Daily Archive: February 3, 2019

Arundhati Roy Launches “Apaar Khushi Ka Gharana and “Bepanah Shadmani Ki Mumlikat”

New Delhi: The famous Indian writer Arundhati Roy’s book “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’ Hindi translation “Apar Khushi Ka Gharana” and Urdu translation “Bepnah Shadmani Ki Mumlikat” was launched in India International Center on Saturday by Arundhati herself. This novel was translated in Hindi by senior poet Manglesh Dabral and in Urdu by Arjumand Ara. The novel was published by Rajkamal Prakashan in both languages.

After the launch, Editor duo of Alochna Magzine, Sanjeev Kumar and Ashutosh Kumar interacted with writer Arundhati Roy, Hindi translator Mangalesh Dabral and Urdu translator Arjumand Ara.

The programm started with Dastango Darain Shahidi reading an excerpt from the book.

On this occasion, writer Arundhati Roy said, "This book has been translated into 49 languages of the world and with Hindi and Urdu translation, this book is now complete for me.” She further added that "After the success of the novel ‘The God of Small Things’ and winning the Booker Prize, I could have easily written Part -2and 3 of the same novel, but for me the novel is a worship and my world, the novel is a mode in which you can create a new atmosphere by which you invite the reader to walk with you. It is far more complex. It’s a satisfying thing for me. I write novels, so I think I am using my skills in perfect manner. It gives me more satisfaction and happiness. "

Arundhati said, “It took a lot of time for ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’ to finish, but writing it was like solving a puzzle for me."

Responding to questions during the conversation, the author said "It is a fraudulent novel; you may have to read it several times to understand its deception."

Poet and Hindi Translator Manglesh Dabral shared his experience from the time of translation. He said, “The tittle in itself had lot of conflicts. Arundhati liked the world ‘Gharana’ after discussing over many such words like sultanate etc. for Hindi translation of the word ministry.” Speaking about the difficulties during the translation, he said, "In the English novel, Arundhati used many new words which were very difficult to get the Hindi version of it."

Urdu translator, Arjumand Ara remarked about his experiences during the translation “The way this novel is written by Arundhati and the kind of words that were chosen in the novel, it was difficult to translate them into the mainstream language, especially Urdu. I have shown complete loyalty on my side while translating it in Urdu, so that the characters of the novel come in the same way as it’s in the original language. She further said, "It was easy to translate the old Delhi and Kashmir part of the novel."

Rajkamal Prakashan’s Managing Director Ashok Maheshwari said “It is a great opportunity that this important book has been published simultaneously in two main languages of India – Hindi and Urdu. It is also a historical moment for Rajkamal’s publication that ‘Bepanah Shadmani Ki Mumlikat’ becomes Rajkamal’s first published book of Urdu.”

Post-Budget Reaction Quotes from Industry Experts


‘’Kunal Agarwal, Co-Founder and CEO of Priority Vendor’’

”As India’s largest early payment platform, we at Priority Vendor believe that the interim budget carries some of the significant developments, especially for our SME partners. Businesses registered as SMEs will now receive a 2% loan relaxation by the government, thus easing their access to organised credit facilities. Furthermore, the announcement also gave a boost to SME suppliers, making it mandatory for the government projects to source 25% of their requirements from SMEs. The segment has also been bogged down with the GST compliance, however as per the announcement, SMEs with a turnover of less than 5 Cr need to only file GST once in three months.”

While the SME segment would be appeased, we believe the interim budget to also be forward-looking. India has already emerged as the second largest hub for start-ups and the government has vowed to support advanced technologies like AI by setting up a national centre for artificial intelligence. We believe it will propel India on the path of emerging as the key centre for growth and innovation. With artificial intelligence constituting the very fabric of our platform, we are excited about this development and look forward to being part of an innovating, enterprising, and digital India.

‘’Arun Nathani, CEO, Cybage’’

“This budget is providing major boost to real estate segment through fiscal incentives like extension of benefit Under Section 80 IBA, no tax on notional rent on unsold inventory for two years, no notional rent on two self-occupied properties instead of one. Additionally, direct benefit of INR 6,000 to small farmers will provide positive sentiments and will have positive cascading effect on GDP growth. We welcome the step to promote AI hubs in India which will help to build technical competence and have long lasting impact from technology point of view for the future of India.

This budget has populist and election oriented flavour, Government will have to balance the spending and keep the fiscal deficit under control.”

Arun Balasubramian, Managing Director – Qlik India’’

“The interim budget, the government has rightly comprehended the necessity and competence of digital technologies such as AI, machine learning, big data and more. We are glad to find out the government’s plans of developing a National Artificial Intelligence portal, which will significantly boost research and development measures and thus allow businesses of all sizes and sectors to gain better data-driven and decision-making insights and advance the nation in competitive global space.”

”Satya Kalyan Yerramsetti, Founder & CEO of Telebu.”

The government has continued to stress upon digitalisation, as reflected in the interim budget 2019 announcement. In the words of the interim Finance Minister, digitalisation is going to play a key role in achieving sustainable growth and development. The government further aims to achieve one lakh digital villages in the next 5 years and we believe that it is going to pave the way for India to emerge as one amongst the leading digital economies, across the globe. The current plans and aspirations of the government will also boost the rural digital economy. At Telebu, we are excited to be part of this wave of change, as it helps accelerate our overall goal of proliferating into rural, as well as tier-2 and tier-3 cities. We will continue to build innovative enterprise communication products for Indian enterprises, MSMEs, start-ups, non-profit organisations and more.

“Interim Union Budget 2019 contains no reforms for the start-up ecosystem” – Says Prodyut Bora, CEO, Bonphul Air Products Pvt Ltd.

The budget seems to be more empowering one for the masses as the budget kept its focus on rural, small and medium enterprises and middle-class households. While this is an interim budget and the actual realization of the visions (such as the changes in direct taxes in favour of the middle-class) will have to wait till the roll-out of the full budget post the general election.

Furthermore the budget speech did not contain even a single reform directly related to start-up ecosystem. The budget lacked a few expected measures. We were hoping to see a positive action on the issue of Angel Tax which is a major concern but the overall the budget in fact did not have much in store for the start-ups. Though the interim finance minister Piyush Goyal mentioned ‘start-ups’ in his speech quite a few times, there was no major announcement for the ecosystem.Hence the government has not done anything to encourage the sector or fix the issues. Moreover the availability of domestic money needs to be improved for the start-ups