Pundora wins the English into Hindi translation contest
Thread poster: María Florencia Vita

María Florencia Vita
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Feb 28, 2007

Dear members,

I am very happy to announce that Pundora has won the English into Hindi section of ProZ.com first translation contest.

A total of 3 translations were received for this language pair. The ones that received at least 2 votes are shown in the contest page, including the name of the poster, and the amount of votes and the comments received by each of these entries.

The general results were:



The source text for this contest was:


When she moved into his tiny house in Stroud, and took charge of his four small children, Mother was thirty and still quite handsome. She had not, I suppose, met anyone like him before. This rather priggish young man, with his devout gentility, his airs and manners, his music and ambitions, his charm, bright talk, and undeniable good looks, overwhelmed her as soon as she saw him. So she fell in love with him immediately, and remained in love for ever. And herself being comely, sensitive, and adoring, she attracted my father also. And so he married her. And so later he left her - with his children and some more of her own.

When he'd gone, she brought us to the village and waited. She waited for thirty years. I don't think she ever knew what had made him desert her, though the reasons seemed clear enough. She was too honest, too natural for this frightened man; too remote from his tidy laws. She was, after all, a country girl; disordered, hysterical, loving. She was muddled and mischievous as a chimney-jackdaw, she made her nest of rags and jewels, was happy in the sunlight, squawked loudly at danger, pried and was insatiably curious, forgot when to eat or ate all day, and sang when sunsets were red. She lived by the easy laws of the hedgerow, loved the world, and made no plans, had a quick holy eye for natural wonders and couldn't have kept a neat house for her life. What my father wished for was something quite different, something she could never give him - the protective order of an unimpeachable suburbia, which was what he got in the end.

The three or four years Mother spent with my father she fed on for the rest of her life. Her happiness at that time was something she guarded as though it must ensure his eventual return. She would talk about it almost in awe, not that it had ceased but that it had happened at all.



And Pundora's winning translation into Hindi was:



जिस समय माँ ने स्ट्राउड स्थित उसके छोटे से घर में कदम रखे और उसके चार छोटे-छोटे बच्चों की जिम्मेदारी संभाली, तब उनकी उम्र तीस वर्ष थी और वह अभी भी अत्यंत आकर्षक थीं। मेरा अनुमान है कि वह ऐसे व्यक्ति से पहले कभी नहीं मिली होंगी। कुछ दम्भी, इस युवा व्यक्ति की कट्टर कुलीनता, उच्चवर्गीय हाव-भाव, संगीत व महत्वाकाँक्षा, आकर्षण, होनहार बातचीत, और उसके दोष-रहित रूप-रंग से वह पहली ही नज़र में अभिभूत हो गईं। अतः उन्हें तुरंत ही इस व्यक्ति से प्रेम हो गया, जो उनके हृदय में हमेशा बना रहा। और, स्वयं भी चारु, कोमलहृदय और अत्यंत स्नेहशील होने के कारण उन्होंने मेरे पिता को भी आकर्षित कर लिया। और, इस तरह मेरे पिता ने उन से विवाह किया। और, इसी तरह पिताजी ने उन्हें बाद में छोड़ भी दिया - जब वे अपने बच्चों व माँ के कुछ और बच्चों को छोड़कर चले गए।

पिताजी के जाने के बाद, माँ हमें गाँव ले आईं और प्रतीक्षा करने लगीं। उन्होंने तीस वर्ष तक प्रतीक्षा की। मुझे नहीं लगता, माँ कभी समझ पाई होंगी कि पिता जी ने उन्हें क्यों छोड़ा था, यद्यपि कारण स्पष्ट जान पड़ते थे। उस डरे-सहमे व्यक्ति के विपरीत, वह एकदम निष्कपट और सहज प्रकृति की थीं; उसके बनावटी नियमों से कोसों दूर। आखिर वह एक देहाती लड़की थी; अव्यवस्थित, भावुक और स्नेही। वह तो अल्हड़ और नटखट थी, उस प्रजाति की चिड़िया की भांति, जो चिथड़ों और चमकीली वस्तुओं को इकट्ठा कर घोंसला बनाती है, धूप को देखकर प्रफुल्लित हो उठती है, खतरा भाँपने पर तीव्र चीत्कार करने लगती है, ताक-झाँक जिसके स्वभाव में है, कभी न शांत होने वाला कुतूहल लिए रहती है, कभी भोजन करना भूल जाए तो कभी पूरे दिन खाती रहे, और सूर्यास्त की लाली देखकर गाने लगे। वह सीधे व सरल नियमों में विश्वास रखती थीं और मानव मात्र से प्रेम करती थीं। योजनाएं बनाना उनके स्वभाव में न था, प्रकृति के चमत्कारों के प्रति वह पवित्र और तीक्ष्णदृष्टि रखती थीं और आजीवन साफ-सुथरा घर बनाए रखने के लिए वह नहीं बनी थीं। लेकिन, मेरे पिता की आकाँक्षाएं एकदम भिन्न थीं, ऐसी आकाँक्षाएं जिन्हें वह कभी पूरा नहीं कर सकती थीं - एक विश्वस्त उपनगरीय जीवन की एहतियाती व्यवस्था, और पिता जी को अंत में मिला भी वही।

पिताजी के साथ बिताए गए तीन या चार वर्षों की स्मृतियों के सहारे ही माँ ने शेष जीवन बिताया। उन दिनों की अपनी खुशहाली को माँ ऐसे सुरक्षित रखती थीं, मानो ऐसा करने से आखिरकार पिताजी अवश्य वापस आ जाते। वह उन दिनों के बारे में लगभग विस्मयपूर्वक बातें करतीं। विस्मय इसलिए नहीं कि वह सब समाप्त हो चुका था, बल्कि इसलिए, कि कभी ऐसा भी हुआ था।




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Please find the guidelines and general information for the contest here.

Thank to all participants for devoting your time, effort and passion on this first ProZ.com's translation contest

Regards,
Florencia


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