“A pen is mightier than a sword”, this proverb has been speaking about the power of ‘pen’ since ages. But is there any power or authority that comes without responsibility? No. The more powerful you are, the greater is your responsibility, and ‘pen’ is no exception to this rule. Responsibility of a pen is the dilemma of a writer. A writer should be aware of the fact that he holds a PEN, which has the power to bring about revolutions that may be political, social or even ideological. Hence, he should be very careful as to WHAT, WHEN and HOW does he write. What he chooses to write, depends upon the fact whether he wishes to write for himself or for his readers; if he is writing for himself, the content should be confined to the diary, rough notebook or maybe personal letters of the writer. But, if he decides to write for his readers, he again has to make a choice- whether he wishes to share something personal, which his readers might or might not relate to; or whether he wishes to write about a general object / issue with which is readers might or might not agree.
The responsibility does not end here. Writing for oneself, one should be ready to take both the possibilities equally easily and be not disturbed if people fail to relate to his personal views or experiences. Similarly, when writing some general content, one should be ready to take the disapproval of his readers as sportingly as happily as he takes their approval.
This is just a glimpse into the world of a writer and his struggles. He has to take up the responsibility of what he writes, because he holds in his hands an instrument that is powerful enough to make or break things. Just like “weary lies the head that wears the Crown”, “responsibility lies in the hand that holds the pen”.
I would conclude with a request to all my reader-friends to read extensively, and to my writer-friends to write responsibly.