Agony of Writers
By Hiranya Borah
Copyright 2017 Hiranya Borah
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Three writers were coming from the same college and same class. One among them was extremely intelligent having good command in English and in his mother tongue. His writings are not easily understandable for general readers.
The second one is neither extremely intelligent as the first one nor is having extreme command in any language as the first one has, though he is extremely meticulous in his writings.
The third one was ordinary writer and always grounded to his roots. His writings are liked by ordinary readers on the streets.
How they fared in their amateur career of writing? Please read the story of three writers.
It is a fictitious story. Any resemblance with the main characters with any living or dead person may be a mere coincidence only.
Thanks to my readers and friends and above all my family for their constant support to write something usual and unusual. I love them all.
Thanks to Shakespir for publishing this story book along with my other books.
Chapter I: Best Friends
Bikram Sharma, Animesh Saikia and Rupak Choudhury were classmates in Cotton College few decades ago. All are in their seventies now. All are still in reasonably good health. All of them are amateur writers and were professional teachers. All are retired now from different institutions.
Bikram was a professor in the premier engineering college of Assam. Animesh was a professor of Guwahati University. Rupak was a teacher in Government High School which is situated within the proximity of the University and the engineering college.
Both Bikram and Animesh were brilliant students whereas Rupak had been an ordinary students. Among them Bikram was the only science student. After his masters in Chemistry he joined the engineering college as lecturer. Subsequently he took Ph.D degree from Delhi University and became a professor of Chemistry. He started writing short stories on different topics after joining the college. His books on short stories are popular among the relatively intelligent readers. Normally, his short stories are not very popular among the common readers.
Animesh after his masters, he completed his Ph.D in record time and became one of the youngest professor of Guwahati University at an extremely early age of thirty four. He started his writing at a very early age. There was a rumor that one of his article was not published by a local English periodical thinking that a student of class ten cannot write such a high standard article. However, the article was published when the board examination was declared where Animesh stood first among the successful candidates of the entire state. He used to write both in English and Assamese, his mother tongue. But standard of his writing is so high that those books were never read by any ordinary reader.
On the other hand, Rupak was an ordinary student and he also started writing career once he joined his teacher’s job. His writings have no depth and he uses common words which are easily understandable to all. In due course of time, he became a popular writer.
However, all of them were good friends in their college days. Their bonding of friendship was a great puzzle for their classmates.
Chapter II: All Three Met After Decades
Due to their busy schedules of their own personal and professional activities, they seldom meet each other. Even their meetings were limited to the presence of two persons at a time. Therefore, when all three met after few decades at the side line of the marriage of the son of a common friend, all were elated. The common friend arranged a special room for their private conversation away from the public eyes. The friend gave special responsibility to his younger son (not the groom) to look after the special guests properly.
Both Bikram and Animesh use to take one or two pegs of whiskey after dusk. On the other hand, Rupak was a teetotaler. However, he never minds to sit whole night with his friends in a party where drinks are served like water.
Therefore, whiskey was served to Animesh and Bikram and green tea was served to Rupak.
After initial conversation about their family matters, they started talking about their writings.
Chapter III: Writing Is a Hobby
Writing is a hobby for Bikram. He used to write when he is free. He enjoys his writing when his family is away and nobody is nearby to disturb him. He writes a story, then he edits, then he re-edits. He usually edits more than ten times before it is published. He always maintains a good quality in each of his writings.
A moderately intelligent group reads his stories. Some of them write reviews for those stories. Those reviews are also published in different newspapers of the State. Any book he published, about two thousand copies are sold within few months. Most of his books have more than two editions.
In last fifty years, he was given some prestigious awards in recognition of his literary talent.
By any standard, he is a successful writer of Assam.
Chapter IV: Writing Is for a Change
Animesh is an extremely focused writer. His books follow some ethics and morals. His readers are top intellectuals of Assam. Everyone feels happy to boast that his latest book has been read. From top bureaucrats to the professor of the universities use to purchase his books, keep it in their cupboards to flaunt their intelligence. It is a matter of question, whether those books are ever read or not.
Therefore, publishing and selling of Animesh’s book are never been a problem for any publisher of Assam. Any publisher feels happy to be associated with any of his books. However, as a matter of fact, in the last fifty years he has written only about ten books. So on the average, he takes about five years to write a book and publishers are queuing up to grab an opportunity to be associated with his books.
He is invited by the top intellectuals to deliver lectures in different institutes and his books became referral books of many University across the globe.
He becomes a high-end intellectual writer over the years.
