Issuu on Google+

Vol. 1 Issue 5 March 28 - April 06, 2011

Parenting Prognosis in Patna

9

fashionable Bihar

The Patna Post

16

M ag a z i n e o n N e t

Educational fallout in

Bihar


Mar

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

F ro m th e E d ito r’ s D esk ducation forms the man, they say and so the falling and failing standard of education in Bihar is the cover story of thepatnapost this week. Following serious discussion and debate we decided to cover the story not in a news format as it apparently has lost its desired impact and readability. We chose to cover the issue in two broad segments carrying satire, wit, humor and the fact of the matter while the other just a plain opinion written in a moving way.

E

Our writer—the very backbone of thepatnapost, Sanjay Kumar expectedly came to our rescue and wrote two brilliant pieces on it in a very short span of time. In the first he dwelt at length on how the student politics in the campus has come crumbling down affecting the very academic atmosphere of the Universities. In this section he has encompassed all shades of University education in Bihar today while in his opinion page he presented an equally powerful insight on the anxieties and ambiguities of being a modern day parent of a school going child. Hilarious yet serious, itching yet bewitching. Despite all the self congratulatory popular schemes and policies made for the educational ambience in Bihar, education in Bihar today is somnolently in shamble, deep morass and precariously perilous state. The basic infrastructure of good school buildings, good teachers and other necessary amenities should be there before doling out cash for bicycles to students. The old existing colleges and universities must be revived with their glorious past before opening up new educational institutions merely for the sake of counting as government’s achievements and grabbing awards. The state of affairs of the old Patna University from where the past, present and present continuous political leadership of the state have been graduated is well known to all; the educational ambience of the University is worst and political scenario appears as crumbling as its decrepit hostel buildings. But, the political leadership of the state keep drum beating that all is well in Bihar.

Ask any politician, any bureaucrat or for that matter, any parent who could afford the most middle class amenities of life where his son studies and the obvious answer would be either Delhi, Pune or anywhere but outside Bihar. In last five years not even a single existing college of the state gets its facelift and someone is busy receiving an award every year for making a turnaround?! Perhaps he is not aware of what Gilbert Keith Chesterton had said that education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. editor@thepatnapost.com

The Patna Post


Contents 5 Cover Story 9 Opinion Educational fallout Parenting Prognosis in Patna Mar

tendaysyoutrundledpast Photo Story

16

12

Quizicall

Books

24 Poetry

Soul Speak

27

Psychoquest

31

Memory lane Bolly GuPP

36

Foodie

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

32

25

14

26 News to aMUSE

Fashion/Lifestyle Chalchitra

28

33

39 Open Space

40

Opinion Poll result on

Is spending so much money on Bihar Diwas by our govt., justiďŹ ed?

e ed ito r@th ep atn ap o st.c o m Cover pix -3.bp.blogspot.com/

ad s@th ep atn ap o st.c o m

yo u rvo ic e@th ep atn ap o st.c o m

** views expressed by the writers in www.thepatnapost.com are their own.

Concept, design & layout by Creative Brains,/Sui Generis Media Pvt. ltd. Vol. 1, Issue 5, March 28 - April 06 ,2011 .

The Patna Post


S p eed P o st

Mar

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

The Cover Story is really good and the facts about World Cup is informative.. thaks for your eye opening articles.. Vasu Patna Periscope...... pls read it Patna Perish-cope.. the photographs showcases the civic society of capital, known as Seat of knowledge in Past.. Rajesh Saran Congrats, Analysis about Cities surgery and photostory on Labourers life.. their working conditions. The owner tends to make more ‘n more profit raher than investment on Humanitarian ground for the workers....

“Neenadak Nitare Rakhiye......” Raj Kumar, Delhi Read your bollywood genes column..... About Alam Ara and then society trend to join bollywood. The salaam bombay/mumbai.. it’s very well written.... hope you people always plate this type of articles.. thanks to the editorial team.. pls send update about the issue.. Thanks.. Rashmi Thakur

Deepak kumar,NSD One Bed Room flat is an eye opener for the non residents who never cared for their elder ones and when they ‘ve to face the same then feels the pain of life.... So beware and shape your future by shaping our society.. thanks thepatnapost for this article.. Ajay Kumar, Delhi Hi, I’m your regular reader. Pls include some more write-ups.Are you planning to make it out in print edition of your magazine??? Pankaj Mishra’s article “why criticism matters” is all about criticism and in short recalls the Kabir Vaani

The Patna Post

Follow us on

4


C o ver S to ry

Mar

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

Educational fallout n view of the perceived notion that everything in Bihar has been heading north in Nitish Kumar’s regime writer-commentator Sanjay K captures student polscape let loose in Patna University from where the man of the moment himself was graduated in politics. The write-up is not a piece of news story but a reflection of what and how politics is reeling in the premier campus of PU. Read it and relate with it….. .

