Wednesday, November 16, 2016

“Everybody dreams but few actually write about them”

New Delhi, 31 August.

Recently British Council in the National Capital organized a workshop on creative writing attracting a number of enthusiasts and also some serious aspiring writers to enroll with it. Mohit Dixit is one such aspiring lad who talks occasionally but has a lot to tell to the world at large. He is a Young Management Graduate who likes to write online reviews for electronic gadgets and games. Now he wants to expand his reach and wants to become a professional critique and an established Ad-Man. Here’s what he spoke to our correspondent.

Q-What inspired you to enroll for this creative writing workshop with British council?

A-    Basically I don’t believe in the philosophy of inspiration at all, my story is like everybody’s story. Initially I was an introvert but a creative child. I was satisfied with what I had; I had a small circle of friends and used to talk less. But my mind was always occupied with ideas, thoughts and opinion. I have interest in many things together, say all aspects of life. I want to put forth my opinion of my experience about life but the lack of expression is what killing me. I was unable to bring out what actually went inside my mind. To overcome this obstacle which I deal every day in my mind I joined this workshop.

Q-Don’t you think Creative writing is more about writing than removing one’s spoken hesitation?

A-    It’s true. But for a guy like me who talks less and want to manifest his outlook about the world around him, writing can become an effective tool. Everybody dreams but few actually write about them and I want to be there in that special league of people who can write their dreams.

Q-What kind of writer you want to become?

A-    I would like to write about advertisement, brands and online content. I don’t want to become a novelist or rather a fancy literary giant. I just want to develop my skills so that I can write what I want to.

Q- Why don’t you like fiction or novels?

A-     Seriously I don’t want to become a novelist, but I really want to write short, very short. I find novels very boring; I can’t go on reading lengthy novels. Short stories are what I cherish. Like novels they also contain human emotions but at the same time they are crisp and short. I also like to check online articles, blogs, and features content, more than 200 words puts me off.

Q- Don’t you thing real challenge is writing fiction?  

A-    As I said before, I want to test myself with short writing, advertisement don’t need lengthy essays they challenge you to creatively write in short sentences or jingles. That’s the real challenge mind you. 

Q- Does the workshop have satisfied your need?

A-    It’s very early to respond about the workshop, but certainly we are moving in the right direction. I hope to get well versed with creative writing before I get out of here.

Q-How about your family, do they support you?

A-    I feel when I was a child i was not allowed to speak a lot or put my view on anything, I was sort of neglected, but they are supportive in terms of financing me. But they hardly pursue my likings, may be it is due to their humble background.

The tint of honesty is what Mohit wears. It is this eloquent quality which attracts other people to stay close to him. He has high hope from British Council’s Workshop; he believes this particular workshop will be his emancipator and catapult his personality completely. He believes one day he will be famous and will be globetrotting insanely.  Hope he takes me with him for conducting his first ever interview.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Why out of 1.28 billion people only 2 Olympic medals in Rio?

When PV Sindhu meticulously matched the aggression of the World Champ from Spain with her Roaring shots in the women single’s badminton finals and successfully managed to secure a Silver Medal for herself in Rio, all eyes from India stick to the Live Feed on TVs, As though Sindhu was playing for 1.28 Billion faces to be saved from embarrassment back in India. Though she was representing her country but surely she didn’t played for hidden aspirations of millions of reluctant sportsmen who choose secured jobs over shaky untenable sportsman’s career.  It is this indifferent attitude of our society which has created an aura of negativity and inferiority towards sports in India, which in turn stops youngsters to venture out in sports. Whereas Govt. spending in sports has doubled in past decade but lack of proper talent coming toward sports has restricted India’s performance at world level to a meagre standard.  

Ironically Indian families enjoy watching Live Sports on TV together, but not many wants their kids to take up sports professionally. If some one dares to take up sports as his or her career, it’s not easy for them to sustain in an unsupportive annoying and sometime disgusting anti-sports environment in the country. Media reports on regular basis such cases, where a budding sportsman has to work as a daily laborer or peddler to arrange for his daily proper diet or for is conveyance. Time and again many Olympians had had complained about the prevailing sports management system at government level, which functions in an unprofessional and disarrayed manner, where impropriety, nepotism is a standard operating procedure of high rank officials. This is what a world level wrestler Tiger Singh has witnessed and felt in his two decades of sprawling career. He mentions times and instances when he even couldn’t afford for his own airfare and has to face discrimination.

He says if govt. can provide or instil some sense of security into the minds of the kids who are passionate about sports the whole scenario can get changed. Sportsmen at whichever level they are, if given assurance of support and provided with grooming can bring accolades for the country. Tiger Singh says this is the difference which puts Indian athletes behind of their international counterparts. It’s the support system which makes a difference.

Perhaps this is the main reason why in India most of the prospecting and talented kids opt out of sports at an early stage of their life. It is this reason why parents crush their children’s dream at an infant stage. In doing so we unconsciously restrict our own prospects in sports, how can we blame our sportsmen for non-performance if we couldn’t send own kids to play.