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The Think Club Awards


 

Press Release

December 28, 2012

 

Bloomfield Hills, MI, December 28, 2012 The Think Club Publication has chosen "Left To Tell' by Immaculée Ilibagiza for its 2012 Book of the Year award. Think Club Publication, presents this award to lesser known writers in helping and encouraging them in their endeavor.

Think Club Publication is a forum to encourage independent thinking among fellow human beings. This annual award is given to the author whose idea or ideas can contribute to the resolution of contemporary human problems based on his or her original and independent thinking. The Think Club chose Left To Tell as the Book of the Year because the author teaches us how to transcend fear and physical suffering into profound inner peace, grace and forgiveness despite her ordeals.

 

Her story has the backdrop of the civil war between Hutus and Tutsi tribes in the African country of Rwanda where one million Tutsis were massacred by the Hutus over a 100-day period in 1994. Immaculée shares her miraculous story of how she survived during the Rwanda genocide in 1994 when she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor's house for 91 days.

At the end of the book Ilibagiza says "the love of a single heart can make a world of difference," and we are extremely fortunate to have Iligabiza as a role model for dealing with fearful and seemingly desperate conditions. Thus we present the Book of the Year award for 2012 to Immaculée Ilibagiza for her unquenchable faith and connection to God throughout the ordeal that uplifts and inspires all of us.

 

Press Release

December 8, 2011

 

The Think Club Publications Announces Book of the Year Award for 2011

 

Bloomfield Hills, MI, December 8, 2011 The Think Club Publication has chosen 'Poorvabhas' (http://www.poorvabhas.in/) for its 2011 Book of the Year award. Think Club Publication, from now on, will give this award to struggling and lesser known writers in helping and encouraging them in their endeavor. Think Club Publication may also choose writers from languages other than English. This year we chose the Hindi language. The Think Club chose 'Poorvabhas' for the award because of its effort in promoting fledgling Hindi writers through its web publication. 'Poorvabhas' has very effectively provided such a platform to amateur writers in an effort to strengthen Hindi language. Think Club Publications realizes the value of this effort and thus presents the Book of the Year award for 2011 to 'Poorvabhas.' We especially congratulate Mr. Abnish Singh Chauhan for creating such an effective platform for Hindi writers and poets.

 

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Press Release

December 28, 2010

 

The Think Club Publications Announces Book of the Year Award for 2010

 

Bloomfield Hills, MI, December 28, 2010 The Think Club Publication has chosen Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach, published by W.W. Norton & Co. as the Book of the Year for 2010. Think Club Publication is a forum to encourage independent thinking among fellow human beings. This annual award is given to the author whose idea or ideas can contribute to the resolution of contemporary human problems based on his or her original and independent thinking. The Think Club chose Packing for Mars as the Book of the Year because the author provides us the facts to think independently whether "Is Mars possible" and "Is Mars Worth it?" She also gives us enough ammunition to decide whether we should be spending $500 billion on human Mars mission or rely on cheap, reliable, robotic missions. Roach starts with the premises that the human body is inadequately designed for a long space travel. Roach emphasizes this by listing the details about disposing of human waste, controlling body odor without washing, radiation from cosmic rays, falling sick in space and bone loss. Besides the physical problems, Roach also elaborates on emotion and sex. After all human beings will be traveling for a year (includes time on Mars) through darkness of space cooped up with other mates who may be getting on each others' nerves. Mary Roach describes how it is possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA's new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth. But most of all, Roach explains why a mission to Mars is important for human spirit without hiding the difficulties to get there. This is as important to human endeavor and progress today as the hot air balloon expedition by Mongolfier Brothers was in 1780. Thus we present the Book of the Year award for 2010 to Mary Roach for reminding us that how spending on space program will give birth to new innovations. Roach has aptly quoted Benjamin Franklin to answer the skeptics, "What use is a newborn baby?"

 

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Press Release

December 28, 2009

 

The Think Club Publications Announces Book of the Year Award for 2009

 

Bloomfield Hills, MI, December 28, 2009 The Think Club Publication has chosen Here Comes Everybody: the Power of Organizing without Organizations by Clay Shirky, published by Penguin for the Book of the Year Award for 2009. Think Club Publication is a forum to encourage independent thinking among fellow human beings. This annual award is given to the author whose idea or ideas can contribute to the resolution of contemporary human problems based on his or her original and independent thinking. The Think Club chose Here Comes Everybody for this award because the author explains how common people can and is making changes in society by exerting freedom of speech by using new technologies of social networking. The author illustrates how a common man can really impact the social norms and can make his or her voice heard without depending on traditional media such as newspapers, radio and television. Shirky illustrates how blogging has enabled the common man to publish his or her own viewpoints without depending on a traditional press outlet. The change isn't a shift from one kind of news institution to another, but rather in the definition of news. News is no longer an institutional prerogative. It's part of a communications ecosystem, occupied by a mix of formal and informal organizations and individuals. This extraordinary book examines the ways that new communications technologies enable groups of likeminded people to form more easily than ever before, regardless of geography. As the invention of the birth control pill and the transistor have led to fundamental changes in society, so too has the invention of social media and the Web 2.0. Online social networks have enabled productive, collaborative groups to have their voices heard more effectively than at any other time in history. Shirky makes sense of the way that groups are using the Internet. In a treatise that spans all manner of social activity from vigilantism to activism, from Flickr to Howard Dean, from blogs to newspapers, Shirky clearly explains how every institution is prone to being recast by the net, and how to manage that change for the best possible outcome. He picks perfect anecdotes to vividly illustrate his points, then shows the larger truth behind them. Shirky explains to the readers why the Internet communication like Twittering matters. Thus, we present the Book of the Year award for 2009 to Clay Shirky for reminding us about how the vitality and influence of groups of human beings can impact businesses, society and our lives by using net- enabled social tools.

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Press Release

December 28, 2008

 

The Think Club Publications Announces Book of the Year Award for 2008

 

Bloomfield Hills, MI, December 28, 2008 The Think Club Publications has chosen The Trillion Dollar Meltdown - Easy Money, High Rollers and the Great Credit Crash by Charles R. Morris, published by Public Affairs, New York for the Book of the Year Award for 2008. Think Club Publication is a forum to encourage independent thinking among fellow human beings. This annual award is given to the author whose idea or ideas can contribute to the resolution of contemporary human problems based on his or her original and independent thinking. The Think Club chose The Trillion Dollar Meltdown for this award because the author explains why our economy is melting down in a layman's term for those who are not in the financial services industry. Moreover, the author's predictions were made before we were hit by the present financial storm. Mr. Morris used his independent thinking to predict that it was time once again for the pendulum to swing in the direction of more socially conscious government intervention. Charles Morris believes the era of market fundamentalism has come to an end, just as Keynesian interventionism came to an end in the 1970s. He estimates conservatively that the recent defaults of residential mortgages, corporate debt, credit card debt, and bonds will be about $1 trillion. But this book was written before even more recent revelations such as the Bear Sterns insolvency. It is now estimated that the bill could be 3 or 4 times as high. Morris gives a brief but excellent history of events that led up to the current credit crunch that is paralyzing global financial markets. Disasters have many fathers, but Morris lays much of the blame on bond rating agencies, financial insurance companies and the Federal Reserve under Alan Greenspan. After 9/11 the Federal Reserve lowered the interest rates below the rate of inflation, essentially giving banks free money. Banks then lent money for fees up front and then repackaged the loans - turned them into securitized debt - and sold them to investors. It was basically cost free and risk free, so they lent money as if there was no tomorrow. These securitized debts or CDOs (collateral debt obligations) were sold and resold throughout the global financial system and no longer did anyone know how to measure their value or their risk. Add to this the fact that homeowners were using the rising equity of their homes as ATMs and pumping another $4 trillion into the economy. Also add to the mix $700 billion annual trade deficit that indicates that much more consumption over production. The party was really in full swing. Morris is not a liberal ideologue but a former banker who comes to his conclusions based on objectivity, knowledge, and lucid thought. The integrity of his independent thinking shines through every page. Thus, we present the Book of the Year award for 2008 to Charles R. Morris for bringing the message to regular folks in an honest and understandable way instead of hiding behind a curtain of mathematical complexity.

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Press Release

December 28, 2007

 

The Think Club Publications Announces Book of the Year Award for 2007

 

Bloomfield Hills, MI, December 28, 2007 The Think Club Publications has chosen How Starbucks Saved My Life – A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else by Michael Gates Gill, published by Gotham Books for the Book of the Year Award for 2007. The Think Club Publications is a forum to encourage independent thinking among fellow human beings. This annual award is given to the author whose idea or ideas can contribute to the resolution of contemporary human problems based on his or her original and independent thinking.

 

The Think Club chose How Starbucks Saved My Life for this award because the author, an Ivy League graduate discovers that no profession is menial and professes respect towards people of all ages and races. Gill preaches what he really practiced, the lessons of life he learned in his sixties from a young black woman in her twenties. Gill actually stepped down from his Yale and top-ad-exec background, to don a Starbucks apron, serving coffee and cleaning sinks and toilets.

This is a real-life story of the author himself about how he found Starbucks, or rather it found him. One desolate day, Gill filled out an application and was hired to work in a Manhattan store. He shamefacedly donned a green barista’s apron and entered a world in which he was a minority: His colleagues were African-American and decades younger, and he was the least skilled person in the room. Gill becomes adept at his new job; along the way, he muses on his breathtakingly biased former self: Race, social class, age—you name it, he condescended about it from his former “position at the top of American society” as a “member of the Ruling Class.”

 

By memoir’s end, the reader will have learned much about life as a barista, from company policy to coffee tasting. Gill compares his plight to that of baby boomers nationwide, and reflects on his new perspective. This barista’s story ends on an up-note, though; he transfers to a Starbucks near his apartment in a suburb, and has a movie in development with Tom Hanks as the lead. It does seem as if his Starbucks job gave Gill new hope; it will be interesting to see if he remains a barista, and whether he retains the lessons he learned as a Starbucks employee.

 

In short the story follows the life changing experiences that takes the author from being a Creative Director at J Walter Thompson to unemployment and despair. The book follows the twists and turns that lead Mr. Gill to become a barista in a New York Starbucks rediscovering self-respect and happiness in his new life. Thus, we present the Book of the Year award for 2007 to Michael Gates Gill for bringing the message that no work is menial and no one should be discriminated against on the basis of age and race.

