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One for the Indian languages – Pratilipi

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Do you write in Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam or any Indian regional language? Then, read about Pratilipi, a crowd-sourced publishing portal founded by Ranjeet Pratap Singh. An erstwhile software engineer, Ranjeet felt a dire need to begin a publishing unit that focusses on regional languages of India. He says, “We all know who won the Nobel or a Commonwealth but we do not focus on Jnanpith or the Sahitya Akademi awards.”

What urged him to begin Pratilipi?  He says, “I used to read a lot of Hindi literature and then I wanted to read more online but I could not find enough avenues.” That’s when the idea struck him and he left his comfortable job and began working on building Pratilipi. The site hosts eight regional languages such as Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujrati, Marathi, Malayalam, Bengali and Kannada. They plan to include Urdu and Odia soon.

But, how does Pratilipi work?  If you are a writer, you create an account and you begin posting or publishing your books. It is like YouTube or Facebook for regional publishing. If you are a reader, you log on to the site and begin reading. Also, they have an android application and their iOS application is in the process.

Ranjeet says, “We are working towards engaging writers with Sahitya Akademi award writers to mentor upcoming writers and help them understand the nuances of writing in a program called Writers Academy. Writers’ academy is currently still an experiment where renowned writers talk about their experiences as well as lessons on how to become a good writer. As of now, Gujarati and Tamil will be live soon. ”

Complete Team Picture

Who are the team behind this? “We are around twenty-four people from different walks of life but share a common passion for regional literature. We have nine people in technology and the rest in various departments.”

So, type away in your mother language at pratilipi.com

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