Author’s Background: The main author, Dr. Bal Krishna Misra has over 50+ published/presented paper; his Doctoral degree in Floristic of the districts of Prayagraj & Kaushambi, Uttar Pradesh; experience of supervising research on the Floristic of Bhind district (Madhya Prades) and the districts of Etawah, Auraiya, Kanpur Dehat, Kanpur Nagar and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, to his credit. The Co-author Saurabh Misra has promisingly contributed by manoeuvring the management, assessment and processing of the data, as to bring out the book in its present form.
Neel Preet: Firstly, Congratulations on your book, “English ⇄ Hindi Dictionary of Botanical Terms (Hindictbot)!” What responses are you getting from this book of yours? Please share your experience about this book.
Authors: Thank you very much for the complements. Since, the book is just at the threshold of its release, so it is too early to assess the net response. However, during this short time interaction, readers have appreciated our efforts and book’s utility.
Neel Preet: Well, the subject matter covered in your book is very essential & yet many of us are alien to this! So my next question to you is that what inspired you to write a book like this?
Authors: The voluminous English-Hindi Dictionaries of Scientific Terms did not help much in the promotion of Hindi Terminology at the national level. Their mammoth size, limited availability and clubbing together of the Hindi version terms of all the Science subjects, makes their consultation difficult and strenuous.
Of course present book is the first of its kind, because it is handy, easily available and includes only selective botanical terms and also provides Hindi versions of the Botanical Terms as per requirement of the UG/PG study curriculum and the literature on the competitive examinations with Botany as one of the subjects.
Neel Preet: You have laid out the concepts of the various botanical terms in this book so, why did you feel need to highlight these topics among the readers?
Authors: Of own we did not create any new concept or new Hindi version of any Botanical term. This book is simply based upon the data gathered during
perusal of literature pertaining to study curriculum and competitive examinations. For the search of Hindi version of the Botanical Terms the literature available in the libraries and on internet has been depended upon. Of course we did use our ingenuity is picking up more appropriate Hindi version terms.
Neel Preet: This book primarily targets the academic readers, who may be interested in certain kinds of researches! So, what was the impetus behind this work of yours?
Authors: The will be definitely useful for a teachers, paper setters, scholars writing the Hindi version their text, or any person engaged in English to Hindi translation of a book or a document.
Neel Preet: Apart from academic and scientific genre, in which other genre would you consider carrying out your writing?
Authors: Apart from academic and scientific genre, persons engaged in pharmaceutical industries, Herb manufacturer & suppliers and various departments of GUV dealing with plant wealth, will benefit from the book in their bilingual documentation and correspondences.
Neel Preet: Next, I want you to tell us about some of those writers and researchers, whom you follow and who had inspired you!
Authors: None other than Prof. D.D. Pant, India’s legendary Paleobotanist had been the proposer and inspirator behind this project. During my Teacher Research Fellowship tenure at University of Allahabad, Prof. Pant suggested me to take over this project. He further emphasised that if you do not carry on this project, somebody else will take over and become the pioneer in your place. This is in brief the story behind the project.
Neel Preet: Is there any message which you would like to convey to your readers? Or any piece of advice, which you would like to give to the readers out there!
Authors: We humbly request all our readers to kindly convey us short coming, if observed in the book; ask us to search out the Hindi version of any Botanical term as per their need; and suggest if some Hindi version of any botanical term comes to their knowledge or mind. Any reader’s interaction will be ever welcome and obligatory on the authors; part.
Neel Preet: Are there any other books being worked by you? Please let us know about your future projects.
Authors: Books being worked out by the first author are already been given with the author’s introduction. At present I am deeply involved in the final compilation of our thesis based book, entitled “The Flora of Bhind District (Mdhya Pradesh) by Rajiv Kumar Mishra and me.
Neel Preet: Thank you so much for answering all my questions. All the very best to you for the future and your book too!
Authors: We thankfully acknowledge your deep observation, constructive criticism and enlightening questionnaire put forward.