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Thank God की Storymirror.com है
 Sant Prasad Yadav  
 18 February 2018  

बचपन से किताबों की दुनिया को अपना हमसफ़र बना चुका देव, आज सांझ की बेला के वक्त, सूर्य को रात भर के लिए विदा होते हुए उसकी लालिमा को देख वह अपनी बचपन की यादों में खो जाता है।जैसे अभी कल की ही बात हो। दादा जी बाजार से अच्छी-अच्छी कहानियों की किताब ले कर आये हों और वह,'' दादा जी आ गये..दादा जी आ गये,'' खुशी से उछलते हुए उनकी तरफ दौड़ पड़ा हो।सच, कई बार अगर दादा जी ने उसे सही वक्त पर संभाला ना होता तो वह मुंह के बल गिर पड़ा होता।उसे कहानियां पढने का बहुत शौक था। वह पढ़ते हुए खो सा जाता था। उसकी कहानियों में चंदामामा होते थे। बूढ़ी काकी होती थी। रामू काका होते थे। अनाथ होते थे। गरीब होते थे। सुंदरवन होते थे। नदीयोंतालाबों-नहरों, झील पर्वत से जुड़ी अनोखी दास्तानें होती थी।एक वक्त ऐसा भी आया जब वह दादा जी की लाठी का सहारा भी बना, फिर भी दादा जी उसे छोड़ कर इस दुनिया से चले गये। उस दिन वह खूब रोया था।वक्त के साथ-साथ देव बड़ा हो गया और वह पैसे कमाने के लिए विदेश चला गया। पर उसकी कहानियां पढने की आदत नहीं छूटी। पर उसे विदेश में हिंदी की कहानियों की किताब मिलना मुश्किल लग रहा था।क्योकि वह जानता था जिस देश की मातृ भाषा ही हिंदी है पर वहां के लोग उसे पढ़ना नहीं चाहते तो यह तो विदेश है।विदेशी धरती पर इंडिया की याद में खोया देव अपने बचपन की यादों की कारवां से जब बाहर आया, सूर्य जा चुका था और उसकी जगह चांद अपने तारों की बारात के साथ धरती को अंधेरे में देखने की कोशिश कर रहा था।देव कुछ मायूस सा हो कर छत पर से घर की अंदर की तरफ सीढीयों पर कदम बढ़ाते हुए यही सोच रहा था कि इंसान जीती बाजी जीत कर भी हार जाता है, जब उसके पास उसकी मनचाही चीज नहीं होती।तभी उसके मोबाईल में एक मैसेज आता है, www.Storymirror.com  यह मैसेज एक संस्था की तरफ से था, जिसमें लिखा था अपनी भाषा में कहानियों को पढ़ने के लिए इस लिंक पर किल्क करें।थोड़ी हैरत से उसने किल्क किया। उसे यकीन नहीं हो रहा था। www.Storymirror.comका आनलाईन पोर्टल सामने था। उसने हिंदी लैंग्वेज सिलेक्ट किया और फिर उसने 'बाल कथा' पर किल्क किया। पल भर में उसके सपनों का संसार, ख्वाबों की हकीकत, और बचपन की यादों का दर्पण उसके सामने था।उसे अपने देश के एक से बढ़ कर उभरते हुए लेखक- लेखिकाओ की कहानियों को पढ़ कर जो खुशी मिली वह उसे शब्दों में बयां नहीं कर सकता था, उसने सिर्फ इतना ही कहा, ' Thank God की Storymirror.com है- सन्त प्रसाद यादव

How is StoryMirror on a path to changing the Creative landscape of India?
 Aman Upadhyay  
 22 February 2018  

There are seven billion on this Earth. So, there are seven billion equally important journeys of their lives that they have lived and the stories that they created during those journeys. These stories define these individuals because these stories appeal to these individuals too. StoryMirror is the home to these seven billion stories. It is the home where stories are nurtured in myriad creative ways.And just like every individual, every brand has a story to tell—creative stories that not only engage, inform, surprise, delight, and impact their audience, but that also deliver on a measurable level of Creativity.Brand StoryMirror’s story, is the story of Creativity. StoryMirror explores thoughts or ideas that are new or different in some way from previous thoughts and ideas. And as exploring thoughts and ideas can be expressed by people in many ways, it can also be expressed through drawing, writing, singing, or even doing something. And StoryMirror is the conduit between the audience and the Creativity - a movement which brings every creative mind on a single platform. It is a Creative ecosystem that is beautifully involved in providing the stage for Creative minds to share their work on. It is a unique online platform created to showcase the diversity, versatility, and excellence in the field of literature and art dispersed across the length and breadth of India. StoryMirror was set up, in the year 2015, as a revolution to connect people through stories and inculcate the spirit of storytelling in the stressful lives of the masses. Every story, poem, and artwork that appears on www.storymirror.com reflects the emotions and lives of every individual. Hence the tagline, ‘Stories that reflect you.’ It was founded, with the vision to let the artists give their piece of mind for the world to behold. StoryMirror started off as an online portal wherein any person who believes that they could write a story or a poem or had creative traits to be an artist could submit their work to be cherished by millions of individuals across the globe. By 2016, they entered publishing industry and their Future Prospects include Audio Books, Interactive Webzines, 30+ Regional Languages, Short Films/Videos, and Authors’ Workshops.StoryMirrror is trying to connect storytellers with their peers through advanced technology and digital prowess. All the stories, poems, artworks, and eBooks are available for reading, sharing, and submitting. They also have an eCommerce website and mobile application from where all the products can be downloaded or ordered. Currently, they support 6 languages - Hindi, Odia, Marathi, Gujarati, Bangla, and English and they are going to cover Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada very soon.Therefore, when it's said that StoryMirror is on a path to changing the Creative landscape of India, it leads to the fact that www.storymirror.com has brought to the world and made it realize the power of storytelling with its 3 million+ readers, 70k+ users, and 10k+ writers/poets/artists. It’s the only story portal with a mobile application and with more than 10,000 downloads.StoryMirror, is your way in and while this Creative Ecosystem’s stories reflect you, it is all set to always amaze you with the enormous possibilities that lie within its global vision. Because StoryMirror is the idea of Creativity. StoryMirror gives you the wonders of Creativity. And StoryMirror is the answer to your Creativity. It is all about Creativity!

How my books changed me
 swarajya singh  
 11 March 2018  
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Books became my gateway into this wild jungle of imagination. We all read books in order to receive formal education but my relationship with books is ever dynamic. I remember being 10, with 4 comic books in my hand eagerly waiting for my study table to be delivered to my house. I promised myself that I will study on this table and read on this table all the time. It was the perfect table with a little book rack attached to it. Soon, the books started coming in.My grandmother tucked me into bed every night, only after telling me hindi stories. So even before I could read, my relationship with stories had already begun. I started writing about my mundane life as if it was a wild adventure, after reading "The Diary Of a Young Girl" by Anne frank. It baffled me how I could connect to characters in these books, who lived in these in places I have never heard of. I feel like I could read more books and develop telepathic powers someday, just like Matilda. Winnie the poohtaught me to be kind in the most humblest way possible. In my imagination, I was a part of every story I read. I understood how stories have the power to change the way I look at the world.When Robert Frost walked the road not taken,he lightened this new sense of hope and courage in me. Poetry became my way of expressing myself. I began scribbling poems in english, on the margin of my notebooks. I found the kind of friends, I aspire to become in the perks of being a wallflower. I found a mentor when I spend my Tuesdays with Morrie, who taught me the importance of being compassionate, taught me about the fragility of life and the value of memories, taught me to love or perish. She taught what immense bravery and standing up for others selflessly entails, when she stood in the face of death and told the gunman "I am Malala". She moved me in ways I hadn't been moved before. When  I thought I was hitting rock bottom, the alchemist showed me how the possibility of having a dream come true makes life interesting, makes every morning worth waking up to and that the secret of life is falling seven times and getting up eight times.  Rupi Kaur put her vulnerabilities in few sentences, on a paper for the whole world to see. Being honestly herself, she gave the world an insight on what a revolution it is to just love yourself. I wish to take something from every book I read. To become a reflection of every character that somehow touches my life. The person I am is the aftermath of all the books that I've read.

The Islamic mafia of Bollywood
 Surender Negi  
 18 March 2018  

On August 12,1997 a loud series of shots rang out outside the Jeeteswar Mahadev Mandir in Mumbai. They were just one in a sequence of warnings about the state of our nation, and yet just as before, we Hindus refuse to wake up and face the truth. The event that occurred outside the Mahadev Mandir in Mumbai that fateful day, was not particularly outstanding when seen in the context of the daily reinforcement of the fact that India is in the hands of Muslim terrorists. The victim on this particular day happened to be a plump, short media baron, known as Gulshan Kumar.Who was Gulshan Kumar, the Cassette King? He started out life as a humble fruit juice seller's son in Old Delhi. He wanted to make it big in Bombay and he did, by cooking up innovative ways to pirate popular music. Super Cassette Industries, his flagship company and its low price high volume strategy ushered in a musical revolution. Pretty soon he had the leader of the pack , HMV India itself, chomping at the bits in order to compete with him. Using all of his fortunes from his music production company in Noida, near Delhi to finance his film production business, Gulshan Kumar soon became the owner of a vast 400 crore rupee empire.. He was the highest tax payer for the financial year 1992-93.It was with his foray into the Indian film industry that Gulshan took his first step into the jaws of the Muslim Mafia network without which Bollywood simply can not exist. For decades the film industry has been the money-spinning machine and media arm of the Islamic Mafia. The Indian film industry serves a twofold purpose for the international Islamic Mafia which is headquartered in UAE and Pakistan . 1) With a turnover of over Rs. 7000 Crore, the Indian film industry has become one of the biggest money making operations for the Islamic Mafia. Although it is not as profitable as drug-trafficking, sale of illegal arms, prostitution rings or counterfeit money, it certainly does help to line the pockets and provides valuable interface to politicians and industrialists who are enamored of the glamour and glitter of Cinema magic. 2) But the real reason why the Indian film industry is so important to the Islamic Mafia, is the fact that it serves as the best possible propaganda tool in a country of over 950 million people. A blatant glorification of Islam and an utterly distorted insulting portrayal of Hinduism are the tools that it uses constantly to affect Indians' psyche and effectively utilize information warfare. Hindu culture is consistently given the mantle of a backward, intolerant, illogical culture, whereas Islamic concepts, ideas, and judgments are given the legitimacy of truth. One of the most successful byproducts of this psychological manipulation has been the corruption of Hindi, via the glorification of Arabicised Urdu words. In popular films and music, Urdu is always used in order to condition the Indian public. In other instances, terrorism which usually stems from Islamic quarters in India , is attributed to Hindu groups in movies! Islamic terrorists are portrayed as martyrs on screen. Islamic ideas are touted as progressive whereas Hindu ideals are dismissed as outdated and illiterate. Urdu is the language of "civilized" sophisticates, Hindi is the language of "Ganwaars" or village idiots. These are just a few examples of the objectives which the control of Bollywood provides to the Islamic Mafia. On August 12, 1997 , nothing appeared to be out of the ordinary as the familiar portly figure of Gulshan Kumar attired in white kurta stepped out of his car in front of the Jeeteswar Mahadev Mandir that fateful day. A simple Thali of offerings for worship of Lord Shiva swayed in his plump hands as he started walking towards the shrine. His devotion to the divine had been steadfast in its earnestness. A huge portion of his wealth had gone into beautifying and enhancing the pilgrimage experience of Vaishno Devi for pious devotees. It was his efforts which had rekindled the sound of early morning Bhajans in Indian households all over the country. Despite the allegations of piracy and fraud, he had focused all his energies into what he viewed as an offering to God. As the assassins pumped his frame with bullets, the last words heard by Gulshan Kumar were:"Bahut ho gayi teri puja, ab upar ja ke aur karo" (You have prayed enough to your idols down here, now go up there and do it.) A chilling reminder of the fact that Islam and the Islamic Mafia will do its best to eliminate any Hindu who dares to reaffirm his faith loud and clear in India . Who were Gulshan Kumar's enemies? What was his crime?The clues to the answer apparently lie with music director Nadeem Saifee. In 1997, Nadeem's solo album Hai Ajnabi bombed. He wanted Gulshan Kumar to finance his next private album. Gulshan Kumar wisely decided that Nadeem was not destined to be a chartbuster and refused outright. An enraged Nadeem who was obviously used to displaying arrogance in lieu of his Islamic godfather's protection started threatening Kumar saying "Have you got a call or not? My "Chahnewaale" (friends) will call you. You don't know who I am."By May 1997, Abdul Qayoom Ansari alias Abu Salem, a 29-year-old Dubai-based member of the Islamic Mafia, who is also known as one of the "arms" of kingpin Dawood Ibrahim, had called up Gulshan Kumar on his mobile and curtly told him to call back at a Dubai mobile number. When Gulshan called the number back, an amount to the tune of 10 Crore Rupees was quoted and Kumar was threatened with dire consequences if he failed to cough up the dough. Kumar, a man who had managed to survive in the Film Industry long enough without giving in to the Islamic Mafia of ISI's underworld dons, refused to pay outright. Even when Abu Salem sent his Mullah terrorists to Gulshan in person, the wary devotee refused to budge an inch.  Who is Abu Salem??He is accused number 87 in the Bombay bomb blast case. He was charged with procuring nine AK-56 rifles at the command of Dawood's brother Anees Ibrahim. Mumbai courts issued an arrest warrant against him in 1993 ``for conspiracy to cause explosions with intent to cause death and damage to property.'' If caught and convicted he faces the death penalty. In 1995, Interpol had issued a Red Corner alert for him. In 1997, the UAE government received extradition papers for Salem from the CBI upon request. The first ever trap (which is known as `fielding', in the underworld slang) was laid with the blessing of nadeem and his "godfather" Dawood . The trap for killing Gulshan Kumar was laid between July 15 and 20, while he was shooting for his forthcoming untitled film at the Jasdanwala Bungalow at Aqsa Beach , Malad. Two teams from the gang maintained a watch on his movements but failed to strike either because of the milling crowds around him, or for the fact that he was shielded by his Punjabi bodyguard. When Gulshan Kumar refused Abu Salem's threats of extortion, he was enraged at the "Kafir" Hindu's insolence and ordered the hit. Apart from Kumar's 250-crore annual turnover from Super Cassettes and Music Industries, his religiosity and lavish expenditure for devotional purposes including a `langar' at Vaishnodevi temple, where Rs 5 lakh was spent every month had become eyesores for the Islamic Mafia. Abu Salem had been chosen as the key operational head in Bombay by Dawood himself , due to his incredibly cruel and brutal nature. He was also given charge of handling extortions and hawala transactions on Dawood's behalf. In April, Abu Salem began by calling up top film producers asking them to pay up. About 20 top film personalities were personally contacted by Salem over the span of two months. The figures he quoted as extortion payments were in hundreds of crores. Over 95% of the Movie moguls simply paid and never informed the police. Salem 's men attacked producer-director Rajiv Rai at his Tardeo office, which led Rai to flee to London . He never returned since. Later that April an attempt was made on Subhash Ghai's life which was foiled by alert police. Salem himself had telephoned Subhash Ghai asking him to pay up. The Indian Film Industry was serving its purpose as the money making the machine which churned out Millions of Rupees in liquid assets for Dawood and ISI to create mayhem, death and destruction all over India. Not one moviemaker had the guts to resist, every single one of them was deeply involved in this deep-seated treachery and anti-national activity which killed Indian citizens every day. Was it simply because Gulshan Kumar did not give in to this nefarious plan, that his body lay riddled with bullets in front of the Temple steps in Mumbai that day? Hardly. As the details began trickling in, it became apparent that the plot to kill Gulshan Kumar had been hatched on June 12 at Dubai when a galaxy of Indian stars participated in the opening of a luxury hotel owned by Vivek Goswami a narcotics dealer linked to Chota Rajan another underworld non-resident Indian don. As investigations continued, more rivalries began surfing. Ramesh Taurani - owner of Tips another rival to Super Cassette, was identified as an associate of Dawood Ibrahim's gang. The investigation led the police to interview filmstars Pooja Bhat, Salman Khan and Shravan among others. Bollywood's links with Mumbai's underworld were always known. But the extent of its involvement with the Islamic Mafia became apparent only after Gulshan Kumar's death, a man who was murdered simply because he was a Hindu success story. "When the underworld approaches you, you cannot refuse.", these were the chilling words of Nadeem Saifee, the main accused in the Gulshan Kumar murder case. A month later a casual friend of Gulshan Kumar and writer-director Mukul Anand died unexpectedly of a "heart attack" in his sister's home in Mumbai. Anand had been in the process of making a movie on Kashmir which went against the Islamic Mafia's propaganda plans. The film was being shot in USA on the pretext that the environs resembled those of Kashmir . The reality was quite different. Anand had been threatened and he and several of his associates were frightened enough to go into hiding when they returned to India to raise more money for the movie. A relative of the executive producer was slain by a killer on a motorbike. And then all of a sudden Mukul Anand suffered a surprise "heart attack".What is even more shocking to discover is that EIGHT months before Abu Salem ordered the cold blooded of Gulshan Kumar , the CBI had requested his extradition from the UAE government. However, the request became just another of the 35 others pending with the Government of United Arab Emirates and like the other requests, this too was put on the backburner. The CBI is not too optimistic about getting back any of the members of the Dawood gang, hawala dealers and arms and drugs smugglers who are responsible for the most heinous crimes committed against India .The Arab provision of shelter to these hard core terrorists and criminals provides convincing evidence that the conspiracy to create chaos and panic in India stems from the Islamic world in general. Dawood Ibrahim follows and carries out the directives of Pakistan 's ISI and oil rich Arabs, who take pride in their Islamic fanaticism. It is he and his deputies who mastermind all of the major terrorist attacks and hardcore crimes which take place in India . As the disturbing facts about Gulshan Kumar's murder were unearthed, an incredible pattern of internally linked networks which are sustained by the Islamic Mafia become apparent. The crimes begin with low level extortions and proceed higher up the ladder with the all too willing Indian movie industry, as well as heads of major corporations in India and finally goes all the way up to the politicians who hold the highest positions in the land.The breadth and depth of this net of crime and the virulently anti Indian activities it breeds are spread unimaginably far. The extent of involvement is so deep, that the public knows not even one hundredth of the details of this story.Original Post : Islamic Mafia of Bollywood: Death of Gulshan Kumar#smblogcontest

