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5th Translation Contest

English to Hindi


Source text:

All travel is now merely a means of moving a camera from place to place, all travellers are ruled by the all-powerful lens. Visitors old-fashioned enough to wish only to stand and look with their anachronistic eyes are shoved aside by the photographers, who take it for granted that while they do their ritual focusing, nothing else may move or cross their vision. Those peculiar souls without a camera must step aside for those more properly occupied, must wait while the rituals take place, and must bide their time while whole coaches stop and unleash upon the landscape the Instamatic God. And the populations of whole countries seeing themselves cannibalised, swallowed up, vacuumed into the black-ringed staring eye, wrench what they can from the cannibals. You want picture my house, my camel? You pay.

None of this would matter, perhaps, if anything worthwhile was being accomplished. If all the constant busyness and clicking produced, at its end, what had not existed before, images of beauty captured or truth told. But, sadly, this isn't so. The camera is simply graffiti made respectable.

The camera is the means by which we stamp ourselves on everything we see, under cover of recording the Wonders of the World already wonderfully
recorded by professionals and on sale at every corner bookshop and newsagent. But what use to show Aunt Maud, back home, postcards of the Tuscan landscape, since we are not in the picture to prove that we were there?

No stretch of rocks has verity unless I am within it. No monument exists
but for my wife, leaning against it. No temple is of interest without my face beside it, grinning. With my camera I appropriate everything beautiful, possess it, shrink it, domesticate it, and reproduce it on my blank sitting-room wall to prove to a selected audience of friends and family the one absolutely vital fact about these beauties: I saw them, I was there, I photographed them, and, ergo, they are.

from "Amateur Photography: the World as it isn't and our Fred" by Jill Tweedie in the Guardian

Entry #3367 - Points: 12 - WINNER!
Ritu Bhanot
अब यात्रा केवल कैमरे को एक जगह से दूसरी जगह ले जाने का माध्यम मात्र रह गयी है ।  सभी यात्री इस सर्व-शक्तिशाली लेन्स की इच्छानुसार चलते हैं । फ़ोटोग्रॉफ़र उन पर्यटकों को पीछे धकेल देते हैं जो अब Show full text

Nicholas Ferreira
Congratulations! I do not understand too much, but you did well. I like your profile too, very complete and precise.
Niraja Nanjundan
Congratulations, Ritu! You deserve it!
Entry #3469 - Points: 8
समस्त पर्यटन अब कैमरे को यहां वहां ले जाने का जरिया मात्र बन कर रह गया है, और सभी पर्यटक आज इस सर्वशक्तिमान लेन्स के गुलाम हैं। पुराने खयालातों के बेचारे पर्यटक, जो खड़े होकर अपनी आंखों से नज़ारा Show full text

Please read 'टस्कन भू-दृश्यों को पोस्टकार्ड' as 'टस्कन भू-दृश्यों के पोस्टकार्ड'. It's a typo.
Entry #3439 - Points: 4
Dr. Rajesh Kumar
सभी यात्राएँ अब बस एक जगह से दूसरी जगह पर कैमरा घुमाना भर है, सभी यात्री सर्व-शक्तिमान लेंस से शासित होते हैं। जो आगंतुक इतने पुराने फ़ैशन के हैं कि बस खड़े होकर अपनी अव्यवस्थित आँखों से देखना भर Show full text

Entry #3454 - Points: 1
Shalini Bansal
हर प्रकार की यात्रा अब केवल कैमरा को एक स्थान से दूसरे स्थान तक ले जाने का एक साधन है, सारे यात्री अब उस सर्वशक्तिमान लेंस द्वारा शासित हैं | जो पर्यटक इतने व्यवहारबाह्य हैं कि, वे केवल खड़े होकर अपने Show full text

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Shalini Bansal
Congratulations Ritu!
Ritu Bhanot
Thanks Shalini.

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