The Death of Ivan Ilych

“The Death of Ivan Ilych” is short story by Leo Tolstoy, as mentioned in title it is the story of Ivan Ilych. He is a member of court of justice, leading a normal life. Story starts with the announcement of his death and people reactions towards it. Gradually it moves forward with the flashback of his life, starting with happy moments meeting his wife, getting good job then few challenges comes up and when everything was getting back on track suddenly fatal illness entered in his life.

What a great writer Leo Tolstoy is ! While reading the book I can feel everything going on Ivan’s life. I can feel the hatred towards his wife which is symbolic for his pain. You have those people present in your life who are suffering from these kind of pain, who can see their end but we never understand what is going on their mind. Ivan know he is dying. His wife and family trying to help him but he is not getting better, it make him irritable and difficult to bear. He is analysing his whole life and choosing the moments which make him really happy but it is becoming difficult as he find his perfectly happy life worthless. 

These lines touched my heart :
“Their daughter came in full evening dress, her fresh young flesh exposed strong, healthy, evidently in love and impatient with illness, suffering and death, because they interfered with her happiness.”

हिंदी दिवस

आप सभी को मेरी ओर से हिंदी दिवस की शुभकामनाएं। यह मेरा हिंदी भाषा मे पहला पोस्ट है इसलिए मेरी त्रुटियों को नजरअंदाज कीजिएगा। मेरी परवरिश मध्यप्रदेश मे हुई है तो बोल चाल मे तो हिंदी का उपयोग मैं बचपन से करती आ रही हूँ परन्तु अंग्रेज़ी माध्यम से पढाई होने की वजह से लिखने का उतना अभ्यास नहीं है।

अभी कुछ दिन पहले प्रधानमंत्री जी ने नई शिक्षा नीति की घोषणा की थी जिसके अनुसार माता पिता अपने बच्चों को प्राथमिक शिक्षा अपनी मातृभाषा मे दिलवा सकते है। यह एक बहुत अच्छा कदम है क्योंकि हम अपनी मातृभाषा भूलते जा रहे हैं । इसके कारण हमारा अपनी संस्कृति और साहित्य से भी विश्वास कम हो रहा है।

मैंने जब अपनी पहली नौकरी के लिए साक्षात्कार (interview) दिया था तब मेरी अंग्रेज़ी ज्ञान को ही प्राथमिकता दी गई थी। अब हमारे देश मे आई क्यू (IQ) इंग्लिश के ज्ञान से ही नापा जाता हैं। ऐसे मे सही प्रतिभा के आगे आना मुश्किल हो जाता है।

अंत मे मैं यही कहना चाहूंगी की हमारी भाषा को बढावा देना हमारा कर्तव्य हैं। अगर हम ही अपनी भाषा का तिरस्कार करेंगे तो वह लुप्त हो जाएगी और हमारे पास अपना कुछ नहीं रह जाएगा हम सिर्फ दुसरो कि परछाई बनकर रह जाएंगे।

Street Show

Since morning I was feeling dull. I decided to visit my favorite cafe.

Sudden roar of laughter stopped me. A guy dressed as a clown was doing some act on street. “This guy has some real talent”, some people discussing in hushed voice. Curiosity made me stay and watch the act.

After few minutes, I was feeling refreshed and in considerably better mood. I thought to congratulate him for the great street show but got stunned instead by hearing this conversation.

Standing in corner while talking to his daughter he said, “I think we will get the food today.”

Photo Credit © CEAyr

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