English Vinglish - A mania or a Phobia
 Harsha Darji  
 12 April 2018  

"Hindi Medium" ufff !!! this is rarely heard now a days. Ten to Fifteen years back we often heard parents saying that my child is studying in Hindi medium, Gujarati medium, Marathi medium, govt schools etc & they were comfortable enough to accept that their child is pursuing education in their local language. Studying in Mother tongue was consider as pride for the family years back, but now the picture of the entire education system has changed. English has become so mandatory, that the entire education system has being corrupted & has become a business. To seek admission in reputed school has become dreams for many & out of budget for the middle class family. Parents has to pass through high & lows to meet the demands of the luxurious school, coz it has created a mindset that child will not have good career & life if he/she does not study in convent schools or reputed english medium schools. children coming from the lower middle class family pass through mental depression if fees are not paid on time, money not given for extra curriculum activities or any development activities of such convent & luxuries school. Children are being tortured to such an extent that they do not want to go to school. Apart from school even Coaching classes has become business. Parents need to put their children in good coaching class or study center as well, which is equally costly as schools. I still do not understand, if parents are spending huge amount on school education, than why there is need for coaching class ???? The worst part is even after spending huge amount on both, children are still deprived of real education which means practical education instead of theoretical. Students mug up everything & vomit the same during exams, scores good, but forgets what he/she has learnt as years pass by. The govt schools are in such a bad shape, that the govt itself does not want to change their education system & way of learning. The govt schools are meant for poor this is the taboo that we have for it. The education given here is even more poor that students even cannot complain, neither parents can. If govt is funding to run the government school, than standard of education should be followed, the teacher should be monitored & audits should be conducted, so that education of these schools can be up to the mark, & all the schools whether private of govt are on same page. In fact, fees, education quality, all round development of child etc everything should on same page irrespective of private or govt school. Govt should take initiative to control fees hike & should standardize fees structure so that its affordable for parents & can give them a sigh of relief on their children education. Donations should be strictly stopped & legal action must be taken & must cancel the licences of such schools. Even in corporate world people give so much emphasis on communicating in English that good employees who really work up to the mark stay where they are & someone only with good English seeks promotion. Countries like Singapore, China, Hongkong, Macau & many more uses only their local language to communicate & even the software used are also in their local language. I do not think English is only life, yes is good to talk in English, but one should be comfortable in talking in their local language & should not be felt ashamed even if he/she is different in that crowd. I have seen people making fun of those who often make mistake while talking in English or has incorrect accent, grammar, pronunciation etc. Apart from this yes even though studying in English medium we often fear while going for an interview or writing emails, attending presentations, etc coz we fear of being laughed or criticized by others. English has created fear phobia & we often fail & feel helpless in our personal,social & professional life. Sad but Slowly we all have adopted this English speaking culture, etiquette, life style, way of talking & behaving, that we has lost real I, me & Myself in this RACE & have lost being our-self. Let's keep it simple, let it be any medium, but system of education should be same, standard, affordable, acceptable, and must have bright future for our upcoming generation, society & the nation. Language should not become hurdle in personal & professional life. I have just tried to highlight the painful struggles that parents go through for seeking admission in school, colleges, universities etc for their children. The system requires uniformity in laws & transformation to eradicate corruption & business out of our education system. #smblogcontest 

Everything you need to know about Prabhat Ranjan
 StoryMirror Feed  
 14 April 2018  

Prabhat Ranjan is a Hindi novelist from Bihar. He entered the writing scene with his debutnovel With You; Without You in the winter of 2017 and since the launch of his debut novel,his popularity as an author has only reached new heights.A less talkative person, Prabhat Ranjan comes from a family with a political background andhis father is a senior politician. An engineer by profession, Prabhat has been writing shortstories and poems way before he finally decided to enter the field of writing formally with afull-length fiction. Nevertheless, as an engineer, Prabhat did not let himself be aloof ofliterature - he is a serious reader as well as a serious author and he wants to contributemore and more with his pen.Already finished his second novel, Prabhat Ranjan's writing style is very different from otherfiction writers out there. He has uniqueness! His writings are not only meant to create abestselling fiction; he has his purposes in every word he writes. Even with the first novel,which subsequently became a bestseller, he had a very good message to deliver to the reading audience. The novel is not only about love and friendship, it is also about the depths of relationships. With You; Without You shares a message with the readers that the need of family and the need of good company in life can never be substituted with anything!To put things in a better perspective, Prabhat is from that old school of writers with hisimagination not limited to a certain theme or story. He does write with the purpose but hedoes not limit himself to write only the moral stories which seem like a preacher's sermon;his stories do have the elements which make them contemporary and offer the youngreaders something to relate to.In developing characters, Prabhat does have a speciality! In his first novel, he has proved tothe readers as well as to critics that his characterisation is unique and he gives ampleopportunity to his characters to converse, indulge, move on and eventually change. In thevery first novel, his character Nishind has impressed the readers a lot. The character ofNishind is designed in such a way that readers know he might be doing something wrongbut instead of denouncing his acts, readers develop a kind of sympathy for him. This is thebeauty of his character. Another character that impresses the readers is of Rashmi Desai -an independent working woman who braves the bad relations of her parents and the wrongdeeds of her friends but still manages to fulfil her dreams and reach the heights that she hasimagined for herself in the very childhood.In the terms of plot construction, nonetheless, the readers can surely expect somethingbetter only. As the author has himself admitted in many of his interviews, With You;Without You was just a staircase that he has used for himself to write something bigger - hisupcoming story, Priyanka - A Pakistani Girl. Therefore, the plot in his first novel does notimpress as does his story or his characterisation. Still, his plot is there to certainly be calledgood and it helps the construct of the novel; it surely holds the story and the characterstogether but can certainly be improved to betterment.Putting Prabhat Ranjan's entry into Hindi literature in a larger perspective certainly gives thereaders something new as a concept of Hindi literature. More and more young and energetic writers are coming who are willing to write in Hindi and offer the readers the works which deal with the issues other authors, in the past, did not wish to write. Prabhat's dealing with the issues like sex, love, divorce, family issues in vivid perspective is certainly new and encouraging for the overall contemporary Hindi literature. One can certainly argue that there were the authors who wrote on all these issues, but one must remember that they did not write as freely as the modern authors are doing. And it is certainly very good because of the modern readers want to read everything!And to conclude the contribution of Prabhat to Hindi literature and his current one, WIthYou; Without You, it can safely be said that he has a long road to go. Only after two of threemore of his works, a person will be in better position to judge him as an author and evaluatehis skills at writing. Nonetheless, assumptions can certainly be made based on his novelwhich has already been published and has become a bestseller! The debutants who becomebestsellers certainly require a scrutiny and one similar attempt has been made here. Wehope that we will soon have another book by Prabhat Ranjan to read!

Review on the movie - Dangal
 Harsha Darji  
 20 April 2018  

'Dangal' in hindi, but you can call 'Wrestling' in English. We all are wrestlers in real life, coz we fight with our fears, failures, we fight for our dreams, success, we fight for our love, our near ones, dear ones & much more. Wrestling is not so easy, one has to put in hard efforts, one has to give away sleep & work dedicately towards the goal. The journey is painful & their is always learning in each small step that you take towards your goal. It really needs a big heart to give away entire time & life for shaping the career & moulding it into the finest piece. No other can do that for you except our parents. We at times do question them, we doubt them , we blame them, but the fact is , whatever little they had, they spend that little on us. In todays scenario a child often forgets the pain that parents took to upbring them. No other can trust you as much as our parents does & no other can motivate us except our parents. Even if the entire world is against us, we have parents who stand firm with us. We should always be kind, grateful, thankful & shld show our respect by showering our love & care towards them. The other fact of the society is male dominating, inspite of being educated. We give more encouragement to son in sports or any other field & less to girls. The state fund raised for girls in sports shld be easily approved & available but this corrupted ppl eat funds & fill their own pockets. Girls need to fight with the society & ppl around to prove that they are not less then boys & thoughts towards them are wrong & has no base. Girls are not only born to get marry & do household cores. Parents must take initiative to make their daughter realise of their own worth, potential & value. I salute to the parents who encourages their daughters into sports, singing, dancing or any other field. I feel proud to see parents fighting for the daughters for their rights & equality. The movie emphasis on the thoughts of the society towards girls whether its sports, whether giving birth to girl child etc etc. If given opportunity girls can be much better than boys & we can shape their career, passion & their life. The movie is humorous, it has drama, it has fun, aggression & passion for sports & it has undying spirit of hope & a strong message to the society 'Let her Live' & she can do wonders & create history. The movie is awesome & aamir was superb with his role of being father of two proud daughters geeta & babita. Our society needs more such inspiring father to create more such stories. I give 4.5 star to this movie. Do go & watch & be wrestler to cope up with your life...😊

Book Review: Come Back To Leave Me… Again By Sohil Ashvin Shah
 Ayushi A Nair  
 13 June 2018  

Come back to leave me… again is the debut novel which is inspired from his real life incidents and his own fantasies written by Sohil Ashvin Shah is a romantic thriller. It’s an combination of emotions friendship, love, relations, heartbreak, dreams and reality.Book Title: Come Back to Leave Me… AgainAuthor: Sohil Ashvin ShahFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 216Publisher: Power-PublishersPublishing Date: 16th April 2017ISBN-10: 9384334839ISBN-13: 978-9384334833Why does the love always seem beautiful in romantic movies and novels, but not in real life? Why should lovers not be in any relationship after they break up? Why do ex-lovers always try to deal with damages instead of staying together? If you want answers to the questions, this book is for you.Starting from the cover to the title its beautiful and looks interesting.The title is also good and gives an idea that its a sad love story. This is the story of protagonist Siddhanth  and Hritisha. Siddhanth fells in love with Hritisha over a phone call and tried hard to get her. As the time passes they became friends and one day when he was drunk, Siddhanth proposed Hritisha. They became a happy couple but one-day whole world of Siddhanth falls apart when Hritisha tells him she won’t marry him without her parents permission. He loses everything after that, even his job. Later he comes to India with the support of family and friends he moves on a finds a new job in India. This book is to teach the readers that no matter how truly you love each other, destiny will always have its role to play in your relationship. The language is lucid and also perfectly written what should be in a perfect novel and it’s a mixture of Hindi,English and Gujarati. Narration of the novel is simple and really nice.All the characters are well crafted. The author has balanced emotions and humor in the story throughout. Overall, it was a wonderful read. I recommend this book to all those who love to read love stories.I just loved it. Recommending it to everyone. Must read for all the book lovers.Overall rating 5/5 stars.About the AuthorSohil Ashvin Shah aka Bunty is a Senior Accountant by Profession.He was born and brought up in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and resides and works in Dubai for last Eight years. Apart from writing, his hobbies are reading romantic novels, watching Bollywood Movies, and singing. He is commerce graduate from Gujarat University. His biggest dream is to see his name on big Screen as a ‘Film Director’. ‘Come Back to Leave Me… Again’ is his debut novel, which is inspired from his real life’s incidents and his own fantasies.Contact : write@sohilashvinshah.comInstagram : beingsohilshahTwitter : @sohil8289FB : Sohil Ashvin Shah

Book Review: The Mysterious Widows of Mehboobpura By Anuradha Singh
 Ayushi A Nair  
 27 June 2018  

Book Title: The Mysterious Widows Of MehboobpuraAuthor: Anuradha SinghFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 196 pagesLanguage: EnglishPublisher: Notion Press,Publishing Date: 24 April 2018ISBN-10: 1643240498ISBN-13: 978-1643240497Ira is an army Officer wife, posted at Ferozepur Cantonment, she is a passionate teacher.Nimrat is a new admission in her class, a daughter of a queer looking Veer Nari.Ira is worried that Nimrat is not studying well, being passionate about her work, she goes to Nimrat’s house to meet her mother and talk about Nimrat’s poor performance in school at Mehboobpura Pind and is reeled by the look and character of the Pind.She comes across some very devastating information about the Pind and now is hunted by the goons. Ira’s life is in danger. She has to finish these diabolical people or she will be finished.Will Ira be successful in unfolding and further finishing the racket?Will she come out of it unscathed?My TakeThe cover of the book is simple and the title of the book The Mysterious Widows Of Mehboobpura  is thoughtful, and completely justifying the story. They complement each other well and also is according to the story, so it’s a perfect combination.The plot is strong and the author has been able to do full justice to it. The plot covers social evils like drugs, prostitution, human trafficking army, veer nari lifes and struggles. The author has clearly crafted the family life of army officer. The Joy, pride, tears, hardships, separation , skipped heartbeats, the uncertainty and ecstasy.Every chapter starts with a poem which are beautiful and really meaningful.The words were simple and the language is lucid which eased the reading. The book is free from any grammatical errors and has been perfectly edited. The pace is perfect, neither slow nor too fast. It is steady and smooth.The author has portrayed each and every character with utmost significance of their own and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story. The characters are well developed and one can easily relate to their actions, reactions, mental agony, outbursts, etc.The book is free from any grammatical errors and has been perfectly edited. If the Punjabi and Hindi dialogues were translated into English it was much better since everyone will not able to understand it. The book has a very powerful message to deliver.My favorite character from the book is Ira. “A charming Army wife, a masterful mother, A multi tasker and a teacher, And now an adventurer?”  Never felt my interest waning. The ending part of the story i enjoyed a lot Kulwinder, Jagtar and Ira together made their attempt successful. With every turning page the curiosity to read further keeps on increasing.You shout at me, tie me and kick me,And harass me, but I will get up…Dreams are my teachersThey show me the way to my destinyDifficult is the way, but strong is my resolve.A valiant soldier he isWho does not know any other wayApart from truth, integrity, righteousnessAnd love for his motherland.Evil will dwell, roam and spread aroundGood will always evoke in some soul, daring… to finish evil.Looking forward to read more works by the author.I personally recommended this book to all readers.Overall 4/5 StarsAbout the AuthorAnuradha is working in the field of academics from past 18 years. She has worked in a variety of schools across India as an English Language teacher. Currently she is working in Nalanda International University. She is also an avid blogger and writes from her heart at www. anuradhastringsofmyheart.comBeing a post graduate in English Literature and then working as a teacher, writing poems, travelogues, articles and then a novel came naturally to her.As an army officer wife, she has experienced and explored India from North to South and East to West as India’s true citizen. She loves every moment of her wandering life and calls herself as the new age gypsy. Hence the backdrop of her first novel is army itself.A mother of two boisterous boys and a charming lady wife of a serving officer, a teacher and a writer, she wears all these varied caps with élan.Grab your copy here- Amazon.in Amazon.com Flipkart Infibeam

Book Review: The Author by Raj Siddhi
 Ayushi A Nair  
 7 July 2018  

Book Title: The Author Author: Raj Siddhi  Format: Paper Back  Total Number of Pages:  183  Language: English  Publisher: Blue Rose Publishers  Publishing Date: 11th Apr 2018  ASIN: B07C42K9KB‘The Author’ begins with the story of a published book which has been maintaining its position of being the ‘best-selling book’ for last few years, but no reader knows who the writer of this is. A press conference is convened to disclose the fact of its author. In addition, it will disclose the fact why the readers have been put in the dark so far in connection with the identity of the author. The MD of the Publication House is a young lady who narrates a story before introducing the author of the novel. The story begins with Bangala Sahib Gurudwara at Connaught Place, Delhi. It is 14th February, the Valentine Day. In the meantime, a boy falls fainted at the gate of Sacred Heart Church. Nobody but two attendants of the church, Mrs. David, and her blind granddaughter, bring him to the hospital for treatment. While the boy’s treatment is on, it is discovered that he has tried to commit suicide. The boy’s name is Samar. Samar is an orphan and in an orphanage, he was brought up under the tutelage of Mother Marry. Spring is his fast friend with whose help he succeeds in winning the heart of a voracious reader of novels, Sufi. The Author is the story of love, dreams, sacrifice and an unquenched thirst. It deals with a journey to being a promising author for the fulfillment of other’s dreams.My TakeThe cover is full with grey hints us that there is something mysterious in the story. The title The Author is apt for the plot. The plot is blend of emotions, love, friendship, scarifies, dreams, passion.This is the story of protagonist Samar. Samar and Spring is an orphan who was bought up with love and guidance of Mother Marry. They grew up like brothers. Later they started working in an restaurant. Samar meets Sufi. Sufi loves reading love story and want's to meet a real author. To impress her Samar tells a lie that he is an author. The friendship blooms into love. What happens after that to know more read the book.Language is simple and lucid to read and connect with the story and being engaged throughout the story. Pace is was slow. Narration was done well. I love the friendship and understanding between Samar and Spring.Ek jaddo jahad hui is jindagi se...jindagi ke khatirEk tarif hamne khud kee ki..ek jeet ki khatirEk sapne ko maine jinda rakha...jinda rahne ke khatirEk takraro hui sapnooo se...sapnooo ke khatirEk tohfa sapnaoo ne diya...apnoo ki khatirEk jaddo jahad hui is jindagi se...jindagi ke khatir.Every page is loaded with emotions and twists. The Hindi poetries in between the chapters that were included according to the situations are enough to touch readers’ heart.Overall ratings 3.5/5 StarsGrab the book here- Amazon.inAbout the AuthorRaj Siddhi, which is the pen name of Raju Kumar Dubey, is a very young writer and poet from a small town of Jharkhand, Giridih. Raj Siddhi has a good experience of staging theatres in Delhi. His underlying quality of composing poems on different aspects of the society isInstagram unique. He is a BA from Vinoba Bhave University. He loves travelling to hill stations and coastal areas. He also loves watching Bollywood films. ‘The Author’ is his debut fiction, which was originally penned in Hindi. Later, the work was translated and edited by Mr. Ashish Anandam. The best way to contact Raj Siddhi is through Facebook.You can also write to him at rajsiddhi91@gmail.com Facebook |Instagram 

ASTRO MEDICINE
 Preeti Tal  
 4 August 2018  

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Book Review: You Are the best thing That Happened to Me by Sushil Kumar Rana
 Ayushi A Nair  
 13 September 2018  

