Sunday, December 25, 2011

अन्धो के शहर में आइने बेच रहा हूँ - I AM SELLING MIRRORS IN THE CITY OF THE BLIND

This evening while surfing channels I watched a program on Zee Classic Television Channel called Classic Legends hosted by Javed Akhtar on the life of the famous poet and lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri. 

Javed Akhtar narrated an incident and a quote ( शेर ) by Majrooh Sultanpuri which I will never forget. Javed Akhtar met Majrooh Sultanpuri in the evening of his life and asked him how he was, to which the poet replied:

अन्धो के शहर में आइने बेच रहा हूँ 

which roughly translated means:


This quote is still perambulating in my mind and the more I delve on it I realize how profound these words are, especially for a creative writer whose work is not appreciated.

So whenever my novel manuscript is returned by a publisher with a rejection letter, I am going to console myself: अन्धो के शहर में आइने बेच रहा हूँ 

Isn't this a nice philosophy for creative persons to adopt rather than get frustrated when their work is not appreciated? Much better than self-pity and doing harmful things like drowning your sorrows in drink, isn't it? 

Dear fellow creative writers and bloggers - do comment and let us know your views.

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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and he is currently working on his novel. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles in magazines and journals for many years before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts. 

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Subhorup Dasgupta said...

Your blog posts always set me thinking (or drowning in the sea of new perspectives), and I can identify with your feelings about publishers, as I face the same thing, and my response is also similar to yours. I do not want to dwell on whether I am being grandiose or not, but it leaves me feeling better.

Vikram Waman Karve said...

@ Subhorup - Thanks for the empathy