Buddhinath Mishr belongs to a family of Sanskrit litterateurs. He has completed his higher education from DAV College, Varanasi, and Banaras Hindu University. He harbours a deep interest in reading classics and realistic stories and began to write some of his own from his college days. He has been writing for the most prestigious websites and has also worked as a columnist for some newspapers. Many of his works have been telecasted in channels like Aakashvani and Doordarshan.

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How would you sum up the journey of your initial years as a writer? What do you enjoy reading yourself?

Songs of Vidyapati were quite prevalent in the village I was brought up in, in North India.The songs covered all aspects of life from birth to demise and could be heard vigorously among the people of the village. It was these songs that encouraged me to think how valuable it would be to have writings based on them. Soon after I migrated to Banaras where I was introduced to the works of Tulsi Das and Ram Charitra Manas that held massive relevance in the lives of the regular people. I had begun to take some serious interest in writing in high school ,yet, the interest was pushed notches higher when my work started getting published in my college years.

Moreover, I enjoy reading classics and realistic work that may keep me closely woven to the truths of the society. I, thereby, rely upon them to gain much of the inspiration.

What would you like to say about the youngsters' bleak interest in Sanskrit ?

I completely agree with youngsters’ lack of interest in the language. Nevertheless, I feel that the youth strongly believes in reason and the only language in the world that could shepherd them to attain reason and logic is Sanskrit. Sanskrit is a language as reliable as the subject of mathematics. Unlike the previous generation which limited itself to merely paying homage to the scriptures and holy books by covering them with a piece of cloth, the generation of today has the efficiency to extract immense knowledge from the reservoir which resides in the language of Sanskrit. When people from foreign lands and other cultures can have the ability to acquire different formulae from our compendium, we, as the direct descendants of it, ought to consider ourselves lucky.

What would you like to say about the digital space's impact on the reading culture?

A book, certainly, has its own intrinsic value, however, one also cannot close its eyes to the benefits of the growing digital world. Knowledge grows when shared and it is the internet which allows this immediate sharing of it. The internet has become a necessity now and it stands to be a medium of utmost convenience if used properly. I, myself, cannot deny the power of digitalization and I am, perhaps, compelled to follow it for the sustenance of my own career. Thereby, the digital world in some way only facilitates the culture of reading.

What is your message for young writers?

I would suggest the writers of today pay much of their attention on reading others’ work than producing that of their own in abundance. I remember how we were taught to read a hundred pages and write only one. It is imperative for the budding writers to welcome the opinion of others before expecting them to acknowledge theirs.

Kindly tell us about your perspective of Dehradun and the festival, 'Valley of Words', which is going to be held here?

I have travelled immensely and have been fortunate enough to witness the ecstasy people across the world exhibit when they hear that I belong to a city like Dehradun which is placed right in the lap of the Himalayas. I consider the Himalayas the mansion of our Indian culture and so do the people abroad. Moreover, the fact of a literature festival being conducted in a city like Dehradun itself makes it all the more exciting. It is going to be celebration of literature in its literal sense. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to this festival to hold an equally significant place for all the litterateurs and people from across other different disciplines.

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