Book Title:You Are the best thing That Happened to MeAuthor: Sushil Kumar RanaFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 208Language: EnglishPublisher: Redgrab booksPublishing Date: Second edition (31 July 2018)ISBN-10: 9387390403ISBN-13: 978-9387390409Sushil: A successful writer and an engineer from a Middle-class family.Anjali: A gorgeous and smart girl. Anyone can fall in love at the first sight of her.Aashish: Sushil's Best friend, who loves Anjali one-sided.Anuradha: A journalism Student and doing research on Writer.Sushil Pandit is a mechanical engineer. He is also an author of two bestselling novels. Now, he has everything in life, except his love, Anjali. Love is a blissful and everyone has to experience it once in a lifetime. Love makes life lively and also give a reason to live. There was a time when these two lovebirds were an example of two bodies, one soul. But a turning point in their lives sets them apart, with their soul still united and strong. Experience a roller coaster of emotions in this story. Find out how Sushil changed into a successful person from an ordinary boy.My TakeStarting from the title of the book You Are the best thing That Happened to Me gives the hint’s to readers it’s going to be a love story. The title is apt according to the plot.  It’s been said that never judge a book cannot be judged by looking at its cover alone but I personally feel cover can be much better to catch attraction among readers.The story starts with an award function where our protagonist Sushil Pandit receives an award for best employee of the year 2016. Sushil Pandit is a mechanical engineer by profession and author of two bestselling novels. He has achieved everything in life except the love of his life. After the function on his way to home he happens to meets Anuradha a journalism student who doing some research on authors. Anuradha wants to know more about Sushi’s life after achieving everything in life he is incomplete.  Then the story enters into the flashback memories of when he was in school. Sushil joins a coaching center with his friends to improve grades in subject. There he meets Anjali for the first time and felt attracted towards her. Later Anjali and Sushil become best friends who can understand each other well. Sushil was confused with his feelings towards Anjali is it love or attraction? Ashish and Anjali are they both equally important to him he can’t even think of losing one for other. On the other hand Ashish had a crush on Anjali. To know more what happened next to Sushil read the book.The author had beautifully weaved the struggles of every middle class family, the family bonding, surprise birthday celebration of Anjali at tuition center, hang outs with friends, decision to choose between career and love, struggles after college, job hunt and many more incidents. I love how cunning crafted the mother and sons bonding.Language of the book is lucid and written in a simple way to comprehend for any kind of reader. A book which won’t require the use of a dictionary, a book which evens an amateur reader would love to get indulged in. The pace of the story is slow and kept dragging at some time. The characters are well developed and one can easily relate them.  Narration of the book is simple and engaging. A few typographical errors here and there need to be rectified. If the edit was done properly, the story would have sounded much better. If the Hindi dialogues were translated into English it was much better since everyone will not able to understand it.I recommend this book to the readers who are seeking for a quick read or a light-hearted romantic novel.Overall 3/5 StarsGrab the copy here- Amazon |FlipkartAbout the AuthorSushil Kumar Rana is a Mechanical Engineer work in an MNC company in Odisha. He belongs to a middle class family, was born and brought up in Bolangir District, Odisha. He always tried to inhabit the life in his way and his parents always support him. He is an aspiring author, contributed in an anthology is published by Purlit (Rainbow of Womanhood). A second anthology is “ Twisted Tales” published by the Authors ink publication. He is the author of “In Search Of Happiness” Anthology. He was in the habit of writing a diary which consisted of his college experiences and memories. Currently working on his second novel based on crime thriller. Apart from writing, reading and book reviewing, he is a music and movie geek. His motto in life “never give up your dreams for others, be happy and spread happiness”. Currently he resides in Sambalpur District.You can reach at him @ Twitter |Instagram |Facebook |Website

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 Aakash Kumar  
 23 September 2018  
Art

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Bollywood around the trees
 Kalpana Swamy  
 6 February 2019  

"Bollywood is all about dancing around the trees"... probably yes and that's what makes us unique and jhintaak!
I guess "around the trees" is a metaphor to show that sweet shyness which tingles your body and that strange happiness you don't know how to express. Most of the songs picturised around trees are the ones where the girl and boy are expressing their love coyly. Starting from 1930s where Ashok Kumar and Devika Rani crooned to “Main Ban Ki Chidiya Ban Me” around the trees to almost the end of 1990s, hindi cinema have taken refuge of nature to depict romance.
And why not? Trees, flowers, gardens and nature appear the best when you heart is blooming with love. It is a state of mind which depicts happiness and joy. Even autumn starts looking fresh in hues of brown and grey, when the love blossoms! Remember the tulip garden in Dekha Ek Khwab from Silsila!
However, I want to recollect one rare song which fits the bill and still does not qualify to be jhintaak at all! “Dil Dhoondhta Hai” from Mausam!
Mausam signifies weather, which changes and never remains constant! The movie aptly titled shows myriad variations of emotions which are created by circumstances and fate. A happy couple separates, a daughter never sees her father and life takes her on the path of a profession where a man is a man, not a father or brother or friend! Fate brings the father and daughter back and relationship tornado takes swirls!
And one song which summarises the whole movie is Dil Dhoondhta Hai Phir Wohi Fursat ke Raat Din!
Gulzar Saab has penned this song in such articulated way that the same lyrics make up for a happy version and a sad version. While Madan Mohan ji has composed both the versions in typical moods, we must give complete credit to Bhupinder Singh ji for exuding such strong emotions in each version so beautifully!
The baritone effortlessly reach your soul in both the versions. While singing happy, he voice smiles and while remembering the happy times heart cries, his voice will pierce you with pain and pathos! More you listen to each version, more you fall in love!
Happy Birthday Bhupinder Singh ji!

 
 


StoryMirror in conversation with Author Aditi Bhushan
 StoryMirror Feed  
 18 February 2019  
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Your full name:Aditi BhushanPlease give details about your initial education and forming years of life.My father was serving Indian Defense, due to which my initial education has taken place in South-Indian states in Kendriya Vidyalayas, CBSE Board. Major part of my schooling took place in Mumbai. When I stepped in College life, I chosen the professional technical course Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) from SNDT Women’s university based out at Mumbai. I completed my post-graduation as Masters of Science in Computer Application from Symbiosis International University, Pune. This gave me the direction to become a software engineer. After Marriage and Pregnancy, I chose to swap my career option to prosper my family responsibilities. I completed two more professional bachelor degree courses, one in Library Science (BLIS) and another as Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) from University of Mumbai, This way, today I am having three professional Bachelor’s Degree. I love to upgrade myself, and thus I always keep my studies on.How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  Literature has always drawn my attention since childhood. In childhood, I was a very shy kind of person. I started to write mini poems since I was eight. And my only audience who was allowed to read them was my Mom. Whether it is English Literature or Hindi Sahitya, they are my favorite past times and I love to spend most of my time into reading something. I mostly prefer mythology.I give credit to my friend Mr. Atul Singh, who was the only writer in my big friend circle. What inspired me from him was that being mechanical cum marine engineer he used to write moral punchlines and poetries over Facebook. Somewhere, I felt after seeing his posts, even I should also try it. I appreciate that he came up putting them on Facebook, as I found this helpful to publish my own written posts over my shy nature.My interest in mythology and practice of Krishna Consciousness has made me to put up my first ever-Hindi version of poem over Krishna. I shared in on Facebook, and I got good comments from my friends. This pushed me more in writing, after some time, I found myself expressing my feelings mostly in form of some poetries. Whatever I write comes from a chapter of my life. What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? Looking for the right word.What is your view about the present day literary work? People have immense talent, it inspires me how organized and in orderly manner they express their ideas in present day literary work.Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? Indeed. With advent of digital media, it has become very easy to work and enhance your language skills. To build up your vocabulary and most important, you do not have to look for a teacher every time to correct your mistakes. Everything is taken care by internet.Please tell us something about your literary work. I do write on my personal blogs and do publish research articles. But StoryMirror is the only platform that has given me my space to write.What was your first literary work and how was it published? It was a research article on e-assessment of mathematics for secondary students, where I alone have researched, written and published it with International Journal of Science and Research Publication.How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?I feel literature can induce moral values, empathy, patriotism and feeling of sacrifices to current and upcoming generation to produce a productive nation oriented society.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?Emerging as better writer.What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?We can have a dedicated group on whatsapp or facebook. Where we can share ideas.What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? Never underestimate your caliber of writing. Appreciate critics and work on them.How was your experience of writing on Storymirror?  Excellent. I thank you StoryMirror for many people like us, who wants to write but due to lack of proper medium, usually don’t write. I found myself communicating my ideas, my narratives on StoryMirror very useful, as more I write the more I get motivated to write.Would you like to say something about Storymirror?StoryMirror is doing the best of its kind of work. I call this a big social work, a big help to grow our children as writers. I would encourage my students and kids to put up their write-ups with StoryMirror. Because nor only you inspire us, you motivate us with best rewards and certificates. Thank You StoryMirror. Keep up this good work always up.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/ltwrplgo/aditi-priya/stories 

एक मुलाकात तुलसी तिवारी के साथ
 StoryMirror Hindi  
 18 February 2019  
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देश को आजाद हुए मात्र सात वर्ष हुए थे जब उत्तर प्रदेश के बलिया जिले के एक गाँव ‘कोट अंजोरपुर में मेरा जन्म हुआ (16.3. 1954) हमारा घर गंगा जी जी के तट पर था, अपने दरवाजे से हम उनकी उठती-गिरती लहरों को देखा करते थे। पिता जी ने मेरा नाम तुलसी रखा क्योंकि वे तुलसी कृत रामायण के बड़े अध्येता थे। दादाजी तीन सौ बीघे जमीन के स्वामी थे।  फिर भी हमारा परिवार तंगहाल था । कोट गंगा,सरयू और सोन नदी से घिरा है ( ऐसे बहुत से गाँव हैं)पिछली भीषण बाढ़ ने हमारे अधिकांश खेतों को रेत के ऊँचे-ऊँचे टीलों में बदल दिया था। तब से उसी प्रकार की बाढ़ की प्रतीक्षा किया करते थे गाँव के लोग । हर साल बरसात में तीनों नदियाँ विकराल होकर अपने ‘दियर‘ में बसे गाँवों को जलमग्न कर देतं । रहवासी बाढ़ उतरने के बाद फिर से सरपत की छावनी वाला घर बनाते, खरीफ की फसल के समय तो खेत पानी में होते, बाद में बोये जाते, सिचाई का कोई साधन न होने के कारण कभी कभार ही ऐसा होता कि साल भर खाने लायक अन्न पैदा हो जाय। गाँव के अघिकांश लोग काम की तलाश में किशोर वय में ही बंगाल, असम, या महाराष्ट्र के लिए निकल पड़ते। मेरे पिताजी भी बाहर ही रहते थे। अतः  जैसे-जैसे बड़ी होती गई अपने छोटे भाई बहनों की जिम्मेदारी संभालने लगी। उस समय सवर्णों में पर्दा प्रथा का बहुत जोर था। माता जी घर से बाहर निकलती नहीं थीं, बाहर की सारी व्यवस्था जो एक मुखिया करता है मुझे ही करनी होती। मेरे गाँव मे एक स्कूल था जहाँ लड़के लड़कियाँ पढ़ते थे। मैं स्कूल जाने के लिए रोती थी किन्तु जा नहीं पाती थी। रसोई के लिए जंगल से लकड़ियाँ एकत्र करके न लाती तो माँ भोजन कैसे बनाती? छोटी बहन को न संभालती तो माँ जांत  से अनाज कैसे पीसती? ऐसे ही ढेरों आवश्यक कार्य जो मुझे स्कूल नहीं पहुँचने देते थे। वैसे स्कूल के मास्टर ने मेरा नाम कक्षा एक में लिख रखा था। वर्ष में एकाध दिन किसी प्रकार स्कूल पहुँच भी जाती तो वहाँ पढ़ने वाली लडकियाँ मिल कर मुझें बहुत मारतीं, उनकी नजर में मेरा प्रति दिन स्कूल न आना उन्हें यह अधिकार देता था कि वे मुझे  पीटें ।  दो-तीन साल में मेरा नाम न जाने किस प्रकार कक्षा दो में आ गया। वैसा ही बिरला दिन था जब बड़ी माँ ने अपने छोटे बेटे द्वारा की गई गंदगी साफ करने मुझे माँ से कह कर स्कूल भेज दिया था। मैं कक्षा में बैठने का लोभ संवरण न कर सकी। उस दिन गुरूजी आम की घनी छाया में कुर्सी डाल कर हिन्दी पढ़ा रहे थे। पाठ का थोड़ा-थोड़ा अंश प्रति छात्र से पढ़वाया जा रहा था।। मेरी बारी आई तो मेरे पढ़ पाने का प्रश्न ही कहाँ से उठता था? उनके सब्र का बांध टूटा और उन्होंने पुस्तक उठा कर दूर फेंक दी । पुस्तक के फड़फड़ाते पन्नों का हा-हाकार आज भी मेरी आत्मा में शोर मचाता है कभी-कभी। छुट्टी हुई तो लड़कियों ने खबर ली। मैंं रोती हुई घर आई। (बलिका शिक्षा के लिए कार्य इसी हा-हाकार ने कराया) माँ ने मेरी गोद में मेरी छोटी बहन को डाल दिया और घर के काम जल्दी-जल्दी निबटाने लगी।मैं बसंत पंचमी को स्कूल अवश्य जाती थी चाहे जिस प्रकार हो। उस साल सरस्वती पूजा के दिन सुबह से वर्षा हो रही थी, मैंने माँ से पूजा के लिए दो पैसे लिए और स्कूल के लिए निकली, रास्ते में कनेर के पीले फूलो को तोड़ कर अपनी फ्राॅक में जमा करती करती, पानी में भीगती स्कूल पहुँची । दो पैसे की लेमन जूस का प्रसाद चढ़ाकर पीले फूलों से माँ की पूजा की । मैंने मांगा ’’ मँा मैंे रोज स्कूल आना चाहती हूँ बस और क्या मांगू?’’मैंने अपना सारा प्रसाद स्वयं ही खा लिया। इससे सबने मेरी खिल्ली उड़ाई । मैं उस दिन प्रसन्न मन घर आई ं आखिर स्कूल से आई थी।उन्हीं दिनो की बात है, एक सुबह मेरे ददेरे भाई जो कक्षा दो में पढ़ते थे, धूप में बैठ कर अपनी नई आई भाषा की पुस्तक देख रहे थे।,खुले पन्ने में सीता स्वयबर का सुन्दर सा रेखा चित्र था। बालसुलभ उत्सुकता से मैंने पुस्तक अपने हाथ में लेनी चाही, उन्होंने बेदर्दी से मेरे हाथ से पुस्तक छीन ली ’’ फाड़ देगी! तू क्या जाने किताब क्या होती है? जा बरतन मांज!’’ उनके व्यवहार से मेरा बाल मन गहरे तक आहत हो गया। मैं बड़ी देर तक हिलक-हिलक कर रोती रही। माँ को उलाहना दिया कि मुझे स्कूल क्यों नहीे जाने देती? हैैं’’माँ एक पल के लिए अपनी विवशता पर बहुत उदास हो गई  उसने भैया से एक बार पुस्तक दिखा देने के लिए बहुत निहोरा किया परन्तु वह न माना , अपना बस्ता लेकर बाहर भाग गया। माँ ने आव देखा न ताव, चुल्हे के पास पड़े कोयले को उठा लिया । ’’ आव बबुनी हम पढ़ा दी तोके!’’ वह मुझे प्यार से स्ंाभाल कर  आंगन की कच्ची दीवार के पास ले आई और कोयले से हिन्दी के अक्षर लिख दिये। ’’ लऽ ! अइसे लिखऽ!’’मैंने आँसू पोंछे और दीवार के श्यामपट पर लिखना सीखने लगी। मुझे लोक गीतों में गहरी रुचि थी। उन्हे काॅपी पर लिखने का उद्देश्य मेरे सामने था।यूंं  तो माँ भी साक्षर मात्र थी चिट्ठी पत्री बाँचने, कहीें दस्तखत आदि के उदेश्य से पिता जी ने थोड़ा पढ़ा दिया था। अटक-अटक कर रामायण आदि पढ़ लेती थी। बाद में गाँव की औरतों को सीता जी का दुःख सुनाकर रोती थी।पिता जी आसनसोल बंगाल में कहीं नौकरी करते थे। साल में एकाध बार आना जाना करते थे, किन्तु दो जगह के खर्चे के कारण दिक्कतें बरकरार थीं। किसी मित्र से उन्हे कोरबा का पता मिला  कि वहाँ रोजगार आसानी से मिल सकता है। ंवे अपने मित्र के साथ बंगाल छोड़ कर छत्तीसगढ़ आ गये। कोरबा में नये बन रहे पावर हाउस में उन्हें सिक्यूरिटी गार्ड की नौकरी मिल गई। कुछ महिने बाद वे हम लोगों को भी अपने पास ले आयें । तीस मई 1964 को हम लोग कोरबा पहुँचे ,देश के प्रथम प्रधान मंत्री पंडित जवाहरलाल  नेहरू का देहावशान हुए दो चार दिन ही हुए थे देश में अफरा-तफरी का माहौल था। हम अपने पहनने के कपड़े और थोड़े से बर्तन ले कर पुराने पावर हाउस के टट्टा खोली में किराये से रहने लगे। पिता जी ने मुझसे छोटी बहन एवं भाई का नाम स्कूल में लिखा दिया । मेरी तो पढ़ने की उम्र निकल गई थी नऽ ?अभी हमारी गृहस्थी जमने का आरंभ भी नहीं हुआ था कि लार्सन एन्ड टूब्रो कंपनी में कर्मचारियों की हड़ताल हो गई, जो सभी कर्मचारियों की छंटनी से समाप्त हुई। अपने गाँव-घर से दूर हम फाकामस्ती की कगार पर आ खड़े हुए। यहाँ हमारे खेत नहीं थे जिन्हें बंधक रख कर हमें तुरंत पैसा मिल जाता न जान पहचान के लोग  थे जो हमें उधार दे देते। पिताजी को उस समय दिहाड़ी मजदूर बनना पड़ा और मुझे बाल श्रमिक ।कुछ महिनों के बाद बांकी मांेगरा में कोयला खान के लिये कर्मचारियों की भर्ती का समाचार मिला । वहाँ यू. पी. बिहार के बहुत से लोग काम पर लगे हुए थे। पिता जी ने वहाँ जाकर अपनी समस्या बताई , उन्हें मदद मिल गई। हमारे जिले के जग्गू प्रसाद गोंड़ ने (जो वहाँ युनियन के नेता थे) बड़े अपनेपन से पिता जी को भर्ती करवाया। कुछ ही दिन में हम लोग कोरबा से बांकी आ गये। वह सन् पैंसठ का जुलाई का महिना था। पिताजी ने सबसे पहला काम जो किया वह था स्कूल में हमारा नाम लिखवाना। गाँव से मेरी दूसरी कक्षा की टी. सी. मंगवाई गई। आदिम जाति कल्याण विभाग प्राथमिक शाला बांकी में हम लोग पढ़ने लगे। मुझे कुछ आता नहीं था पिता जी ने स्वयं मुझे पढाना प्रारंभ किया। पढ़ने लिखने की इतने दिनों से बाधित मेरी क्षुधा जाग उठी। मैंने मन लगाया। मुझे एक बार सुन कर ही पाठ अच्छी प्रकार याद हो जाता था। बचे समय में मैं अन्य किताबें पढ़ती थी । बृहद् सुखसागर जो सभी वेद पुराणों का सार है मैंने कक्षा दो में ही पढ़ा था। । पुस्तकें खरीदने के लिए पिता जी खदान में ओवर टाइम ड्यूटी करते थे। कुछ ही समय में हमारे घर में पुस्तकों की भरमार हो गई। हम न केवल पुस्तकेंं पढ़ते थे उस पर चर्चा भी करते थे। पिता जी काम से आने के बाद स्नान ध्यान से फारिग होकर उच्च स्वर में रामचरित मानस का गायन करते, टीका करते, जिसे  घर का काम करते-करते मैं सुनती समझती। हमारे घर पढ़ने-लिखने के शौकिन और भी लोग आने-जाने लगे। स्कूली जीवन के छः वर्षों में मैंने सात उपन्यास लिखे थे जो आज अप्राप्त हैं । उस समय के अनुसार कक्षा छः पास करते-करते मेरी उम्र विवाह योग्य हो गई और मेरी शादी करके मुझे इलाहाबाद भेज दिया गया। सौभाग्य से वहाँ का माहौल पढ़ने पढ़ाने का था। मेरा स्वाध्याय निरंतर जारी रहा। किंतु स्कूली शिक्षा में व्यवधान आ गया। अपनी अधूरी पढ़ाई पूरी करने के लिए सदा छटपटाहट बनी रहती मन में । समय पाकर जब पति के साथ आकर रहने लगी तब सन्1975 में मैंने आठवीं की परीक्षा स्वाध्यायी के रूप में दी। जिसमें सभी विषयों में विशेष योग्यता प्राप्त हुई। उसी वर्ष श्रीमान् का तबादला बिलासपुर हो गया। अब जिन्दगी के फैसले मेरे पक्ष में होने लगे। आर्थिक विषमता, गृहस्थी की हजारों समस्याएं  जन्म लेते बच्चों की जिम्मेदारी , यहाँ तक मुझे स्ट्रीट लाइट में भी पढ़ना पड़ा किन्तु नतीजे मेरे पक्ष में आते रहे सन्1977 में मैट्रिक , सन्1980 में स्नातक और सन्1982 को स्नातकोत्तर की परीक्षा पास कर ली । उसी वर्ष शिक्षक चयन परीक्षा पास कर के शिक्षिका बन गई । इस बीच मेरा कहानी लिखना और समाचार प़त्रों में छपना लगातार जारी था। सन् 2008 में पहली पुस्तक पिंजरा के प्रकाशन से मेरा विधिवत साहित्यिक जीवन प्रारंभ हुआ। इन दस वर्षों में ग्यारह कहानी संग्रह, एक वृहद् उपन्यास,चार यात्रा संस्मरण, और चैदह बालोपयोगी पुस्तकें प्रकाशित र्हुइं ( सम्मानों की सूची लेखिका परिचय में देखें )।पुस्तकों के प्रकाशन, विक्रय, प्रचार प्रसार आदि की सुविधा के लिए मैंने  2012 में अपने कनिष्ठ पुत्र विवेक तिवारी के साथ मिलकर श्री अक्षय पब्लिकेशन की स्थापना की। जिसमें लगातार क्षेत्र के साहित्यकारों की पुस्तकें छप रहीं हैंं।आज मैं अपने को संसार की सबसे सम्पन्न महिला समझती हूँ क्योंकि मैं जितना पढ़ सकती हूँ उससे अधिक पुस्तकें हैं मेरे पास, जितना लिख सकती हूँ उससे अधिक विचार हैं, जितना लिखा है उससे बहुत अघिक मुझे पढ़ने वाले हैैं।  

