Changing the Way Hindi Literature is Read and Heard
In early January, Kalam Mumbai hosted the man who is credited as the first person to write in 'Hinglish' — author, poet and screenplay writer Divya Prakash Dubey, who was in conversation with Karishma Mehta at ITC Grand Central. With a bureaucrat as a father, much of Dubey's childhood was spent shifting from place to place and experiencing various cities. The audience was captivated by the easy manner in which Dubey weaved the events from his childhood into a tale. He described how despite belonging to a high profile bureaucratic background, he was never allowed to flaunt or misuse the perks that came with the territory, which explains his humble and unpretentious disposition. He shared his experience of arriving in Lucknow from a small-town background and spoke about how he was sometimes at a disadvantage. He spiced up the conversation with tales of his failed romance, the charm of blank calls and stories of being rejected 40 times by various publishing houses. His books, Musafir Café and October Junction, have appealed to a cross-section of age groups due to his simple yet profound approach. He disclosed that the protagonist in Musafir Café reflects all that Dubey himself desired to do or be, but never had the courage to pursue. The café represents the utopia that everyone wants to experience at some point or the other. Finally, Dubey spoke about his new style of storytelling called ‘Story Baazi’, which has appealed to the masses because of its free-flowing intimate style and language. He said that this style is meant to change the very way we listen to and understand Hindi stories. The author was felicitated by Ehsaas Women Ketki Bhatia and Anvi Thaker.