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June 6, 2009

Scanning old Hindi books

Filed under: My Life — Tags: — Suramya @ 10:35 PM

Was rearranging my book collection here when I found some really old Hindi books. These books belonged to my Mother’s Grandfather and had been lying unnoticed with my books for ages. Unfortunately some of the books have gotten damaged, probably in all the moves we did over the years when dad was in the Air Force.

As these books are pretty much irreplaceable, I have started scanning them and then restoring them. So far I have scanned two books and will be scanning the rest as and when I get time. The plan is that once I am done scanning all these books I will visit my grandparents place and get the rest of his books from there and scan them too. Some of these books are over a 100 years old.

Since I am pretty sure that the books are no longer under copyright I am going to post them here on the site. Feel free to distribute the books as long as you don’t charge for it. Plus would be nice if you could mention where you got them from.

The books are scanned as .jpg images with two pages per image. As I said the books were in bad condition (I am sad that I didn’t notice this earlier) and some of them have pages missing so I have scanned whatever pages were remaining and restored the books and put proper covers etc on them to prevent further damage.

The first two books I scanned are available for download here:

  • Sachee Aur Imandaar Balak (Truthful and Honest Children) Contains short stories about children who were honest and truthful.
  • Hindi Stories Unfortunately the title page of this book is missing so I don’t know the name of the book. It contains short stories in Hindi
  • Will be scanning more soon. If you have and comments/feedback please do let me know.

    [Update 12/12/2014] :

    Looks like folks are not reading the comments, so updating the post to add this note. I am not interested in promoting Piracy, if the book you want is still being published then there is no way I am going to post a copy on my site. You can and should purchase the book from the publisher. The contact details for the publisher are below (Thanks Nostalgia for sharing):

    PEOPLE’S PUBLISHING HOUSE,G-18A(G-BLOCK), MARINA ARCADE,(BELOW MARINA HOTEL),
    CONNAUGHT PLACE,NEW DELHI-1,
    Phone 01123523349, 01123324064

    – Suramya

    33 Comments »

    33 Responses to " Scanning old Hindi books "

    1. strange reading hindi… seems like I haven’t read it in over a year…

      Comment by Anks — August 27, 2009 @ 12:32 AM

    2. Dear Suramaya,

      Do you have Kavita Kaumudi, a book in four volumes by Ram Naresh Tripathi? It was published about ninety years ago.

      Best regards,

      Amitabh

      Comment by Amitabh — October 24, 2009 @ 4:31 PM

    3. i am looking for some old russian books translated in hindi, i read them asa child . one of themn is “toofani toli”another one “papa jab bachche the”. do you have it? plz plz respond.

      Comment by kirti — February 1, 2010 @ 10:13 PM

    4. @Amitabh,

      No I don’t have the book. If you can find it and scan then I would be more than happy to host it.

      @Kirti,

      Unfortunately I don’t have these books either. A lot of the old books from my grandfather’s place were donated to a library there by my cousin so that more people can read them. I only have about 10-15 old books here with me, the rest are at their place or in the library.

      – Suramya

      Comment by Suramya — February 2, 2010 @ 12:58 AM

    5. Hey… do you have book called,”jahan chah wahan raah”?

      Comment by Priya — March 31, 2010 @ 11:03 PM

    6. No sorry Priya, I don’t have it at home. I only have about 10-15 of these old books at home. The rest are in my grandfather’s library.

      – Suramya

      Comment by Suramya — April 3, 2010 @ 1:23 AM

    7. hi surmaya if you are having jahan chah wahan rah and heere moti then plz call me my no. is 09990087995 prashant

      Comment by prashant — April 10, 2010 @ 8:57 PM

    8. Dear Frnd….

      Im also looking fwd to get this book from whatever source possible….it”ll be a great favour if u let me know if u from where can i get it…

      Thanks & Regards

      Rahul
      Jaipur(India)

      Comment by Rahul sharma — June 6, 2010 @ 7:46 PM

    9. Umm… Rahul you forgot to mention the name of the book and since my telepathy machine is out for repairs I need some help… :p

      – Suramya

      Comment by Suramya — June 6, 2010 @ 8:10 PM

    10. @Kirti, I do have “papa jab bachche the”. I’ve moved quite a few times in my life, and I’ve always kept it with me :)

      Comment by Robin — July 16, 2010 @ 1:25 PM

    11. Hay Robin…I am also looking for the book papa jab bacche the…can you scan it and send to me.

      Comment by Neeraj — July 28, 2010 @ 2:40 PM

    12. Hey Robin,

      If you do manage to scan it, email/send it to me and I will be happy to host the book.

      Regards,

      Suramya

      Comment by Suramya — July 30, 2010 @ 6:18 PM

    13. Hi,

      I am also really looking for the book “papa jab bacche the”, I loved it as a child. I thought that it was really what my dad did as a kid.

      I would love to see that book on this blog.

      Thanks.

