Monday, November 26, 2012

Climbing the ladder of success

The picture used for the book cover
It has been long. And I am back with a pleasant update . Recently one of the picture that I clicked was chosen as a cover picture for a newly published Hindi book "Chaurahe Par Seedhiyan" authored by one of my  blogger friend Kishore Chaudhary. He noticed this picture on my facebook wall and asked if he could use it as cover picture for his upcoming book. I agreed. His debut book has already set new records in terms of very high number of online pre-orders even before it was published. The book now published is receiving rave reviews from the readers across the world. I want to share more
on how it all happened but before that let me first introduce him to you.

 Kishore Choudhary
Kishore Choudhary is a Hindi writer and a broadcaster with All India Radio. He lives in Barmer, Rajasthan with his lovely wife Abha and two adorable kids, daughter Manvika and son Dushyant. He owns two equally popular and widely read blogs Hathkadh and Kahaniyan.
 "Kishore is a classic example of what  online media can do as a tool of communication, when you are practically sitting in the farthest end of the country, with no access to literary festivals and the likes. Kishore has created his fan
following base purely out of his blog and he now has wide reader base coming to his blog from all across the globe.
 

With simple yet unique metaphors drawn from the culture and place he belongs, Kishore writes about feelings that are universal - love, pain, loss, fear, loneliness, companionship, hope and fantasy. His stories are that of longings, of relationships gone awry, of heartbreaks and betrayals, and yet there is a sense of hope and life that continues to flow.
 

 Most of the readers and followers that he has are from far-flung places and Tier II cities, who would want to read him but wouldn't know how to. Not only that, he has a wide listener base also, which is awaiting his work
to be published. Kishore's columns in local newspapers of Rajasthan are immensely popular, and he is a known name in the literary circles." ( intro -- by Anu Singh Choudhary).
  

Contact Kishore Choudhary :( post updated on 28.11.12)
          In response to the queries regarding Kishore's contact details , I am updating his eid here - kishorejakhar@gmail.com

The Book Cover

 Kishore himself feels that blogger is a very strong and effective platform for writers like him.

I am a huge fan of Kishore's writings be it stories, his articles or poetry. Once I started reading him, the Hindi books that I had collected over a period of time came out of book shelf  to my hands. In a way it is his writing that  made me go back to reading Hindi books in a much serious way. Like me each of his reader has their own reasons to like him. It is through him that I came to know good people like  Varsha Mirza, Pratibha Katiyar, Darpn Saha , Anjali Mitra Grover, Shailesh.
 I requested my blogger friend Giribala Joshi to share her views on Kishore's writings , here is what she says,"Kishore Choudhary's blogs Kahaniyan and Hathkadh are two of the few Hindi blogs that I follow and read. His writing impressed me on my very first visit to his blog. The blogs clearly showcase his impeccable hold on the language and his knowledge of the work of bygone masters of the craft. His fine Hindi infused with passion and vibrant metaphors makes a heady combination. I believe his writings will add value to the canon of Hindi literature. I congratulate him on the publication of his books and wish him success.''
  
The book- Chaurahe Par Seedhiyan

   The book is being widely read and appreciated. Here are the links where you can buy this book online

2. Flipkart:  Chaurahe Par Seedhiyan- Kishore Choudhary





A review by Rajendra Rao, Literary Editor, Dainik Jagaran

प्रिय शैलेश भारतवासी जी,
आपके द्वारा कृपापूर्वक भेजा गया कथा संकलन 'चौराहे पर सीढ़ियां' मिला।आपके पत्र में दी गई जानकारी से चकित होकर इसे पढ़ना शुरू किया तो ऎसा मन रमा कि पढ़ता चला गया।इस पढ़त में कभी तो धारोष्ण कच्चे दूध ्जैसा स्वाद मिला तो कभी खट्टी कैरी जैसा।इससे पहले मैंने कभी किशोर चौधरी का नाम नहीं सुना था लेकिन इन कहानियों ने अपनी संरचना और टटकी हुई धारदार भाषा से लगभग मोहाविष्ट कर दिया।इनमें गजब की ताजगी और कमनीयता है।यह सचमुच आश्चर्य का विषय है कि यह खूबसूरती से पल्लवित हो रही प्रतिभा अभी तक प्रकाश में क्यों नहीं आई है।आभासी संसार बहुत क्लीनिकल और सेनिटाइज्ड है।इसमें जीवन के ताप से झुलसी त्वचा वाले कठोर पाठक कम हैं।मेरे विचार से किशोर चौधरी को हिंदी के रंगमंच पर अवतरित होना चाहिये।मैं भी अपने ढंग से प्रयास करूंगा।
इस किताब से रू ब रू कराने के लिए आपके प्रति आभार व्यक्त करता हूं।