I

W

hat impresses one most about student politics is its fluid turbulence and about student politician’s frozen turbulence. Student politics is ever evolving through anarchy, chaos and catastrophe, a phenomenon in motion, student politicians never tire and never retire, a phenomenon in agelessness and placid stagnation.

They take admission and readmis-

mous love with their alma mater so much that they betray no sings of becoming an alumnus anytime soon. They hate nostalgia and they are averse to the idea of wistfully remembering their alma mater. That is postponed for distant, indefinite future; for the time being they will devote and dedicate their life till the last drop of their blood for the welfare and well-being of the ishtudent community.

sion, fail and fail subjectly, pass but pass barely, exhaust all possible courses invented and developed by homo-sapiens from library science to home science, passionately demand the induction of new courses like scientific astrology and quantum philosophy to stay put. They are in enor-

No prize for guessing that they take themselves very, very seriously and show sentimental obsession for their day dreams. Profoundly influenced by the freedom struggle and the Prague spring when students were ready to storm the gate of world and heaven, they kick their studies to jump into the cauldron of politics for a nobler, wider cause – that include becoming a contractor, a gangster, a

The Patna Post

5


Mar

shooter, a mastermind, a crime lord, an overlord, a Mafiosi or a public representative and these are not exclusive categories. Despite dyed in different coloursred, saffron, green, tricolour, soaked in variegated persuasions, reared in myriad traditions and their charters high on exaggerated hyperbole differences among them are superficial and similarities are more fundamental.

Student wings under the Red ambit have a tendency to mutate themselves –DRFI, RDFI, FDRI (D = Democratic, R = Republican, F = Federation, I = you guessed it right its India not Iraq). The smaller the group the more pompous their names. All of them have similar pet jargons in which they fart and fret – democracy, ihstudent right, nepotisam and the ultimate signature tune, the final battle cry “Jo Hamse Takrayega, Woh Chur Chur Ho Jaayega” (Blown to

Different abbreviations from A to Z (DRFI, ASFI etc.) apart, they sincerely believe that they are the future of the nation. Cynics rub in that it is why the future of the state is so blighted and benighted. All of them give lie to the four – fold Ashram system of Hindu life as their Brahmacharya stage refuses to end at 25; it is why they pursue Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha all at the Brahmcharya stage. In this pursuit politicking is their Dharma, extortion their Artha, ogling, masturbating, homosexuality etc. their Kama and a ticket to assembly their Moksha. Further they think they as individual entities are more important than their party affiliations. Any change in the state’s dispensation abets mass defections to the student wing of the ruling party.

The Patna Post

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

smithereens will be those taking on us).They seriously believe that the world, the USA, the Lyngdoh committee, the SC are out to get them and they are fighting with their backs to the wall hence they try to blow up the wall behind their back. Some of the more ‘intellectual types’ are partial to Faiz and

6


Mar

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

designer black suit sporting mont blanc or its Chinese imitation, white shoes and speaking eyes fixed on the Vidhan Sabha. They symbolize the view that India has left its bogus socialist days of Jhola - Kurta – Hawai Chappal – Sattu behind; that India is spoilt for choice; that they represent dynamic aspirations of super dynamic Indians; that deep within they admire the demagogy of Hitler; that pedagogy must give way to demagogy; that they will agitate for the inclusion of astrology in the curriculum to lengthen their academic life; that their farmer father, coughing mother and bank clerk brother are not cool and unbecoming of them; that they will prostrate before anyone who has made in life; that they are all about shortcuts except academics.

