Traveler no. 1- T1
Traveler no. 2- T2
T1: Upadhyay ji, iska vyaakaran thoda druodh hai, aur isliye samajhna padhne waale ke liye asugam bhi (Mr. Upadhyay, its grammar is a bit convoluted and hence the meaning is difficult to understand)
T2: Sharma ji, padhne waale ko bhavnaaon ka sparsh ho, yehi vyaakaran bhog hai (Mr. Sharma, only if the reader feels the essence of the subject is the use grammar justified)
After a day at work, while returning home on "Delhi waalon ki Sawari", a million other frequencies struck my ears, along with "Delhi Metro mein aapka Swaagat hai". The above two lines pierced my attention, enough to bring it to focus, enough to tune it. There were some aged (people who know Hindi, please read "buzurg") people on board, and all of them Hindi literature luminaries (not all local language enthusiasts/literaries achieve fame). They were apparently returning from the launch of Upadhyay ji's novel at the "Karol Bagh Sahitya Bhawan", one of the million "Sahitya Bhawans" of the capital. I crossed all limits of over-hearing, and that too shamefully looking into their faces while keeping my ears to the ground. Though all of them were writers, one even a proud writer of 37 novels, some were still not old enough to be only writers - one a Professor, one a Reader in a DU college, one a writer with Jansatta (a local Hindi newspaper) and another a freelance article writer (who earned only by Pen).
"Ji haan ji haan, bahut umda thi" (Yes, yes, it was a very good read) came a reply from the man on my left when the man sitting one girl (who felt she was the patty of a hindi novel sandwich) to the right asked
"Aap inko to jaante hi honge, yeh Kailash Prem ji, jinki Hare Phool aur Laal Ghaans bahut prasidh hui thi pichle saal" (you must be knowing him, Mr. Kailash Prem, whose novel Green Flowers and Red Grass was a hit last year)
and the round of introductions was as smooth as the train ride.
In these introductions, in these literarily-glamorous talks, in the complex grammar pats and thumps, was hidden a difficult-to-find satisfaction. Here are some people who are no different than Rowlings and Zandts in profession and "self-understood" accomplishments, but are very different in the kinds of humble lives they live, the luxuries they (don't) enjoy. This, I feel, is Talent, unabashed of the worldly achievements, a pearl-reminiscent of success.
-G Singh, New Delhi, Nov 7, 2008 10:04 PM