Hindi Sahitya Mandal releases Raju’s book ‘Keh Do’

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 1: In an online function, Hindi Sahitya Mandal (HSM) released a collection of short stories in Hindi entitled ‘Keh Do’ by eminent Hindi & Dogri writer Rajeshwar Singh ‘Raju’.
A handout of HSM stated that this was first of its kind programme during COVID-19 pandemic to release the book officially wherein creative discussion on the contents and other aspects of book was also held.
Prof. Lalit Magotra, eminent Dogri and Hindi writer was chief guest while prominent Hindi writer and critic Prof. Raj Kumar presided over the function which was attended online by galaxy of prominent writers from across the country.
Presently residing at Ahmedabad, HSM’s ex-general secretary and eminent art critic Naresh Gulati gave critical review of the book whereas the writer Rajeshwar Singh ‘Raju’ read one of the stories ‘NOTICE’ from the book that was widely critically acclaimed for its literary values.
Prof. Chanchal Dogra, HSM president welcomed the guests and other literary personalities and gave an account of recent literary activities of HSM.
Sahitya Secretary, Dr. Pawan Khajuria while conducting the programme gave detailed description of Raju’s literary contributions in English, Hindi and Dogri language.
While narrating critical review on 10 short stories from the book ‘Keh Do’, Naresh Gulati said, Rajeshwar’s stories while revolving around familiar characters and locations cast an everlasting impression on the reader. He made reference from preface written by well known Hindi writer and critic Prof. Raj Kumar, Ex-HoD Hindi Department, University of Jammu that Raju’s stories have all the elements to be a part of national stream Hindi stories.
Prof. Lalit Magotra said he was prompted to read the book in a single sitting. He said that Raju’s stories create visuals and the readers move with the stories in the well woven plots thus experiencing every moment. Prof. Raj Kumar in his presidential address said, when Raju requested him to pen down preface for the book, he had realized that this writer has something unique that reflected in his stories too.
Prominent among those who participated in function included Dr. Neeraj Sharma from Bijnor, Rishi Raj and Surbhi Sapru from Delhi, Sunil Sharma from Mohali, Manju Mahima from Mumbai and others.
Prof Kiran Bakshi delivered vote of thanks.