams’, ‘my husband is too busy with his own work, and I am not able to handle so many things alone’. Or just anything. And then see the magic! Continue reading