Dushyant Kumar “Ho Jahan Bhi aag wo aag jalni chaahiye” – in

this pursuit they set everything on fire; more adventurous types are partial to katta, dagger and razor who are prone to use them at the slightest or no provocation at all. All of them have also come a long way from their counterparts of socialist heydays. They periodically display themselves on huge cutouts and flex boards – hands neatly folded, one day old stub,

They serve their patrons through management - of meeting, crowd, booth, election, opposition, abduction etc. and reciprocally their patrons let them do what they are so fond of while being in the

The Patna Post

7


Mar

campus and which they have no intention of leaving. And they are fond of staking unilateral claim on beautiful girls. Anyone talking or getting friendly with their cynosures will be reduced to unidentifiable pulp. And they love creating problems for girls and then try to help them in distress- profound Bollywood influence. And they hold the class to ransom, sit on the chair meant for the teacher and instruct the teacher to teach in chaste Bhojpuri or in Magahi or in which the Hammurabi code was codified.

the benefit of ishtudents; if unsuccessful in doing so they stage walkout from the examination as questions are always out of syllabus for them. And finally, they do not like furniture and glass panes. They feel itch the moment they see them. To feel easy they ransack the furniture, shatter glass panes, put barricades on the road, pelt cinema halls while opposing the invasion of Iraq by America or what is happening in Libya or for that matter, in Egypt. They do not like Pax-Americana.

And, they pat the petrified professor on his back asking the whereabouts of his daughter. And they love breaking the specs of serious looking boys and present red roses, either plucked from the college garden or extorted from the “fern and petal� to girls during the entire month of February. And they leak the question papers for

The Patna Post

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

editor@thepatnapost.com

8


O p in io n

Mar

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

Parenting Prognosis in Patna by

Sanjay

A

re you a good parent ? Know anything about good parenting ? You know nothing. In fact you have failed yourself, your kids and miserably so. Monumental waste ! Wasted time ! Wasted opportunities ! What a let- down ! Your kid could have shone so much brighter but for you. As you enter the portals of modern-day schools for a mandatory interact with counsellors, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychopathologists, mind-readers and class teacher with their dire diagnoses and frightening prognoses, you realize the futility of your existence. Head spinning, heart sinking, adequately admonished, suitably chastened and having imbibed pearls of wisdom in good, conscious, deliberate parenting as opposed to bad, instinctive and impulsive parenting, parenting comes to you as the ultimate litmus test, your very raison d’etre----the reason you should or should not exist. And then big time parenting gets going.

gations and redoubtable responsibilities. Responsibility is the watchword. So you become responsible for their Humpty-Dumpty lest they get injured seriously enough while tumbling down (Why did they go up in the first place ?); for twinkling little stars should they decide to get lost as drawn by the fatal attraction of the black hole; for their black sheeps with some wool---your apathy for black sheeps of the society notwithstanding. Here is a new tribe of hyper-parents practicing over-parenting. What is over parenting? Over parenting is about jealous and zealous parents with fire in belly, belt tightened, socks pulled up and ready to take on the world with “my child being the best” credo. They present sinister sights, menacing looks, out to grab every seat in every school, multiplex, stadia, cafeteria with their little ones monkeying around. Possessive, obsessive, narcissistic, frenzied, envious, insecure, bitter, edgy, perennially tentative, perpetually demanding – it is how they are.

The crux of discourse in good parenting involves emphatic, almost violent exhortation to parents that you must be cool and relaxed against paroxysm of pressures, daunting dilemmas, onerous obli-

The Patna Post

And how about the poor kid who is being parented around ? His day starts eerily early with his erratic

9


Mar

pre-dawn dreams abruptly snapped by over eager, insomniac parents pushing and shoving him to get up, get ready, stuff every conceivable variety of breakfast, rush to the school-bus, come back with busload of tasks and assignments, face unending stream of hackneyed tutors hammering inscrutable lessons in music, dance, elocution, culture, have his tryst with taekwando in the fading twilight followed by his compulsory viewing of Discovery, NGC, History, Animal Planet, make him complete his homework and teach him what is to be taught the next day.

The Patna Post

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

Parents have been told that impossible is nothing. In doing so photos/tanmay

Parents protest for Admission form

parents push themselves to limits and push their kids beyond. So, it turns into a classic case of under parenting before you met those blue-eyed experts and after having met them, a tragicomic case of over parenting. This leaves the central question unanswered-what is parenting after all ?