-राजेन्द्र राव

साहित्‍य संपादक:
दैनिक जागरण पुनर्नवा
 Kishore's second book Baatein Bevazah is now published. Here are the details-



 An interesting review:

Have a look at one of review posted by a reader in Flipkart .
A remarkable story collection:
This wonderful story collection takes readers in an exceptionally joyful voyage of a colorful cosmos of human feelings and emotions.
Writer constructs a multifaceted world of human psyche which consists of various emotions and feelings like love, happiness, desire, lust, hate, greed, anxiety, apathy, jealousy, pain, melancholy, pity, stress, confusion, angst, guilt and compulsions etc. This world is carefully conceived, crafted, weaved and enriched with literary endowments by Kishore. In the labyrinths of castles of these emotions anybody would love to get lost in. To walk on the lanes of this world is an unparallel experience.
Most of the stories explore the very complex and convoluted psychological world lying between man and women of our time. Writer observes, experiences and perceives his surrounding very deeply. He sees something which is hidden, something which is not spoken but happened right within and beside us.
Kishore’s pristine style of narration hold the unique capability to captures the unexpressed. This man can make Intangible entities which form the complex psychological world of ours speak, play, sing and dance.
His words are like beautiful butterflies flying in the garden of emotions; his language is as adorable as colors playing on the canvas. His literary craft is just superb. Writer’s unique proficiency of expressing the subtlety of emotions through beautifully crafted imagery is something which will keep you reminding about him for a very long time. His skillfully crafted metaphors are so powerful that even non-living things and simple natural processes start pulsating with emotions and are forced to behave like characters of a play to communicate the feeling and emotions.
In a time when repetition and imitation are not very unusual literary habits, Kishore breaks the ‘prison of prevalence’ at the level of language. He comes to us with an unfermented and pristine language.
                                  -by Gargiputra.

84 comments:

  1. I can see why he chose your photo, Kavita. It's beautiful. Mr. Choudhary sounds like an amazing writer.

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  2. Good luck and best wishes to your writer friend, Kavita!

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  3. First things first...
    Welcome back!! Good to see you back on the blogging scene!
    Hearty congratulations! That's such a wonderful thing to happen... a pic clicked by you on the cover page of a book! Awesome! :)
    Don't read Hindi literature much, but after the rave reviews, will definitely check it out!!
    Its amazing that based on blogging, Kishore has garnered so much of support from the readers! Awe inspiring! Here's wishing Kishore and his book the very best! :)

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    1. A big thanks for the welcome and wishes Shilpa! I insist that you read him. Cheers.

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  4. Kavita Ba, Good morning. Welcome back. Heartfelt Congratulation to you. Great to saw your photograph on cover of Kishore Choudhary's book "Chaurahe Par Seedhiyan" .Awesome .
    Best wishes for Kishore Ji.Thanks for the post.

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    1. Thanks a lot Rupam for your constant support and love.

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  5. Hi K, Welcome back. It is refreshing to have you back and read your post which often is reserved for special people. And I guess the ones you call special are special indeed.

    The pity here is , my Hindi is limited and though I can read Hindi, I will not be in any position to feel the passion that you described- no where near even.

    I hope with the success of the publication someone would translate and do it without let going the spring in the original.
    The review too is quite tempting.

    Take care.

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    1. You are one such person that I wish could read his writings.Let's hope that someday his book is translated in English. A big thanks for your welcome and wihes.

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  6. Kavita, Hindi is my mother tongue. God only knows how many times I have reread the same stories by Phanishwar Nath Renu and his likes. There seems to be a terminal drought of good writers.

    I am grateful to you for introducing such a refreshingly evocative author to me. Fresh from reading some of his poems and prose, all I can say there still is hope for the language.

    I am going to buy this book from Flipkart right away!

    PS: That is a captivating photograph Kishore has chosen for his book.

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    1. My heartfelt thanks Umashankar. Do give your feedback after you read the book.

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  7. Wow, sounds like a good book. How cool that your picture is used as the cover pic :). So nice to see a post from you Kavita! And, I was looking for good Hindi literature for a long time. Will give this one a try.

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    1. Do read his book Rachna, I am sure you will love .

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  8. yes Dr..Good luck and best wishes to your writer friend:)

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  9. Best wishes to ur writer friend Kavita :)

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  10. Welcome back! Feels so good to see your blog notification in my dashborad :)

    It is a matter of huge pride and honor to see one's work in print and you have done it, Kavita. Kudos to you for your excellence and hearty congratulations! The picture is very beautiful, and so is the book. I love reading premchand ki kahaniyan and stories that touch human emotions in one way or the other. From what you have said, Kishore manages to do just that. Congratulations to him as well, will try to read this one :)

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    1. I am blushing now :) A big thanks to you Arti for this lovely comment and best wishes. If you read the book ,do give your feedback.