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Press Release

December 28, 2006

 

The Think Club Publications Announces Book of the Year Award for 2006

 

Rochester Hills, MI, December 28, 2006 The Think Club Publications has chosen The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God by Carl Sagan, edited by Ann Druyan and published by Penguin Press for the Book of the Year Award for 2006. The Think Club Publications is a forum to encourage independent thinking among fellow human beings. This annual award is given to the author whose idea or ideas can contribute to the resolution of contemporary human problems based on his or her original and independent thinking.

 

The Think Club chose The Varieties of Scientific Experience for this award because of the author’s efforts in bringing a balance between science and religion in today’s cynical environment. As a scientist, Sagan's most important contribution wasn't any specific theories or discoveries, but rather his ability to popularize science and make it accessible to the layperson. Once again, in this book, he succeeds in doing this. In the faith-and-reason conflict, Sagan was very much on the side of reason, although he allowed room for faith.

 

This is, essentially, a book on the existence of God, encompassing a collection of lectures Carl Sagan gave quite sometime ago and then edited by his wife, Ann Druyan. It combines the reason and logic of some of the best arguments against strict religious dogmas with the wit of Carl Sagan.

 

Sagan approaches religion from his background as a scientist. He takes complex scientific ideas and explains them learnedly and eloquently. He covers matters such as the origin of the universe and of the planets, the age of the universe, geological time, the origin of life, the likelihood of finding life on other planets in other galaxies, UFO's, and much else. Therefore, we present the Book of the Year award for 2006 to Ann Druyan and her late husband Carl Sagan for their courage in bringing equilibrium between science and religion, especially in today’s religious climate.

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2005 Book of the Year

 

Writing Home

 

Cindy La Ferle's poignant collection of essays reveals the extraordinary in the ordinary

 

Bloomfield Hills, MI—The Think Club, a forum to encourage independent thinking among fellow human beings, chooses Writing Home, written by Cindy La Ferle for the Book of the Year award (first published by Hearth Stone Books, in 2005). This annual award is given to the author whose idea or ideas can contribute to the resolution of contemporary human problems based on his or her original and independent thinking.

 

The Think Club chose Cindy La Ferle for its 2005 award because of her belief in common sense and self-knowledge. Her memoirs and stories in the collection, Writing Home emphasizes the fact that each of us is a unit of the society we live in and of the world at large. She states this fact at the outset in the preface of the book, “Baking bread in my kitchen while U.S. military forces bombed Baghdad, I renewed my commitment to being a peacemaker in my own community.” Her views are her own and they never seem to be dictated by outside influences. Her realizations come from her own convictions. She ponders her son’s thorny struggle for independence, and what it means to be a wife, mother, and homemaker in a culture that often marginalizes traditional feminine roles. She seeks answers to those questions from within – without anyone doing the thinking for her.

 

Her revelations can be the key to happiness in today’s rat race where we look up to so called role-models for answers. She rebukes us by telling, “Even today, few men or women will admit they enjoy doing anything remotely domestic, unless it makes them as rich and famous as Martha Stewart.” She challenges us to be proud for what we are. While growing up, she never considered Barbie (38-18-34) as a threat to her self-esteem. At the same time she admired Barbie for being exactly what she was – a gal with options who never took herself too seriously.

 

Our society seems to make a big deal of teenagers’ tantrums. Cindy also takes that in stride. She reassures us that our teenagers don’t come from different planets. She understands that the teenagers feel trapped between the growing need for independence and the secret wish to cling to childhood – an agonizing conflict. That’s why the teenagers will hug their parents in the kitchen when nobody is looking. Her answer to this dilemma is the much needed virtue called patience. Writing Home reads like a panacea to all our social problems. We all seem to be stressed about entertaining people at our home. Cindy comes to the rescue again with her self-knowledge and common sense, “The quickest way back to sanity is to remind ourselves that most people are easily pleased with home cooking and real conversation.” 

 

One of the special qualities of this book is that she has written every piece to find out what she thinks and to know where she stands. Writing Home is full of lessons on how to lead our lives. It teaches us to realize that everyone doesn’t need to like us in order for us to be acceptable. The truth is, people who care about us really do want to help – if only we’d drop the mask of total self-sufficiency and admit that we’re not all-powerful all the time. Rejection and its evil twin, criticism, are part and parcel of the working life. We should not care much for either of them.

 

Ultimately, Cindy likes to believe that our little lives have meaning. She sums it up very poignantly and meaningfully, “But the longer I live, the only thing I know for certain is this: Everything I hold sacred is hidden right here in plain sight.” Cindy presents us the challenge to be our best as people and wants us to “enjoy the happiness of the world we live and love.”  Therefore, we present the Book of the Year award for 2005 to Cindy La Ferle (Writing Home)  for her efforts in simplifying life for all of us based on her independent thinking.

 

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Press Release

The Think Club chooses

 

I Am Charlotte Simmons

By Tom Wolfe                       

As the book of the year for 2004

December 15, 2004

 

Bloomfield Hills, MI — The Think Club, a forum to encourage independent thinking among fellow human beings, chooses I Am Charlotte Simmons, a penetrating and entertaining novel  written by America’s brilliant story teller, Tom Wolfe (first published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2004)  for the Book of the Year award. This annual award is given to the author whose idea or ideas can contribute to the resolution of contemporary human problems based on his or her original and independent thinking.

 

The Think Club chose Tom Wolfe’s novel for its 2004 award because of his underlying message to parents – to know and understand what goes on in the lives of their innocent children in big schools and question those practices. The undergraduate schools are the breeding grounds for life’s immoralities where the kids are provided a country club atmosphere to indulge in promiscuous sex, drugs, alcohol, vulgarities and parental disrespect in the name of individuality and liberalism.

  Wolfe creates a world of characters that are brought vividly to life, with conflicts and problems that are so painfully true. Dupont University, with its Olympian halls houses the cream of America’s youth. There comes brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina. Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that the pleasure of the body takes absolute precedence over the life of the mind. At Dupont, students sleep around with indiscriminate zeal. Boys and girls are forced to share the same bathrooms in the name of gender equality. The university administration is utterly indifferent to anything except the dogmas of political correctness.

 

We then race through plots involving students’ candy-colored interactions with each other and inside their own heads. Charlotte is a prodigy from a conservative Southern family; Jojo is a white basketball player struggling with race, academic guilt and job security; Adam, a student reporter cowed by alpha males. Through these characters, Wolfe has woven a virtual recitation of facts, albeit colorful ones – athletes getting a free pass boasting casual sex and machismo-fueled violence. The novel seems intent on shocking, but little here will surprise even those well past their term-paper years. Wolfe’s descriptions are shockingly brilliant such as, a basketball game seen from inside a player’s head.

 

    With his eye for detail, Tom Wolfe draws on extensive observation of campuses across the country to immortalize college life in the 2000s. Wolfe spent years researching the lives and customs of similar characters at major U.S. universities before creating his own fictional characters. I Am Charlotte Simmons is a triumph of America’s master chronicler who has authored such narratives as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and A Man in Full.

 

Wolfe has brought the culture of today’s university scene to us as a waking call. It’s amazing to notice how close to the truth Wolfe gets. The conflicts and problems dealt in the book are so painfully universal that the book will surely scare an awful lot of parents who have, so far, chosen to remain dormant. And so it is with great pleasure that we present the Book of the Year award for 2004 to Tom Wolfe for creatively urging us to make the administrators of the big educational institutions to concentrate on education and set codes of conduct according to the wishes of the parents who pay about $120,000 for tuition alone.

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Think book of the Year

Press Release

 

The Think Club chooses

The World According to Mr. Rogers

By Fred Rogers

As the book of the year for 2003

December 15, 2003

 

Bloomfield Hills, MI — The Think Club, a forum to encourage independent thinking among fellow human beings, chooses The World According to Dr. Rogers, a collection of thoughts and ideas written and spoken by the late Fred Rogers (first published by Hyperian in 2003)  for the Book of the Year award. This annual award is given to the author whose idea or ideas can contribute to the resolution of contemporary human problems based on his or her original and independent thinking.

 

The Think Club choses Fred Rogers’ book for its 2003 award because of his emphasis on sharing what came naturally to him – his belief in basic human nature and his reassurance about its goodness to all of us based on his own original thinking and especially his observation about the scary realities of life, particularly since September 11th. He writes, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me. ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day especially in times of ‘disaster’, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers-so many caring people in this world.”

 

 In this age of mistrust and terrorism, his message is very timely and comforting. His emphasis on honesty, cooperation, compassion and that people will like you the way you are is remarkable and exceptional.

 

In a world that, at times, seems to be full of gray areas, Fred Rogers writes, “It’s not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outside of life that ultimately nourish our souls. It’s the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth, that the bedrock of our very being is firm.”

This small volume collects many of his writings – from the songs he wrote for the show to his acceptance speech at the Television Hall of Fame – organized around themes like “The Courage to Be Yourself” and “We Are All Neighbors.” The format is occasionally tantalizing and brilliant. His most touching comment came when he said, “I’m proud of you not for the times you came in second, or third, or fourth, but what you did was the best you had ever done.”

 

Ultimately, one of the beauties of this book is the marvelous human spirit behind it. Rogers taught valuable lessons about keeping one’s promises, finding strength through helping others and not being afraid to cry. Fred Rogers challenge us to be our best as people and as thinkers.  And so it is with great pleasure that we present the Book of the Year award for 2003 to the late Fred Rogers for teaching us to think independently at a time when we all seem to be unsure about human nature

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Press Release

 

The Think Club chooses

The Universe in A Nutshell

By Stephen Hawking
As the book of the year for 2002
December 15, 2002

 

Bloomfield Hills, MI—The Think Club, a forum to encourage independent thinking among fellow human beings, chose The Universe in A Nutshell, authored by Stephen Hawking for the Book of the Year award (first published by Bantam Books, in 2001). This annual award is given to the author whose idea or ideas can contribute to the resolution of contemporary human problems based on his or her original and independent thinking.

