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It’s an honour

By Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

As you could see in the right panel in the name against Ranita Sinha, BN Sinha and RM Sinha, there is an icon of RSS feed. It is a very powerful tool. Now, what is a RSS feed? To put it simple RSS or Rich Site Summary is a tool through which publishers (here the blog, it may be websites as well) distribute its contents (here articles of the writers) to its readers, and here readers may be anyone Bishnupriya Manipuri or non Brishinupriya Manipuri.

With the number of articles increasing, trail of readers following individual authors ' each and every articles, it was a gradual move to make their articles independent – readers don’t have to come to the blog to read their articles, it will be delivered to their feeder – Google Reader or iGoogle. Since the day the blog entered into the world of internet. I personally felt, and have witnessed many times people are reading their articles vociferously and they have their own favourite writers. Ironically, they don’t know me!

Here is one incident from many, last year I met a Bishnupriya Manipuri boy on the auspicious day of Diwali, after a brief introduction of knowing each other, I asked him, “Does he know Ranita Sinha?”, as he was from Guwahati. He said, “Yes, she is our neighbour in Guwahati and have read her article I saw a Bishnupriya Manipuri Ragpicker”. Enthused of knowing it that he has read the article, I asked him “Does he know Rishikesh Sinha.” He bluntly said, “NO”. His answer came as a thunderbolt; I could do nothing, only I could clench my teeth: Hmmm he does not see my name Rishikesh Sinha that comes with every post.

About BN Sinha, readers call me up and say ‘his writing is different and much sophisticated’. And about our Rebati Mohan Sinha there is a perception in general public that he is an inspiration to many, of his age he is still active, and his energy is insurmountable. Youngsters have to learn from him.

With this tool, the onus is on writers how they treat their readers; it comes as great honour for them, definitely with a tinge of responsibility. Of the fact that someone is spending of his /her time reading their article is a responsibility. The writers have to respect readers' time. I personally feel: you cannot make people read what you have written; and if someone is reading it is an honour. Please, do give respect.

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