By no means in his wildest goals did he assume that his love for the town and its way of life will sooner or later earn him his first Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar in Hindi. He has been chosen for his maiden guide Qissa Qissa Lucknowwa — Lucknow Ki Awami Qisse.
The writer says that the announcement got here as a shock for him as he has by no means utilized for it, nor anybody ever mentioned one thing about it with him.
“Mere like qissa, baat-se-baat nikhalne ki vidha hai. Mera maksad hai ki qisso ke zariye Lucknow ka ek chehra bane. The guide is a compilation of anecdotes which I’ve heard, some I’ve researched whereas some I’ve conceived,” Bajpai provides.
To take his tales to a bigger viewers Bajpai has used a lot of mediums. “As dastaango I do know my limitations, I can attain to a restricted viewers solely in order that’s extra the rationale I got here up with this guide. It labored properly and really reached far-off locations. In 4 years it already has 4 reprints,” he says.
Bajpai’s dastaans have numerous Urdu utilization however he prefers calling the language Lakhnavi zubaan. “Individuals can assume no matter they need however Hindi and Urdu ek hello zabaan hai jo do vidha mein likhi jaati hai. I’ve by no means differentiated between the 2 and have grown up listening to them as one language. For me it’s Lakhnavi zubaan or one could say Hindustani zubaan.”
Bajpai has executed PhD on Munshi Nawal Kishor Press which he says that sometime will function within the type of a guide. “However for earlier than that I’ve another concepts in thoughts that I’m engaged on and once more it has to do with Lucknow. I’m no historian and so all of the tales I inform replicate the society, characters and likewise touches a fraction of our historical past,” says Bajpai as he dedicates the feat to his mentor and historian late Yogesh Praveen.
When the nation was in lockdown, he went digital and began the collection Kaa se Kittab Talks on his channel which had Ashutosh Rana, Naseerudin Shah, Swara Bhaskar, Pankaj Tripathi, Devdutt Pattanaik as visitors. “I’m a scholar kitabo ki ahemiyat pata hai hume in order that’s’ extra the rationale why I work on it in a recent manner in order that right now’s youth can relate with the content material. With the lockdown and no gatherings, I went digital. For the collection Ka…. I’ve a heart-to-heart discuss with folks from totally different fields however are avid readers…kitaboon ka apna sansaar hai.” Bajpai continues to have his most important concentrate on his ardour of dastaangoi. “It’s robust to make a livelihood by writing. Dastaangoi is my occupation, it helps me to earn my bread and butter. Throughout pandemic I wrote a dastaan on the river Ganga, Rani Laxmibai, Durgawati, Ahaliyabaai, Tulsidas and now I’m engaged on 1857 Mutiny and Lucknow’s function in that.”
Differentiating between dastaangoi and qissagoi he tells, “Dastaangoi is a particular artwork type which has its personal grammar, boundary and custom whereas qissagoi is usually a manner of storytelling.”
His dastaan featured in OTT collection Sacred Video games whereas in 2020 he was a part of Dastaan-e-Khusro organised by Harvard College moreover acting at Rastrapati Bhawan (2020).