 

The Think Club chose Stephen Hawking for its 2002 award because of his emphasis on how knowledge expansion can carry us forward faster to solutions than our geometric physical expansion. The future may well include major changes in the physical qualities of what a human is, a better connection between our brains and our electronic extensions, and the need to solve a delicate problem of where we should design for speed . . . and where for handling more complexity.

 

Professor Hawking has combined many perspectives to show how Einstein’s special and general theories of relativity have been updated to explain the big bang, black holes, and an expanding universe; superstring theory; p-branes; how many dimensions the universe has; whether the future can be predicted in a deterministic way; whether time travel is possible; how science will transform our biological and thinking futures in the context of Star Trek technology; and M-theory to consider whether “we live on a brane or are we just holograms?”

 

Those who wonder what science has to say about religious ideas will find this book valuable, for Professor Hawking is unafraid to address questions about whether there can be a beginning to the universe in a scientific sense. What could or could not have preceded the big bang?

 

One of the lessons of this book is that much of what we think of as “fact” is merely a convenient approximation of a more complex circumstance. Newton’s thinking about gravity is a good example. Where in your life do you need to know with as much precision as possible, and where will approximations work just fine? Making that choice well can be the most important talent one can develop.

 

Ultimately, one of the beauties of this book is the marvelous human spirit behind it. Professor Hawking presents us the challenge to be our best as people and as thinkers, therefore, we present the Book of the Year award for 2002 to Stephen Hawking for maintaining his independent thinking while, at the same time, trying to understand for himself and explain to his readers the complexities of science.

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Press Release

 

The Think Club chooses

John Adams
by David McCullough

as the book of the year for 2001
December 15, 2001

 

Bloomfield Hills, MI—The Think Club, a forum to encourage independent thinking among fellow human beings, chose John Adams, authored by David McCullough for the Book of the Year award (first published by Simon & Schuster, in 2001). This annual award is given to the author whose idea or ideas can contribute to the resolution of contemporary human problems based on his or her original and independent thinking.

 

Portrait of John AdamsThe Think Club chose David McCullough for its 2001 award because the ideas expressed by him in John Adams provide a practical solution to conflicts going on around us. In a time when our perception of the world is changing and many are re-evaluating our nation’s role in the world, visiting the birth of our country and the ideals under which it was formed can be a cathartic experience.

 

McCullough’s treatment of the life and times of John Adams provides a unique view into what is truly a unique and amazing time period, one which literally changed the world, and is still a major force in shaping today’s world events. By focusing on John Adams, the often forgotten and least understood figure in revolutionary America, McCullough is able to present the genesis of the “American Experiment” from the eyes of a man with a true passion for liberty, who maintained his integrity and principles through what was probably the most turbulent and unstable political period the world had yet seen.

Adams, who describes himself as an average man caught up in extraordinary events, was perceptive enough to understand that he was living through great events and had enough foresight to preserve most of his writings. Along with writings from his wife Abigail, his friend and political rival Thomas Jefferson, and excerpts from a multitude of other sources from the time period, we are able to gain a better perspective on the origins of our nation.

Most of all, McCullough has proven the strength of independent thinking through the characterization of John Adams. Adams believed strongly in opposition to slavery. He also believed in the rule of law. David McCullough’s John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. It is both a riveting portrait of an abundantly human man and a vivid evocation of his time, much of it drawn from an outstanding collection of Adams family letters and diaries. In particular, the more than one thousand surviving letters between John and Abigail Adams, nearly half of which have never been published, provide extraordinary access to their private lives and make it possible to know John Adams as no other major American of this founding era.

 

The man who was so ordinary when compared to the revolution’s extraordinary figures showed a profound commitment to the country he served in so many pivotal ways. As both ambassador and president, Adams accepted responsibilities for which he’d had little experience, recognizing that few people in this young country were any better prepared for the challenges inherent in this experiment in democracy. Through the conviction and strength of his independent thinking, Adams certainly rose to the challenges of his turbulent times. As a fledgling lawyer from a humble Massachusetts farm family, he seemed to follow an unerring moral compass, from his defense of British soldiers in the Boston Massacre on legal grounds, to his aggressive arguments for independence, well ahead of the curve of public sentiment. One of the most vocal advocates of the Declaration of Independence, he was the overseas ambassador charged with rallying foreign support to the fledgling nation.

 

We can certainly learn from the courage, conviction and experiments of John Adams. John Adams points us in the right direction. Therefore, we present the Book of the Year award for 2001 to David McCullough for depicting the life of John Adams, an independent thinker.

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Press Release

 

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Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel Is Chosen as the Book of the Year by The Think Club

 

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, December 15, 2000:

The Think Club, a forum to encourage independent thinking among fellow human beings, chose author Dava Sobel’s book, Galileo’s Daughter, published by Walker & Company, New York, as the book of the year for 1999-2000. This is the second year of the award. Last year the honor went to H.H. the Dalai Lama for his book, Ethics for the New Millennium.

This annual award is given to the author whose work or ideas inspire independent thinking among fellow human beings. Although Sobel may not have intended to promote the theme of independent thinking, being a master storyteller, she has brought to life the struggle of Galileo in expressing his thinking, which was contrary to the public and institutional opinions of the time. Sobel sums it up in describing Galileo’s most famous moments:

There was only one trial of Galileo, and yet it seems there were a thousand--the suppression of science by religion, the defense of individualism against authority, the clash between revolutionary and establishment, the challenge of radical new discoveries to ancient beliefs, the struggle against intolerance for freedom of thought and freedom of speech. No other process in the annals of canon or common law has ricocheted through history with more meanings, more consequences, more conjecture, more regrets (p. 232).

 

It is difficult today--from a vantage point of insignificance on this small planet of an ordinary star set along a spiral arm of one galaxy among billions in an infinite cosmos--to see the Earth as the center of the universe. Yet that is where Galileo found it (p. 49).

 

Galileo, either through nurture, nature, or a combination of the two, developed a personal philosophy much like his father’s. His father wrote in Dialogue of Ancient and Modern Music the following:

It appears to me that they who in proof of any assertion rely simply on the weight of authority, without adducing any argument in support of it, act very absurdly. I, on the contrary, wish to be allowed freely to question and freely to answer you without any sort of adulation, as well becomes those who are in search of truth (p. 17).

 

Galileo spent a great deal of his life at odds with the teachings Aristotle who was by the 16th and 17th centuries incorporated not only into the philosophies and thoughts of the educated but also part and parcel to many doctrines and dogmas of the Catholic Church. Saint Thomas Aquinas was largely responsible for melding Aristotle with Christian doctrine even though Aristotle lived hundreds of years before Jesus. Galileo wanted to prove things via superior methodologies. He relied on experiment whenever possible.

 

Sobel has done a remarkable job through the beauty of her writing and by paying close attention to fine details resulting in a work that not only feels real but also glorifies the courage and ingenuity of a great independent thinker. The Think Club feels honored in presenting its book of the year award for 1999-2000 to Dava Sobel for her work, Galileo’s Daughter.

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Press Release

 

December 1, 1999

 

The Think Club chooses “Ethics for the New Millenniun” by HH Dalai Lama as the book of the year for 1999

 

BloomfieldHills, MI—The Think Club, a forum to encourage independentthinking among fellow human beings, chose Ethics for the New Millennium, authored by His Holiness the Dalai for the Book of the Year award (first published by Riverhead Books, New York in 1999).This annual award is given to the author whose idea or ideas can solve any aspect of contemporary human problems based on his or her original and independent thinking.

 

The Think Club chose HH the Dalai Lama for its 1999 award because the ideas expressed by him in Ethics for the New Millennium provide a practical solution to religious conflicts going on around us. His Holiness’ solutions are based on his own observations and experiences and not dictated by any fanatic ideology.

 

It is unusual for the head of a religion to speak his mind so candidly against religious dogma without the fear of punishment and criticism by the establishment. It takes courage for an exiled monk to declare that following positive ethical conduct is better than following an organized religion. The book is full of humble but dauntless passages like the following:

“Not that reader should suppose that, as Dalai Lama, I have any special solution to offer… There are other faiths, and other cultures, no less capable than mine of enabling individuals to lead constructive and satisfying lives… What is more, I have come to the conclusion that whether or not a person is a religious believer does not matter much. Far more important is that they be a good human being… These may seem unusual statements, coming as they do from a religious figure…I am, however, Tibetan before I am Dalai Lama, and I am human before I am Tibetan.”

 

According to HH the Dalai Lama, all religions have contributed in the development of spiritual practices and all religious faiths demand them. According to the book, spiritual practice entails an ethical practice. Moreover, one shouldn’t forget that our happiness is bound up with the happiness of others.

 

The messages expressed in Ethics for the New Millennium come as a timely solution to the strife-ridden world where the seeds of intolerance and hatred can be found in some of the teachings of many faiths, for example those which assert the exclusiveness of the faith, or superiority of the faithful over the infidel, the heathens or simply those who are different.

We can certainly draw common ethics from the teachings of all faiths: a single set of ethics that all faiths could accept as their own. Ethics for the New Millennium points us in that direction. Therefore, we present the Book of the Year award for 1999 to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his book Ethics for the New Millennium with due respect and humility.