Chapter V: Writing is a Fun
Rupak is writing a book only for fun. He writes stories and novels from heart using his small-small experiences during his visit to villages and town. He talks to the people to know their small problems, their solutions and their un-adulterated happiness in small issues. Everyone can identify himself/ herself with the main character of the book while reading his book. That is why all his books are sold like hot cakes and read by common people. His books have mass appeal over the years. In due course of time, he became one of the most popular writer of Assam. Whenever, he visits a village or a small town, people used to mob him. He always enjoys those moments. One particular statement of a middle aged person, he will never forget, ‘Sir, I used to read all of your books as a young man. Now my son is also reading your books as passionately as I used to read few decades ago!’
But with all the public responses, he has a genuine reason to be unhappy in his life. Till today he has not been considered for any literary award by any literary institute as his writings are always considered as substandard for the jury members over the years.
Chapter VI: The frustration, Agony and Ecstasy
All of them were frustrated due to different reasons after a successful career of writing at different levels with different styles.
Bikram is unhappy that he could not write anything for the common people. His awards were recognition of his writings, but according to him, real recognition comes from the readers only. After all, readers are the best judge for a writer or for a poet.
Animesh wanted to change the society through his sophisticated writing ability. But that never happened. Majority members of the society do not read his book and those who read, majority of them do not understand those inner appeals of his writing, those understood properly, majority of them never bothered to do anything for the change and the miniscule, who read, understand and bother to change the society, they are ignored by the majority of the people.
Rupak is frustrated because, despite of his popularity among the masses, he was never been awarded by any organization till today. Most of the award giving organization thought his writings are substandard. He sometimes develops an inferiority complex.
After ventilating their frustration as writers, all kept mum for few minutes. Silence ruled the room for some time.
Finally, Rupak broke the silence, ‘Cheer up buddies, do not get frustrated. Whatever we have done so far, for so many years, those are to the best of our abilities. Let us enjoy our today’s get together and whatever success we have achieved so far as writers.’
He paused for a second and then said, ‘Ok, let me try a peg of whiskey for the first time in my life. After all, this is the fag end of my life!’
All laughed heartily together after many years.
All three raised their glasses and shouted in unison, ‘Cheers’.
The author is a Government servant and a man of vivid experiences derived from his official postings across the country, travels across India and numerous visits outside India. He is presently placed at New Delhi.
His earlier publications are:
1. Random Thoughts through a Coloured Prism
2. Dilemma of a Young Mind
3. Funny Statistics and Serious Statisticians
4. Melody of Fragrance
6. Few Cities through the Lens of Hiranya Borah
7. Guilt: Gift of Winter Spring
8. Beautiful Ghost
9. Great Fighters: Grace of God
10. All Blurred
11. Putting kids to sleep
12. How to become unpopular
14. My grumpy Face
15. Love and Worries
16. Discussion of own Birth: A Taboo
18. Indecent Love Affairs
19. My Fair Lady
20. Waiting time
21. Two Stories
22. My Mother: Dashami Borah
26. First Attempt
27. A father
28. The Portrait
29. Snapped Thread
30. Only He Knows
31. The Stupid Mother
32. The Same Old Story
33. The Old Scoundrel
34. Third Attempt
35. Some of my First Days and First Nights
36. Snubbed Twice
37. Have You Met the God
38. Frequent Flier
40. Forgive and Forget
41. To Win or to lose
42. Call Girl
43. Beyond Blood Relation
44. Lady with a Black Car
45. My wife
46. Complete Woman
47. Diwali Gift
48. Romance with a Lady
49. Open Heart Surgery
50. My First Love
52. Pebbles on My Way Home
53. My First Bengali Book
54. Murder Mystery
57. Make a Habit to Thank God
58. Killing of a Bird
59. The Hero
60. Fantasy versus Reality
61. The Party
62. Road Rage
63. Death of a Friend
64. Cannot Live with Memory Only
65. None Cares for Me
66. A Tribute to My Guru
67. Two Professionals
68. The Choice
69. The Elusive Spouse
70. First Encounter with A P
71. Plane Crash
72. Plane Crash Part-II
73. Plane Crash Part-III
75. A Bag of Currency
76. Suitable Groom
77. Head Hunters
78. My Dear Sister
79. Selection While Waiting at the Airport
80. Oh Shit
82. He Got Back His Wife
83. Beautiful Faces
84. Elder Sister
85. Good Morning
87. Pass on your Death to Someone Else
88. Colour of Holi
89. Why blame others
90. A Forbidden Issue
91. Hat-trick of Failures
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Three writers were coming from the same college and same class. One among them was extremely intelligent having good command in English and in his mother tongue. His writings are not easily understandable for general readers. The second one is neither extremely intelligent as the first one nor is having extreme command in any language as the first one has, though he is extremely meticulous in his writings. The third one was ordinary writer and always grounded to his roots. His writings are liked by ordinary readers on the streets. How they fared in their amateur career of writing? Please read the story of three writers.