Hindi Bestsellers Find Place in Dainik Jagran Samvadi

Storytelling is an art. One day, I heard ‘The Neelesh Mishra Show’ on FM Radio where he tells stories. I realized he is a brilliant storyteller. He just grips you with his narration. Neelesh Mishra, telling his stories ‘Maut Zindagi’ and ‘Dear Husband, Dear Wife’, was one of the main attraction of the fourth edition of Dainik Jagran Samvadi.

The fourth edition of Dainik Jagran Samvadi, a three-day festival celebrating the power of expression, was organized from November 3 to 5, 2017 in the city of Heritage and Culture. This three day cultural festival, 75 speakers participated.

Hindi storytelling and books are rare these days. Everyone wants to read and write English stories. However, things changing slowly as we notice that so many popular bestsellers have been translated into Hindi. Also, publishers like Westland, Juggernaut, Harper Collins are coming up with Hindi titles, and it’s good to see that many quirky Hindi titles have been received very well by the readers.

The Hindi bestsellers list for July-September 2017 was released on 4th November 2017 at 4th Dainik Jagran Samvadi in Lucknow by Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Dinesh Sharama, Mr. Vishv Nath Tiwari, President, Sahitya Acedemy and Mr. Sanjay Gupt, CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Dainik Jagran. The list not only includes popular Hindi writers and books but some popular English authors too who have won over Hindi readers, as seen in the translation category.

Dainik Jagran Hindi Bestseller is the first initiative of its kind, bringing in the Best Seller list in Hindi. Earlier there was no transparent and credible means to accurately assed the popularity of Hindi books. Dainik Jagran Nielsen Bookscan Bestseller list will be released every quarter of the year. This initiative is part of Dainik Jagran’s campaign ‘Hindi Hain Hum’.

I love reading Hindi books. So, here are my top 5 picks from Dainik Jagran Samvadi list.

Dilli Darbar by Satya Vyas (Hindi Yugm, Westland)

‘Uss roz do ghatnaayein hui theen. Din mein muhalle waalon ne Ramayan dekha, aur raat mein Mahabharat ho gaya.’

Dilli Darbar tells the story of young, carefree boys who move from small town to Delhi in search of their future. It is entertaining, and the USP of this book is its humour and wit.

Musafir Café by Divya Prakash Dubey (Hindi Yugm, Westalnd)

Musafir Café is about two different people with entirely different ideologies, and their lists of wishes and dreams.

Theek Tumahaare Peechhe by Manav Kaul (Hindi Yugm)

The title of this book is captivating. It’s a collection of short stories that the author has extracted from different parts of India where he travelled while his growing up years.

Zindagi Aais Paees by Nikhil Sachan (Hindi Yugm, Westland)

This, again, is a collection of short stories with a striking title. The stories, as the title suggests, are about life, childhood, love and loss told in a very reader friendly voice.

Kuchh Ishq Kiya Kuchh Kaam Kiya by Piyush Mishra (Rajkamal Prakashan)

‘Abhi abhi kuchh guzra hai,
Laparwah, dhool mein lipta hua
Zara palat kar dekhoon to
Bachpan tha shayad’

I like Piyush Mishra’s quotations. And, this book is a collection of his shayaris and poetry. Interestingly, these creations have never appeared anywhere. So, it’s a fresh collection.

Have you read any of these? Please share your views. Let’s discuss Hindi books too.

We have Zindagi Aais Pais & Musafir Cafe up for review. You have to write the review in Hindi for Writersmelon. Anyone interested? Shoot us a mail at [email protected]


Tarang Sinha is a freelance writer & author of 'We Will Meet Again'. Her works have been published in magazines like Good Housekeeping India, Child India, New Woman, Woman's Era, Alive, and a best-selling anthology @ Uff Ye Emotions 2.

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