Previous Winners

2005: Writing Home by Cindy La Ferle

2004: I Am Charolette Simmons by Tom Wolfe

2003: The World According To Mr. Rogers by Fred Rogers

2002: The Universe In A Nutshell by Stephen Hawkings

2001: John Adams by David McCullough

2000: Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel

1999: Ethics for the Next Millenium by HH Dalai Lama

 

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टुकड़ा कागज़ का : लघुता में विराटता - वीरेंद्र आस्तिक


लघुता में विराटता - वीरेंद्र आस्तिक


बात डॉ  नगेन्द्र के कथन से शुरू करता हूँ। वे कहा करते थे- ‘स्थापितों का मूल्यांकन और उनकी व्याख्या तो बार-बार हो सकती है, उनकी आलोचना भी बार-बार हो सकती है, किन्तु उन पर शोध् नहीं। शोध् तो अज्ञात को ज्ञात करना है। उपेक्षितों को स्थापित करना है।’ डॉ नगेन्द्र की बात मेरी समझ में भी आई। हमारे साहित्य समाज मंे और शैक्षिक संस्थानों में तो स्थापितों को ही बार-बार स्थापित किया जाता है। ऐसे ही वातावरण से ऊबकर कभी नामवर जी ने भी कहा था- ‘विश्वविद्यालय और शैक्षिक संस्थान प्रतिभा घोंटू संस्था में बदल चुके हैं।’ बहरहाल ऐसी अवधरणाओं को मान्य ठहराते हुए  डॉ विमल ने एक महत्वपूर्ण शोध् करवाया, अनुसंधता थीं डॉ शकुंतला राठौर। उन्होंने छायावाद के लगभग 36 गौणकवियों का अनुसंधन किया। इस शोधकार्य द्वारा छायावाद की कई पूर्व स्थापनाएँ निरस्त हुईं और कई पर नई रोशनी पड़ी, जिसकी भूरि-भूरि प्रशंसा डॉ नगेन्द्र और नामवर जी दोनों ने की। 
 
कहना चाहूँगा कि युवा रचनाकार ही सबसे अध्कि उपेक्षित होते हैं। युवा रचनाकारों के उपेक्षित होने का अर्थ है- हम स्थापित और मान्य अवधरणाओं की सहूलियत के आगे मौलिक और नवीन चेतना पर बात करने की जहमत उठाना नहीं चाहते। डॉ विमल ने जहमत उठाई तो कुछ युवा और गौण रचनाकार स्थापित हुए, साथ ही शोध् संस्थानों की जड़वत परम्परा भी टूटी। लेकिन यह सफलता तब तक एक अपवाद ही मानी जाएगी, जब तक ऐसे शोध् कार्य प्रचलन में न आ जाएँ। 
 
किसी युवा रचनाकार के पहले काव्य संग्रह से गुजरने के बाद जेहन में इतिहास के उपरोक्त प्रसंगों का ताजा हो जाना कृति के प्रति एक सार्थक संकेत ही है। साहित्य में युवा रचनाकारों का पैर- जमाऊ कार्य मुझे आश्वस्त करता रहा है। मैंने देखा है, अपार-अगम भ्रष्टाचारी दलदल के बीच कम उम्र का साहस। कामयाबी के संघर्ष में एक-एक पंखुड़ी को जोड़ते हुए कमलवत होने की अभीप्सा को जीवित रखना कोई आसान कार्य नहीं। लेकिन हैं ऐसे साहित्य समर्पित सिपाही जिनका गीत प्रादुर्भूत होता है- नोन, तेल, लकड़ी से लेकर साहित्य, शिक्षा और नौकरी तक के आसन्न संकटों के बीच। 
 
ऐसे ही युवा रचनाकार हैं अवनीश सिंह चैहान। अवनीश की पाण्डुलिपि जब मेरे पास आई तो कृति-शीर्षक ही देखकर मन विस्मय से भर उठा- ‘टुकड़ा कागज़ का।’ यह ‘टुकड़ा कागज़ का’ मुझे दिखाने लगा सपनों की दुनिया। तत्क्षण मैंने पहले यही गीत पढ़ा। आह! ‘टुकड़ा कागज़ का।’ यह एक रूपक गीत है। यह उस लाखैर आदमी की भुक्त-कथा है जो क्रूर समय के थपेड़ों की मार झेल रहा है। यह गीत शोषकों पर व्यंग्य भी है, किन्तु अन्तिम पंक्तियाँ जिस विराट बिम्ब का सृजन करती हैं- सोचने पर विवश कर दिया- 
 
कभी कोयले-सा धधका 
फिर राख बना, रोया 
माटी में मिल गया 
कि जैसे 
माटी में सोया 
 
चलता है हल 
गुड़ता जाए 
टुकड़ा कागज़ का। 
 
साधरण चीजों में दैवीय और महनीय गुणों को देखने की दृष्टि ने मुझे चैंका दिया। कवि की आंतरिक तबियत को जानने की उत्कंठा से मैं कृति को आद्योपांत पढ़ गया। विस्मय की बात यह रही कि पाठ के दौरान महाप्राण निराला कहीं-कहीं ताल देते जा रहे थे। शब्दस्फुरण में महान आदर्शों का स्मरण कराने की शक्ति होती है। निराला जी लघु में विराट को देखने के लिए लघुतर होते जाने की जिस साधना पर जोर देते हैं, वो वास्तव में शक्ति की साधना ही है। निराला जी कहते हैं- तुम अपने में सूक्ष्म (लघु) को देखने की शक्ति का संचार करो। जिस प्रकार आँखों के तिल में पूरा आकाश समा जाता है, गागर में सागर समा जाता है- 
 
आँखों के तिल में दिखा गगन 
वैसे कुल समा रहा है मन 
तू छोटा बन, बस छोटा बन 
गागर में आएगा सागर। (आराधना से) 
 
निराला की तमाम रचनाओं में लघु का विराटीकरण पूरे परिदृश्य के साथ उपस्थित हुआ है, लेकिन दूसरी तरफ शोषक और शोषित का वर्तमानीकरण भी हुआ। ‘राम की शक्ति पूजा’ और ‘कुकुरमुत्ता’ सर्वोत्तम उदाहरण हैं। निराला छोटे आदमी को वहिर्जगत के द्वन्दों में नहीं झोंकना चाहते। वहाँ तो वह सामंतों-शोषकों से मात खा ही रहा है। उस पूरी व्यवस्था के विकल्प में उनका मानना है कि लघु और विराट के द्वन्द्वात्मक संबन्ध् की ऊर्जा को यदि छोटा आदमी अपने भीतर संजोएगा तो एक दिन वह शक्तिशाली हो उठेगा। आणुविक थ्योरी के अनुसार लघु संपूर्ण (विराट) का एक घटक ही है। जैसे ब्रह्माण्ड के घटक हैं, ग्रह-नक्षत्र आदि। ‘तू छोटा बन, बस छोटा बन’, अर्थात् लघु से लघुतर होते जाना एक व्यंजनात्मक संकेत है, उसी आणुविक थ्योरी की ओर। लघुकण का सबसे सूक्ष्मकण ‘परमाणु’ होता है, जिसके बनते ही वह परमशक्तिशाली हो उठता है। 
 
अवनीश चैहान के सृजन में उपरोक्त तत्वों के संकेत हैं, जहाँ उनकी काल्पनिक, भावुक और नैसर्गिक शक्तियों का, यथार्थ के परिप्रेक्ष्य में समाजीकरण हुआ है। कहना चाहूँगा कि शक्ति का विलय (‘राम की शक्ति पूजा’ आदि के संदर्भ में) महाशक्ति में होना ही निराला का महाप्राण होना है। यहाँ ‘टुकड़ा कागज़ का’ अन्ततः मिट्टी में गुड़कर महाशक्ति में एक लय हो विलीन हो जाता है। 
 
इसी प्रकार कवि के कुछ गीतों में ‘दूब’ और ‘तिनका’ जैसी अति सामान्य चीजें असामान्य बनकर विराट बिम्ब का सृजन करती हैं। इन विषयों पर मेरे संज्ञान में आए अब तक के गीतों में ये गीत श्रेष्ठ लगते हैं। ‘एक तिनका हम’ की मानवीयता हमंें झकझोर देती है। ऐसे गीतों में कवि की अनुभूति उसके कष्ट-साध्य संघर्षों से सघन हो गई है। यहाँ भी निरीह और दलित व्यक्ति का प्रतीक है तिनका। इस शब्द की गहनतर अर्थमीमांसा हुई है गीत में, जिसकी सविस्तार व्याख्या अपेक्षित है। अन्तिम पंक्तियों में वह तिनका कह उठता है- 
 
साध् थी उठ राह से 
हम जुड़ें परिवार से 
आज रोटी सेंक श्रम की 
जिंदगी कर दी हवन। 
 
एक तिनके (निरीह व्यक्ति) का यह उत्सर्ग क्या गीत को कालजयी नहीं बनाएगा? गज़ब का गीत है, गज़ब की कविता है यह। 
 
आज हमारे सामने जिजीविषा की जो वैश्विक चुनौतियाँ हैं। हमारे समाज की और समाज के निचले से निचले स्तर की समस्याओं के जो प्रतिरोध् हैं और उनके जो भविष्य-बोध् हैं उस पूरे लोक पर अवनीश की दृष्टि है। यहाँ इस पुस्तक द्वारा उठाए गए सभी पक्षों पर बात संभव नहीं, पर हाँ, इस कृति के लिए जो ज्यादा जरूरी है, उस पर अपनी राय अवश्य रखने का प्रयत्न कर रहा हूँ। 
 
कवि के गीतों में आधुनिकता-बोध् की प्रखरता है। यह दूसरी बड़ी विशेषता है। आधुनिकता को स्थापित करने में सबसे पहले युवा वर्ग ही आगे आता है जो स्वाभाविक ही है। नवगीत पर विचार करने से पहले हमें यह नहीं भूलना चाहिए कि सही मायने में नवगीत एक आधुनिक अवधरणा है, जिसकी जड़ें हमें नवजागरणकाल से जोड़ती हैं। जहाँ हमारी वस्तुपरकता और तथ्यपरकता में तीव्रता आती है और हम पहले से ज्यादा विज्ञान सापेक्ष और समय सापेक्ष होते चले जाते हैं। नव-जागरणकाल की अवधरणा के साथ साहित्य का भी मुख्य तत्व था स्वातंत्रयबोध्, जिससे हमारे जीवन के सभी सरोकार प्रभावित होते गए। हिन्दी साहित्य में नवजागरणकाल से प्रभावित होने वाले पहले कवि हैं महाप्राण निराला। इसलिए मैं निराला को पहला क्रान्तिकारी आधुनिक कवि मानता हूँ। 
 