On a more serious note the tendency on the part of parents to live their unfulfilled wishes through their innocent, unsuspecting child put through an unceasingly grueling regimen is utterly regrettable. It is akin to blackmail for a goal that is external to him, a vision he dose not share, a path he is forced to rumble and trundle along, a destiny he will have to chase in chimerical futility. This disconnects between freewheeling heart and conditioned mind often causes irreparable damage to the ego of

10


Mar

bombarded with ever more and ever changing information causing cognitive confusion. Given this what we make our children end up becoming is the charnel house of information ever poised to raise their operative hand at the slightest hint of a question being asked. True they are very informed but what about more crucial issues such as emotional quotient, channelisation of their creative potential and imaginative powers, problem-solving orientation and so on. As of now they are not equipped to traverse the distance between book and practice, dictum and decision, message and action, knowledge and wisdom. Our system of education, our way of parenting should prepare our posterity for this connect between these disconnects.

the child. He grows up to become cynical and distrustful of human relationships. ‘Impossible is nothing’ may be good punch line for a sportswear giant but this approach to child development is not only robotic and neurotic. We need to question ourselves : How much of what we so agonizingly memorized continues to be with us ? Information is true ephemera in a world

The Patna Post

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

11


tendaysyoutrundledpast

Mar

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

1. Once a blue eyed, now shown red eyes! When the Lalu-Rabri era ended in November 2005 it was not only a great relief flashed on the people of Bihar but also for those bureaucrats who were famously known for their no-nonsense work ethics and uprightness. Earlier, they were either shunted out to some nondescript departments or most of the time kept out of field work for reasons best known to the man famous for his familiar rustic wits, familiar earlobes and oversized kurta-pyajama. But, with the regime changed and so the man with no wit, a trimmed salt beard and familiar neatly dressed kurta-pyajama, it triggered hope amongst the babus. Senior IPS officer Abhyananad who preferably goes without any surname, too was one of them. Soon the short-height IPS officer with physics in approach became a blueeyed officer for the Sarkar. He was given the second most important position in state police headquarter where he tossed several innovative ideas to reign in the hitherto Frankenstein criminals. The idea of speedy trial and fast convictions of criminals with policemen as witnesses was his brainchild which paid off for the new regime so much so that it built up road for its second coming to the power. Improve law and order situation of Bihar became talk of the country and the new nizam took all the credit to its chest. But, soon the blue-eyed officer of 1977 batch was shown the red eyes when he started stretching his hands and legs beyond his official chamber for the due credit his ideas. The message what he failed to got was that only the Raja has been changed, not thenizam and its etiquette. He fell out from the grace and was transferred, later to be sidelined as he was in previous regime. He suffered second heart attack and is admitted in a Delhi hospital but is yet to be relieved by the state government notwithstanding his repeated pleas and Central government’s clearance. Now, the policeman with physics in mind must be making some new laws to explain the cause!

The Patna Post

12


Mar

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

2. Now Nitish should get the best PR man award of the country After several awards and rewards to his credit Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar now must be conferred with the best Public Relation award of the country for selling brand Bihar outside Bihar. When he gets the best business reformer award when there was no business at all in the state why can’t he get the best PR award when there was all around drum beating of Bihar being changed and became happening?, ask many in the state. The way Nitish Kumar has been selling Bihar and its turnaround image he deserves this award more than anyone else in the trade. Look at the promotional advertisements in the local / national newspapers and occasional visuals in local news channels one could find out the merit in Nitish Kumar. With no formal degree from any management institute he has done what his predecessors could not think of. Earlier, his predecessor Lalu Prasad was happy doing his PR exercise through his rustic communication skills and manners but Nitish Kumar has developed the knack to attract attention of one and all towards him through large scale advertisements/ advertorials and features highlighting his photograph with bullet font achievements. While the former had obsession for organizing rallies, maha-rallies and raillas the latter has mastered the art of utilizing various anniversaries and other occasions for his advantage and all that on cost of poor common citizens of Bihar. The March 22 Bihar Diwas celebration is also one of them!

Sketch - Satish Upadhyay editor@thepatnapost.com

The Patna Post

13


B o o ks

Mar

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

Top Five Indian Writers in These five Indian writers have created a niche of their own in English with their marvelous works of literary excellence Indian writing has traversed a long drawn path of restorative progress and has today come of age. The renaissance in Indian writing was initiated in the 1980’s and the fore-runner of this movement, the hallmark of Indian writing of this era was Salman Rushdie.