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  11. Kavita, what a wonderful way to return to blogging and so delighted that you are back ! That too with a wonderful post where one of your photo captures graces the cover page ! I read a lot of Marathi and English literature, and this post makes me want to check this book out ! I sure it will improve my Hindi ! Congratulations again to you and Shri Chaudhary !

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    1. To see you here in itself is an honour Suranga. Thank you for everything.

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  12. Dear Kavita Didi,

    So happy to read a post from you after a long time and its pleasure to get to learn about Kishoreji and his writings.

    Yes, blog writing is such a useful channel to reach out to people all across the globe and talented writers are definitely noticed and gain recognition.

    Congrats to you for capturing such a wonderful photo which is definitely eye catching and would add to the success of his book. Thank you for explaining to us clearly about the interesting aspects of the book, wishing all the best to Kishoreji, may he be successful in every step.

    Take care Didi, Cheers, Sai :)

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  13. :) good to see a post from you after a long long time .. yayyyyyyyyyyyyy to that

    lovely post and congrats on the picture being chosen , my best wishes to the author ..

    How are you feeling now ...

    Bikram's

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    1. I was eagerly waiting for your yayyyy! You made my day Bikram. And thanks for your wishes. I am feeling good now.

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  14. Wow! Congrats!
    It is so good to have you back.
    Wish your blogger friend/ writer all the best!

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  15. Its a wonderful thing to have you back Kavita. Was missing you on this space. Your picture is wonderful; loved the frame. The author must be really an interesting person after reading the reviews of the book you have put here. My access to hindi was till 12th grade; I can read Hindi but I am not sure if I can appreciate his literary views. I will try however.

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    1. Glad to be back Bindu , I too have missed you.Thanks for appreciating. Your support means a lot:)

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  16. I will buy this book on my trip to India in Januaury :)) Thanks for bringing it to us. I wish Kishore all the best for promoting stories, Hindi literature and electronic media :))) I don't trust reviews a lot but his background relfects this is a good read.

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    1. Trust me, he is good. Do buy the book. Thanks a lot Amrit.

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  17. Visiting your blog after a long time Kavita. Loved the picture, very meaningful.
    Nice to know a wonderful writer/poet. Wish I could read Hind, can barely manage to communicate though. My best wishes to your friend/writer.

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  18. lovely photo, nice to have you back...

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  19. itni umda tasveer,itne sundar shabd aur itni badhiya kitab ke saath aapki is khoobsoorat wapsi ke liye shabd nahin mere paas...bas khushi hai kavitaji.

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  20. A hearty welcome back Kavita! I am thrilled to know your art has been selected for the book cover. Congratulations!

    If only someone (hint! Hint!) Would translate the books reviewed here...

    Hope all is well.

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    1. A big thanks to you Queen. You are a darling.

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  21. Interesting picture Kavita. You have done well with introducing Kishore....but, alas! I cannot read Hindi novels.

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  22. after a long break...
    seems to be a good book from your review..
    and it s always a joy to get some of our works published one way or other

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  23. A very nice introduction to the writer and his creations! Also, your pic was selected, speaks volumes of your own creativity, Kavita!

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  24. very nicely written kavita...
    this review will surely increase KC's readership even more...
    he is a brilliant writer and a friend of mine...no doubt the book is soon going to be a best seller...
    a great book i must say.

    thanks
    anu

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    1. Welcome to my space Anu:) I agree with you, KC is a brilliant writer.Thanks a lot :)

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  25. ek behtareen kahanikaar... Kishor Chaudhary.. uski behtareen kriti "Chaurahe par Seedhiyan" aur usko aur behtareen banata uska cover page, jis par aapka click kiya hua photo chaspa hai...!! mere book shelf ki shobha badha raha:)....

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  26. So nice to hv u back Kavita :) And congrats, the pic is indeed wonderful :)

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    1. Where were you Swathi? Happy to see you:) Thanks a lot.

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  27. Good to see you back.
    How can one contact Mr Choudhary?

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    1. Thanks a lot. I have mailed you his contact details.

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  28. Great news.
    Photo getting published as cover of a book for a known writer is tremendous achievement.

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  29. Congrats Kavita!That's really a very good 'expressive yet silent 'click by you. That proves KC has not only sharp brain but also a sharp vision!:)
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    Impressive review by you!