दुर्भाग्य से हमारे देश में ‘आधुनिकता’ शब्द यूरोप के ‘मॉडर्निटी’ शब्द का पूरी तरह से पर्याय नहीं बन पाया। उत्तर आधुनिकतावाद भी नहीं। वह मूल्यों को और भी विक्रत कर रहा है, समाज में और साहित्य में भी। यह संग्रह हमें आधुनिकता का प्रमुखता से दो रूपों में अवलोकन कराता है- आधुनिकता का एक अर्थ है जो हमें स्वतंत्रता, संयम, वैज्ञानिकता, तार्किकता, भविष्यधर्मिता और संलक्ष्यता आदि का बोध् कराता है। दूसरी तरफ वह फैशन तथा फैशन के रूप में ओढ़ी हुई अंग्रेजियत, अपसांस्कृतिकता, अनैतिकता और अंधविश्वास आदि को अर्थ देता है। यह दूसरे प्रकार का जो आधुनिकताबोध् है वही हमारे समाज को और हमारी बाल और युवा पीढ़ी को उच्श्रृंखल और मिथ्याचारी बना रहा है अर्थात् आधुनिकता शब्द की सही व्यंजना और सही हनक-धमक को खण्डित कर रहा है। टूटी-फूटी अंग्रेजी बोलने से, जीन्स शर्ट-टाई पहनने से और पिता की कमाई को क्लबों- होटलों में बहाने से कोई मॉडर्न नहीं बन जाता। गैरिक वस्त्र धरण कर और सन्यासी होकर भी विवेकानंद मॉडर्न थे। धर्म के पृष्ठाधर पर आधुनिकता के प्रथम उद्घोषक हुए हैं विवेकानंद और उसके बाद 20 वीं शती में ओशो एवं प्रभात रंजन सरकार। 
 
अवनीश के अधिकांश गीतों में उपरोक्त परिदृश्य का कथ्य अभिव्यक्त हुआ है। हर युग के अपने-अपने पाखंड और अंधविश्वास हो जाते हैं। सनातन मूल्य युग की गर्द से जो थोड़े धूमिल दिखाई देने लगते हैं, उस गर्द को झाड़ना ही आधुनिक होना है। कबीर अपने समय के सबसे बड़े आधुनिक हुए। मानवतावादी हुए। उनके युग में छुआछूत और मूर्तिपूजा का बोलबाला था। उन्होंने एक दोहा प्रचारित कर उस कुलीनवादी परम्परा को चुनौती दे दी जो हज़ारों वर्षों से आरूढ़ थी। आधुनिकता (ज्ञान-विज्ञान) की एक चिंगारी ने अंधविश्वास पर चोट ही नहीं की, साधरणजनों का हृदय परिर्विर्तत कर दिया और अस्पृश्यों के लिए ज्ञान मार्ग का द्वार खोल दिया- 
 
पाहन पूजैं हरि मिलैं तो मैं पूजूँ पहार 
वा ते वो चाकी भली, पीस खाय संसार। 
 
अवनीश भी फैशनपरस्ती पर चोट कर रहे हैं, लेकिन अपनी नई शैली में। आज फैशन और मिथ्याचरण ने हमको हमारे निष्ठ-नैसर्गिक और स्वाभाविक जीवन से अलग-थलग कर दिया है। पशु-पक्षी भी हमारे रूखे व्यवहार से हतप्रभ हैं। गर्भवती गौरैया घोंसला बुनने की उचित जगह न मिलने पर गर्भपात जैसी दर्दनाक समस्या से जूझ रही है। मोबाइल-लैपटॉप स्टेटस ने घर-परिवार की रागात्मकता को सोख लिया है। कामुक पॉप-धुनों और कैटवाक की अधीन सभ्यता छद्म सम्मोहन और वाक् चातुर्य वशीभूत युवा पीढ़ी अपनी ज़मीनी सात्विकता से विमुख हो भटक रही है। विद्यार्थी-गण कॉलेज में जोड़-तोड़ से उत्तीर्ण हो भी गए तो प्रतिस्पर्ध में निराश-निरूपाय हो अपराधवृत्ति का विकल्प चुन रहे हैं। किशोरावस्था में ही दैहिक वर्जनाएँ टूट रही हैं। फैशन के रूप में टेलिविजनी आधुनिकता ने बच्चों पर बुरा असर डाला है। माँ हैरान है- 
 
टॉफी, बिस्कुट, पर्क, बबलगम 
खिला-खिला कर मारी भूख 
माँ भी समझ नहीं पाती है 
कहाँ हो रही भारी चूक 
 
माँ का नेह मनाए हठ को 
लिए कौर में रोटी-साग। 
 
रचनाकार अपने तमाम गीतों में कथित फैशनपरस्ती के बरक्स व्यक्ति में कर्तव्यबोध् को जगाने का प्रयत्न करता दिखाई देता है। ‘बदला अपना लाल’ में ‘समय सुई है’ का सांकेतिक प्रयोग और मिथक के रूप में ‘कबीर’ दोनों मिलकर लक्ष्यार्थ का बोध् कराते हैं- 
 
तकली में अब लगी रुई है 
कात रहा है, समय सुई है 
कबिरा-सा बुनकर बनने में 
लगते कितने साल? 
 
कथित फैशन अब नहीं चलने वाला। यह कवि का आत्मविश्वास है। क्योंकि- ‘लाख-भवन के आर्कषण में/ आखिर लगती आग।’ इस तरह संग्रह के अनेक गीतों में कवि का मनोभाव और विवेक संवादरत है, जैसे ‘मन का तोता’, ‘रस कितना’ और ‘साधे मन को’ आदि गीतों में भावना और बुद्धि का सोद्देश्यात्मक समंजन हुआ है। 
 
रचनाकार की कुछ रचनाएँ हमें उस गहरे बोध् से जोड़ती हैं, जहाँ आधुनिकता अपने वैभव में अहममन्य हो गई है। गौर करें, हिन्दी साहित्य के जितने भी काल खंड- प्रयोगशीलता, प्रगतिशीलता, समकालीनता एवं उत्तरआधुनिकता आदि, आधुनिकता के घटक ही तो हैं। ये सभी घटक उसी-नवजागरण काल से नालबद्ध हैं। किन्तु जरा विचारिये- भूमंडलीकरण आया तो वह उपरोक्त सभी वैचारिक अवधरणाओं को नेस्तनाबूद करने के लिए आया, यानी पूरे साहित्य को खत्म करने के लिए आया। भूमंडलीकरण भी आधुनिकता की ही अवधरणा है। ऐसा आधुनिकतावाद जिसमें पूँजीवाद का वैज्ञानिकीकरण हुआ है। बाज़ार जिसकी आत्मा है और विज्ञापन छोटा भाई। कवि की दृष्टि भूमंडलीकरण के एक-एक अंग पर गई है। उसने हर एक दृश्य का अंतर्मंथन किया है- ‘विज्ञापन की चकाचैंध्, ‘बाज़ार समंदर’, ‘पंच गाँव का’ और ‘उसका खाता’ आदि सृजित वस्तुस्थितियों पर तनिक विचार करें। क्या हमारे देश की आधुनिकता का एक विद्रूप भाग बनकर नहीं रह गया है भूमंडलीकरण? जरा इसकी दबंगई देखिए- 
 
हमें न मँहगाई की चिन्ता 
नहीं कि तुम हो भूखे-प्यासे 
तुमको मतलब है चीजों से 
हमको मतलब है पैसा से 
 
तुम पूरा बाज़ार उठा लो 
उबर न पाओ खर्चों से 
 
सभ्यता तो वर्तमान होती है। संस्कृति उसके सकारात्मक अंशों को स्वीकार कर खुद को परिवर्तित और समृद्ध करती है। यह सिद्धान्त भूमंडलीय औपनिवेशिकता के प्रभाव और दबाव में लगभग टूट चुका है, क्योंकि औपनिवेशिक सभ्यता ने तरह-तरह के कीर्तिमानी प्रलोभनों का जाल फैला दिया है हमारे समाज पर। विश्व के शिखर पर पहुँचने की प्रतियोगिताएँ, देशी ठसक और धमक को घृणा में बदल रहीं हैं। एक गणना के अनुसार पचास प्रतिशत युवा प्रतियोगियों को इस कथित रेस से बाहर कर तनावयुक्त और बीमार कर दिया गया। कई तो आत्महत्या के शिकार भी हुए। इसलिए मेरा समझना है कि वैचारिक स्तर पर हम न गाँधीवादी रहे और न मार्क्सवादी। ऐसे में उत्तर आधुनिकतावाद में बराबरी और सामाजिकता ढूँढना कहाँ की समझदारी है? वहाँ का पूँजीवाद एक व्यक्तिवादी अवधरणा ही नहीं बल्कि व्यक्तिवाद को भी व्यक्तिगत बनाते हुए, उससे काम निकालने की एक शैली बन गया है। अर्थ-शक्ति की हवश ही पूंजीवाद का असलीरूप है। अवनीश के गीतों में उपरोक्त ध्वनित होता है। 
 
ये गीत बोध् कराते हैं कि भूमंडली-तंत्र कैसे-कैसे सूक्ष्म रूपों में हमारे भीतर प्रवेश कर रहा है। यानी हमारी कार्यशैली को हमारे विरुद्ध करके हमारी ही थाती का अवमूल्यन रचा जा रहा है। गाँवों-शहरों में एक अदृश्य कुंठाभाव कहीं घर कर रहा है। गाँव और शहर आमने-सामने होकर खण्डित मानसिकता जी रहे हैं। एक गीत है- ‘गली की धूल’, विसंगति का मार्मिक चित्र। कवि की मनोदशा अचरज में डाल देती है। गाँव से पलायन होकर शहर में आए व्यक्ति ने क्या पाया और क्या गँवाया, का विश्लेषण आसान नहीं है। गीत की अंतर्वीथियाँ हमें दूर-दूर तक ले जाती हैं। पूरा गीत उद्धृत करने योग्य है, यहाँ अन्तिम पंक्तियाँ- 
 
बुढ़ाए दिन, लगे साँसें गवाने में 
शहर से हम भिड़े सर्विस बचाने में 
कहाँ बदलाव ले आया 
शहर है या कि है अजगर? 
 