Salman Rushdie An Indian-British novelist and essayist, he shot to fame with his second book Midnights Children(1981).The Indian subcontinent has always been an integral subject of his works and his predominant theme of “magical realism” has always been juxtaposed with the flavors of this Land. Rushdie’s other critically acclaimed stories like “Shalimar the Clown”, “The moors last sigh” and “fury” have left an indelible mark largely due to their strongly resonating multi-cultural concerns. “The Satanic Verses”(1988) his rather stirring fourth novel dotted with internecine threads aroused the wrath of Muslims around the world leading Iran’s Ayotollah Khomeini to release a fatwa in 1989 against the author. Rushdie sought asylum in the UK , writing with renewed vigor, his name still on the “wanted list”.

Arundhati Roy Booker Prize winner Indian novelist and activist , Arundhati Roy won laurels for her first book “God of Small Things”(2002) which is to a large extent an autobiographical account of her childhood experiences in Ayenemen. The book also ranked fourth on the New York Bestseller list of Independent fiction and rights to the book were sold to 21 countries. Arundhati Roy since then has conspicuously lent her voice to bring to the forefront numerous social issues in India. A vehement opposer of Globalisation and Neo-Imperialism she has successfully represented the interest of the masses in a number of socially significant issues. This marked the beginning of a second era where commercial success radically changed perceptions on Indian writers.

The Patna Post

14


Mar

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

n English To Look Out For Vikram Seth: Born in the city of Kolkatta, Vikram Seth is a man of many languages and an astute businessman. His 1471 page second novel “A Suitable Boy”(1993) brimming with the lives of the Indian diaspora received mixed reviews from critics worldover. His third Novel” An Equal Music”(1999) based on the lives of classical musicians in Europe was a somber ode to the musicians and their music that transports to the surreal world. His writings have ascertained the tenacious grip of Indian authors and he continues to inspire young writers looking to spin a new world.

V.S Naipaul One of the most enduring figures in English Literature, Noble Laureate VS Naipaul has produced a motley of soul- stirring novels like “A house for Mr Biswas” and “India:A wounded Civilisation. He became the first writer of Indian origin to win the Booker prize for his work “In a Free State” and has since then been praised for his self-constructive narrative. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001 that successfully established his authoritative regime in the world of literature. Naipaul has also stirred controversy with his strong views on rapidly developing nations like India and issues like Muslim fundamentalism. Undaunted he continues to be the epicenter of literary development even today.

Rohinton Mistry Born in the Indian city of Mumbai, Rohinton Mistry moved to settle in Canada where he wrote is first novel “One Sunday”(1983) which won the annual contributors award from the Canadian fiction magazine. One of his early novels “Such a Long Journey” won the commonwealth writers prize while “A Fine balance” was shortlisted for the Bookers Prize. Mistry’s works are a reservoir of human emotions that rise above circumstance or condition . His characters are profound extensions of simplistic love and he dwells in the ordinary only to transform into the extra-ordinary. Book Desk

The Patna Post

15


P h o to S to ry

Mar

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

fa

The Patna Post

16


Mar

ashionable Bihar....

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

!!!

under Nitish Kumar Photo :biharphoto.com

The Patna Post

17


Mar

The Patna Post

18

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1


Mar

The Patna Post

19

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1


Mar

The Patna Post

20

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1


Mar

The Patna Post

21

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1


Mar

The Patna Post

22

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1


Mar

The Patna Post

23

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1


T est yo u r Q u est

Mar

Bihar

Quizzically on by

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

Q-05

Dr Manish Kumar

Which famous Turkish marauder invaded Bihar in 1199 and destroyed the Nalanda Maha Vihar? 2. Makhdum Sharbaruddin Maneri and Ahmad Chiramposh, the two famous Sufi saints from Bihar were associated with which Sufi silsila? 3. Name the Badminton player from Bihar who won the na tional junior title in 1972? 4. What is common between Ratnasagar, Ratnoddahi and Rat naranjaka? 5. Which is the oldest missionary educational institution of Bihar? 6. Which famous Patna born and bred actress made her debut in Madhur Bhandarkar’s movie “Traffic Signal”? 7. Who wrote the book “Varna Ratnakar” which deals with so cial & economic life of Mithila? 8. Blockbuster film “Kala Pathar” was loosely based on which real life coal mines tragedy? 9. Which ruler of Magdha Empire shifted its capital from Rajgriha to Patliputra? 10. Who wrote the mathematical treatise “Brihat Samhita”? 1.