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    1. Welcome Alpana! And heartfelt thanks :)

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  30. Kavita ji, aapka bahut sara aabhar. Meri pahali hi kitab ke itne sundar cover ko bahut sare ya ki lagbhag har ek pathak ne bahut pasand kia hai. Kitab ko mile avishvasaneey samarthan se main bhi chakit hu. Kuch doston ka kahana hai ki ise har haal me sabse achcha hona tha isiliye iski kahaniyan, cover aur printing sab kuch.

    Ye tasveer ek aur hisab se khas hai ki ise jis aankh ne dekha hai vah hamesha se NE ke pahadon par base kathin magar khoobsurat jeevan kii khushaboo ko apni aankhon meN basaati rahi hai. Aapka My Room anek pathakon ke dil me rahata hai. Maine dekha hai ki hindi me blog karnewale anginat blogger aaapke likhe ko apne kareeb paate haiN.

    Main aapse ek aur anurodh karna chahata hu ki aapke is blog par khoobsurat comments me mujhe mili badhaai aur dua-on ka thank you un sab ko dijiye jinhone itna sara waqt aur shram laga kar ye pyar diya hai. Meri aur se ek bar fir bahut sara dhanyvad ki aap adbhut hain aur aapke dost bhi....

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  31. Kavita,

    Could not access your space for a few days as I was using - between name and my room in url. I am glad to have found the right url by clicking on your name in one of the blogs where you had left your comment. Thanks for introducing him and I will surely visit him soon. Also I will try to lay my hands on this book as it seems worth reading. Congratulations on picture from your collection being used as cover of the book.

    Take care

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  32. I have a new URL now as there was some problem with the previous one. Thank you so much for your visit, comment and kind wishes.

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  33. I can see why he chose your photo, Kavita. Writers know their story in & out and hence can see what image is going to enhance the meaning of it.
    I'll buy this book, once I am back in India. Looks interesting.

    Congrats to you once again.

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  34. Thank you so much Nisha. Very sweet of you to check and comment the post while you are travelling. Hugs:)
    Do let me know how you liked the book.

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  35. First of all Hearty Congratulations on getting one of your photographs chosen to be on the cover of a wonderful book. Am not a Hindi reader but after reading all the lovely reviews I might just venture into reading Hindi stories too!!

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  36. congrats and good to see you back,,hope to read more of your writings and trips ..which I guess have been missing ..the writing of kishore ..you described seems to be imbibed with human emotions ...and kishore;s hindi seems to be too good has lot of command on language :) or may be my hindi is weak ..would love to read this book ..hope it available at amazon.. thanks for sharing..

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    1. Hi Harman! So glad to see you here. And a big thanks for your visit and lovely comment.

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  37. welcome back after a long time.Very informative post. I will visit his blogs.

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  38. Whew! Am I glad to see you back! I almost went into a spiral of depression, thinking that you had stopped blogging altogether. But now I see that you just took rest and have come fully recharged! Yeah!

    I will try out Kishore's blog first - my reading Hindi is rather awkward. The last time I read a page in Hindi was in 1976, as the second language for degree!!

    And once again - happy to see you back :-)

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    1. Sure does look like that I am back. I do see my friends welcoming me back:)
      You going to a spiral of depression? Well,well,well, I am honored.Thank you so much Balan ji.

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  39. er- Kavitaji - if you will forgive my ignorance, what exactly is the stone thing in your photo?

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  40. You already know it but I will repeat. This is a click of a portion of a stone pathway at the famous 'Rock Garden' of Chandigarh.

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  41. heyyy so happyyy for u and kishore..gr8 job...lemme add to the wishes and congratulations that have poured in here...

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  42. Kavita ba, I will count on you in aiding me to find my way around regional literature. My own jethai is a prominent Assamese author, but due to my lack of an extensive knowledge of even my mother tongue, I'd never read any of her books! My reading is constrained to the English language and I often wonder what stories I'm missing out in Assamese and Hindi. The above book looks intriguing. Maybe I'll make it my stepping stone to Hindi literature :)

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    1. Mayurakshi, I am hoping to meet you for lunch this Saturday.Finger crossed. Will bring you a copy of CPS. We can discuss the rest when we meet. Finally. Love you.

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  43. Happy to see you back here, Kavita! Missed you and your posts!

    The picture is really nice. Good to know that it has been used as a cover in Kishore's book.

    I would have loved to read the book, seeing your review here. But my knowledge of Hindi language is not that good. I can read short paragraphs and write well. But for reading novels, we need to know the language thourougly. I feel bad.

    All the best to him and you, Kavita. Keep writing!

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    1. And I am happy to see you here. I know that you can't read this book but your support means a lot Sandhya. I cherish you.

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