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 19 February 2019  
Art

Makati is the city that is known for it's coffee pubs, cultural glory and equal set up by the way it responds to the cultural nights and that is what we had been hoping for when in the early evening as a musical band we prepared ourselves for the Musical gig. Generally uptil now people had come to know what the 'The lightboom band' does and we were up for the challenge as we also had to perform up to the task with experts coming to analyse and thence a poetry night was also planned later after the musical performances which had to be kept in mind while performing on stage. In such basic conception what was the major concern that we should keep ourselves up to the time limit set as when the fb event was created we had expressed ourselves very clearly for what time introductions, musical night and poetry sessions would go on and we had to keep ourselves into that time frame to set up all core meetings with hussle and bussle happening with more people coming to the event and making it a cracker.When we started the show though we were very great to see the early impression and thence having certain time limit on hand with all the musical systems getting set the night was going to be a cracker with every musical person of the team responded with loud cheers, jeers and delight and thence we took the advantage and launched on to make it a cracker by all means. First the introduction of the people from the academic group proceeded in which the 8 faces from India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia were included who introduced themselves gracefully and explained their cause. Once that was settled, the multigenre writers including me went to the stage and raising our hands into the stands we introduced ourselves and the genre for which we had been here which was phenomenal in all respects. However there was a small hiccop and the old poetry friend Nick sir felt deranged himself deciding later to quit from our co-author project thus the poetry book titled 'Winner's love' has to be disposed of and now it shall be my own responsibility to write a book by my own commitment separately titled 'Culture of World ward 2' by myself which I announced on stage and it was equally congratuated with loud cheers. Besides the third introduction had certain great writers from England and they had come to review the event thence they introduced their cause to the night where it was also met with great cheers. After that a short evening supper time was announced and all who have gathered hardly felt eating themselves into the great cultural night thus in the food gathering it was now all settled for the musical night that was approaching on all fours now. After the supper was over, everybody was curious enough and all the people that had come went back to their seats now waiting for the musical night to come and let the Indian music rock into the stage that was set for our singers to perform and make the most of it by their musical voices. As planned before there were exactly four musical songs written and composed by ourselvss that had to be performed with the introduction of the team so that went great with complete agreement. First the musical instruments launched to the musical gears and thence the singers took on making the most of it which was great in all respects. The momentum they had required was on and hence with huge cheers, loud night voices and gearing move the musical team has impressed all which was the need of the hour and it went fantastic in all respects. Finally after the musical night it was getting late and time was running out thus without any hesitation the Poets were asked to come on stage and Nick sir was also invited amongst all of them for his self-poetry book 'Winner's love' now who's poetic lines he would be reading for which from inside he was pleased no dout though he was still confused with all the performances of Indians going around with Hindi on it's top gears. In the poetry session around 8 poets recited their poems on basis of the alphabetical order and it all went great with the people smiling around, the crowd was thinning but still interested and it was a cracker. On my part I got the chance to read poems of 'Asian Winds' and I did it with great joy feeling elated to get such a great response. Ultimately it was time for closing and for that honorary owners of the Corner Tree Cafe went to the stage and by their gratitude, thank you note and our acknowledgements to them the night was almost over with all went well. We are extremely thankful to our parents, family, and all who have trusted and supported our judgement in this musical cause which was great to see and the smiles are great on those faces who have been faithful to continue backing us on. However for those who not trust or get confuse now also I have said it countless times that for me 'Community first' approach is the key and if they don't believe it no matter what be the situations then they dont count for us and in our community approach only those things matter that are trusted on us. Finally I am highly obliged to the Corner Tree Cafe, their owners and they have agreed also to host a charity event next day for local Disability circle that is pleasing, Thus it is great to see you all contributing with such enthusiasm and we shal be happy to you for yor great support. For now it's goodbye Makati, thank you all for your love and turning up in such huge numbers, it was a great experience by all accounts... 

संत रविदास जी की कहानी गुलाबचंद एन. पटेल की जुबानी
 StoryMirror Hindi  
 19 February 2019  
Art

" मन चंगा तो कठौती में गंगा "    - संत रविदास1450 - 1520कवि, संत, समाज सुधारक और आध्यात्मिक गुरु संत रविदास का जन्म 19 फरवरी 1450, महा सूद पूनम के दिन वाराणसी में जन्मे हुए संत रविदास जी ने बचपन में ही अत्यंत छूता छूत और जाति भेद का सामना करना पड़ा था, मध्य कालीन संत रामानंद का शिष्य बनकर उन्होने धार्मिक आध्यात्मिक जीवन शुरू किया था, रविदास ने जाती और लिंग भेद का विरोध साहित्य सर्जन के द्वारा किया था, थोड़े ही समय में उनके हजारो शिष्य तैयार हुए थे, उसका प्रमाण मीरा बाई की पंक्ति में भी हे, " गुरु रैदास मिले मोहि पूरे, धूर से कलम भीड़ी,सत गुरु साईं दई जब आके जोत रली"धर्म संस्कृति के लिए जरूरी है, धार्मिक आस्था, मन की पवित्रता या शुद्धता दिखाने की जरूरत नहीं है, उनका साहित्य अवधि, राजस्थानी, खड़ी बोली और अरबी भाषा मिस्र होने के बावजूद ये लोकवाणी की तरह हे," धन लोभी मत बनो, धन कभी स्थिर नहीं होता "" आजीविका के लिए सख्त परिश्रम कीजिए "ये संत रविदास जी के ने अपने शिष्यों को संदेश दिया गया था, संत रविदास के पदों का संग्रह "गुरु ग्रन्थ साहिब" मे भी हुआ है, 15 वी सदी के ये महान संत और निर्गुण भक्ति के प्रणेता संत रविदास की स्मृति में सीख संप्रदाय मे "रविदास या पंथ "पंथ का निर्माण हुआ है,वाराणसी उत्तर प्रदेश में गंगा घाट पर भारत सरकार के द्वारा गुरु रविदास घाट का निर्माण किया गया है, ये इस महा मानव को दी गई अंजलि ही है!  इस समय देश में जातिवाद का विरोध किया गया था लेकिन उन्हे उनके सत्य और धर्म भावना के कारण और भगवान के करीब होने के कारण उन्हे स्वीकार कर के उन्हे मान सम्मान दिया गया था, आज भी देश और विदेश में उनकी जन्म जयंती समारोह मनाया जाता है,हिन्दी भक्ति काव्य मीराबाई, कबीर और संत रविदास ने रचे थे | वो शिक्षा में पारंगत न होने के बावजूद एक उमदा भक्ति काव्य समाज को दिया गया है | सामाजिक चेतना और आध्त्यात्मिकता की ओर ले जाने वाले ये हिन्दी भक्ति काव्य ने भारत में संस्कृति का सिंचन किया है |मीराबाई ने कृष्ण भाक्ति में लीन हो कर, राजा राणा के राज्य को तिलांजलि दे दी थी | राणाजी ने मीरा की परीक्षा के लिए जहर दिया था | वो कृष्ण के प्यार में झहर भी पी लेती है फिर भी, उसे कोई तकलीफ नहीं हुई थी | मीरा के पद समाज को श्री कृष्ण की भक्ति की ओर ले जाने में सफल हुए है |कबीरजी भी उतने ही धार्मिक थे | उनका साहित्य भी समाज के जीवन के साथ सरोकार रखता है | हिन्दी भक्ति काव्य के रूप में वाल्मिक रचित रामायण, हिन्दी महा भक्ति काव्य है | रामायण समाजीक जीवन कैसे जिया जाता है, पितृ प्रेम, मात्रु प्रेम, पत्नी प्रेम, भात्रू भाव, प्रजा प्रेम, मित्र प्रेम आदि की रीत समाज को दी है |महाभारत भी एक उमदा हिन्दी महा काव्य है | जिसकी रचना वेद व्यासजी ने की थी | रामायण और महाभारत दोनों पहले भारतीय धर्म भाषा, संस्कृत में लिखे गए थे, लेकिन उसका हिन्दी में संस्करण भी किया गया है | ये दोनों हिन्दी भक्ति ग्रन्थ सामाजिक जीवन में उन्नति लाते है | सामजिक जीवन की परिभाषा शिखाते है |इसी तरह, संत रविदासजी के द्वारा रचे गए भक्ति काव्य भी एक नयी दिशा देता है | उन्हों ने मांसाहार और नशे से दूर रहने की सीख दी है | वो कर्म कांड और मूर्ति पूजा के विरोधी थे | इरान की यात्रा मुलाकात दरम्यान, वो बेगमपुरा शहर की कल्पना करतें है | बेगमपुरा 7 होना चाहिए, जहाँ जात-पात में भेदभाव न हो, सब को अन्न मिले, सब सुख चेन से जिए और धर्म भावना के साथ अपना जीवन व्यतीत करे, ऐसी सुन्दर कल्पना संत रविदासजी ने ६०० साल पहले की है | संत रविदास के ४० भक्ति पद जो पंजाब में गुरु नानकजी के ‘ग्रन्थ साहिब’ में शामिल है | जो जन जीवन को एक नयी ऊर्जा प्रदान करता है | इसी तरह, हिन्दी भक्ति काव्य सामाजिक चेतना और संस्कृति के जतन के लिए एक उमदा हिन्दी भक्ति काव्य है | वो समाज जीवन से बहुत गहरा सरोकार रखता है |  हिन्दी भक्ति काव्यकी रचना संत रविदास, मिराबाई और संत कबीरने बहुत की है | संत रविदास का साहित्य हिन्दी, अंग्रेजी और पंजाबी में बहुत ही उपलब्ध है |संत रविदास की वाणीजो तुम गिरिवर तो हम मोरा,जो तुम चन्द्र तो हम भये है चकोरा ||माधवे तुम न तोरो तो हम नहीं तोरी,तुम सो तोरी तो किन सो जोरी ||जो तुम दिवरा तो हम बाती,जो तुम तीरथ तो हम जाती ||रैदास राती न सोइए, दिवस न करिये स्वाद,अहिनिसी हरिजी सुमिरिए, छांड सकल अपवाद ||चित सुमिरन करो नैन अवलोकनों,श्रवण वाणी सौ जस पूरी राखौ ||मन सो मधुकर करो, चरण ह्रदय धरो,रसना अमृत सम नाम भाखो ||मेरी प्रीती गोविन्द खोजनी घेरे,मैं तो मोल महँगी लई लिया सतै ||साध संगत बिना भाव नहीं उपजे,भाव बिना भक्ति नहीं होय तेरी ||कहे रविदास एक बिनती हरी स्यो,पैज राखो राजा राम मोरी  ||भारत वर्ष के इतिहास में मध्यकालीन युग में लोगों की मुसीबते ज्यादा थी, देश, प्रान्तों में बटा हुआ था | मुस्लिमोने विजय नहीं पाया लेकिन तबाही मचायी, मंदिर जो रविदास को प्रिय थे उसीको तोड़ते हुए संत रविदासजी ने देखा था | क्षुद्र को अछूत माना जाता था | मुस्लिम मूर्ति पूजा के विरोधी थे | धर्म परिवर्तन कराया गया | इस युग में पंजाब में गुरु नानक और पूर्व उत्तर मैं कबीर साहबने नइ परंपराओं को जन्म दिया |संत रविदास आध्यात्मिक सूर्य की आकाश गंगा थे | उनका जन्म राजस्थान में हुआ ऐसी लोक वायका है | लेकिन, वो पश्चिम भारत में ज्यादा रहे | वो काशी में रहते थे और मोची का काम करते थे | उनका जन्म १३९९ इस्वीसन और मृत्यु १५२७ में माना जाता है |उन्हों ने जाती प्रथा और मूर्ति पूजा और क्रिया कांड का विरोध किया था | वो सहिष्णु और सादगी से जीये थे | वो ब्राह्मिन नहीं थे | शास्त्रार्थ में पंडित को उन्हों ने पराजित किये थे | चितोड की रानी मीराबाई उनकी शिष्या बनी थी |गुरु शिष्य का सम्बन्धजो तुम गिरिवर तो हम मोरा,जो तुम चन्द्र तो हम भये है चकोरा ||माधवे तुम न तोरो तो हम नहीं तोरी,तुम सो तोरी तो किन सो जोरी ||संत रविदासजी अपने गुरु के प्रति अपनी प्रीत का वर्णन करतें है | वो कहेतें है कि प्रभु, तुम जो पर्वत हो तो में मोरा हूँ | में आप के प्यार में पागल हूँ | मेरा प्रेम आप के प्रति चन्द्र और चकोर जैसे है | रविदासजी प्रभु को माधव कहके पुकारते है | उनका एक शेर है |आरजी सो अक्स था इके इल्तफाते दोस्त का,जिसको नादानी से ऐसे जाबिंदा समजा था में ||प्रभु आपने जब आंख घुमा ली तब पता चला कि ये तो काँटों की सेज है | संत रविदासजी अपने गुरु के प्रति प्रेम व्यक्त करते कहेते हैं कि,“जो तुम दिवरा तो हम बाती,जो तुम तीरथ तो हम जाती” ||वो कहते है की में बाती हूँ और तुम दिया हो | संत रविदासजी आदर्श शिष्य का जीवन कैसा होता है वो बताते है | सच्चे भक्त की पहचान कराते है |“रैदास राती न सोइए, दिवस न करिये स्वाद,अहिनिसी हरिजी सुमिरिए, छांड सकल अपवाद” ||तुम मेरे पास होते हो गोया, जब कोई दूसरा नहीं होता ||“मिटा दे अपनी हस्ती को अगर कुछ मरतबा चाहे कि दाना खाक में मिलकर गुले गुलजार होता है” || जब बीज मिटटी में मिल जाता है तब खुद का अस्तित्व खो देता है | वो फुल का रूप धारण कर लेता है | आध्यात्मिक मार्ग भी इसी तरह है | रविदासजी कहेते है कि सच्चा शिष्य रात में सोता नहीं है | शिष्य हंमेशा गुरु के साथ जुडा हुआ होता है |“हम अपने जजबाए बेदार को रुसवा नहीं करेती,शबे गम नींद से आँखों का आलूदा नहीं करेती” ||ये संत दर्शनजी महाराज कहते है | आशिक अपनी प्रियतमा से नजर नहीं हटाता, वो आँखों को बदनाम नहीं करता | संत रविदासजी आगे कहते है कि “ए दिल बेकरार ओ, रो ले, तडप ले, जाग ले, नींद की फ़िक्र क्यों, अभी रात मिली है बेसहर” | वो कहेते है कि रात दिन हमें प्रभु को यही करना चाहिए | सब छोडकर उनका स्मरण करना चाहिए |आध्यात्मिकता और धर्म:चित सुमिरन करो, नैन अवलोकनो,श्रवण वाणी सौ जस पूरी  राखौ ||मन सो मधुकर करो, चरण ह्रदय धरौं,रसना अमृत राम नाम भाखौ ||मेरी प्रीती गोविन्द स्योंजनी घटै,मैं तो मोल महँगी लई लिया सटै ||साध संगत बिना भाव नहीं उपजै,भाव बिनो भक्ति नहीं होय तेरी ||कहे रविदास एक बिनती हरी सयों,पैज राखो राजा राम मोरी  ||--संत रविदास--इसमें संत रविदास आदर्श शिष्य के जीवन का वर्णन कर रहे है | आध्यात्मिकता का मार्ग है | प्रेममयी बने बिना कुछ मिलता नहीं है | गुरु और शिष्य में प्रेम होता जरुरी है | जिस तरह चरवाहा अपने गौआ बकरियां को पहचानता है, उसी तरह गुरु अपने शिष्य को, अपने  जीवो को इकठ्ठा करके प्रभु के पास ले जाते है |जन्म मरण दौउ में नाही जन परोपकारी आये,           जिया दान है भक्ति भावन हरि सयों लेन मिलाये |शिष्य का जीवन भंवर जैसा होना चाहिए  | जैसे भंवर फुल के आसपास घूमता रहता है, वैसे गुरु के पास शिष्य को आगे पीछे घूमते रहना चाहिए |  शिष्य होना शरणागति है | रविदासजी प्रार्थना करते है, कि हमे संगत साधू की मिले | संगत से भाव पैदा होता है | प्रभु को याद करना अपने जीवन का लक्ष्य होना चाहिए | उनके मुख में प्रभु का ही नाम होता था | अपनी आँखों से प्रभु को ही देखना चाहते थे | संत रविदास और कबीर के गुरु स्वामी रामानंद थे | रविदासजी मांसाहार और नशा के विरोधी थे, जाती भेद का विरोध किया था | कर्म कांड के विरोधी थे, मद्य और पशु हिंसा के विरोधी थे | वो महेनत की कमाई से ही जीना चाहते थे |जाती पाती के फेरे में सुलज रह्यो सब लोग,मानवता को खात है रैदास जाती को रोग ||संत तुकाराम ने संत रविदासजी को एक साखी में कहा था, निवृति ज्ञानदेव सोपान चंगाजी, मेरे जी के नामदेव, नागाजन मित्र , नरहरी सोनार, रविदास कबीर सगा मेरे |शिखों के गुरु नानकदेवजी ने भक्ति काव्य में कहा है कि,“ रविदास चमारू उस्तुति करे, हर की रीती निमख एक गाई,पतित जाती उत्तम भया, चारो चरण पये जग गाई,रविदास हयाये प्रभु अनूप, नानक गोविद रूप”गुरु नानक कहते है कि चरों वर्णों के लोग संत रविदास के चरणों में नमन करते है क्यों कि वो ज्ञानी है |मेवाड़ की महारानी भक्त कवयत्री मीराबाई ने गुरु दीक्षा ले कर उनका सन्मान किया था | मीराबाई एक भक्ति काव्य में कहती है कि,“मेरा मन लागो गुरु सौ, अब न रहूंगी अटके,गुरु मिलियो रोहिदासजी, दिन्ही ज्ञान के गुटकी,रैदास मोहे मिले सद्गुरु, दिन्ही सूरत सुरई की,मीरा के प्रभु ते ही स्वामी, श्री रैदास सतगुरुजी“संत रविदासजी भक्ति युग के महान संत थे | गुरु संत रविदासजी के ४० पद “श्री गुरु ग्रन्थ साहेब” में समाविष्ट है | सोलह रागों में अपनी वाणी संत रविदासजी करते थे | रविदासजी कहते है कि,“रविदास ब्राह्मण मत पुजिये, जो होवे गुण हिन,पुजिये चरण चंडाल के जो होवे गुण परवीन”६०० साल पहेले मुस्लिम बादशाह ने ईरान में संत रविदास को बुलाये थे | ईरान के आबादान शहर में वो गए थे | आबादान के नाम से पर उन्हों ने अपनी कल्पना का शहर “बेगमपुरा” कैसा होना चाहिए उसका वर्णन अपनी वाणी में किया है | बेगमपुरा शहर को नाउ, दुःख अन्दोहु नहीं तीही ठाउ,  ना तसविस खिराजू न मालू, खउकु न खता, न तरसु जवाळु, अब मोहि वतन गई पाई, ॐ हाँ खैरी सदा मेरे भाई || कायमु, दायमु सदा पाति साही, दोम न सेम एक सौ आहि || आबादानु सदा मशहूर, उहाँ गनी बसही मामूर || तिह तिह शैल करही, जिह भावै || महरम महन न को अटकावे || कवि रविदास खलास चमारा ||जो हम सहरी सु मितु हमारा || उनका भक्ति काव्य,अब कैसे छूटे नाम रट लागी, प्रभुजी तुम चंदन हम पानी,जाकी अंग अंग बास समानी, प्रभुजी तुम घनबन हम मोरा,जैसे चितवत चन्द्र चकोरा, प्रभुजी तुम दीपक हम बाती,जाकी ज्योति बरै दिन राती, प्रभुजी तुम मोती हम धागा,जैसे सोन ही मिलत सुहागा, प्रभुजी तुम स्वामी हम दासा,ऐसी भक्ति करे रैदासा,  प्रभुजी तुम चंदन हम पानी ||