Answer 1.

Sultanganj near Bhagalpur

6.

Patna Kalam

2.

Carrom

7.

Sasaram

Q-04

3. Rath Mushal & Maha Shila Kantak

8. “Tabaqat-i-Nasiri” by Minhaz us Siraz

4. Manjusha painting of Bhagalpur

9 hirand near Chhapra

5

10. Lakhi bag in Darbhanga

Shad Azimabadi

The Patna Post

manish_kumar110@yahoo.com

24


P o etry

Mar

God is status quo!

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

by

Sanjay Kumar

God with a thunderbolt On the lookout to strike Ever vigilant to punish Slightest of deviations Minutest of delinquencies A kid’s playfulness too inviting retribution Lethal and final. Punitive Vengeful Phlegmatic A true martinet Holding his cosmic order in equilibra. By instilling fear in every ephemera of his universe Compassion coated fury Vendetta camouflaged in piety Irresponsibility masquerading as supreme will His benign eyes holding visions of doom He is petrifying Or petrified ? In his realm Hope is eternal Reward erratic, evanescent Grievance perpetual Redressal whimsical Power absolute Discretion scandalous He detests happiness Fuels hope to scotch Triggers expectations to despair Instills fear to make it lasting And retires to vigilant insomnabulism. God is status quo He fears change Even status quo-besieged with placid cynicism unnerves him. To defend his citadel he makes fear omnipresent Hopes rooted in fear Surprise stemming from fear Expectations tinged with fear And death-the inevitable fear He kills us to remain alive.

The Patna Post

25


L o n g in g

S

&

B elo n g in g

Mar

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

Jai ho badalta Bihar!

ince the dawn of civilization man has been a “social animal” but today the word social has vanished from the dictionary of the bourgeois and only ‘animal’ has remained with its bestial instinct or so we say.

To illustrate my point let me take you to the heaven on earth where the present A.G. office employees blossom in their posh A.G.Colony . The subject of attention is the much publicized A.G.COLONY PARK whose memorabilia can give you goosebumps. The park is located behind the Himalayas overlooking the Alps (houses over the poor employees resemble them) surrounded by the great walls of china. Thanks to this wall, boys and children have the sheer freedom to dismantle all the designer lights, after all they are the “kuldeepak” of the colony so, anyway, who needs park lights. The fountain speaks of its own story of rural Bihar where drought is a common scenario. Mughal garden of the park has wide variety of plant species ranging from shrubs to grasses. Here at A.G.Colony we believe in equality and dignity to all so the beauty of the park is not in flowers but the lesser known shrubs and plants which are grown on the roadsides

The Patna Post

by

Sugandha

and never given their due respect.

The design and architecture is absolutely awesome; the joggers in the morning have to walk under the canopy of the transformer, high energy tension wires motivates them to run faster. The remote controlled gates are never opened because somebody has kept the remote in the safe locker. At least it is a boon to the locals who can experience mountain climbing and bungee jumping. Nowhere in Patna you can experience the adventure sport than in this park. At night the notorious criminals and lecherous lovers make their den only to be caught by the police or their parents followed by the magical kung-fu fighting and gunshots. Here in this park there is no dearth of excitement, nail-biting entertainment and melodrama. Occasional carnivals are also organized in the form of marriage parties and chhath festival. The irony of the whole situation is that the people of A.G.Colony believe that it is the responsibility of the ‘sarkar’ to look after the park and our responsibility is to transform it into a living hell. Jai ho Patna ki civil society, Jai ho badalta Bihar! singh.sugandha@gmail.com

26


Y o ur ow n A g o ny A unt

Mar

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

Dr.Binda Singh, Clinical Psychologist

Q:I am getting married next month.I am both confused and nervous.I cannot share my feelings with my friends and family Because they’ll make fun of me.Kindly help A: Marriage is a milestone which changes your life be it positive or negative .It is up to you how you perceive it. Marriage requires you to become responsible ,tolerant, understanding ,faithful, trustworthy,respectful and matured. At the same it is important that you should not compromise your selfrespect but also give space to your spouse so that he or she can grow together in each other’s relationship. Good sexual relationship is also a key factor for a blissful marriage.You should consult a psychologist for premarital counseling which well help you answer all your queries and fears. Q:I am a working professional but very reticent in nature because I have a dark complexion and am short height.I lack confidence and do not have many friends.Please help. A:Personality accounts for both external as well as internal Traits.It is not important to have good looks for a good personality.

