World’s largest online library of Indian literature, Kavita Kosh and Gadya Kosh, is now also available through mobile app. Kavita Kosh project has launched apps for mobile devices based on Android and Windows platforms. The developer says that the apps are still under development and the released versions should be considered beta.
Kavita Kosh website website hosts over 75,000 poems typed in Devanagari (Hindi) script (and more poems are added every day). These poems are from various Indian languages like Hindi, Urdu, Maithili, Bhojpuri, Rajasthani and Awadhi among others.
Similarly, Gadya Kosh website of Lalit Kumar holds more than 12,000 pages which contain prose literature like novels, stories, short stories, travlogue, memoir etc. These two are extremely popular website among Hindi lovers. Now that a lot of people in India are using Internet on the go –it is a boon for poetry lovers to have these apps. Already thousands of people have downloaded these apps and are reading poetry as and when they feel like.
These mobile apps provide a massive list of writers from Kavita Kosh and Gadya Kosh databases. Once a user taps on a poet of choice –list of all the available poems of that poet appears –then the user can select a poem for reading.
On personalization front, apps provides an option to create a “favorites” list of poets as well as poems. This feature allows users to reach their favorite poems just on a tap.
Although the app is compatible with Gingerbread version of Android –but it is recommended to use it on Jellybean or above to be able to use all the features.
Lalit Kumar, director of Kavita Kosh project, told TechWelkin that very soon similar apps for Gadya Kosh website also will be released. Gadya Kosh is a sister website of Kavita Kosh that collects Indian prose literature. Lalit mentioned that these apps have been developed by Ankit Agarwal.
UPDATE: Windows mobile app for Gadya Kosh has been made available. Android version is expected to be released soon.
Download Android version of Kavita Kosh app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kavitakosh
Download Windows version of Kavita Kosh app: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/kavita-kosh/28721eeb-91cd-49ea-a47e-de22cd49816a#