Saturday, April 15, 2006

Hindi books,anyone?

Incidentally, did anyone here go to a bookstore and ask for a book in an Indian language? When do we start?

8 comments:

Chaos said...

Do you mean books in regional languages or English books by Indian authors? The latter is tolerable compared to the former, b'coz you need to have a regional dictionary to comprehend the meanings of most of the words :D

Wriju said...

I can see that you have taken up a cause.
I have bought such a book recently from a small bookstore with rusty second hand books. The book seller was a kindly old man with a gentle smile. It is strange the way he fits in with all the books around him. If you saw him you may want to read him as much as the books around him.
The big bookstores don't seem to have a big collection.
I certainly hope others that come to your blog do the same and discover the joy of books in regional languages.

I read the poems on your blog - they are nice :-)

Nidhi Narayan said...

hi, its nice to see your recent passion for a cause, and moreover i liked the poems u have published in your blog, especially since i too like hindi poetry and do write a little of that kind of stuff.

How do we know said...

HI Chaos: I maent books in regional Indian languages.. which are examples of god writing but are hopelessly under patronised. Am aure there is SOME Indian language that you can call your own.. and if you don't know how to read it too well.. trust me, good books in that language are an excellent way to start.. thats how i learnt my mother tongue too!

Wriju: yep, zat i have :-) I like your description of ur bookseller.. reminds me of Siddhartha.. the boat man in the book.. the big bookstores really dont have a collction, and thats the idea, to create an organised demand so that the message reaches up the supply chain -- to the publishers, who will publish whatever sells, and if, suddenly, it becomes fashionable to buy Indian languages, the long pending credit and recognition to these authors will finally arrive!

Nidhi: Gud to hear from u, and glad that you identify with the cause.. Please do borrow the cause and spread it using your blog too...

Nidhi Narayan said...

hi, just dropped in to say that i am including u in my list of friends.

How do we know said...

HI Nidhi .. :-))

SF Photorama said...

I've asked for Hindi music!

Chiya said...

Nice Cause,
Just for information, it is very easy to get good hindi books on a railway station, apart from wheelers, there is always a SAHITYA vendor who will have good collection of Hindi literature.
All my collection of Amrita Pritam, Shivani, Bacchan and Neeraj has been made from there only.