We, Writers are without borders!
(Writers are also prone to religious ,cultural and political prejudices.We must do away with them as soon as possible.)
How does it feel when you are denied membership of a creative group! I recently had this experience. I was refused membership of Yahoo group because I do not conform to certain benchmarks.
I wanted to join this group because group moderator quoted a couplet of a renowned poet of our subcontinent. I took that couplet as a sign of creativity sans borders. How wrong was I !
Rejection was like egg on my face.
Later I found out, since I do not belong to a particular country whose relationship with my country is always at stake., group moderator felt I was not up to mark.
Writers across the world are facing brunt of so-called intellectual snobbery.
First so-called literary figures do not want us to compete with them. Then we are always censured by all and sundry.
Which other profession is filled with so many hidden opponents?
It shows our insecurities. We do not want our own fears to come out.
Let us understand there is always other side of a story. Who knows so-called literary giants may no longer be accepted tomorrow.
Who knows that many also share the similar sentiments across the fence?
Writers can be gagged, their writing instruments be seized. Nevertheless, you can never stop a thinking mind from producing and sharing the best of sentiments.
I have always seen politicians and think tanks advising us to do pros and cons. I have seen so called Veterans of wars condemning us as nothing but couch potatoes. I have read how we have endured so many sufferings because of X.
However, when I read a small message from a schoolchild who wants to play cricket with his counterparts, my eyes become wet.
I can barely control my smile when I listen to common people repeating the same day-to-day problems.
I wish to ask that moderator who may be far more knowledgeable than I am., how can two persons with same spirit be different.
Our language may be different. Our culture may not be alike. We may have different dietary preferences but we both are writers.
Had our ancestors thought this way, may be we would have been without bedtime stories and classical literature.
However, like all students of www.shvoong.com, I hope good sense prevails on him soon (Ashish Dimri, a freelancing journalist wrote this true story)