संग्रह के भीतरी अवलोकनों के बीच-बीच में एक पाठक की उत्कंठा यह जानने की अवश्य रहती है कि यह कवि अपने संग्रह के बाहर कैसा होगा। मेरा मानना है कि समाज का आदर्श वही कवि बनता है जिसका व्यक्तित्व और कृतित्व पारदर्शी हो। व्यक्ति के अंतर्वाह्य जगत को उसकी प्रतिभा ही संतुलित करती है। कहा जाता है कि प्रतिभा व्यक्ति में जन्म के साथ आती है। और परिवेश संस्कारी हो तो साधनाएँ बचपन से ही शुरू हो जाती हैं। सन् 1893 में शिकागो (अमेरिका) में युवा विवेकानंद ने उद्भुत भाषण देकर विश्व में हिन्दुत्व का परचम लहरा दिया था। उन्तीस वर्षीय पी॰बी॰ शैली ने अज्ञात लेखक के रूप में ईश्वर के विरुद्ध हो जाने को आवश्यक मानते हुए एक किताब लिखी और छपवा डाली। महत्वपूर्ण प्रसंग यह है कि उस कृति की ख्याति ने उन्हें ऑक्सफोर्ड से निष्कासित करवा दिया। 15 वर्षीय नेपाली अपने पहले ही कवि सम्मेलन से विख्यात हो गये थे। मंच पर उपस्थित कथा-सम्राट प्रेमचंद्र ने कहा था- ‘बरखुरदार, कविता क्या पेट से सीखकर आए हो।’ यह सब प्रतिभा के ‘चरैवेति’ प्रभाव के अंतर्गत है। जैसे जल-समूह की गत्यात्मक शक्ति धरा फोड़ लेती है, वैसे ही प्रतिभा मील-स्तम्भ बनाती जाती है और आगे चलती चली जाती है। एक और सूत्र कथन याद आ रहा है। डॉ शन्तिसुमन के गीतों पर प्रतिक्रिया व्यक्त करते हुए कभी डॉ विजेन्द्र नारायण सिंह ने कहा था- ‘प्रतिभा की एक पहचान यह है कि वह विकसनशील होती है।’ हमारे प्रिय अवनीश ऐसे ही प्रतिभाशाली कवि-लेखक हैं। एम॰ फिल॰ (अंग्रेज़ी) करते ही मात्र 24 साल की उम्र में एक अंग्रेज़ी किताब (स्वामी विवेकानंद: सिलेक्ट स्पीचेज) लिख डाली, जो परास्नातक पाठ्यक्रम में कई विश्वविद्यालयों में पढ़ी-पढ़ाई गयी। एक विश्वविद्यालय में कार्यरत् अंग्रेजी- प्राध्यापक अवनीश चैहान हिन्दी के क्षेत्र में आए तो मात्र 6-7 साल की अवधि में ही जो भी गद्य-गीत लेखन और संपादन कार्य किया, वह सराहा गया। आजकल वे अनेक छोटी-बड़ी पत्र-पत्रिकाओं में छप रहे हैं। गत 2-3 वर्षों में इण्टरनेट पर ‘पूर्वाभास’ जैसी पत्रिका निकालकर उन्होंने विशेष ख्याति अर्जित की है। हर्ष का विषय ही है कि इस कवि की कार्यशैली विश्वस्तर पर भी सम्मानित/ पुरस्कृत हो चुकी है। साहित्यिक दौड़ में  अभी तो इस धवक ने दशक भी पार नहीं किया किन्तु उसकी कविता का यह वामन रूप मेरे जैसे उम्रदराजों को चकित कर देने के लिए काफी है। इस अवांतर प्रसंग के बाद हम पुनः संग्रह के भीतरी लोक में लौटते हैं। 
 
संग्रह में कतिपय प्रेम-गीत और नदी-गीत भी समायोजित किए गए हैं। नवगीत के कुछ घिसे-पिटे प्रतीक शब्दों में ‘नदी’ भी एक है। नवगीतकारों ने नदी का मानवीकरण किया है। नदी-गीतों में डॉ शिवबहादुर सिंह भदौरिया का गीत सर्वश्रेष्ठ माना गया है- ‘नदी का बहना मुझमें हो’- मेरा स्वभाव नदी जैसा हो जाए। यह स्व से सर्व होना है, सर्ग से निसर्ग होना। व्यक्ति का नदी के रूप में अवतरण अर्थात् बंजर-भूमि, घड़ियाल और गागर आदि सबके लिए समानधर्मा हो जाना है। यही रचनाकार की आंतरिक क्रान्ति है। यह सचेतन जीवन-साधना-सिद्धि है, साधुता है। अवनीश कहते हैं- ‘पंख सभी के छुएँ शिखर को/ प्रभु दे, वह परवाश।’ कवि के नदी-गीत अत्यंत सामाजिक हैं। उसके गीत भी ‘मैं’ शैली में हैं। युगीन विदू्रपताओं से अतिक्रान्त हो, वह भी स्व से सर्व हुआ है। युगीन शोषण से नदी भी नहीं बच पाई। वह प्रदूषित तो हुई ही, सूख भी गई है। कवि स्वयं गल-गल कर नदी की धर बनना चाहता है। एक-दूसरे गीत में कवि को नदी के रूप में सागर (अन्तिम सत्य) को वरण करना है। तो जरूरी है वह तप जो सारे पूर्वाग्रहों से मुक्त करा दे। बड़ी बात है। साहित्य के लिए और मोक्ष के लिए भी। मैंने देखा है कवि को। आचरण में भोले और साधना  में नीलकंठी। द्रवणशीलता उसके संस्कारी गुणों में शामिल है। यदि ऐसा न होता तो ये पंक्तियाँ जेहन में कैसे आ पाती- 
 
नाव चले तो मुझ पर ऐसी 
दोनों तीर मिलाए 
जहाँ-जहाँ पर रेत अड़ी है 
मेरी धार बहाए 
ऊसर-बंजर तक जा-जाकर 
चरण पखार गहूँ मैं। 
 
या 
 
वरण करेंगी कभी सिन्धु का 
पूर्वाग्रह सब तोड़ के। 
 
प्रेम-गीतों को पढ़ लेने के बाद मुझको यह आभास हुआ कि कवि ने बुहत से प्रेम-गीत लिखे होंगे, उनमें से ये पाँच गीत चयनित किए हैं। ऐसा शायद इसलिए हुआ होगा, कि प्रेम-बिम्ब को साधने में प्रायः भंगिमाओं-संवेगों की फिसलन अधिक हुआ करती है, जिससे रचना में हृदय और बुद्धि का संतुलन डगमगा जाया करता है। ऐसा लगता है कि अवनीश ने इस संग्रह में अपनी रचनात्मकता का सर्वोत्तम परोसा है। इन गीतों में उनके कौशल्य और प्रावीण्य का पूरा योग है। 
 
एक रचनाकार अपने भावात्मक, कल्पनात्मक, दृश्यात्मक और ज्ञानात्मक अभिगमों के द्वारा अपनी मूल कथ्यवस्तु को प्रभामंडित करने में जिस भाषा को मेरुदण्ड बनाना चाहता है, उसकी संतुष्टि से ही एक रचना होती है- एक गीत होता है। भाषा ही वह ‘रेसिपी’ है जहाँ अर्थों-भावों के सारे रस अपने में विलीन कर अस्वादन को अद्वितीय बना देती है जैसे मधुमक्खी विभिन्न प्रकार के पुष्प-रसों को मधु में रूपान्तरित कर देती है। गीत के सन्दर्भ में प्रेम की विविध् परिभाषाएँ हैं। उन सभी को जेहन में रखते हुए मैं कहना चाहूँगा कि प्रेम और ईश्वर एक ही सिक्के के दो पहलू हैं। दोनों का केन्द्र है गीत-सृष्टि। डॉ सुरेश गौतम का सूत्र कथन है- ‘गीत (प्रेम) अध्यात्म है, तपश्चर्या है। गीत नीलकंठी द्रव है’। 
 
दुनिया में दो ही अस्तित्व ऐसे हैं जिनका साहित्य सर्वोपरि है। एक है ईश्वर और दूसरा प्रेम। दोनों अव्यक्त हैं। दोनों का साहित्य आज तक पूर्णता को प्राप्त नहीं हो सका। दोनों ‘शायद’ पर अवलम्बित हैं। प्रेम में गहरे डूबे हुए किसी प्रेमी से पूछो- ‘आप ने प्रेम को जान लिया? उसका उत्तर होगा- ‘शायद’। स्यात्वाद के प्रवर्तक भगवान बुद्ध से पूछा गया- ‘क्या ईश्वर है?’ उनका उत्तर था- ‘शायद’। अवनीश के पाँच प्रेम-गीतों का संचारी भाव प्रकृत है, तथापि ये गीत श्रेष्ठ हैं। कई गहनतम हैं, जहाँ दृश्य और द्रष्टा अभेद्य हो जाते हैं। शायद प्रेम की गहनतम अनुभूति का रस उन्होंने चख लिया है। ‘एक आदिम नाच’ का तो यही संकेत है- 
 
एक स्मित रेख तेरी 
आ बसी जब से दृगों में 
हर दिशा तू ही दिखे है 
बाग़-वृक्षों में, खगों में 
 
दर्पणों के सामने जो बिम्ब हूँ 
वो मैं नहीं- कादम्बरी तू! 
 
