When you will be reading this article written in English, you will not be knowing that it is about Hindi. You will eventually realize the extent to which we have started using English in our everyday life. Also, you will recognize the lack of attention that we Indians have towards Hindi.
But there is one group, The Soul Within, which has taken up the initiative to pay attention to our national language, Hindi. They organized a 'Kavita Samvaad - Hindi Workshop' at The Jail Cave Café to help writers who want to write in Hindi by educating them about writing in Hindi.
Hindi is the soul of Indian culture.
No matter how many languages are spoken all over India, the charm of Hindi remains unparalleled. Much to your surprise, Hindi is also spoken in Mauritius, Fiji, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad, Bangladesh, and Nepal.
Even though Hindi is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, how many of us can claim to know everything about the language? None of us. And this is the reason why we need to support budding Hindi writers.
And every day is a fresh start.
The workshop was conducted by Dheeraj Mishra, who is honoured with 'Chetna Samman 2018'. He was highly enthusiastic in conducting the workshop on Hindi literature because he wanted the new writers to understand the depths of Hindi writing.
Narrating his story, he mentioned that when he joined the Hindi writer's community, people were quite good. They helped genuinely and there was no harsh feeling while sharing lessons with you.
But today, the scenario is not same.
People are reluctant to share their knowledge about Hindi writing. They feel a lot of competition. In fact, lot many senior Hindi writers have exploited young learners under the pretext of teaching them Hindi writing.
In return for doing one or two corrections in their written work, the young learners are asked to do household work like bringing groceries, etc. Such is the condition of budding Hindi writers in our country.
If this continues, Hindi Literature would die out.
Dheeraj Mishra also elaborated the success mantra for writing in Hindi. He told the young writers who assembled there at The Jail Cave Cafe to understand that nothing happens in the wink of an eye.
You may create a YouTube channel, a Facebook page or an Instagram handle for your Hindi writings, and run them regularly, but that is not progress. People will not listen to you or view you until you have substance in what you write.
Even Rome was not built in a day.
He gave examples of Munawar Rana, Rahat Indori, and Kumar Vishwas, who are reputed writers today. When they started writing, they didn't do all this social media stuff. But still, people listened to them because they had quality and depth in their writing.
And now that they have gained popularity and fan following, they have created their YouTube channel, Facebook page, and Instagram handle. So, young writers must polish themselves first and fame will automatically run after them.
The Soul Within and Dheeraj Mishra have become saviours of Hindi.
And we are glad that they are doing this as a service to their nation.