The Unadorned

My literary blog to keep track of my creative mood swings with poems n short stories, book reviews n humorous prose, travelogues n photography, reflections n translations, both in English n Hindi.

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I'm a peace-loving married Indian male on the right side of '50 with college-going children, and presently employed under government. Educationally I've a master's degree in History, and another in Computer Application. Besides, I've a post graduate diploma in Management. My published works are:- (1)"In Harness", ISBN 81-8157-183-5, a poetry collections and (2) "The Remix of Orchid", ISBN 978-81-7525-729-0, a short story collections with a foreword by Mr. Ruskin Bond, (3) "Virasat", ISBN 978-81-7525-982-9, again a short story collection but in Hindi, (4) "Ek Saal Baad," ISBN 978-81-906496-8-1, my second Story Collection in Hindi.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

"Virasat" My New Book

My new book "Virasat", the first one in Hindi from my desk, finally got released at Patna yesterday. Mr Arun Kamal, the noted author and poet of international repute released it in the presence of the chief guest of the function Dr Imtiaz Ahmed, Director of Khudabaksh Library. Mr Vyas Ji, the novelist and presently working as the Chief Secretary Deptt. of Labour under Govt. of Bihar was the chief speaker. Mr Arvind Pandey, DIG (Railways) and the eminent blogger ( was the special guest. Mr Kamleshwar Prasad, the Chief Postmaster General of Bihar was the honoured guest. Mr Jitendra Sahay, the Civil Surgeon (Retd.) and dramatist presided over the function. Mr Rajesh Shukla, Proprietor, Vatayan Media and Publishing conducted the proceedings.

The function was well-attended, by all standards. The conference hall of Bihar Industries Association was full to the capacity. People representing various streams--poets, authors, novelists, dramatists, critics, philatelist, lecturers, civil engineers, trade union leaders, journalists from both print and electronic media, my colleagues from various postal establishments, my country-cousin Oriyas, my senior colleagues enjoying quiet retired life in the city, and even an ex-MLA--attended the function.

I honestly did not expect that senior fellows from the field of literature that assembled there would speak so generously about my work. First of all, they allayed my worst fear, saying that I've been really successful in maintaining the nuances that are special to Hindi. Yes! Hindi is not my mother tongue and the book is an attempt just like that without any serious preparation in grammar and style. The stalwarts, in their own words, praised my power of observation, the love for detail, the skilful portrayal of human relationship, the pace of the story-telling…. Mr Arun Kamal himself even highlighted that the book is the first of its kind, culling stories entirely from post-office settings!

I could continue, extracting verbatim what all they said from the full-length video recorded during the function, but then it would entail a bit of labour on my part. Besides, I don't forget that a blogpost should not be so long-winded.

Almost all the newspapers from Patna covered the event in detail with suitable photographs. To name them: (1) Hindustan Times. Patna, Tuesday, May 12, 2008 under caption-'A Peep into post offices with "Virasat"'; (2) Hindustan 13 May (in Hindi) Page-4 "विरासत में डाक विभाग का चित्रण"; (3)Aaj, Patna, 13 May Page-4 "डाक संस्कृति की अमूल्य कृति है 'विरासत'"; (4) Dainik Jagaran, Patna, 13 May, Page-7 "कहानी संग्रह 'विरासत का लोकार्पण"; (5)Rashtriya Sahara, Patna, 13 May, Page-5 "इंटरनेट युग में डाकिया खास : कमल" . I could not watch television, but going by the interview taken from me, Etv might have telecast it.
A. N. Nanda



Blogger A Wanderer's experiment with life.... said...

Congratulations DaD on the successful book release event. Bob, Pop and I wished we could have been there too. Best of luck for the book!
Puja, Bob & Pop :-)

1:03 PM  
Blogger A_N_Nanda said...

Thanx kids. I've got it videographed and the CD will be some compensation at least.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Destination Infinity said...

Congrats! It is a great thing to publish a book and have a release ceremony like this. What is more interesting is that the stories are set in post offices! A unique idea that. But I read Hindi very slowly, and don't understand some of it! I hope to read such books in Hindi one day... But I will atleast read the translation of the story you have put in this blog very soon... Thanks for that.

Destination Infinity

1:06 PM  
Blogger A_N_Nanda said...

Thanks DI, I'll look forward to your revisit for reading the translated story from my new book. I've translated only one story and more I'll do depending on the feedback.

9:23 AM  
Blogger maglomaniac said...

Congrats Mr Nanda.
Its heartening to see the release of your book.There has always been a wonderful relationship between blogs and books and you have carried that beautifully.
People like you are a great source of inspiration for us all.
And yes I went through Dakmani.A nice read I must say.
Keep the gud work goin.


1:39 AM  
Blogger A_N_Nanda said...

Thanks, Harsha; going through your comments indeed encourages me to make further attempts.

1:54 AM  

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