Rather good grooming is important; be it your way of styling your attires, gait or positive attitude; they all compliment your personality..Realize your potentials and work to cultivate them with proper chanelization. It is better to have one quality friend rather than many useless friends. Remember friends are those who can bring smile to your face and motivate you to prosper. Q:I have teenage child who is constantly tuned to internet .It is affecting his studies .he dosen’t listen to us nor does he takes part in other activities . A; Constant nagging will not help.Bring his computer in the living room and let him operate from there.It will help you keep an eye on him.Try and talk to him(you can always give him options to choose and deny him perks as and when necessary and let him take his responsible decisions) and make him understand in a friendly way .If possible consult a psychologist for behaviour modification. Remember too much leniency or strictness will make your child stubborn and difficult .Try being firm.

ask.drbinda@gmail.com

The Patna Post

27


Ne w s t o Am u se

Mar

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

Chinese man left in a pickle after $4,000 salt spree

A

Chinese man who bought 6.5 tonnes of salt, hoping to profit from panic buying spurred by fears of radiation from Japan, is now stuck with the $4,000 (2,480 pounds) worth of the condiment, state media reported on Friday. The man, surnamed Guo, bought the salt in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, when rumours spread across China last week that the iodine in salt could help ward off radiation sickness, the China Daily reported on Friday. Salt prices jumped on the rumours, and, acting on a tip that there would be a supply shortage lasting at least six months, Guo bough 260 bags of salt, which he took back to his apartment in three trucks. A few days later, the Chinese government urged consumers to stop the panic buying, saying residents will not be exposed to radiation from Japan's quake-damaged nuclear plant, causing a sharp drop in the price of salt. Guo is now stuck with the salt, which the newspaper said takes up more than half his apartment and had cost him 27,000 yuan (2,550 pounds) to buy and transport. The newspaper said Guo can't resell the goods, because he has no receipt and also because he was told it was illegal to do so. He also can't take it to another province, as the government strictly controls salt transport. newsdesk

The Patna Post

28


Mar

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

Gates Foundation open to initiatives in Bihar agricultural sector here are lessons for other places in the world," he said. He was accompanied by Melinda Gates, the co-chair of Bill & Melinda Foundation. He also praised the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar.

Impressed by the tangible results on health front in Bihar, Bill Gates, the co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Foundation, announced Wednesday in Patna, the Foundation is interested in expanding cooperation to agricultural sector in Bihar.

I

t is Gates’ second visit to Bihar in less than a year. "Our partnership is going at full speed. The great works being done

Good work in Bihar The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation already has a partnership with Bihar government and funds health programs in the state to the tune of $80 million.

photo/biharphoto.com

The Patna Post

29


Mar

Melinda said, “It is a pleasure working here. Bihar’s planning is incredible. We will have broad unity under the leadership of Mr Kumar.” She said she was very happy with the progress of good works in Bihar. She was much impressed, especially in the areas of vaccination, immunization and institutional delivery. Expanding partnership in Bihar The couple had a direct interaction with health workers, community workers, women and NGOs in their visit to Sabjpura and Jamsaut villages under Danapur subdivision in Patna district. They reviewed the works funded by the foundation. Though the main focus remains on health, Gates is open to partnership in agricultural sector. “Our main focus in on health but we are also interested in agriculture sector. We had some preliminary discussion and further talks will go on to find out ways for a partnership,” he said. Nitish Kumar explained to Gates Bihar’s agricultural scenario saying, “The Foundation has shown interest in seed improvement in agriculture sector." He also mentioned about the memorandum of cooperation that had been reached between the state government and the Founda-

