A Farewell

A FAREWELL

Meeting and parting have always been a part and parcel of life. Although both are sides of the same coin yet one gives pleasure while other is a source of pain and grief. Farewell is one such occasion where our grief of parting is garnished with best wishes for the life ahead of the one going away. We also reminisce about the memories the person leaves behind for us to cherish. What we all can do that we can pray for her to move ahead in life with courage and lots of optimism. Here I would like to recite a poem. The poem is called ‘Prayer’ written by Amritbir:

PRAYER

God give me the courage

to surge ahead

and not inch forward

towards the long lost dreams;

a chance to fulfill

dreams I cherished

and wipe away the broken bits.

Reaffirm the faith in man,

of man’s goodness and goodwill.

Give me the wisdom to know

what is right,

and mettle to mend the wrong.

Let me not fall flat

on the mountains of hope,

let me see the light bright

at the end of the dark, dreary tunnel.

Give me the days when I am

unfazed by the obstacles,

unmoved by the setbacks,

and unscathed by the stones thrown.

Let me just move on…

WE FARE THEE WELL…!

“Existence” – A Never Ending Search

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Author Bansh Kishor has recently launched his fiction “Existence” – A Never Ending Search. The book is printed and published by Authors Pride Publisher and it is also available at Amazon and Flipkart with a price tag of Rs. 199 only.

This is a story of the struggle to find his identity, his face, his dignity of a man whose private parts are damaged in an accident and converted into a woman. Chaand, a guy from a poor family leaves his home happens to Delhi where meets a girl Sonam. Andy, another lead, co-incidentally is available at the accident place and takes him to the hospital. He is operated and changed to a woman by the final signature of Andy. Dr. RK Sharma operates him who later realized that he had made a mistake. In regression, he resigns and goes to his home place. Chaand wanders from here to there to find his identity. He is rapped twice during this journey. He meets a dancer at Kotha who helps him to be more women, but that didn’t work for long. Next, Andy who lives in Singapore realizes his mistake and comes to India with his girlfriend, Debbie to see if Chaand is fine. He put in all efforts to find him, meeting the doctor and his family but nothing helps. His girlfriend was also killed during riots in the city. At the end, he finds some important people and Andy somehow could make him free and takes Chaand to Singapore. They both happily lived with each other.

About the Author: The Author, Bansh Kishor was born in Agra, Uttar Pradesh and later destined to Delhi. He completed his Masters in Technology (ECE)in 2015 from MDU, Rohtak. When his imaginations became out of control, it turned him into an Author from an engineer and he could no longer continue with the engineering industry.

After having worked for seven years in leading multinational service and telecom companies, he started his business while pursuing his writing career. Being a philosopher, psychologist, and motivational speaker; he helps mentally challenged people by counseling session and personality development workshops. He is known for his business techniques, training skills and as a great career advisor for students. His friends call him a multi-dimensional creative person. In his free time, he loves to unearth himself and tries to find out the facts and truths of life.

Apart from stories, he also enjoys screenplay writing and poems. His poems are published in different books and other corporate magazines. His recent poems “Dream of Glasses” is published in Once Best Friends.

Ruskin Bond’s ‘Whispers in the Dark’

THE BOOK

For all those who have trembled through Ruskin Bond’s tales of horror and mystery, here’s another collection of strange and dark stories from the master storyteller. Within these pages you will befriend Jimmy the jinn who has trouble keeping his hands to himself, be witness to the mischief of the Pisaach and Churel who live in the peepul tree, and find yourself in the company of a bloodthirsty ;vampire cat, among other tales and curiosities that are guaranteed to send a delicious shiver down your spine!

Written in Bond’s inimitable style and riveting to the core, this beautifully illustrated book is a must-have for anyone with a taste for the macabre.

 

THE AUTHOR

Born in Kasauli in 1934, Ruskin Bond grew up in Jamnagar, Dehradun, New Delhi and Shimla. His first novel, The Room on the Roof, written when he was seventeen, received the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written over five hundred short stories, essays and novellas (some included in the collections Dust on the Mountains and Classic Ruskin Bond) and more than forty books for children. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award for English writing in India in 1993, the Padma Shri in 1999, and the Delhi government’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi’s Bal Sahitya Puraskar for his ‘total contribution to children’s literature’ in 2013 and was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 2014. He lives in Landour, Mussoorie, with his extended family. He has regaled generations of readers for decades.

‘Curfew in the City’

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The brilliant Shahar Mein Curfew translated in English by eminent translator C.M. Naim. Vibhuti Narain Rai’s ‘Curfew in the City’ unravels a tapestry of human emotions in a fanatical communal setting. A moving story of a Muslim household of bidi-workers stuck in a claustrophobic city, this novella narrates how curfew affects simple and ordinary lives even as administrative authorities fan insecurities to further their own interest. The book unmasks the cold, calculated greed and blind, senseless hatred that wait for the opportune moment to strike, revealing the real, primal face of man.
The Author:
Vibhuti Narain Rai, a social activist and educationist, completed his master’s in English literature from Allahabad University in 1971 and joined the Indian Police Service in 1975. In his thirty-six years’ eventful career, he was awarded the Police Medal for Meritorious Service and the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service, and was posted as senior sub-inspector and inspector general of police in several communally sensitive areas of Uttar Pradesh. An accomplished novelist, Rai’s Ghar, Kissa Loktantra, Tabadala and Prem Ki Bhootkatha received critical acclaim. Curfew in the City, originally published in Hindi as Shahar Mein Curfew, invited the wrath of Hindutva forces that even demanded a ban on it. Rai retired as the vice chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, Wardha.
The Translator:
C.M. Naim is professor emeritus of Urdu studies at the University of Chicago. He has also published translations of novellas by Qurratulain Hyder and satires by Harishankar Parsai.

Punjabi Poet: Shah Hussein

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Poet, weaver, mystic and saint, Shah Hussein created a stir in sixteenth-century Punjab through his unconventional lifestyle and the subversive power of his poetry. Popularly known as Madho Lal Hussein, after he adopted the name of his young lover and disciple, he remains a beguiling, enigmatic figure: a firebrand whose growing fame was a cause for anxiety for the political elite, a Muslim who fell in love with a Hindu boy and won his heart and devotion, a rebel philosopher who found solace in ignominy.

Deceptively simple and astonishingly relevant, the poems in this magnificent collection are charged with longing and offer insight into the true nature of love and death, desire and sublimation. Naveed Alam’s lilting translation brings out the verve and allure of Hussein’s verses which continue to be sung and recited over 400 years after his death.

The Author:

Madho Lal Hussein (1538–99), also known as Shah Hussein, was a weaver by profession and a mystic by vocation. To this day, he commands great reverence as a poet–saint in Punjab. His urs (death anniversary), known as Mela Chiraga’an (Festival of Lamps), continues to be held annually at his shrine in Baghbanpura, Lahore.

The Translator:

Naveed Alam is a poet and translator. His first collection of poems, A Queen of No Ordinary Realms, won the Spokane Poetry Prize, and his works have been published in a number of literary journals and magazines including the Prairie Schooner, American Poetry Journal and Poetry International, among others. He currently lives in Lahore, Pakistan.