Tales have stood the test of time; the art of story-telling is present in every language. In English it comes in many names such as tale, narrative, anecdote, legend, fable, saga; in Hindi, it would be called katha, kahani, dastan; in Tamil it would be called Kadhai and so on, but the fundamental concept being that no matter the language the art of storytelling is eternal.
Centuries ago people would often huddle up around the fire and exchange stories, sing songs, narrate epics. In the 20th Century, in the birthplace of sagas such as Mahabharat, Shakuntala, Panchatantra and many; storytelling was dying, and it was a slow and painful death.
Pratilipi, derived from the Sanskrit word meaning ‘copy’ is a self-publishing website; it is a platform that brings together writers and readers in a virtual community that instigates a dialogue on literature in any language. It is the 21st century’s answer to the age-old tradition of storytelling but now instead of being huddled up near a fire, readers and writers perch with their laptop, desktop or mobile screens.