      Comment by KT — November 6, 2010 @ 7:20 PM

    14. I’d be forever grateful if I too could get a copy of ‘Papa Jab Bachche The’!

      Comment by Mika — November 15, 2010 @ 3:17 PM

    15. it’s sache aur imandar balak :) thanks for scanning it ! :) I think it still gets published though through geeta press

      Comment by amritanshu — November 22, 2010 @ 2:10 AM

    16. http://www.gitapress.org/Use_child.asp?pagenum=11 there you go :)

      Comment by amritanshu — November 22, 2010 @ 2:13 AM

    17. You will find the book ‘Papa Jab Bachche’ The on ebay.in

      Comment by Vineet Gupta — January 6, 2011 @ 1:08 PM

    18. i still remember i read this book “papa jab bachche the” as well as ” jahan chah wahan rah” when i was a child, i’ve looked it up on http://www.gitapress.org but i couldn’t find this book there…i got both these books on ebay…

      Comment by Nupur — January 10, 2011 @ 9:08 AM

    19. mujhe teen pustke chahiye jo ki russia ke lekhko ne likhi hain . ji hindi me anuvadit hui hain. 1. papa jab bachhe the 2. heere moti .3. jahan chah wahan rah.

      Comment by rajesh ramawat — May 14, 2011 @ 3:47 PM

    20. URGENTLY I WANT TO READ POETRY COLLECTION BOOK KAVITA KAUMUDI’. PLEASE TELL ME THE ADDRESS WHERE I FOUND THE ABOVE BOOK. I WANT TO PURCHASE THIS BOOK FOR MY OWN LIBRARY.

      Comment by HRISHIKESH CHATURVEDI — June 3, 2011 @ 2:29 PM

    21. Dear All,

      If Kavita Kaumudi, a book in four volumes by Ram Naresh Tripathi, can be made available, there are many admirers of these volumes who will like to join hands and, get these Four volumes re-printed for love of literature. These are precious gems of Hindi Literature. A legacy, our modern society should not be deprived of.

      Regards
      R P Agarwal

      Comment by R P Agarwal — June 4, 2011 @ 9:14 PM

    22. hi Guys !
      All those who want to hace ” papa jab bachche the, jahan chah wahan raah ” I have a good news for you. The books have been republished by PPH , 5 Rani jhansi road new delhi.
      call up on fff nos : 011-23523349
      : 011-23529823
      09891585153.
      they have printed many more books too.
      and they really respond and home deliver thru VPP.

      i have got 3 books some days back .
      kirti

      Comment by kirti — October 10, 2011 @ 9:14 AM

    23. Hi Kirti,

      Thanks for the information. You have made a lot of people very happy :)

      – Suramya

      PS: Just to make things absolutely clear, now that I know that the books ” papa jab bachche the, jahan chah wahan raah” are being published I will not be positing scanned copies on the site. If you love the books go out and buy them.

      Comment by Suramya — October 11, 2011 @ 4:16 PM

    24. @R P Agarwal,

      Looks like the government of India agrees with you. You can download/read Kavita Kaumudi from the Digital Library of India. You should also check out their main site for other great books that have been scanned. Visit them at Digital Library of India

      – Suramya

      Comment by Suramya — October 11, 2011 @ 4:35 PM

    25. Hi suramya
      I have been looking for a story “KALYATRI”. I have read that story in book of Hindi of 7th standard.
      Don’t know the name of that book but i remamber it was 2002 or 2003 when i read that book.
      Do you have this book? I want it
      – Abhishek jha

      Comment by Abhishek jha — July 20, 2012 @ 10:11 PM

    26. Hi Abhishek,

      Sorry don’t have the book.

      – Suramya

      Comment by Suramya — July 25, 2012 @ 1:07 AM

    27. So is anyone scanning papa jab bachhe the? :)

      Comment by Anmol — January 26, 2014 @ 12:19 AM

    28. Nope. :) Since it is currently being published by PPH (See Kriti’s comment above for contact details.) I will not be scanning it.

      – Suramya

      Comment by Suramya — February 15, 2014 @ 6:52 PM

    29. “When daddy was a little boy” (English version of “Papa jab bachhe the”), Roosi Lok Kathayen, and some other Russian books can be found at [link removed, as the books are still in publication and not in public domain. Thanks for sharing though. – Sur]

      Comment by Devadatta — May 30, 2014 @ 6:28 PM

    30. Folks,

      Thanks for sharing links to download the books, but as I mentioned earlier I am not trying to promote piracy and since these books (Papa jaab Bachee The and others) are still in active publication (and are reasonably priced) I will remove all links to download them illegally from the comments.

      – Suramya

      Comment by Suramya — July 8, 2014 @ 4:39 PM

    31. Hello Everyone! Among many books required by you are available at:

      PEOPLE’S PUBLISHING HOUSE,G-18A(G-BLOCK), MARINA ARCADE,(BELOW MARINA HOTEL),
      CONNAUGHT PLACE,NEW DELHI-1,
      Phone 01123523349, 01123324064

      Comment by Nostalgia — September 11, 2014 @ 12:06 AM

    32. Im also looking fwd to get this book from whatever source possible….it”ll be a great favour if u let me know if u from where can i get it…

      Comment by rashid — November 29, 2014 @ 2:08 PM

    33. @Rashid, you can get the book from People’s publishing house. The contact details are in the comment above yours (Comment #31)

      – Suramya

      Comment by Suramya — December 12, 2014 @ 2:21 AM

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