Friday, 24 June 2005

Hindi Magazines on Internet

I live in Singapore, and getting hindi magazines here are rare. You won't find any on stores. The only option is to ask someone who is going to India to get few for you. So, I decided to search on Internet for online editions of the mags available in India. To my surprise, there are none available! There are so many hindi magazines available on stand in India, but there are no online edition for any of them! I do not know why! But still, I manage to chart down a list of websites which publish magazines in Hindi, exclusive on Internet. I am yet to find any site which publish Detective or Thriller stories in Hindi, if anyone knows, pls do let me know. All I was able to find is Shahitya (Literature) in Hindi. So, the stories are entertaining, but not like the Novels we get on stall in India.

Here is the list of all the hindi Magazines or should I say e-zines in Hindi:

Abhivyakti - Classic Hindi Magazine Arts, Culture, and Philosophy of India
Anyatha - A Literary effort by Friends from India and USA
Antarjaal par saaihtya parichay
Anubhuti-A complete classic collection of Hindi Poetry
Bharat-Darshan Hindi literary magazine
BlogNaad - Blog Radio
chaya a literary journal in hindi and english
Dware Dware Gyaan Sampada
Hans - No new Update, few old issues
Hindi Audio Books - Enthralling hearts through rhythm, Hindi Books, Audio in Hindi, Hindi Poems in Audio,
Hindi Nest - Boloji
Hindi Poems, Poems, Articles and Novels in Hindi Language, Hindi Novel by Ashwani Kapoor
Index to Mellon Project
J A G R A N - S A H I T Y A
Kalayan Patrika

Nirantar - Hindi Computer Magazine
Some Great Novel, Stories from Premchand, Kabir, Jaysi etc A Hindi Magazine
Ujjwal Bhattacharya Home Page, some stories Hindi Magazine By Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad
Webdunia Sahitya The paradise of Indian Literature
So, keep browsing, and let me know if any of the link does not work, or you have any link which I can read and include here.

Wednesday, 22 June 2005

Bahadur 2040

I post the below part as a comment, to reply of another, which asked about how Bahadur 2040 could be imagined. As I am a little over beer at the moment, my imagination ran wild and I came up with a theme for Bahadur in 2040, or maybe the current avatar of Bahadur.

2040 Bahadur, hmm, son of a terrorist, who has been rehabilitated, and now work along with Police, on a small town of India, which is a satellite town, having all the latest tech and fashion available. He uses physical and mental abilities as well as lots of gizmos to catch the bad guys. He runs a centre which train common people to combat terrorism and prepare them on how to react during emergencies. Bela, his girlfriend, is a victim of terrorism, whose parents died during a terrorist attack, and she is all alone in this world, of course except Bahadur. Later on, there could be one story which oepns up the secret that it was Bahadur's father who killed Bela's parents. Hey guys, it’s Friday night, and with some beer, my imagination is running wild....forgive me for this... Mujhko Yaaro Maaf Karna, Main Nashe Me Hu...

Tuesday, 21 June 2005

Bahadur - The first Indian Comics Hero

[The below article is posted by someone else on a different forum, but I put it here, as this is a great information about Bahadur, and need to be spread across. Although there are few corrections needed, which I did not do in the article, but mentioning it here – Bahadur was created by Abid Surti, in 1976, and later taken over by Jagjit Uppal, not as it is mentioned below that Jagjit Uppal was the creator of Bahadur. Also, Indian Comics is not limited to Bahadur and Mahabali Shaaka, as mentioned below, as we all know about Chacha Chowdhury, Amar Chitra Katha and a lot more, but I will have to write a full article on History of Indian Comics someday. Please note that the below is not my write-up, but reproduced from net, as Bahadur deserved a place on net.]

Mention Indian action comics and this conjures up the images of gaudily drawn adventures of jungle lords like Mahabali Shaaka, a cross between Tarzan and Phantom, and hugely successful in circulation, or superhero spinoffs like Nagraj (who shoots serpents out of his wrist, has a secret identity, which surprise, surprise, involves wearing glasses and working as a reporter!)
And many others.

However, long before any of these were on the scene, Bennet and Coleman Ltd., the publishers of Indrajal Comics which presented Phantom, Mandrake among others to the Indian readers, brought out stories of Bahadur (literally translated means The Brave). Created by the duo of Jagjit Uppal and B Govind (who illustrated many fantastic painted covers for Indrajal Comics), this was loosely inspired by the Phantom in some respects, but delightfully original in many others.

The Dacoit's Son

The story begins when a dacoit who has been terrorising villages and people is shot dead by the Chief of Police Vishal. The dacoit's teenaged son swears revenge on the policeman who caused the death of his father. However, Vishal convinces the young lad the folly of his ways, and helps him turn over a new leaf. The boy is Bahadur, and he grows up to enforce law and order in the little bustling town of Jaigarh, though many stories have him traveling thru the length and breadth of the country, even overseas and abroad on a few occasions.

The Citizens' Security Force

Jaigarh is located near a hotbed of infamy and crime, and is a haven for smugglers and racketeers. Bahadur, along with Vishal's assistance, sets up a voluntary organization of cadets who are trained in law enforcement and assist the police in maintaining law and order. Shades of the Jungle Patrol no doubt, but the CSF takes on a life of its own thru later stories.
A Matter of Heart What good is an adventure story without any romantic interest? Bahadur's love interest is Bela in the stories. Parallels to Diana galore, Bela is spunky, courageous and extremely skilled in martial arts. Though there have been a few stories where villains try to get at Bahadur thru her, she does manage pretty well on her own.

The Supporting Cast

Assisting Bahadur in managing the CSF are Sukhia and Lakhan. Lakhan is an ex-dacoit who surrenders to the police and now dedicates his services to law enforcement. Mukhia (literally translated means Chieftain) is the village leader and a good friend of Bahadur's. Many stories feature the merry trio (Mukhia, Sukhia and Lakhan) aiding Bahadur.

From Dacoits to Espionage

The initial scenarios of the stories were in ravines and valleys, with horses and rifles. Gradually, modernization of plot crept in. In one story, Bahadur helps smash a coup attempt.

The final touch

Making the comparison final with the Phantom, Bahadur finally got a dog in the later stories. And of course, some stories have captions like "Bahadur moves faster than cheetah"
The early stories boasted of some beautiful layouts and detailed pen and brushwork.
Later on, the art chores were taken over by B Pramod. Of course, by then, time had moved on, and Jaigarh had transformed from a sleepy town of ravines and dacoits into a modern city-town with all its problems.

Indrajal Comics later tried with two more indigenous creations: Aditya - The Man From Nowhere (a hermit with mystic powers for fighting crime and evil) and Dara (a cross between X9 and Phantom)!

However, Bahadur stands out as a truly successful creation. The stories manage to perfectly capture the ambience of geographic location. And without being preachy or dull!