StoryMirror in conversation with Author Richa Dixit.
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 20 February 2019  
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Q: Please give details about your initial education and forming years of lifeA: I have done my schooling and Graduation (B. Com) from my hometown, i.e. Gwalior (M.P) . And later did my Post Grad (MBA) from Lakshmangarh Jaipur (Raj.)Q:How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?A: From the childhood days i used to enjoy reading & writing poetry. Words and the emotions they generate and expressing myself by ideas and words have been my passion throughout. Writing has been a soul calling for me, words have been a source of healing to my emotions and zest to find myself through words. Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work?A: Although my family has been always supporting me in my writing passion, but still the society limits us by such creative fields to be as a career option, specially being a woman. A qualified woman in most houses are the ones who have attained degrees to get married to high earning spouse to do the dishes at end of the day, freedom of expression has always been a highly neglected zone for women. though not that case with me but still being at the shore, that ripple effect tickles your feet in some or the other way.Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work?A: Literature needs to be honored in its true sense, education system in schools and colleges and the awareness for literature subject has to be rolled out. Without creativity and those floating ideas, being a human race is undefined. Roots of literature are needed to be strengthened.Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers?A: Yes, it has served a lot and a new hope has arisen to let the light shine. Young writers are gaining there worth through this a lot, were they can showcase their talent and be recognized. Q: Please tell us something about your literary work.A: Talking about my literary work, I have been always fascinated by poetry (English, Hindi, Urdu), i really wish to rekindle the magic of poetry to world again. I have published my Hindi/Urdu poetry compilation in my two books.Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published?A: My first literary work was my online book issue (DILSOZ ALFAAZ), that was a compilation of some of my poetry work. This is what the significance of social media that has enabled me to publish my work online, with no cost involved, where in I got a good response and later decided to compile another book (lamhon ki oot se) in print media.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A: Literature can totally define the roots of us, it holds a great contribution percentage, era has to be brought back so that art n culture, traditions can be put into flow . Literary world must be enriched with creative young passion, literature is a science and art of healing in my perspective. With our wall bounded, numbers-oriented job world, we are turning into barren souls, literature can bring the showers of peace and harmony to create a world and life worth living.Q: There do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A: After 5 years I see myself as a writer figure, nurturing my soul calling and purpose, sharing with society my ideas and work that can heal and inspire others. Q: What ways would you suggest building a community for poets?A: System has to be modified from ground level, schools & colleges need to be taking participation in same so that our youth can revive the vibe of creativity and build our literature stronger, society needs young writers as the successors of our literary world. It has to be a prominent career opportunity for people who wish to pursue it, due to lack of awareness and opportunities in literary world, youth is getting brain drained towards numb career zones ending up in stress and losing one self.Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? A: I would like to share this view to aspiring new writers, that let your words say it all, no matter what follow your heart, collective efforts of all of us will make us and this literary society of ours shine and we will establish a strong foundation, they are the crucial pillars of it.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror? A: Writing on story mirror was really an amazing experience, getting my work selected at it was really a pleasure. Q: Would you like to say something about Storymirror? A: Story Mirror is a wonderful platform, I really feel blessed to come across it, they people really make our worth being notified to world out there, Great to be writing on it and felicitated by it for letting my words find their true light. Read my content on https://storymirror.com/profile/wmz2b5q5/richa-dixit/poems

StoryMirror in conversation with author Pulkit Maheshwari
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 22 February 2019  
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Q:Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life. A: I completed my initial education from the various hindi medium schools of Jaipur and then completed my engineering. Like most youngsters of India my forming years were a struggle between listening to my heart and family. I will talk about it more in my upcoming book.Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write? A: For me it wasn't that difficult, I was writing whatever was coming in my heart and still I do the same only.Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? A: People have become more opened up and they are pouring their hearts out through their writing. Previous generations work was mainly about society, but today's generation work is mainly about life experiences.Q: What is your view about the present day literary work? A: Yes, certainly it did that and doing that as well.Q: Please tell us something about your literary work. A: My literary work is mainly based upon my life experiences and my emotions. How I fought through the long streak of depression has definitely given a direction and motivation to my writing.Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published? A: Couple of urdu poems and they got published because of the motivation and support from my soul mother.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A: In every possible way.Q: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A: Hard to find some time to think that far.Q: What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?A: Poets should be more opened in communicating and sharing thoughts. Also, they should help each-other by pointing out the mistakes and give suggestions for improvements. Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers?A: Listen to your heart.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  A: It was a good exposure.Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A: It's good platform to support budding writers.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/pemocbrh/pulkit-maheshwari/poems

StoryMirror in conversation with author Divyashree Bilumadi Chandrappa Gowda
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 6 March 2019  
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Q: Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.A: I completed my schooling, pre-university & undergraduate degree in Bangalore & have been working for 5 years. The forming years of my life were quite good to an extent though, childhood being the best part of life we all cherish inspite of the chances missed and exposure we could have had.Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write? A: I used to browse through a couple of motivational quotes or thoughts & came across and also read few poems, novels written by various Authors in English, Kannada & Hindi languages. It helped me a lot to stay optimistic with hope. The writings of Maya Ahmed (author/writer) influenced me a lot & inspired me which is the main source of interest in literature.Q: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? A: The world of literature is very vast in itself. We have seen a lot of great Writers & their work, contribution. I wanted to start writing but had zero idea and wasn't confident enough. It all started when I was depressed over again, not knowing what to do.. browsed through a number of blogs, website & apps for writing. Found a nice platform “Mirakee”, just started writing slowly with whatever thoughts came to my mind.Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work? A: I feel the ancient work was full of meaning. Whatever you touch - from poems, stories, scriptures etc is filled with depth & message. One of many to mention - poems written by the eminent & finest poet of 19th century, Robert Frost. Nowadays, literature is good but modernized & uses more complex words whilst the message is lost inside it. Can't conclude since the above opinion is based on few readings. I guess A reader is the best critic to comment on this.Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? A: Yes, digital media in this generation has given opportunities for everyone interested in writing but we must create a new platform to encourage young writers and take literary work to another level like other forms of art.Q: Please tell us something about your literary work. A: Most of what I write revolves around the thoughts that arise in mind due to few situations and things happening around, to the lessons learnt from life experiences till date. Subject plays a major role. that's how most of the poems are born & takes life. I don't know many complicated words to be used & also various forms of poems. My basic idea of writing is that it should at least be useful to those who read & must convey good message or meaning.Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published? A: I'm just a soul interested in literature and writing has given me lot of peace and happiness. I don't have my literary work published yet. The first piece of story/poem I wrote was “One Winter Morning” (have submitted in StoryMirror & waiting for content approval). Still a learner. Long way to go.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future? A: Literature has the ability to awaken minds of lot of people in many ways. It is the base or evidence to history. Ancient literature, stories, drama, poetries, scientific work/research have the potential to impact the future & generations to come.Q: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world? A: As stated earlier, I'm still a learner in this vast ocean of literature. It's a dream to see ourselves better & wise while we continue our journey. Let's see… until then I'll keep writing & improving but will never stop what's started.Q: What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets? A: We must have mentors and fellow writers to correct us and provide inputs. It will surely impact in order to improve & also serves as encouragement which will give us new hope and interest to write more.Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? A: Keep learning and just start writing. We never know how far it will take us or we can go but the first step to start the journey is within our hands. When I, who thought that I wouldn't be able to do anything can write. Then anybody can write. You have the potential, will power & strength within you. Never let it die. Keep watering it without any expectations.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror? A: Initially it was difficult, as I was used to only one writing platform/app. It's been so good so far. *NICE , to sum up.Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A: Excellent platform and interactive (in terms of communication, support, competitions & encouraging writers). I would like to Thank, Shrestha for introducing me to StoryMirror & let me participate in “Be a poem” competition. That’s how I started writing on StoryMirror.Here is the link to read all my content https://storymirror.com/profile/ueot5z7a/divya-b-c/poems 

एक मुलाकात अंजना बख्शी जी के साथ
 StoryMirror Hindi  
 8 March 2019  
Art

किताबें हमें बनाती हैं, किताबें हमें गढ़तीहैंअंजना बख्शीआह को चाहिए एक उम्र असर होने तककौन जीता है तेरी जुल्फ़ के सर होने तक.मेरी सारी ज़िन्दगी ग़ालिब के ही शेर कीतरह गुजरी, पैदा होते ही अंधेरे घर में जैसे दुआएं गुमहो गई थीं. बहुत अंधेरा था. होश संभालनेवाली लड़की खरगोश-सी मासूम की तरह तोथी लेकिन उसे इस अंधेरे से डर भी लग रहा है.’मम्मा’ (मां) कितना अंधेरा है?’ नन्हीं-सीबच्ची की बातें मां की आवाज़ों में गुम होजातीं.’अंधेरा है तो क्या हुआ. लड़कियां इसी अंधेरे मेंरास्ता बनाती हैं. इसी अंधेरे में एक दिन ताड़ केपेड़ की तरह लंबी हो जाती हैं… अंधेरा तब भीरहता है.एक परिवार के बंटते हुए भी वे इस अंधेरे केतक्सीम से गुजरती रहती हैं’---मां की आंखों में एक दर्द सिमटा होता. तभीसोच लिया था मुझे अंधेरे का हिस्सा नहींबनना. तभी से बिगड़ने लगी थी मैं. हर वो कामकरना चाहती थी जिसके बारे में कहा जाताथा कि ये काम लड़कियों को नहीं करनाचाहिए. मैं उड़ना चाहती थी, खिलखिलानाचाहती थी, चमकते हुए जुगुनुओं को हाथों में कैदकरना चाहती थी, चपेटे खेलना या रस्सीफलागना मुझे बिल्कुल पसंद नहीं था. मुझे तो हरउल्टे-सीधे काम पसम्द थे. लड़कों की तरह पेड़ परचढ़ जाना, पत्थर लेकर आम के कच्चे-कच्चे बौरों परफेकना, इमलियां और बेर तोड़ते हुए एक सुखद-सीअनुभूति होती थी मुझे. थोड़ा आगे बढ़ी तोआम के बौरों से रिश्ता टूट गया. इमलियां अबकुछ ज्यादा ही खट्टी लगने लगीं. मन ग़ालिबके शेरों की तरह कुछ और चाहने लगा. मां तब भीअंधेरा दिखाकर कहा करती—’ ये रास्ता तेरानहीं है अनु, इन रास्तों पर तो केवल लड़के चलते हैं.तब पहली बार कहीं प्रेमचन्द की ’पांच फूल’ मिलगई थी मुझे. पांच फूलों जैसी कहानियां---- इनकहानियों में एक अजीब-सी दुनिया थी. अबदुनिया आबाद थी…लगा ये तो मेरी दुनियाहै. लेखक ने कैसे लिखा होगा इस दुनिया को.इस बार कमरे में गई तो वहां अंधेरा नहीं था,वहां मेज पर किताबें थीं. तब से किताबें दोस्तबनती चली गईं…या दूसरे शब्दों में कहूं तो मुझेगढ़ती चली गईं.कभी-कभी इन कहानियों को पढ़ते हुए बहुत जोरसे रोना आता मुझे खासकर उस ज़मानें में मंटोकी कहानियां पढ़ते हुए. मां ने बंटवारे कीइतनी कहानियां सुन रखी थीं. मां नेकहानियां दादा-दादी के मार्फत सुनी थीं.उन्होंने बंटवारे को बहुत करीब से अपनी आंखों सेदेखा था, जलती हुई ट्रेनों को भी… जबइंसानी लाशों से भरी ट्रेनें आया करती थीं.सगे-संबन्धियों को करीब से मरते हुए देखा---वोलोग तक्सीम के वक्त रावलपिण्डी सेहिन्दुस्तान आए थे. मैं इन किस्से कहानियों कोसुनती हुई बड़ी हुई थी.बंटवारा एक नासूर की तरह मुझे सीलता रहाथा. फिर मंटो ने ऎसी-ऎसी कहानियांलिखी थीं कि इन्हें पढ़ते हुए मेरी आंखें भीग-भीग जातीं. इन कहानियों में मर्दों का एकक्रूर चेहरा भी होता---जहां औरत कसाबखाने मेंटगें गोश्त के लोथड़ों से ज्यादा नहीं थी. सबउसे खोल-खोल कर देखा चाहते थे. ’खोल दो’पढ़ते हुए मैं चीख पड़ी थी. नहीं प्लीज शलवारका नाड़ा मत खोलना सकीना.. ’धुंआ’ और ’ठंडेगोश्’ ने मर्द-औरत के अलग-अलग मनोविज्ञान कोचित्रित किया था. आप विश्वास करें, मंटोकी इन कहानियों को पढ़ते हुए मैं इतनी भयभीतहो जाती कि कभी-कभी दरवाजा बंद करचीखने-चिल्लाने का जी करता और फिर आइनेके सामने खड़े होकर खुद को देखकर फिर जोर सेचीख पड़ती. मुझे लगता मेरे चारों ओर दंगे भड़क रहेहैं और मंटॊ के खतरनाक चरित्रों ने मुझे चारों ओरसे घेर लिया है. मैं लंबी-गहरी सांसे ले रहीहोती. उसी ज़माने में मंटो के साथ-साथ इस्मतचुगताई, कृश्नचंदर, बेदी ---इन साहित्यकारोंको पढ़ने का इत्तेफ़ाक हुआ. अब मुझे पढ़ने की लतलग गई थी. इस्मत के ’लिहाफ’ में हाथी फुदक रहेथे..तौबा-तौबा. मुझे इन हाथियों से वहशत होरही थी, लेकिन लिहाफ की बेगम आपा से मुझेपूरी-पूरी हमदर्दी थी. मुझे नवाब साहब परगुस्सा आता कि वो सारा दिन और सारीरात लोडे-लापड़ों में घिरे होते और उन्हें बेगमसाहबा की मजबूरियों का जरा भी अहसास नहोता. इस्मत चुगताई की इस कहानी ने मुझेगहराई में उतरकर सोचने पर मजबूर किया.दुनिया को इस्मत की नजरों से बोल्ड बनकरदेखने की कोशिश करने लगी थी.शब्दों के लिबास को पहना तो अंजना नईहोती गयी. ये वो ज़माना था जब पहली बारकितने ही नए नामों को पढ़ने का इत्तेफाकहुआ---रसूल हमज़ातोव की ’मेरा दागिस्तान’ पढ़डाली. रूसी एवं अन्य साहित्यकारों सेतोस्ती बढ़ी. तोलस्तोय, दॉस्तोएव्स्की,गोर्की, चेखव, शेक्शपियर, चॉम्स्की, स्टीवेन्सन,रस्किन बॉण्ड…मेरे जिस्म में बरसात के फूल खिलने लगे थे---हवामदहोश थी---अब कविताओं के अंकुर नए सिरे सेफूट रहे थे. बदली थी मेरी आंखें---जीवन को देखनेऔर जीने की समूची दृष्टि में परिवर्तन आयाथा.मैं रसूल हमज़ातोव को धन्यवाद देती थी…“मैं हर बार उड़कर तुम्हारे पास पहुंच जाती हूं रसूलतुम कैसे बुनते हो इंसानी आत्मा से एक देह या देहसेएक इंसानी आत्मा,तुम दृष्टि को लिबास पहनाने का हुनर,कैसे सीख पाए.मैं देह-आत्मा से गुजरतीअक्सर तुम्हें छूने के प्रयास में,जख्मी हो जाती हूं रसूल.मेरे पंख काट दिए गएऔर मैं उड़ना भूल चुकीलेकिन अब वापस लेना चाहती हूंतुमसे अपनी उड़ान. “यहीं पहली बार पाब्लो नेरूदा को पढ़ने काइत्तेफ़ाक हुआ. मेरी कायनात बदली थी. एकतीसरी आंख खुली थी. सत्य की निर्गमवादियों से गुजरने को हौसला जागा था. मैंबड़ी हो रही थी. कठिन होता है लड़की मेंउड़ते पंखों का जागना. उन्हीं दिनों अमृताप्रीतम, सारा शगुफ़्ता और परवीन को पढ़ने बैठगई. मुहब्बत में कैद औरतें---अमृता से सारा औरपरवीन तक हसीन कायनात. सारा ने आत्म-हत्या कर ली---परवीन भरी जवानी में मोहब्बतके ताप के साथ जग को अलविदा कह गई---अमृता सारा जीवन साहिर की यादों केसाथ बसर कर गयीं. …कहीं एक बूंद शेष है …मैं अपनेभीतर उस बूंद को ढूंढ़ रही थी---जीवन केसारांश में उलझी उस बूंद को जो मुझको कह रहीथी अंजना मत तलाश करो…साहित्य केवल बहना सिखाता है जहां जख्मरिसते हैं. पराए ज़ख्मों को अपना कहते हुए हम खुदको लहूलुहान कर बैठते हैं---मैंने खुद को देखा तोचौंक गई. साहित्य की कितनी डगर से गुजरतीहुई---मैं सचमुच लहू-लुहान थी, लेकिन यहीं मुझे अपनेलिए विचारों का एक नया बसेरा भी आबादकरना था

