World Hindi Day 2019: An Ode to Four Outstanding Writers

There is hardly any argument about the fact that Hindi is a beautiful language. Apart from India, the language is widely spoken in nations like Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Fiji, and Mauritius, amongst other countries. And then, of course, you have the Indian diaspora in wide-ranging regions like the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, South Africa, Australia, and the Gulf nations.

All in all, there are over 250 million people in the world who speak the language!

The World Hindi Day (WHD) or simply Hindi Day, celebrated on 10th January every year, marks the anniversary of the World Hindi Conference (WHC), which was first inaugurated by Indira Gandhi in 1975. Don’t confuse this with the National Hindi Day (14th September), which celebrates the adoption of Hindi written in Devanagari script as the Official Language of the Union (Constituent Assembly).

The importance of World Hindi Day cannot be understated since the language has contributed a vast deal to linguistics, art, literature, cinema and several other fields globally. It is even more important for us as Indians because it is the most widely-spoken language in our country. The day is typically celebrated with events that revisit the illustrious timeline of the evolution of Hindi as a language, theatrical plays, poetry recitals, musical performances, cinema screenings, and literary fests.

On this lovely occasion, we thought of putting together a list of four stalwarts from a glittering era whose work and repertoire with the Hindi language as the medium of communication have never gone unnoticed.

Excellent Hindi Quotes and Poems By Famous Writers

Read on as we present to you some of India’s most-loved writers and poets along with their beautiful creations (three each).

1. JAVED AKHTAR A poet, lyricist and screenwriter par excellence, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Javed Akhtar is the proud recipient of the renowned Sahitya Akademi Award (India’s second-highest literary honour) and no less than five National Film Awards. The man we all know for his illustrious filmography and invaluable contributions to Indian film music here’s revisiting some of his endearing poetry:

1) क्यों डरें ज़िंदगी में क्या होगा,

कुछ ना होगा तो तजुर्बा होगा,

हँसती आँखों में झाँक कर देखो,

कोई आँसू कहीं छुपा होगा |

2) ऊंची इमारतों से मकान मेरा घिर गया,

कुछ लोग मेरे हिस्से का सूरज भी खा गए |

3) ये जो गहरे सन्नाटे हैं,

वक़्त ने सबको ही बाँटे हैं,

थोड़ा ग़म है सबका क़िस्सा,

थोड़ी धूप है सबका हिस्सा,

आँख तेरी बेकार ही नम है,

हर पल एक नया मौसम है,

क्यों तू ऐसे पल खोता है,

दिल आखिर तू क्यों रोता है?

2. HARIVANSH RAI BACHCHAN

Padma Bhushan Harivansh Rai Bachchan now referred to as Amitabh Bachchan’s father was an immensely talented poet who not only wrote poetry but also translated several literary texts into Hindi and Urdu. Here are a few gems from his treasure trove of poetic brilliance:

1) मैं स्‍नेह-सुरा का पान किया करता हूँ,

मैं कभी न जग का ध्‍यान किया करता हूँ,

जग पूछ रहा है उनको,जो जग की गाते,

मैं अपने मन का गान किया करता हूँ,

मिट्टी का तन, मस्ती का मन, क्षण भर जीवन, मेरा परिचय!

2) मृदु भावों के अंगूरों की आज बना लाया हाला,

प्रियतम, अपने ही हाथों से आज पिलाऊँगा प्याला,

पहले भोग लगा लूँ तेरा फिर प्रसाद जग पाएगा,

सबसे पहले तेरा स्वागत करती मेरी मधुशाला |

3) तट पर है तरुवर एकाकी, नौका है, सागर में,

अंतरिक्ष में खग एकाकी, तारा है, अंबर में,

भू पर वन, वारिधि पर बेड़े, नभ में उडु खग मेला,

नर नारी से भरे जगत में कवि का हृदय अकेला!

3. GULZAR

Sampooran Singh Kalra (yes, that’s his real name!) or Gulzar as he is fondly referred to, hardly needs any introduction. From lyric-writing and television shows to scriptwriting and film direction, he has done it all. The recipient of an Academy Award, a Grammy, Padma Bhushan, Sahitya Akademi Award, Dadasaheb Phalke Award and truckloads of Filmfare and National Film Awards, Gulzar has been a force to reckon with for the last 55 years!

1) मुख़्तसर-सा ग़ुरूर भी ज़रूरी है जीने के लिए, ज़्यादा झुक के मिलो तो दुनिया पीठ को पायदान बना लेती है |

2) ऐ ज़िंदगी गले लगा ले, हमने भी तेरे हर एक ग़म को गले से लगाया है, है ना?

3) बहुत मुश्किल से करता हूँ तेरी यादों की कारोबार, मुनाफा कम है, पर गुज़ारा हो ही जाता है |

4. DUSHYANT KUMAR

A poet of modern Hindi literature, Dushyant Kumar was primarily known for his ghazal writing abilities and is remembered as one of the pioneering Hindi-Urdu poets of the century gone by. Here’s revisiting some of his best work:

1) आज सड़कों पर लिखे हैं सैकड़ों नारे न देख,

पर अन्धेरा देख तू आकाश के तारे न देख,

एक दरिया है यहाँ पर दूर तक फैला हुआ,

आज अपने बाज़ुओं को देख पतवारें न देख |

2) एक तीखी आँच ने इस जन्म का हर पल छुआ,

आता हुआ दिन छुआ, हाथों से गुजरता कल छुआ,

हर बीज, अँकुआ, पेड़-पौधा, फूल-पत्ती, फल छुआ,

जो मुझे छूने चली, हर उस हवा का आँचल छुआ |

3) हो गयी है पीर पर्वत-सी, पिघलनी चाहिए,

इस हिमालय से कोई गंगा निकालनी चाहिए,

मेरे सीने में नहीं तो तेरे सीने मैं सही,

हो कहीं भी आग, लेकिन आग जलनि चाहिए |

Not only have writers and poets like these give us pearls of brilliance to hold on to, but they have also added more than a few drops of value in the massive ocean of Hindi literature! We hope you had a wonderful time reading these quotes and poems.

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