Oft times things turned out to be much beyond our expectations. We don’t plan for them, we don’t really foresee them… and, perhaps, we don’t even want them to be what we see them many years later. More often than not, such experiences are, sadly, negative. They give us sorrow and we begin to think “Alas! I wish if it would not have been like this”.
However, sometimes we get lucky as well. What we had not foreseen eventually turns out to be good… and better than our expectations… and the best among equals! One such instance in my life is the beginning Kavita Kosh project (an encyclopedia of Hindi poetry). Today is the fourth birthday of Kavita Kosh.
I started a little project with a big vision but tiny hope. From the day one, I had no doubt as to what I was going to name it. Name was to be Kavita Kosh. The project had begun with a vision of making a huge collection of Hindi poetry on Internet. There were many reasons that prompted me to start this project —the most important ones being:
- Frustration of keep looking for poems that were there on Internet but could not be searched easily
- To bring hundreds of people together to focus their energy on one single target. All these people were already wasting their time and energy in order to build similar collections but they wanted to do it all alone. And that was simply not possible.
On July 05, 2006 I setup the first Kavita Kosh website and began collecting the copyright free Hindi poetry on it. I collected about 500 excellent poems on my own. But then I began to get tired. One of the reasons behind this mental fatigue was the lack of any enthusiasm from public for this project. I was laboring almost all alone. I thought of abolishing the project many times —but always decided otherwise.
As they say, every dog has its day. Even though quite late but people finally started to take notice of Kavita Kosh and began to come along. Within a year the project had started to take some definitive shape with more than 3,000 poems under its roof and policies, administration etc. in place. It had started to snowball into a big thing with more and more people joining hands. Along with many other people I worked a lot to make it successful. Today when the project has become four years old; I once again want to thank each and every person who has contributed to the success of this project. Like Wikipedia, Kavita Kosh is also a brilliant example of what a community can achieve. Unity is power!… I can’t name every person who made contribution to Kavita Kosh —so I would prefer not to name any one. Like every Hindi literature loving person, I am extremely thankful to all the contributors.
Kavita Kosh is a unique project in many ways. Most remarkably for the copyright policy that it has adopted. It is a non-profit project and has come this far without using any money (except for the server charges, that I and my friends pay). I shall not go into details of it but soon I will try to publish a tell-all book about the project which will answer all the queries and curiosities.
Here are some latest statistics about project’s website:
- 30,000+ poems collected
- 100,000+ people visit the website every month
- 1.5 million+ pages are viewed every month
- 40 million+ hits per month
- 3700+ fans on Facebook (page launched 5 months ago)
- 80+ regular contributors
- 4500+ registered users
These statistics may not be spectacular if compared with commercial and/or English language websites. But for a Hindi language website; that too of a very specific domain; these statistics are significant.
Today, Kavita Kosh has made itself known, important and loved. It happened all because of the community work. I will keep making my contributions as long as I can. There are many more and bigger milestones yet to be touched.
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep
But I have promises to keep
And miles to go before I sleep
And miles to go before I sleep