नारी सशक्तिकरण - रूपेश कुमार
 StoryMirror Hindi  
 8 March 2019  
Art

आज हमारा समाज जिस दौर से गुजर रहा है उसमें भारतीय नारी का महत्वपूर्ण योगदान है ! कभी वह समय था जब नारी का क्षेत्र शिक्षिका या नर्स बन जाने तक सीमित था ! किन्तु अब वह हर क्षेत्र में सक्रिय है ! वह अपने घर - परिवार के साथ - साथ समाज एवं राष्ट्र के प्रति अपने दायित्व को निभाने मे पूर्णतया सजग है ! इतना सब होने पर भी चिंता का विषय यह है कि देश का तथाकथित प्रगतिशील पुरूष वर्ग नारी के प्रति अपनी परंपरागत दृष्टिकोण को बदल नहीं पाया है ! वह आज भी उसे भोग्या ही समझा जाता है ! उसकी कोमलता से अनुचित लाभ उठाने का प्रयास करता है ! आज आवश्यकता इस बात की है कि पुरूष वर्ग नारी को मुक्तभाव से निर्भय होकर कार्य करने का अवसर प्रदान करे ! पुरूष को सदैव से शक्तिशाली माना जाता रहा है और स्त्री को अबला नारी ! आज के युग में नारी को कोई सम्मान नहीं मिलता ! महिला उत्पीड़न का मूल कारण उसकी शारीरिक स्थिति और सामाजिक मापदंड है ! पतियों द्वारा पत्नियों की पिटाई, युवतियों का बलात्कार, दहेज के लिए की गई बहुओं की हत्या, बाल विवाह आदि इसके कुछ ज्वलंत उदाहरण है ! घरेलू कार्यों का अधिकतर बोझ उन्हीं के कंधों पर रहता है ! लङकीयो के शिक्षा कम ध्यान दिया जाता था ! कई महिलाओं के उनके पुरूष सहकर्मी भी कम परेशान नहीं करते ! प्राकृतिक तथ्य है कि नारी कोमलकांता होने के साथ- साथ अपने स्वभाव में अधिक कर्मठ एवं सहनशील होती है ! धैर्य भावना भी उसमें अधिक होती हैं  ! इसलिए राष्ट्र निर्माण के कार्यों में वह पुरूषों की अपेक्षा अधिक सहायक सिद्ध होने मे समर्थ है ! आज आवश्यकता इस बात की है कि नारी शिक्षा का अधिकाधिक विकास कर उसकी क्षमता को विकसित किया जाय ताकि राष्ट्र निर्माण के कार्य में पुरूषों से ज्यादा सिद्ध हो सके !                      स्त्रियों पर लग रहे अंकुश से समाज मे 2012 वर्ष दिल्ली मे हुए दामिनी गैंगरेप से महिलाओं की स्वतंत्रता पर सवाल उठ रहे हैं ! इसके विरोध में  पुरूषों एवं महिलाओं का कठोर कानून बनाने के लिए धरना एवं प्रदर्शन किया गया था ! इस तरह का कांड अब न हो इसके लिए हमें अपनी सोच बदलनी होगी!

StoryMirror in conversation with author Shoumeet Saha
 StoryMirror Feed  
 13 March 2019  
Art

Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.I had completed my High School from Our Own High School, Al Warqa', Dubai, I am a Bachelor of Business Administration graduate from Heriot-Watt University, Dubai and a Master of Business Administration graduate majoring in Finance from Manipal University, Dubai.How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  When I first wrote a poem, I was in grade 10, say before the CBSE board exams started off. There isn't exactly a how I got interested in literature because back then and even now music has been my inspiration, and how various genres bring out what you feel from within was one of the keys that triggered me into writing. It helped me dive deep into my imagination and what I felt inside. What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? The difficulties while writing can be just one or many things combined to be honest. Like one of the difficulties I faced was loss of words, there will be times where you are trying to describe a certain thing or a feeling and you know how the lines should be formed but you are not getting that word that can complete it, and then you may be like ok this is not working and you strike off the line you wrote and then start from scratch to use a similar word or phrase that expresses the same.Another difficulty that I have faced and I guess the other writers too would agree on this is continuity or simply called a flow. When we are in a flow of writing not just poetry, fictions or anything for that matter, we can generate ideas within a few minutes or less depending on how often we write or how deep our imagination goes. I did have difficulty in getting back my flow after I was done with school and it took me around 2 years to get back in writing and I thought I was back but then again with various things happening around you, it does become difficult to carry on. After a pretty much on and off in between, I got my flow back again after my MBA. Yes, we all struggle at one point or the other but the only important thing other than imagination, creativity is the flow. The stronger your flow, the more confident you become and the more you can dive into your imagination bringing out the best in you.What is your view about the present-day literary work? Literature has been evolving over the years, now people not only write about what they imagine or feel, but they also write on current issues too.There are people who have come out speaking about out about their difficulties, abusive relationships, etc that have in turn encouraged others to come out and speak. Words always had the power to inspire people, bring people together in times of oppression, many singers/songwriters have done it, like Bob Marley and many more, whose words had inspired people, brought peace around.Now, Literature has got a new platform that is digital media, where millions can connect and express what they feel, what they may have gone through and help each other out in the process.Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? Definitely, Digital and Social Media has now become a hub of new and emerging writers, it has given them the opportunity to showcase their talent in writing, given them the opportunity to learn from other writers whether new or experienced, this has also given the opportunity to communicate and collaborate with each other regardless of their geographical boundaries and linguistic barriers.Instagram is one of the major tools for this has encouraged millions in expressing what their passion is, what they are interested in and continue to do follow their path, to not just gain followers but also to inspire more and more to do the same.Please tell us something about your literary work. I am a poet, and I write poetry in English and Hindi / Urdu, I write about love, motivation, relationships, and many more. I had started writing for myself when I was in 10th and I used to keep a book separately just for my work back then. As years passed by, you gain more experience as to what life gives you in your journey and I guess that had helped evolve from just writing about how I felt by just looking at someone's face to how you feel in certain situations which may be so realistic yet not so easy to express to people around you.      I do have a WordPress blog that I have been maintaining for a few years now           WordPress Blog: https://shoumeets.wordpress.com/I also have a Facebook and Instagram page where I keep posting my work and try to reach out to as many people as possible.      Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/shoumeet.saha.poetryInstagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/shoumeet.saha.poetry/What was your first literary work and how was it published? My first literary work was a Hindi poem "Haseen" back in 2012. This was the first one to make to my WordPress blog which I had created.How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?Literature has played a very important role in expression, expression of our thought, expression of our feelings and expression of our opinions.Today, literature has become the power to heal someone from depression, motivate and inspire people from day to day, comfort those suffering from various difficulties and pain and letting them know that they are not alone. Literature has always and will be able to contribute its part of healing, inspiration, and love in the future, which now is really essential for our existence and survival in this world.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?In the literary world, a person can be inspired anytime by anyone and anywhere and in this world, learning how to dive deeper into our imagination is always a constant. I would say I am taking it day by day to learn more, to experience more and find ways to inspire myself to write more.What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?To build a community for poets, I would say we need to encourage them to express what they feel from day to day. We may also suggest a word or phrase that they may be able to write upon and let them bring out the best of their work through the use of those words and phrases.We can also give them the opportunity to collaborate among themselves, this, in turn, will help them learn from each other's experiences and also help in the different competitions that they may participate in.What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? My message to the aspiring writers is to learn more, learn from people's experience, your own experiences, learn how to express your feelings better and learn to take control of your imagination, the deeper you go, the more you will be surprised as to how many ways you can write about something.Another message is that life will have its ups and downs, but never be discouraged by it, never give up on what you really love and never lose your flow in writing.How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  StoryMirror has been a great platform to showcase my work and a lot of competitions to participate in, some of which I would like to take on soon.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/zlnwbvgb/shoumeet-saha/poems

StoryMirror in conversation with author Naman Chatterjee
 Shrestha Mukherjee  
 25 March 2019  
Art

Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.Hi, my name is Naman Chatterjee. I have recently turned 13 and am moving to 8th grade. I have been born and brought up in Gurgaon, Delhi NCR. I started my schooling and continue to be at Shikshantar – a place where I can be ‘me’.From my early days, I have been fascinated by all kinds of cars – that’s what even my teachers from idiscoveri preschool remember about me. As I am growing up, this has become a passion – I am an avid fan of all kinds of car racing – F1, Formula E, Moto GP etc. I enjoy a variety of music and sports - from the age of 6, I started learning tennis & piano and they have gradually become an important part of my routine. I have fun playing games on the Xbox and PS4. And…as expected, I can remain engrossed in books for hours!!! How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?   My parents always encouraged me to spend time with books. I remember listening to a wide variety of amusing stories in Hindi, English and Bengali from my parents and grandparents. This started me on my journey with books and this bond has got stronger day by day. At school, I enjoyed reading (or initially observing the pictures) the books from the small book stacks in the classroom. A few years ago, I and my friends became Tintin fans – we used to exchange the comics and read them together. We still do that with books we are currently interested in. During summer holidays, I have spent my time relaxing with the collection of my mother’s old books (& Archies comics!!!) at my Nani’s house. My interest in literature spans a vast range and I enjoy characters like Famous Five, Geronimo Stilton, Shonku & Feluda, Harry Potter etc. I have been entertained by the works of many authors - Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, Herge, Ruskin Bond, Satyajit Ray, Agatha Christie. Mystery & adventure is the genre that I love.  At school, we were always encouraged to express our thoughts and feelings on paper – first through art and then through writing. Starting with a few lines in my own spellings, I began writing short pieces based on the themes given in class.  I got a lot of encouragement from my teachers and parents and over time, my writing skills evolved to poems and short stories based on prompts or on areas of my interest. Guided by my English teacher, my mother approached Children’s World magazine and my work was well appreciated by the editor. When my first poem got published, it further boosted my confidence and motivated me to write better .  I was selected for a workshop ‘ Kissa-O-Kalam’ at Sahitya Akademi in May 2017 where I got to learn about different writing techniques from the mentors and hear interesting ideas of my companions. I have also participated in a number of creative writing competitions including Katha Utsav(2015), Scholastic Writing Awards(2016), Hindu Young World Club contests etc. These experiences have brought in new perspectives and enhanced my writing. What is your view about the present-day literary work?Modern day adventure stories excite me. I have read the series of Percy Jackson, Alex Rider and Time Riders. I find these to be thrilling with fast action and quick changes of scenarios – the twists and turns take the story to unexpected endings. Moreover, these adventures always involve some novel type of technological features which makes it more interesting. I find it difficult to put down the book till I have reached the end –you want to finish it as fast as you can to know the climax. Please tell us something about your literary work.I enjoy writing short stories and poems in English. I generally pick up abstract topics and use my imagination to spin stories around them. For this, I draw upon my experiences of travel, stories that I read, games that I play and what I observe around me.Some of my works include:Short stories - Autobiography of a Pair of Socks, A Chance Encounter with Hanumanji, Desert Escapade Poems – The Paper Boat, Fire n Ice, Falcon, Sounds of Silence I have also written few poems and short stories in Hindi – बचपन, जंगल बचाव, मन करताहै What was your first literary work and how was it published?My first literary work was an English poem called ‘Sounds of Silence’ which was published in the ‘Children’s World’ magazine on its 50th anniversary in April 2017. It is a monthly magazine brought out by the Children Book Trust, Delhi and is one of the oldest magazines for children.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?                            I am keen to continue writing short stories and hope to sharpen my writing skills in the future. One of the ways I plan to do this is by pursuing my passion for reading. This will help me to get more ideas and to create extraordinary stories.What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?                          Online platforms help amateur writers to share their works and read contributions from others. This can be enhanced by holding regular events and workshops. Emerging writers get to interact among themselves, appreciate other’s style of writing and learn from each other. Inviting a well known poet or author to share their thoughts will help young writers to get new ideas and develop their writing skills.      What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers?I always believe in the motto “Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”                            How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?Story mirror was convenient to access. The features of a theme picture and introduction helps to arouse curiosity and makes the piece inviting for readers. It is encouraging to know that others are enjoying your writings and read their interesting comments. Would you like to say something about StoryMirror?StoryMirror is a great initiative to bring together young writers and create a community for sharing , learning and developing literary skills. I wish them all the best.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/62vsms3s/naman-chatterjee/stories 

StoryMirror in conversation with Naman Chatterjee
 StoryMirror Feed  
 25 March 2019  
Art

Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.I have recently turned 13 and am moving to 8th grade. I have been born and brought up in Gurgaon, Delhi NCR. I started my schooling and continue to be at Shikshantar – a place where I can be ‘me’. From my early days, I have been fascinated by all kinds of cars – that’s what even my teachers from idiscoveri preschool remember about me. As I am growing up, this has become a passion – I am an avid fan of all kinds of car racing – F1, Formula E, Moto GP etc. I enjoy a variety of music and sports - from the age of 6, I started learning tennis & piano and they have gradually become an important part of my routine. I have fun playing games on the Xbox and PS4. And…as expected, I can remain engrossed in books for hours!!! How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?   My parents always encouraged me to spend time with books. I remember listening to a wide variety of amusing stories in Hindi, English and Bengali from my parents and grandparents. This started me on my journey with books and this bond has got stronger day by day. At school, I enjoyed reading (or initially observing the pictures) the books from the small book stacks in the classroom. A few years ago, I and my friends became Tintin fans – we used to exchange the comics and read them together. We still do that with books we are currently interested in. During summer holidays, I have spent my time relaxing with the collection of my mother’s old books (& Archies comics!!!) at my Nani’s house. My interest in literature spans a vast range and I enjoy characters like Famous Five, Geronimo Stilton, Shonku & Feluda, Harry Potter etc. I have been entertained by the works of many authors - Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, Herge, Ruskin Bond, Satyajit Ray, Agatha Christie. Mystery & adventure is the genre that I love.  At school, we were always encouraged to express our thoughts and feelings on paper – first through art and then through writing. Starting with a few lines in my own spellings, I began writing short pieces based on the themes given in class.  I got a lot of encouragement from my teachers and parents and over time, my writing skills evolved to poems and short stories based on prompts or on areas of my interest. Guided by my English teacher, my mother approached Children’s World magazine and my work was well appreciated by the editor. When my first poem got published, it further boosted my confidence and motivated me to write better .  I was selected for a workshop ‘ Kissa-O-Kalam’ at Sahitya Akademi in May 2017 where I got to learn about different writing techniques from the mentors and hear interesting ideas of my companions. I have also participated in a number of creative writing competitions including Katha Utsav(2015), Scholastic Writing Awards(2016), Hindu Young World Club contests etc. These experiences have brought in new perspectives and enhanced my writing. What is your view about the present-day literary work?Modern day adventure stories excite me. I have read the series of Percy Jackson, Alex Rider and Time Riders. I find these to be thrilling with fast action and quick changes of scenarios – the twists and turns take the story to unexpected endings. Moreover, these adventures always involve some novel type of technological features which makes it more interesting. I find it difficult to put down the book till I have reached the end –you want to finish it as fast as you can to know the climax. Please tell us something about your literary work.I enjoy writing short stories and poems in English. I generally pick up abstract topics and use my imagination to spin stories around them. For this, I draw upon my experiences of travel, stories that I read, games that I play and what I observe around me.Some of my works include:Short stories - Autobiography of a Pair of Socks, A Chance Encounter with Hanumanji, Desert Escapade Poems – The Paper Boat, Fire n Ice, Falcon, Sounds of Silence I have also written few poems and short stories in Hindi – बचपन, जंगल बचाव, मन करताहै What was your first literary work and how was it published?My first literary work was an English poem called ‘Sounds of Silence’ which was published in the ‘Children’s World’ magazine on its 50th anniversary in April 2017. It is a monthly magazine brought out by the Children Book Trust, Delhi and is one of the oldest magazines for children.Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?                            I am keen to continue writing short stories and hope to sharpen my writing skills in the future. One of the ways I plan to do this is by pursuing my passion for reading. This will help me to get more ideas and to create extraordinary stories.What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?                          Online platforms help amateur writers to share their works and read contributions from others. This can be enhanced by holding regular events and workshops. Emerging writers get to interact among themselves, appreciate other’s style of writing and learn from each other. Inviting a well known poet or author to share their thoughts will help young writers to get new ideas and develop their writing skills.      What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers?I always believe in the motto “Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”                            How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?Story mirror was convenient to access. The features of a theme picture and introduction helps to arouse curiosity and makes the piece inviting for readers. It is encouraging to know that others are enjoying your writings and read their interesting comments. Would you like to say something about StoryMirror?StoryMirror is a great initiative to bring together young writers and create a community for sharing , learning and developing literary skills. I wish them all the best.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/62vsms3s/naman-chatterjee/stories  

राजनीति में चुनाव और चुनाव की राजनीति ...!! _ तारकेश कुमार ओझा
 StoryMirror Hindi  
 27 March 2019  
Art

कद्दावर नेता के निधन की सूचना ऐसे समय आई जब समूचा देश चुनावी तपिश मेंतप रहा था। काल कवलित नेता की प्रोफाइल चीजों को अलग नजरिए से देखने कीसीख दी गई। शिक्षा - दीक्षा ऐसी थी कि राजनीति से दूर रहते हुए ऐशो -आराम की जिंदगी जी सकते थे। लेकिन लीक से हट कर उन्होंने राजनीति कोकर्मक्षेत्र बनाया तो जरूर कुछ सोच कर। चुनाव के चलते राजनीति का हेवीडोज दिमाग में घुस रहा है। चौक - चौराहों से लेकर हर कहीं बस चुनाव की हीचर्चा। वाकई हमारे देश की राजनीति विरोधाभासों से भरी है। बातचीत मेंराजनीति या चुनाव की चर्चा होते ही लोग मुंह बिचकाते हुए बोल पड़ते हैं... अरे छोड़िए ... सब धंधेबाज हैं...। लेकिन छुटभैया नेता से भी सामनाहोते ही आत्मिक अभिवादन तय। मतदान की बात आई तो जवाबी आश्वासन ... वोट तोआपकी पार्टी को ही देंगे... यह भी कोई पूछने वाली बात है। उम्मीदवार तोछोड़िए उनके चंपुओं के बैठकखानों में भी अच्छी - खासी भीड़ नजर आती है।ज्यादातर फरियादी ही दिखाई देते हैं। खादी पहने शख्स हर किसी की बातविनम्रतापूर्वक सुन रहा है...। मानो किसी को भी नाराज नहीं करने की भीष्मप्रतिक्षा कर रखी हो। इस बीच भीतर से प्लेट निकला जिसमें दर्जनोंमिठाइयां रखी हुई हैं। नेताजी निर्देश देते हैं कि कोई भी मीठा के साथपानी पीने से वंचित न रह जाए। थोड़ी देर में काली चाय भी आ जाती है।नेताजी विनम्रतापूर्वक कहते हैं... भैया इसी से काम चलाइए ...। दूध वालीचाय पिलाने की हमारी औकात नहीं है। हम कोई बड़े लोग थोड़े हैं... बस जनताकी सेवा का नशा है। अपने देश में सच्चाई है कि मौका चुनाव का हो तोबेचारे उम्मीदवार सबसे सीधी गाय बन जाते हैं। जिसकी इच्छा हो दुह ले...।नेताजी को ठगे जाने का बखूबी अहसास है। लेकिन हंसते हुए सब कुछ सह रहेहैं। बकौती में कोई सीमा पार कर रहा है लेकिन जनाब शालीनता से सब कुछबर्दाश्त कर रहे हैं। यह सब देख  मैं सोच में पड़ गया कि क्या वाकईराजनीति और इससे जुड़े सारे लोग बहुत ही  बुरे हैं। इनमें लेशमात्र भीअच्छाई नहीं है। फिर क्यों लोग इनके सामने सिर झुकाते हैं। मैने कई ऐसेजनप्रतिनिधियों को देखा है जो औसतन 16 से 18 घंटे काम करते हैं। उन्हेंदेख कर अनायास ही ख्याल आता  है  ठंडे कमरों में कुर्सियों  पर पसरे  उनसरकारी बाबुओं व कर्मचारियों का जो महज इस बात से बिफर पड़ते हैं कि किसीने उनके सामने खड़ा होकर उनके अखबार पढ़ने या मोबाइल पर चैटिंग  का मजाकिरकिरा कर दिया। जबकि  तनख्वाह हजारों में पाते हैं। हर पांच साल मेंजनता की चौखट पर मत्था टेकने की कोई मजबूरी उनके सामने नहीं है। करोड़ोंमें बना पुल भले ताश के पत्तों की  भरभरा कर  गिर जाए लेकिन क्या मजाल किकायदे का कोई भी काम बगैर मीन -मेख निकाले आगे  बढ़ा दे।  सरकारी अस्पतालमें मरीज बाथरुम में औंधे मुंह गिरा पड़ा है, लेकिन शोर मचने के बावजूदअस्पताल के कर्मचारी अपने में मस्त हैं कि गिरे को उठाना हमारा काम थोड़ेहैं। मेरे शहर में संगठित अपराध के गिरोह ने करोड़ों के वारे - न्यारेकिए। कालचक्र में गिरोह की कमर टूट गई। कईयों को जेल जाना पड़ा। कई अच्छे- भले लोगों पर बदनामी के कीचड़ उछले। लेकिन काली कमाई की आधी मलाई खानेवाले  सरकारी अधिकारी, कर्मचारी और पुलिस का बाल भी बांका नहीं हुआ।चुनाव या राजनीति से आप निराश हो सकते हैं ... राजनेताओं को गालियां भीदे सकते हैं। लेकिन इसकी कुछ अच्छाइयों को नजरअंदाज करना भी गलत होगा।सामान्य वर्ग के कई नेताओं पर खास वर्ग को जरूरत से ज्यादा महत्व देने काआरोप लगता है तो एक मायने में यह सुखद ही है कि वोटों की खातिर ही सहीलेकिन कोई  उपेक्षित तबके का ख्याल तो रख रहा है। अल्पसंख्यक समुदाय केएक ऐसे नेता को जानता हूं कि जिसके क्षेत्र में बहुसंख्यक - अल्पसंख्यकहैं। वो खुद भी अल्पसंख्यक समुदाय से हैं। लेकिन रक्षाबंधन के दिन  हाथोंमें राखियां सजा कर वो नेता अपने क्षेत्र  के हर हिंंदू के घर जा धमकाताहै और शिकायती लहजे में कहता है कि क्या इस भाई की कलाई में राखी नहींसजेगी।  फिर लगातार कई दिनों तक राखियां उसकी कलाई पर बंधी नजर आती है।यह भी राजनीति और चुनाव का करिश्मा है जो एक अदने से नेता को इतना उदारबनने को मजबूर कर सकता है। लिहाजा हम चुनाव या राजनीति की बुराइयों कीजरूर आलोचना करें, लेकिन इसकी अच्छाइयों की ओर ध्यान देना भी जरूरी है।इसके कई सकारात्मक पक्ष भी हैं....।

Terror and Again
 suhaas Jadwani  
 24 April 2019  

1.2003 - J.W.Marriott - Jakarta,Vietnam2-2008 - The Taj Mahal Palace - Mumbai,India3.2008 (September) - Marriott Hotel - Islamabad,Pakistan4.2008 & 2010 - Serena Hotel - Kabul,Pakistan5.2009 (June) - Pearl Continental Hotel - Peshawar,Pakistan6.2009 (July) - J.W.Marriott & Ritz Carlton - South Jakarta,Vietnam7.2011 & 2018 - Inter Continental - Kabul,Afghanistan8.2015 - Park Palace - Kabul,Afghanistan9.2019 - Shangri-La,Kingsbury,Cinnamon Grand - Sri LankaThe above list is a mere collection of various attacks at several places in different countries by terrorist groups on big five star hotels, but the amount of destruction each has caused to every sphere of life is something we need to worry about. Apart from these, there have been many other devastating attacks carried on by these terrorists, since over a decade at various epicenters in South Asia, or rather specifically in the Indian Sub-Continent along with French Indo-China.     Eg: The Pulwama attack (2019) - IndiaIt seems like neither do these terrorist groups understand the importance of 'international peace' nor are the governments of different countries or international institutions able to completely resist and maintain international order.These groups have their own grievances,grudges and bases upon which they get so combative.But the matter of fact is that they still draw support,and from whom?People of my age group (15-20) and young adults (21-26). Getting hypnotized by them,these youths don't just go against their motherland but also end up in black holes of life as there just pulled in and completely lost; they lose their senses and work only for the terrorists.Moreover how many of us have actually bothered to go check the news reports regarding anything on the pernicious attack our neighbour faced or checked the death tolls (its 359).The only way to describe it would be 'deadly' and truly it was.But why such big hotels?(they were common through the list also) Aren't you thinking that? Rather shouldn't you be thinking about that in the first place?Anyway, the answer is that an attack on commercial sites creates more havoc than an attack at the borders or protected and forested areas.The amount of damage such attacks have, especially on infrastructure is more wide spread.Another idea behind such attacks is to draw international attention by killing foreigners who check in and out of hotels daily and simultaneously create a deep tension and situation of panic among residents. Killing the outsiders and horrifying the locals is what they wish to do.All in all, they want to hit the sentiments of each and everyone,governments or citizens,young or old,visitors or residents,infants, mothers or grandmothers,they spare none.Honestly as a writer i don't see any purpose in writing this article until every single person reads it,becomes aware and understands it. After all we don't want any of our family members/relatives/ friends to see or face such awful situations and for that matter even ourselves to be in the fires of death. Also its not completely alright to debate on such wasteful wars or attacks.Before time ticks out we need to get into negotiations and maintain international tranquility. Further if there's a need, the governments and other institutions have to end this game, rather gamble of life,peace and territories.Its high time and we need to curb this social evil.In Hindi " is atankwad aur in atankwadiyon ko bhi jad se ukhad fek na hai".So lets join hand together to create a better, harmonious society for the future and the best thing to serve the purpose would be creating awareness.Lastly lets pray for all the victims.So hows the josh??

My solo trip to one of last village in Kasol Himachal.
 vishal saxena  
 12 May 2019  
Art

In the middle of the day, I was standing puzzled in the place known as Kasol. I had no idea how this place would be and what I would do alone there. The foreigners definitely were visible in the majority. Hebrew (Israel official language) was used in many restaurants along with English and Hindi.I usually don't eat before the bus travel, so I was hungry and decided to Visit holy Manikaran first (3 km uphill from Kasol). Manikaran has mesmerizing beauty. A grand Gurudwara besides the God Shiva temple on the bank of violent Parvati river. This place is also blessed with a hot spring. In this hot spring, delicious food of the Gurudwara is cooked. The gateway to Gurudwara led to a bridge to cross Parvati River and the hot spot for profile pictures.Right inside the Gurudwara, there is a pond of hot water from spring in which freezing water of Parvati is brought through a pipe and mixed. It is believed that if you take a bath in this pond all your skin disease will vanish. In the vicinity where water is mixed, the water temperature varies from hot to cold. So you can enjoy lukewarm water. I took the bathe and then I headed up to Langar food. This has been my first ever Gurudwara visit. I would skip the traditional beauty of Gurudwara. I had delicious food there. Most people miss they also serve sweet (Halwa) in form of Prasad upstairs. Never miss that. You can book your room in Gurudwara if you want to stay there. It's free. Free food and free stay make many foreigners crazy. Next, I visited the temple. Clicked some pictures.Here was a thing that no-one told me before. Manikaran is beautiful, but you can hardly spend 3-4 hours only not the entire stay. So I chose to go Kasol again.There are buses every 10 minutes, but I chose to hitchhike. Those two guys were high on weed like most people there. They asked me to take a puff.I said I don't drink and smoke.They said that there is nothing here for you then. They told me from here on, every place is Kasol, where you want to go?I was confused, this situation was never written on any blog. They dropped me at the market.I walked through the market, there was nothing new in that place. There were just ordinary hill station shops and few hotels. I felt cheated by the place and decided to go back.At the bus station while I was waiting for the bus. Some locals suggested me to go to Tosh or to Kheerganga trek. Since I had a healing leg and a luggage, so I was avoiding the difficult long trek. Then this guy appeared, he told me that he has a cafe on the top of Sheela village. It's an easy trek, and he showed me some pictures too.It was a risky choice this guy could be anything. But going back was not the best option either, so I said yes.The bus stopped near a small shop named Naina cafe. It was 4 pm already. As long as the Sun is visible mountains are mesmerizing, beautiful but once it sets they become scary. I wanted to make sure before it happened, I should be in a room. Just beside this cafe, the trek started it lasted around 1 hour going through some easy and rough terrain. Entire time the sound of Parvati River was just adding magic to the journey.I don't even remember when it was the last time when I witnessed the pattern of leaves.Or I danced to the music of water or screamed my heart out, or I wasonly physically exhausted. Facing the fear of death every moment, I only felt what it meant to be alive. It was the first time when I saw something beautiful and did not capture it because I knew no camera can capture what I was feeling while trekking. That's how beautiful little Sheela village trek was.It would be unfair to travellers if I try explain what I felt in words. It was in the true sense, the first night I ever spent in nature. Itwas magical from the Sunrise to the Sunset. It turned out that I was the first customer for that new homestay and their place was in construction. I chipped in my bit. There were a few guys who have left their jobs from metro cities and intended to live forever in this place. Obviously, they all were shouting 'Bum Bhole'. Later that turned out to be a problem that they all were so high when they slept, it was hard to wake them up. I and one more guy had to check out, but there was no one to receive payment. We called on their phone too. Even we left a message that we would pay online in whatever means they would say when they will wake up. Later, around after an hour when we were walking through the long route just to spend more time on this, they came to us and misbehaved.That 5 km walk from that place to last bus stop point, is the best part of my entire journey. Most people who go even further up during camping generally take a taxi to come back. That walk around the Sheela Village is beyond words, I came across places where adventure was the only mean to go ahead. It was scary in between when we realized we two guys were all alone walking through that place and it started to rain too but luckily it stopped.Walking through that unusual route I realized how beautiful life could be, how much we can do in a day. In our usual life we don’t even realize its value. Every day, every place is beautiful as long as you are not stuck there.

