Hindi Divas: All About Love for Literature Books


New Delhi, September 13: The Hindi reading community may seem slim or even nonexistent to the mainstream English-speaking audience, but it seems they’re just doing what they do best: quietly reading good literature in a corner. With Hindi confined to the dark ends of most bookstores and shelves groaning under the weight of English bestsellers, English classics, English comics and English magazines, it seems this is the vast world of reading. in English there. But that’s only part of the picture. (Also Read: Hindi Diwas 2017 Date: Importance, History, Wishes & Images to Celebrate Hindi Divas)Also read – Hindi Diwas 2020: German Ambassador to India wants Indians to speak Hindi fluently, Internet users are shocked | To concern

As another Hindi Diwas arrives tomorrow, there is enough evidence to suggest that Hindi literature continues to be contemporary and relevant, despite opponents. Also Read – Hindi Diwas 2020: Best Quotes, Messages & Wishes To Share With Your Loved Ones

Take Preeti Mishra, who is doing her PhD in Linguistics at IIT Delhi. Her habit of casually reading Hindi stories at school turned into a passion when she was introduced to Hindi literature by a friend several springs ago. Also Read – New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Visits Radha Krishna Temple in Auckland and Savor ‘Chhole-Puri’ | To concern

“And then I realized how vast and beautiful the world of Hindi literature is,” she told PTI with a hint of pride in her voice.
Mishra is a serious reader of “all that is good literature” without being bound by language.

“My goal is never the language. It just has to be good literature. You find everything in a good book, from comedy to romance, to tragedy and drama, ”she said.

With a particular preference for Hindi veterans such as Nirmal Verma, Kunwar Narayan and Kedarnath Singh, whose names stem from her tongue, Mishra said she was also captivated by the writings of Saadat Hasan Manto and Gulzar.

Although she swears by her love for the classics, Hindi author Kunal Singh is concerned about the decline in the number of young readers interested in literature.

People have always read classics, but I think the numbers are going down now, especially with the younger generation, ”he said.
Young readers, he added, were more interested in English, which, he added, was “not a bad thing.”

But most of them read English because it’s fashionable. What they read is not literature, it is pulp fiction at best, said Romeo author Juliet aur Andhera.

He also pointed out the current generation of actors and filmmakers who had read Hindi literature, citing an anecdote about Irrfan Khan.
Asked about his expressive eyes, the versatile actor recalled his early days and said that only two things made him mourn his struggles and the writings of Hindi poet, scholar and author Uday Prakash.

If Khan read poetry for his pathos, Ritika Pradhan, head of corporate communications, chooses books in Hindi for peace of mind.

Growing up in a family where reading was seen as a noble pursuit, Pradhan recounted a recent experience in the Delhi metro, illustrating how many people were prejudiced against Hindi.

One day I was reading a book in Hindi on the subway and the girl next to me said to me: Why are you reading Hindi? Can you figure it out? », She remembers.

The co-passenger then suggested that Pradhan read Chetan Bhagat’s Half Girlfriend to make his way to reading in English.
Pradhan, who said she was troubled by the incident, is currently reading a Hindi translation of Dozakhnama, by Rabisankar Bal and said she read Hindi before falling asleep because it calms his mind.

When it comes to choosing a new volume, Pradhan and Mishra rely on their Hindi reading mates and prefer to buy books online, according to Satyanand Nirupam, editorial director of Rajkamal Prakashan, a 70-year-old publishing house, who helped Hindi literature remains relevant.

We have seen an increase in the number of Hindi readers over the years. Although several factors are responsible for the growth, online bookstores have played a major role, he said.

Discussing translations of Indian English bestsellers, Nirupam said the marketing noise created by publishers made readers curious but the market was limited.

When a book is translated into Hindi, people buy it. But that doesn’t make a big deal. Serious Hindi readers do not buy these translations. Most Hindi readers are interested in memoirs, biographies or stories that resemble ordinary man’s stories, he said.

(With PTI entries)

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