मेरी राय में ऐसे गीत व्याख्यातीत होते हैं। यहाँ यह भी स्मरण में रखना होगा कि कवि अपने गीतों में जिस विराट-बिम्ब और मानवीय चेतना की बात उठाता है उन सब का मूलाधर उसकी प्रेम-शक्ति ही है। 
 
कृति के अवगाहन में विविध् कथ्यालोकों ने मुझे अप्रत्याशित रूप से प्रभावित किया है। उन सबों पर बात होनी चाहिए। पर यह सब एक भूमिका लेख में संभव नहीं। विस्तार पर अकुंश और ज्वलंत समस्याओं को केन्द्र में रखने के उपरांत अनेक महत्वपूर्ण गीत छूट रहे हैं। गीत जो ऋतुओं, त्योहारों और रिश्तों की रागात्मक और आत्मीय ऊष्मा-ऊर्जा से आप्लावित हैं, सभी नवोन्मेषी हैं। सभी गीतों में अद्भुत विम्बधर्मिता है। ‘पत्थर-सी रोटी’, ‘समय सुई है’, ‘बाज़ार-समंदर’, ‘सपनों की पैंजनिया’, ‘सूरज एक चुकन्दर’, ‘छल की गाँठ’, ‘सुहागिन का टोना’, ‘पोटली का मोती’, ‘खुशियों की क्रीम’ और ‘दुःखों का दही विलोना’ जैसे प्रयोगों की द्युति इन गीतों की प्राणशक्ति बन गई है। 
 
आज वैश्विक पटल पर बड़े सर्जकों की जो चिंताएँ हैं उनसे अलग नहीं हैं चिताएँ जो इन गीतों में उठाई गई हैं। इसके बावजूद शिल्प-शैली में सबसे अलग होकर स्वनिर्मित मार्ग पर चला है कवि। कॉमन लय और कॉमन कथ्य से समझौता न करते हुए मौलिक और परिपक्व दृष्टि के परिचायक हैं ये गीत। लोक तथा जन और प्रगतिशील भाषा का समन्वय भाव है कवि का भाषा-मुहावरा। उसका प्रयत्न श्लाघनीय है। यह प्रयत्न सायास न होकर अनायास ही है, जैसे अनायास होती है बच्चों की सोच। उनकी सोच में संसार अपेक्षाकृत सहायक नहीं बन पाता। बाल्यावस्था संसारिकता से अनभिज्ञ होती है। साहित्य के क्षेत्रा में एक युवा रचनाकार की यही स्थिति होती है। हालांकि संग्रहीत गीत, कवि की अध्ययनशीलता एवं चिन्तन-मनन के द्योतक हैं। परिवेश को उसने भी खुली आँखों से देखा, भुगता है। पर इनमें साहित्य का छाद्मिक चातुर्य नहीं, निर्दोष मन की झलक है। यही झलक पाठकों की दिलचस्पी बनेगी। वैसी ही दिलचस्पी जैसे कभी गाते हुए ‘सॉलिटरी रीपर’ को सुनने के लिए ठिठक कर खड़े हो गये थे कवि विलियम वर्ड्सवर्थ। 
 
एक बात और कहना चाहूँगा कि गीत रचना शब्दों की मितव्ययी होती है। अवनीश चैहान के गीत इस तथ्य के प्रमाण हैं। आकार-प्रकार में छोटे-छोटे अर्थ गुंजलक हैं ये। संख्या भी बहुत कम, मात्रा 44 तक ही पहुँच पाती है। आपको ये सारे अर्थ-गुंजलक लघुता में विराटता का बोध् कराने वाले लगेंगे। वस्तु यदि सघन होकर केन्द्रित होगी तो उसकी अर्थ-वीथियाँ हमें दूर-सुदूर तक ले जाएंगी। निम्न उदाहरण से उक्त कथन ज्यादा स्पष्ट होगा- ‘ग़रीबी में जुड़े थे सब / तरक्की ने किया बेघर।’ 
 
आज तेजी से दुनिया बदल रही है। शब्द संकट भी गहरा रहा है। चुनौतियाँ भी कम नहीं हैं। सभी का विकल्प एक ही है। नई-नई सर्जना हो, उसकी स्थापना हो। आलेख की शुरुआत में डॉ विमल की नई स्थापनाओं का उल्लेख हुआ है। वैसा साहस हमारा समस्त बुद्धिजीवी समाज दिखा सके तभी ‘टुकड़ा कागज़ का’ जैसी समर्थ कृतियों की वास्तविक सार्थकता सिद्ध हो सकेगी। 
 
मेरा मानना है कि साहित्य में भावुक सत्य ही साहित्य की मौलिक उद्भावना होती है। मेरा यह भी मानना है कि किसी युवा मन का प्रारम्भिक शब्द-श्रम और तपश्चरण उसके भावोत्कर्ष की परिणति होती है। अतः ऐसे शब्द-साधक को अग्रजों-आचार्यों का वरदीय नेहाशीष मिलना ही चाहिए। विश्वास है कि ‘टुकड़ा कागज़ का’ का प्रकाशन हिन्दी साहित्य के क्षितिज पर अपनी सूर्योदयी भूमिका निभाएगा। बस इतना ही। 
पुस्तक: टुकड़ा कागज़ का 
              (गीत-संग्रह) 
ISBN 978-81-89022-27-6
कवि: अवनीश सिंह चौहान 
प्रकाशन वर्ष: प्रथम संस्करण-2013 
पृष्ठ : 119
मूल्य: रुo 125/-
प्रकाशक: विश्व पुस्तक प्रकाशन  
304-ए,बी.जी.-7, पश्चिम विहार,
नई दिल्ली-63 
वितरक: पूर्वाभास प्रकाशन
चंदपुरा (निहाल सिंह, 
इटावा-206127(उ प्र) 
दूरभाष: 09456011560
ई-मेल: abnishsinghchauhan
@gmail.com  


पुस्तक: टुकड़ा कागज़ का (गीत-संग्रह) 
ISBN 978-93-83878-93-2
कवि: अवनीश सिंह चौहान 
प्रकाशन वर्ष: द्वितीय संस्करण -2014 (पेपरबैक)
पृष्ठ : 116
मूल्य: रुo 90/-
प्रकाशक: बोधि प्रकाशन, जयपुर
Phone: 0141-2503989, 09829018087
 
Book: Tukda Kagaz Ka (Hindi Lyrics)
ISBN 9978-93-83878-93-2
Author: Abnish Singh Chauhan
First Edition: 2014 (Paperback)
Price: 90/-
Publisher: Bodhi rakashan, 
Jaipur, Raj, India.

 
 
वीरेन्द्र आस्तिक 
एल-60, गंगा बिहार 
 
 
 

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Saturday, 24. December 2016 - 12:56 Uhr

Abnish Singh Chauhan


abnish-singh-chauhanDr Abnish Singh Chauhan (1979) is a bilingual poet, critic, translator and editor (Hindi and English). His significant books include Swami Vivekananda: Select Speeches, Speeches of Swami Vivekananda and Subhash Chandra Bose: A Comparative Study, King Lear : A Ctritical Study, Functional Skills in Language and Literature, Functional English, Writing Skills and The Fictional World of Arun Joshi: Paradigm Shift in Values. His deep interest in translation prompted him to translate thirty poems of B S Gautam Anurag under the title Burns Within from Hindi into English and some poems of Paddy Martin from English into Hindi. Besides Harivansh Rai Bachchan Yuva Geetkar Samman (2013) for his Hindi poetry collection Tukada Kagaz Ka from Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthan, Lucknow, U.P., he is the recipient of Pratham Kavita Samman (2011) from Kavita Kosh (www.kavitakosh.org), Book of the Year Award (2012) from the Think Club, Michigan, USA, Srajnatmak Sahitya Puraskar (2013) from Rajasthan Patrika, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Navankur Puraskar (2014) from Abhivyakti Vishwam, Sharjah, UAE, etc. He also edits Creation and CriticismInternational Journal of Higher Education and Research and Poorvabhas. He resides at F-338, Prem Nagar, Linepar, Majhola, Moradabad-244001 (UP) India and can be contacted at abnishsinghchauhan@gmail.com.

 


ravipachamuthu-31-1472657950Dear  Mr. Chauhan,

 
I am delighted to see your mail depicting the "Ahmadabad International Literature Event 2016" and your participation on behalf of the University.
 
My heartiest congratulations on your inspiring participation with many leading Literary personalities in the event.
 
My support and arrangements would ever be there for to bring more and more honor to our university.
       
I am so proud of you for setting your sight high and making every efforts to accomplish the task
                             
You are a valued member of our team and I truly appreciate your contribution once again 
 
Wishing you all the Best.
 
- Shri Ravi Pachamoothoo
Chancellor, SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat, Haryana
 

umaji-pose''Meet this silent warrior, a grass root litterateur, super star bilingual author, a highly respected and popular professor of English whose books have been prescribed in the syllabus of many Universities and who earns handsome amount of royalty annually from his books from long back, an unassuming 38 year old Dr. अवनीश सिंह चौहान (Abnish Singh Chauhan) - a very resourceful person with strong network in literary world around the globe - a man to look upto for any assistance. ''
 
- Mr Umashankar Yadav
Festival Director- AILF, Ahmedabad
 

pmgaur
"Dear Dr. Abnish ji, my heartiest congratulations to you for your inspiring participation in AILF2016, Ahemadabad. It is ur great achievement and a rare honour for us and SRMU that u represented there well and interacted with dignified dignitaries of the world. I pray to  Almighty God for u  that may u avail more and more opportunities for such worldwide literary functions. With deepest blessings and best wishes." 
 
- Dr P M Gaur
Prof & HOD- Hindi
SRM University, Sonepat, Haryana
 
 

veerendra-aastikसंग्रह के भीतरी अवलोकनों के बीच-बीच में एक पाठक की उत्कंठा यह जानने की अवश्य रहती है कि यह कवि अपने संग्रह के बाहर कैसा होगा। मेरा मानना है कि समाज का आदर्श वही कवि बनता है जिसका व्यक्तित्व और कृतित्व पारदर्शी हो। व्यक्ति के अंतर्वाह्य जगत को उसकी प्रतिभा ही संतुलित करती है। कहा जाता है कि प्रतिभा व्यक्ति में जन्म के साथ आती है। और परिवेश संस्कारी हो तो साधनाएँ बचपन से ही शुरू हो जाती हैं। सन् 1893 में शिकागो (अमेरिका) में युवा विवेकानंद ने उद्भुत भाषण देकर विश्व में हिन्दुत्व का परचम लहरा दिया था। उन्तीस वर्षीय पी॰बी॰ शैली ने अज्ञात लेखक के रूप में ईश्वर के विरुद्ध हो जाने को आवश्यक मानते हुए एक किताब लिखी और छपवा डाली। महत्वपूर्ण प्रसंग यह है कि उस कृति की ख्याति ने उन्हें ऑक्सफोर्ड से निष्कासित करवा दिया। 15 वर्षीय नेपाली अपने पहले ही कवि सम्मेलन से विख्यात हो गये थे। मंच पर उपस्थित कथा-सम्राट प्रेमचंद्र ने कहा था- ‘बरखुरदार, कविता क्या पेट से सीखकर आए हो।’ यह सब प्रतिभा के ‘चरैवेति’ प्रभाव के अंतर्गत है। जैसे जल-समूह की गत्यात्मक शक्ति धरा फोड़ लेती है, वैसे ही प्रतिभा मील-स्तम्भ बनाती जाती है और आगे चलती चली जाती है। एक और सूत्र कथन याद आ रहा है। डॉ शन्तिसुमन के गीतों पर प्रतिक्रिया व्यक्त करते हुए कभी डॉ विजेन्द्र नारायण सिंह ने कहा था- ‘प्रतिभा की एक पहचान यह है कि वह विकसनशील होती है।’ हमारे प्रिय अवनीश ऐसे ही प्रतिभाशाली कवि-लेखक हैं। एम॰ फिल॰ (अंग्रेज़ी) करते ही मात्र 24 साल की उम्र में एक अंग्रेज़ी किताब (स्वामी विवेकानंद: सिलेक्ट स्पीचेज) लिख डाली, जो परास्नातक पाठ्यक्रम में कई विश्वविद्यालयों में पढ़ी-पढ़ाई गयी। एक विश्वविद्यालय में कार्यरत् अंग्रेजी- प्राध्यापक अवनीश चैहान हिन्दी के क्षेत्र में आए तो मात्र 6-7 साल की अवधि में ही जो भी गद्य-गीत लेखन और संपादन कार्य किया, वह सराहा गया। आजकल वे अनेक छोटी-बड़ी पत्र-पत्रिकाओं में छप रहे हैं। गत 2-3 वर्षों में इण्टरनेट पर ‘पूर्वाभास’ जैसी पत्रिका निकालकर उन्होंने विशेष ख्याति अर्जित की है। हर्ष का विषय ही है कि इस कवि की कार्यशैली विश्वस्तर पर भी सम्मानित/ पुरस्कृत हो चुकी है। साहित्यिक दौड़ में  अभी तो इस धवक ने दशक भी पार नहीं किया किन्तु उसकी कविता का यह वामन रूप मेरे जैसे उम्रदराजों को चकित कर देने के लिए काफी है। इस अवांतर प्रसंग के बाद हम पुनः संग्रह के भीतरी लोक में लौटते हैं।
 