मेरी सब यादगार घटनायें अंतराल में कैद हैं। फिर भी बताती हूँ....
 StoryMirror Hindi  
 22 July 2019  
Art

प्र. आप का पूरा नाम?उ. पूनम ‘पूर्णाश्री’प्र. जन्म दिन?उ. 13 नवम्बर 1966प्र. जन्म भूमि और माता पिता के बारे में बताएं?उ. मेरी जन्म भूमि अलीगढ़ जिले के अन्तर्गत आने वाला कस्बा अतरौली है। मेरी मां घरेलू महिला और पिताजी सरकारी मुलाजिम थे।प्र. बचपन का कोई यादगार लम्हा?उ. मेरी सब यादगार घटनायें अंतराल में कैद हैं। फिर भी बताती हूँ जब में रसोईघर की खिड़की पर चढ़ कर नाच रही थी और गिर गई थी। दूसरी यादगार घटना है कि मेरे न चाहते हुये मेरे रेशमी बाल नाई द्वारा बेतरतीब ढंग से काट दिये गये और मैं बहुत दुखी हुई । दोनों चोट गहरी थीं।प्र. आप की प्रारम्भिक शिक्षा की शुरुआत और शिक्षा संघर्ष के बारे में विस्तार से बताएं ताकि हमारे विद्यार्थियों को कुछ सिखने को मिले?उ.  मेरी प्रारभ्भिक शिक्षा अतरौली के चुंगी स्कूल (नगरपालिका) में हुईलेकिन हमारी शिक्षा में शुरू से अन्त तक संघर्ष ही संघर्ष था। आवश्यक संसाधनों का अभाव, बालिकाओं के प्रति समाज का नजरिया, कस्बे में पर्याप्त स्कूलों का प्रभाव हमारी शिक्षा में रूकावट पैदा करता था।प्र. आप के जीवन में साहित्य का जुड़ाव कैसे हुआ? लिखने की प्रेरणा कहां से मिली?उ.  मुझे याद नही है कि साहित्य का जुड़ाव कहाँ से और कैसे हुआ लेकिन पढ़ने की आदत ने मुझे साहित्य के करीब ला दिया। अपनी कोचिंग क्लास में टीचर की बुक शैल्फ से विमल मित्र, शरदचन्द और प्रेमचन्द के उपन्यासों का ही चयन करती थी। प्र. आप के परिवार में और कौन-कौन साहित्य में रुचि रखते हैं?उ.  मेरी बहन भी साहित्य में रूचि रखती है और लिखती है।प्र. साहित्य से सम्बंधित किन परेशानियों का आप को सामना करना पड़ा?  उ.  साहित्य सम्बन्धित परेशानियाँ विषय कोई भी हो वहीं खड़ी मिलती हैं। आज काम से ज्यादा नाम बिकता है, मुझे बस लिखना अच्छा लगता है सो लिखती हूँ।प्र.  आज के साहित्य को आप किस नजरिए से देखती हैं?उ.  आज के साहित्य में समाज के बदलाव की संभावना नजर आती है।प्र. आज डिजिटल और सोशल मीडिया के आ जाने से साहित्यकारों के लिए क्या एक नया अवसर है?  उ. हाँ सोशल मीडिया के आने से स्वतन्त्र और गुमनाम लेखकों कोएक नाम और पहचान मिलती है जिससे वे प्रोत्साहित होते हैं।प्र.  कविता लिखना ज्यादा अच्छा लगता है या कहानी?उ. मुझे कवितायें रचना पसन्द है क्यों कि वह थोड़े में ही बहुत कह  जाती हैं। मगर विस्तृत विषय पर कहानी भी लिखती हूँ।प्र.  आप की पहली रचना और वह कैसे प्रकाशित हुई?उ. मेरी पहली रचना ‘फूल की पुकार’ एक कविता थी जो जनसंख्या पर केन्द्रित थी। बढ़ती हुई जनसंख्या पर आधारित विषय पर एक समाचार पत्र ने इसे प्रकाशित किया।प्र.  अपनी पुस्तकों के बारे में बताएं?उ.  मेरी पहली पुस्तक ‘कविता कानन’ थी जो ग्यारह कवियों का संयुक्त काव्य संग्रह थी। मेरी दूसरी पुस्तक अंतराल है जो मेरे बचपन की स्मृतियों पर आधारित संस्मरण हैं। अंतराल पिछले चालीस सालों में आये समय के बदलाव को भी चिन्हित करती है।प्र. साहित्यक सम्मान और पुरस्कारों से आप का क्या नाता रहा है?उ. पाठकों का प्यार व सराहना ही एक लेखक के लिये सबसे बड़ा सम्मान होता है। हाँ पुरस्कार मिलने से आत्मविश्वास में वृद्धि अवश्य होती है। मुझे अपने क्षेत्र में स्वतन्त्र लेखक मंच पर‘पर्यावरण मित्र सम्मान’ और ‘सरस्वती रत्न’ सम्मान दिया गया है।प्र. लिखने के लिए समय कैसे निकालती हैं?उ.  हां ये बात तो सही कही आपने। डिजिटलाइजेशन और सोशलमीडिया के इस युग में आपका समय सिर्फ आपका ही नही है। लाइन बहुत लंबी है मगर लेखक के लिये समय निर्धारण आवश्यक है। मैं भी अपनी ग्रहस्थी के कुछ घन्टे निकालकर लेखन में देती हूँ। प्र. वर्तमान में आप क्या लिख रही हैं?उ.  वर्तमान में मेरे पास कई विषय हैं जिन पर मैं काम कर रही हूँ। भविष्य में उनको मूर्त रूप देना चाहूँगी। प्र. और आप की ऐसी कोई अभिलाषा जिसे आप लिखना चाहती हों?उ.  क्यों कि मैं एक औरत हूँ अतः यही मेरा विषय है और मैं भारत की जिम्मेदार नागरिक हूँ अतः पर्यावरण को लेकर अवश्य ही कुछ लिखना चाहुंगी।  प्र. क्या आप कवि सम्मेलनों में भाग लेती हैं? उ. सालों पहले कवि सम्मेलन हमारी साहित्यक गतिविधियों काहिस्सा थे अब नही। प्र. आप के साहित्यक मित्रों के बारे में बताएं? उ. मेरे साहित्यक मित्र साहित्य से ही है और साहित्य में ही हैं और सभी के अनुभवों के सानिध्य में मुझे भी बहुत सीखने को मिला। प्र. एक लेखिका होने के नाते भारत की वर्तमान व्यवस्थाओं के बारे में आप की क्या राय है और आप किस बदलाव की उम्मीद करती हैं?  उ. एक लेखिका होने के नाते मैं लड़कियों की सुरक्षा हेतु कड़े नियम और कानून व्यवस्था में बदलाव चाहती हूँ। प्र. हमारी मातृभाषा हिंदी के बारे में क्या कहना चाहेंगी?उ.  मैं हिन्दी लेखिका हूँ साथ ही हिन्दी भाषी और हिन्दी प्रेमी भी। हिन्दी पर अधिक जोर रहे क्यों कि ये मधुर भाषा है। हिन्दी के बारे में एक लाइन ‘जग घूमया थारे जैसा न कोई प्र. आप की व्यवसायिक और कार्यक्षेत्र के बारे में बताएं?उ.  मेरा कार्यक्षेत्र मेरा समाज है जरूरतमंदों के लिये काम करना औरसमाजसेवा ही मेरा व्यवसाय है। प्रदूषण मुक्त भारत और जलयुक्त जीवन के बारे में अनभिज्ञ लोगों को जागरूक करना ही मेरा कर्म है। प्र. नये लेखकों को आप क्या संदेश देना चाहेंगी?उ.  लेखन जन्मजात नही होते परिस्थितिजन्य ही होते है, अपनी भावनाओं को व्यक्त करना ही लेखन है। जो सोचते हैं, जैसा सोचते हैं कागज पर उतार दीजिये जरूरी नही महाकाव्य की रचना हो कुछ तो अवश्य ही रचित होगा। प्र.  स्टोरीमिरर पर लिखने का कैसा अनुभव रहा?उ.  स्टोरी मिरर के साथ काम करने का अपना ही आनन्द है। यदिमाहौल दोस्ताना हो तो सीमायें नही रहती। यह भाव साहित्यक क्षेत्र के लिये सर्वथा उपयुक्त है।  प्र. स्टोरीमिरर के बारे में कुछ कहना चाहेंगी? उ.  स्टोरी मिरर नवागत लेखकों के लिये वह सही मंच है जो उन परभरोसा कायम कर उनकी भावनाओं का सम्मान करता है। स्टोरी मिरर स्वतन्त्र लेखन की सीमा को लेखन द्वारा निर्धारित करने की स्वतन्त्रता देता है।

अखण्ड भारत का एक नया दौर - अंकित भोई 'अद्वितीय'
 StoryMirror Hindi  
 8 August 2019  
Art

देश के इतिहास में विगत 05 अगस्त 2019 की तिथि स्वर्णाक्षरों में दर्ज हो गयी। सालों से अंतर्राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर संयुक्त राष्ट्र संघ जैसे वैश्विक संघ में चन्द देशों के वीटो पॉवर का दंश झेल रहा देश यथार्थतः आन्तरिक तौर पर भी हितों की असमानता से संघर्ष कर रहा था। प्राकृतिक दृष्टि से देश का स्वर्ग कहे जाने वाले जम्मू-कश्मीर के पुनर्गठन का बेजोड़ मसौदा तैयार कर सरकार ने स्थानीय आवाम के साथ-साथ पूरे देश को खुलकर जीने का मौका दे दिया। इससे न केवल भौगोलिक बदलाव हुए बल्कि सार्वभौमिक तौर पर यह एक क्रान्तिकारी घटना के रूप में इतिहास में दर्ज हो गया। एकल नागरिकता, एक ही पताका, राज्य व केन्द्र शासित प्रदेशों के लोक हितैषी विभाजन समेत अन्य निर्णयों से निश्चय ही देश को वो मान मिला जिसका वो वर्षों से हक़दार था।      भारतीय संविधान में देश को सम्पूर्ण प्रभुत्व संपन्न, लोकतंत्रात्मक, धर्मनिरपेक्ष, समाजवादी गणराज्य की संज्ञा दी गयी है किन्तु माँ भारती का महिमामण्डन करती ये पंक्तियाँ वास्तव में अब जाकर सार्थक सिद्ध हुयी हैं। आतंक के खिलाफ पहले भी सरकार ने सर्जिकल स्ट्राइक समेत अनेक सराहनीय कदम उठाये हैं पर यह निर्णय बिना किसी हथियार के एक घातक प्रहार के समान है जो निश्चय ही पाकिस्तान के नापाक इरादों पर नकेल कसने में सफल साबित होगा।           इतिहास के पन्ने पलट कर देखा जाये तो भारतीय राजनीति की सबसे बड़ी खासियत रही है कि जब-जब राष्ट्रहित की बात आती है तो विभिन्न दलों के प्रतिनिधि वैयक्तिक हितों का परित्याग कर एक ही मंच पर आ खड़े होते हैं। कश्मीर को लेकर हुए  इस बड़े फैसले के नए राजनीतिक मायने भी खुलकर सामने आये, बसपा और आप जैसे राष्ट्रीय दलों ने भी इस फैसले की सराहना की और सरकार के साथ खड़े नज़र आये। देश की आवाम को भी इस बात पर फक्र होगा कि उनके मत ने समानता के उस मौलिक अधिकार पर जमे उस धूल को साफ कर दिया जो सालों से जमे हुए थे और किसी ने इसके नैतिक सफाई की जहमत नहीं उठाई थी। वर्तमान भारतीय राजनीति भी संक्रमणकाल से गुजर रही है, आवाम भी आशा व आशंका के मिश्रित मनोभावों से नवीन भारत में अपना भविष्य तलाश रही है। नवीन सरकार के स्थापना के चन्द महीनों बाद ही यह ऐतिहासिक फैसला निश्चित रूप से सुकून देने वाला है।           सरकार के इस फैसले से निश्चित तौर पर पाकिस्तान और उसकी कुख्यात ख़ुफ़िया संगठनों के खतरनाक मंसूबों को तगड़ा झटका लगा है और वो पलटवार के लिए तैयार होंगे। अंग्रेजी में एक कहावत है "Prevention is better than Cure" अर्थात् सुरक्षा से सतर्कता बेहतर होती है, इस बात को नज़रअंदाज़ न करते हुए सरकार को आतंरिक तौर प्रत्येक भावी सामरिक परिस्थितियों की लिए भी तैयार रहना चाहिए। राष्ट्रीय स्वाभिमान का स्तर इतना उच्च हो कि देश का प्रत्येक व्यक्ति आन-बान-शान से सिर उठाकर कह सके "सौगंध मुझे इस मिट्टी की, मैं देश नहीं मिटने दूंगा, मैं देश नहीं मिटने दूंगा, मैं देश नहीं झुकने दूंगा।"                                                                              - अंकित भोई 'अद्वितीय' महासमुन्द (छत्तीसगढ़)

Kalimpong Tour
 Tripnexts .  
 11 September 2019  
Art

Kalimpongis located in the northern part of West Bengal.  It is adjacent to Sikkim and is near the Teesta River. The most important factor that makes Kalimpong special is the weather of this place. Kalimpong is blessed with alpine weather. Kalimpong has a peaceful environment with lots of monasteries, temples, and churches that landed over this place and also Kalimpong consists of panoramic views of  Himalayan ranges. Apart from its peaceful environment Kalimpong also consists of bustling bazaars. Apart from everything the main attraction of this place is it pose people. In Kalimpong, people believe living in an organic way and everyone loves to preserve their culture and tradition and also loves to add the essence of culture and tradition in their way of adapting in a modern environment. Here people love music, poetry and art pose. Art is the best form to get high and a pose, this quote is really applicable upon the people of Kalimpong. The pose streets of Kalimpong is filled with talents. Kalimpong is famous for its nurseries and orchids.Kalimpong is an important flower producing center. There are a number of nurseries present in Kalimpong. Kalimpong excels in the production of nurseries across the town and can have a look upon the collection of flowers, orchids, and cactus.PEOPLE: The main tribe that belongs during ancient times to Kalimpong was the Lepchas, but nowadays, Nepalis could be seen her. Other native tribes residing in Kalimpong are Bhutias, Newars, Sherpas, Limbus, Gurungs, Tamangs and many more. And among the non-natives, it is home to Bengalis, Biharis, Tibetans and so on. Irrespective of caste, creed, and religion, the people used to live together with great courtesy and friendly.LANGUAGE AND RELIGION: The main language spoken in Kalimpong is Nepali. Other main languages for conversing with tourists are Hindi, English, Tamang, Limbu, Lepcha, Bengali.Hinduism is the main prominent religion followed in Kalimpong but Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam are also equally treated.LOCAL FESTIVAL: Local festival of Kalimpong celebrated with great fervor, joy and bliss are Christmas, Diwali, Dushera, and Losar. Lepcha Museum and the Zang Dong Palri Monastery are the two places that give you the complete idea of the cultural skill of Kalimpong.FOOD: Kalimpong is really incredible and simply fabulous in eating out. Though one could not see innumerable chic and stylish restaurants on the hill station it completely satisfies the hunger of its visitors with small, simple and wayside stalls. The main snacks that are liked by the local people and tourists in Kalimpong are momos and Thukpa.On the priority people of Kalimpong love to eat Tibetan and Chinese food. There are many restaurants and small eateries that offer these two cuisines and other than these one could also find them serving Indians as well as Mughlai Cuisine also. Then if your taste goes with western cuisine, then also there are few restaurants that serve this style of food. For top-class Chinese food, you must go to China Garden. The Goods Garden Retreat and the Sana Hill Top are must-try ones, for eating mouthwatering momos, try Gompus but for vegetarian momos, move to Shikhar, Unique and stalls on the roadsides.          PLACES TO VISIT IN KALIMPONGDEOLO HILL: Deolo Hill is the highest point in town and is among the famous Kalimpong tourists places. On a clear day, you can view the mighty Himalayas, the neighboring states and the surrounding villages to Relli and Teesta Valley.  The park located top is the hill is an excellent picnic spot. You can experience paragliding from the summit of the hill and horse riding in the lush green atmosphere.DURBIN DARA: It is one of the two hills connected by a ridge on which the town of Kalimpong stands. The hill is 1372 meters above the sea level and is located southwest of the town. The hill commands a panoramic view overlooking the town of Kalimpong the snow-clad Himalayan ranges of west Sikkim.  The Teesta River its valleys and the Jelepla Pass in the distance. A golf course is also present just off the summit.ZANG DONG PALRI MONASTERY: It is located atop at Durpin Hill, the monastery was established in 1970 and was constructed by the holiness of Dalai Lama six years later. Visit this place for its striking architecture and a splendid view from Durbin Hill. It is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Kalimpong. MORGAN’S HOUSE: Now a tourist lodge under the West Bengal Tourist Development Corporation, Morgan House is an old British bungalow. This sprawling haveli should be visited for its beautiful architecture and for the rare varieties of birds that may be spotted in the vicinity.HANUMAN TEMPLE: Located on the way to the Deolo Hill, the Hanuman temple in Kalimpong is another quick stopover. You need to climb a set of stairs to reach the Hanuman statue which is the tallest in North East India. PINE VIEW NURSERY: The ever-fascinating and ever splendid northeast is home to some of the most beautiful nurseries in the country and the Pine View Nursery in Kalimpong is one of them. For all you nature enthusiasts out there, this should definitely be on your Kalimpong sightseeing list. There are hundreds of varieties of cactus on display at the Pine View Nursery. The Nursery also offers the beautiful picturesque views of Kalimpong town, rolling valleys, rivers, and lush green landscapes.MANGAL DHAM TEMPLE: Built over an area of two acres, the Mangal Dham Temple is among the popular tourist places in Kalimpong. The prayer hall of the temple is on the Upper floor, as on the ground floor lies the samadhi of Guruji Shri Mangaldas Ji. The many paintings in the temple depict various scenes from Krishna Leela. It is a well-maintained temple and the religious tourist mostly flock to this place. JELEPLA VIEWPOINT: Listed among the tourists places in Kalimpong, the Jelepla Viewpoint is maintained by the Indian Army. The dawnting roads and the confluence of the rivers Teesta, Relli and Reang can be viewed through wired fences, Jelepla's viewpoint also offers a splendid view of the snowcapped Mount Kanchenjunga and the Jelepla Pass that was once used for trade with Tibet.SHAHID PARK: A small monument and park, Shahid Park were established in the memory of the 1200 Gorkhas who died fighting for Gorkhaland between 1986 and 1988. Holding a cultural and historical significance, this park is a must-visit for those who are curious about the historical aspects.Moreover, it is the perfect spot where you can take your kids. Ideal for leisure time, this park can be visited in the evening and can also be added to your list of places to visit in Kalimpong in one day. Shahid Diwas is held on 27th July every year to remember the Gorkhaland Martyrs.HAAT BAZAAR: A market held on Wednesday and Saturday, the Haat Bazaar is your answer to cheap shopping in Kalimpong. People splurge on food, clothes, accessories. And other everyday products. Drop by if you happen to be in town if only to take in the vibrant street shopping atmosphere.LEPCHA MUSEUM: Approximately 2km from the main city, the Lepcha Museum is the cultural center of Kalimpong. The houses various articles of worship, musical, instruments, and clothing, thus upholding the traditions of the heritage of the Lepcha community.MAC. FARLANE MEMORIAL CHURCH: was constructed by Scottish Missionary in the 1890s the Mac. Farlane Memorial Church is a prominent Landmark and amongst the famous places to see in Kalimpong. Built on an elevation, it is visible from across the town and is strategically located.DURGA MANDIR: Dedicated to goddess Durga, this Mandir is a few yards from the Hanuman temple. The temple is small but boasts of a beautiful garden. The surrounding hills add to its aura and charm seek your places to visit Kalimpong in one day, this temple shouldn't be missed out from your itinerary. This is one of the most visited temples and will touch your fun trip.LAVA AND LOLEGOAN: Surrounded by forests, Lava is a beautiful mountain village that can be reached in an hour and a half from Kalimpong. It is a delight for nature lovers and birds watchers popular tourists places in the vicinity include the Neora Valley National Park, the Silk culture Research Center and Changey falls.At the approximate distance of 24km  from Lava, Lolegoan is another small mountain valley hidden away in the quaint hills. It is locally known as Kaffer and can be covered along with Lava in one day. Tourists can take a canopy walk or simply enjoy spectacular views of the Kanchenjunga range from lolegoan. PEDONG: Pedong lies 20km east to Kalimpong on the historic Silk Road. The ageless hills offer a blend of history nature and culture popular tourists places in Pedong include Pedong Monastery, Damsung Fort, Silence Valley, cross hill, Rikisum Ramitey viewpoint, and Tinchuley viewpoint. Things to do are Hang-gliding and paragliding. Ramitey offers the longest and the best view of river Teesta.