Amidst the sea of English literature in India, regional literary pieces seem to be growing smaller, particularly ones that should have earned their place in history. With the fear of such gems being completely lost to time, Onaiza Drabu and Prachi Jha, started Daak, a blog that celebrates such near-forgotten works.
Features the works of AK Ramanujan, Amrita Sher-Gill, Savitribai Phule and more
Inspired by the art of letter-writing, Daak began as a weekly newsletter the duo sent to their friends and family and now has grown into a fully-fledged blog featuring the works of AK Ramanujan, Amrita Sher-Gill, Savitribai Phule and more. In the sphere of literature, there are absolutely no arguments that India has nothing to offer, but quite the opposite, from all corners of this diverse country. Daak ensures that none of these great works gets lost in translation and time. Scouring the length and breadth of Indian literature from the 300 different versions of the Ramayana to Mahashweta Devi’s Haunting Tale of Revenge, people can discover treasures of poetry, stories, letters, photographs and more. Also, featuring various folk artworks in the form of stamps for each postcard, Daak has gained much traction for their unconventional take on literature.
Are resurrecting literary works from the last two centuries
It was fate when Drabu and Jha connected with each other during the Young India Fellowship programme and found a love for literature. Coming up with the idea of resurrecting the past’s forgotten works from the last two centuries, they said, “Together with few other friends and mentors, we had been brainstorming the idea for a while. Prachi had previously worked on a similar venture as part of her Experiential Module Learning (ELM) with the Dean of the Fellowship whose brainchild it originally was.” However, what began as a passion soon seemed to have fizzled out until they decided to not give up on it and the rest is history. Launching the website in May 2016, they still continue their respective professions working for an NGO and UNICEF respectively.
Showing fellow young Indians that you can have a career and follow your passion at the same time, this literary duo is digging deep into the sea of Indian literature with a newfound passion for their cause.
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