Vishnu Nagar


Mr.Vishnu Nagar’s childhood was spent in Madhya Pradesh where he grew up writing poems. His first work was published in the year 1964 as a short book of collection of poems, ‘Main Phir Kehta Hoon Chidhiya’. He is known to have written in many prestigious newspapers and magazines as well as for the sarcasm in his stories and poems. Some of his famous works are Hasne ki Tarah Rona, Ghar ke Bahar Ghar and Ghodha aur Ghas. His accolades include awards like Delhi Hindi Academy Literature Award, Shamsher Award and many more.

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Kindly share with us your journey as a writer.

I have been writing as a dilettante since the age of 16. However, it was at the age of 24 when I shifted to Delhi that my work got published for the first time. It was in the form of a small book titled ‘Main Phir Kehta Hoon Chidhiya’ which was published with the help of a well known poet and critic of that time named Ashok Vajpayee. It was then that a little attention of the literary world was directed towards me. It was, moreover, because of Mr. Ashok and a couple of my Bhopal friends who acknowledged that my writing had a different taste of language as well as different sensation, which encouraged me to write further.

At an age where access to people did not come easily, how did the writers of your time manage to get their works published?

It is not that it is only with the advent of internet that writers like us have begun to be recognised. We existed as writers even in the time when internet was not as much popular among the people as it is now, yet we were known. Moreover, we had a commendable number of published works back then. Nevertheless, with me it was a little easier for I was also a journalist which had won me an audience already by the time I started writing sarcasm and stories.

What is your perspective about the Hindi reading culture of the nation?

It is a not a very fortunate condition now nor was it before. However, I would like to confess that the vogue of internet has paved a fine path for also the Hindi writers to make their work known to people and be able to convey through a quicker channel. We have our works getting published in magazines and newspapers, yet the internet has added on a vast medium to connect. We must surrender the credit of our multiplying audience to the internet- an audience that consists mainly of the youth.

How far do you think this sudden spurt of literature festivals will succeed in retaining or promoting the reading culture of our country?

I do not consider them too reliable in promoting reading within society. I have not attended festivals of Dehradun so I cannot really comment but the other festivals I have attended so far prove to be benefiting only the attendees which happen to be people who are far from the harsh reality that the ones they are discussing get to face. Moreover, the interaction, albeit, may help spread awareness but cannot compel one to read.

What are you looking forward to in the upcoming Art and Literature Festival, Valley of Words?

I have witnessed that registration becomes a barrier many a times and restricts the entry of those utterly willing to attend these festivals. I, thus, expect this festival to be a little kind with the amount of registration fees it sets, to enable a better access for ordinary people so that the main purpose of the festival does not get defeated.

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