- Mr Veerendra Astik
Renowned Hindi Poet & Critic
L-60, Gangavihar, Kanpur, U.P.
 

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Saturday, 24. December 2016 - 12:54 Uhr

Speeches of Swami Vivekananda and Subhash Chandra Bose: A Comparative Study by Abnish Singh Chauhan


speechesSpeeches of Swami Vivekananda and Subhash Chandra Bose: A Comparative Study by Abnish Singh Chauhan


Abnish Singh Chauhan. Speeches of Swami Vivekananda and Subhash Chandra Bose: A Comparative Study. Bareilly: Prakash Book Depot, 2006. Pp. 118. Price: Rs. 200/- ISBN: 978-8179771490.


  

Reviewed by Sudhir K. Arora

 

Abnish Singh Chauhan’s Speeches of Swami Vivekananda and Subhash Chandra Bose: A Comparative Study deciphers the speeches of Swami Vivekananda and Subhash Chandra Bose to trace out the thought patterns, revealed through the language, and thus to find out the points of similarities and dissimilarities for the final evaluation without harming the reputation of the two.  

 

‘Introduction’ introduces the term ‘rhetoric’ in detail, and peeps into Swami Vivekananda’s and Subhash Chandra Bose’s biographical details that paved the way for their magical art of oratory. The chapter ‘Cultural Awareness and Patriotism’ reveals Swami Vivekananda as the representative of “the very soul of Hinduism and its spiritual grandeur”, and highlights him as the preacher of tolerance, equality and cooperation among the people of all faiths. It also demonstrates the various phases of Indian patriotism including religious movements, cultural awareness, and the birth and the journey of Indian National Congress. History of freedom movement is incomplete without the contribution of Subhash Chandra Bose who, as a freedom fighter, filled the confidence and vigour among the Indians and, thus, shook the very foundation of the British imperialism. The chapter ‘Analysis of the Use of Spiritual Power and Physical / Military Power’ analyses the spiritual power in Vivekananda and military power in Subhash Chandra Bose and also reflects over the use of these powers in making them the symbol of service to the humanity, and the symbol of flaming patriotism and dynamism respectively. Both of them were rational enough to have understanding and a grasp over the situation. Both travelled the foreign lands and shared the problems of India on the international scene. They differed in mediums but shared the same goal—the upliftment of the motherland.  The endeavours of I. N. A. to make India free and the clarion call for unity, faith and sacrifice reflect Bose’s boldness and organisational skill. While appreciating Bose, the author writes: “Morally, spiritually and intellectually, he walked into the steps of Swami Vivekananda, in statesmanship, administrative ability and catholicity of outlook, he worked like Akbar, but above all in leadership and as a military genius he fought like Shivaji.” The chapter ‘Use of Language’ demonstrates the art of oratory, revealed in language and style. Swami Vivekananda proved his oratorical skill and literary art in the Chicago address. His selection of words is excellent and balanced. His sentences are fused with “explanatory clauses, musical phrases, specific clichés and denotative words.” Shubhash Chandra Bose uses electrifying language to exhort the masses. Appropriate phraseology, idiomatic expression and the right choice of words mark his discourses which become quite familiar, emphatic and persuasive. While writing on the language of Subhash Chandra Bose, the author writes: “His sentences don’t have so much of compact finish as those of Swami Vivekananda, yet they are noteworthy...He often prefers a lose structure. His sentences contain words, phrases and clauses in formal balance.” He binds circumstances with effective words in the style which reveals the tone of patriotic mobilization that impresses the masses. The chapter ‘Conclusion’ sums up the ideas, expressed in the previous chapters.

 

The book is in hardbound with affordable cost. It is a real contribution in the field of knowledge regarding the speeches of Swami Vivekananda and Subhash Chandra Bose. It will inspire scholars, teachers, and even general readers to make a further study on the two great men of India. It gives a satisfying pleasure to the reader who cannot help without appreciating the excellent and convincing way of the narration of the author. Kudos to the author Abnish Singh Chauhan for making the comparative study in such an authentic manner and the publisher, Prakash  Book Depot for bringing the book at such affordable price.

 


 

sudhir-photoThe Reviewer:

 

Dr Sudhir K. Arora (b.1968) teaches English at Maharaja Harishchandra P. G. College, Moradabad affiliated to M. J. P. Rohilkhand University, Bareilly. He has several significant publications to his credit including Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger: A Freakish Booker and Cultural and Philosophical Reflections in Indian Poetry in English in Five Volumes. 


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Saturday, 24. December 2016 - 12:51 Uhr

William Shakespeare: King Lear by Abnish Singh Chauhan


king-lear-by-abnish---copy---cWilliam Shakespeare: King Lear by Abnish Singh Chauhan


Abnish Singh Chauchan.  William Shakespeare: King Lear. Faizabad: Bhavdiya Prakashan, 2016.  First Published in 2005. Pp. 608. Price: Rs.148/- (Paperback). ISBN: 978-9385893018.


  

Reviewed by Madhu Bala Saxena

 

Dr Abnish Singh Chauhan, without any break, is increasing the number of quality books by his creative talent both in English and Hindi languages. ‘William Shakespeare: King Lear’ is one such book of Dr Singh. He has interpreted this book keeping its utility to the students of English literature and lovers of Shakespeare’s dramas.

 

The close study of the book exhibits that King Lear, one of the most powerful tragic plays of William Shakespeare, has a double plot— a main plot and a sub-plot. The main plot deals with the story of King Lear and his three daughters— Goneril, Regan and Cordelia, whereas the sub-plot presents the tale of the Earl of Gloucester and his two sons— Edgar and Edmund.  Both the plots clearly communicate the theme of filial ingratitude— Lear is first duped by the false praise of his two eldest daughters for usurping the whole kingdom and then tortured and led to insanity by their wicked behaviours, while Gloucester is deceived by his bastard son Edmund, which becomes the cause of parental enmity and bitterness in the long run. Concomitantly, the disheritance of Cordelia, the banishment and servile existence of Kent, Edgar’s aching journey on the heath in the state of feigned madness, the terrible sufferings of King Lear and the inhuman blinding of old Gloucester sadly take place in its dramatic world leading to the unexpected deaths of innocent Cordelia— the only daughter who comes to rescue her father, gullible Gloucester and aged Lear at the end of the play.

  

Knowing the complexities of the plots and other essentials of the play, Dr Abnish Singh has wisely divided the book into four parts. In the first section, he has given the general introduction, which includes life, age, works and art of William Shakespeare. The second section introduces the readers with drama King Lear— its date of composition, sources, duration of action, dramatis personae, plot-construction and act-wise summary along with the critical comments of scholars on the drama. Both these sections are very important for the students as they provide general knowledge about William Shakespeare, the greatest English dramatist of the world and his dramatic art; because without being acquainted with the writer’s life, literary output, artistic caliber and so on, a student cannot understand his book. In the next portion of the book, a prudent study of the book King Lear has been done with text, notes and paraphrase in English and translation in Hindi. The systematic interpretation of the drama— first text, then meaning of difficult words, then paraphrase in English and in the last the Hindi version is really appreciating and engaging too.  Allusions and references have also been included in the book for the better understanding of the play. After that, in the next part, a critical interpretation of all the five acts and scenes has been done. Some very important explanations, important long questions, short answer type questions, multiple objective type questions and bibliography have been attached in the end of the book.

 

The book has been written systematically in an easy, straightforward and lucid language. The readers will neither have any problem in understanding the drama, nor will wander in search of a helping hand that can explain it. Everything is available in the book. As far as the cost of the book is concerned, it is very low-priced, which can be paid by all. Therefore, the book deserves its place in the libraries of all schools (CBSE, ICSE, and States Boards), colleges and universities of the country. There is much need of such books now-a-days.  I wish that Dr Abnish must continue his mission of penning such rare books so that they might reach to the scholars of English language and literature.

 


 
mb-saxenaThe Reviewer:

 

Dr. Madhu Bala Saxena (1953) worked as Professor and Head of English Department of IFTM University, Moradabad and Associate Professor and Head of English Department of M.H.P.G. College, Moradabad, U.P. She is M.A. in Sanskrit and English and her doctoral degree in English is on ‘Treatment of Human Relations in the Novels of Somerset Maugham.’ She has been writing research papers and book reviews for various journals and magazines and guiding research scholars of English Literature for the last thirty five years. Her main interest lies in Indian Literature in English, particularly in Indian English Fiction. She can be contacted at madhumh53@gmail.com.


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