The Patna Post

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

tion last year. Bill Gates, however, ruled out any poverty alleviation program in Bihar. "There is still scope and need to improve our works here," he said. Gates also said if the government of India gives permission for introduction of new vaccine in Bihar, lives of “lives of hundreds of thousands of children” could be saved. The CM informed him that the subject of vaccinations come under the central government’s jurisdiction. Foundation’s agricultural initiatives In agricultural sector, the Foundation funds these initiatives: soil Health Program for Farm Households in Africa; Dairy Productivity for Farm Households in Bangladesh; Dairy Development for Farm Households in East Africa; micro irrigation for Farm Households in India; stress-Tolerant Rice for Farm Households in Africa and South Asia; Business Training for Coffee Farm Households in East Africa. The Foundation’s agricultural development initiative “works to provide poor farming families in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia with opportunities to overcome hunger and poverty.” tpp newsnetwork

30


Archive

Mar

MASTERstroke

A

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

rtist Sanjay Singh has stretched his creative pen ‘n pencil to draw the

past of the present.

Regiment Church

M

any churches, St. Luke, St. Stephen prominent among them, of Danapore Cantonment and Khagaul have stood sentinels for over two centuries. They are repositories of facts about the most turbulent times in history. They have all weathered and onslaught of time and lost much of its looks followed by modern plastering and whitewashes. Yet Sundays prayer time is the humming time, to meet people and see insides of church. St. Luke church or Bihar regimenmt Church is spread over in a sprawling area, between two football fields, most visible from the main road. Construction April 1827 by Capt. Thompson, it was Capt Sage of 48th NI who subsequently completed in 1930. The original church was without a bell tower, 32 years later added by a surgeon De Fabeck and H Andrew in1862, who programmed the Bell, to suit the soldiery. Earthquake in 1930 damaged the walls.It holds special sanctity to the Army as pillars are dedicated to memory of Soldiers.

The Patna Post

31


Food Stall

As we celebrate bihar diwas let us savour the delicacies of bihar Our much publisized litti chokha

Mar

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

Ingredients For Dough (aata) • Wheat flour (atta) - 2 cup • Yogurt (dahi) - 4 tablespoon • Water - 1/2 cup For Filling • Sattu - 1 cup ( gram flour made by fried gram in hot sand) • Garlic( chopped ) - 4 cloves • Ginger( chopped ) - 1 tablespoon • Green chilies ( chopped ) - 2 • Coriander leaves ( chopped ) - 2 tablespoon • Onion seeds ( Mangrella ) - 1/2 teaspoon • Thyme ( Ajwain ) - 1/2 teaspoon • Lemon juice - 2-3 teaspoon • Pickle masala (achar) - 3 teaspoon • Mustard oil - 2 tablespoon • Salt to taste

Method 1.Mix all the filling ingredients with sattu. Add 1/4 cup water to make the stuffing moist and easy to fill. Keep aside. 2. Add yoghurt , in flour. Mix lightly with finger tips with water knead it into stiff dough. Make balls out of dough of 2.5" to 3" diameter in size with hand. 3. Stuff 2 to 3 teaspoon sattu filling in the center of each balls and close it from all sides. 4. When all the littis are stuffed, pre-heat the oven to 375 F and put all the littis on a foil . 5. Bake till one side is brown and black spots come on the litti surface. Then turn over the litti and bake for few more minutes until that side is brown as well. 6. Take out and dip in pure ghee or butter and serve with baigan (Brinjal) ka bharta. (MIXED CHOKHA)

Mixed Chokha Preparatoon Ingredients Brinjal 500gm Tomatoes250gm Finely chopped garlic , onion and green chilllies Mustard oil 1tps Salt to taste

Me th od Bake the brinjals and tomatoes,peel ,mash them and mix together. Add the garlic ,onion and green chillies.Add the mustard oil and salt and mix well.

Foodie

The Patna Post

32


L if estyle

Mar

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

Our very own country side........ Bully S.narrates the life. Real and natural..full of life energy ,colour and fragrance.. India’s rural heart is boundless. So much to see ,feel and know so where to start? Begin your search right here.

A

village is a clustered human settlement or community, larger than a hamlet with the population ranging from a few hundred to a few thousands (sometimes tens of thousands), Though often located in rural areas, the term urban village . Villages are normally permanent, with fixed dwellings; however, transient villages can occur. Further, the dwellings of a village are fairly close to one another, not scattered broadly over the landscape, as a dispersed settlement. Historically, villages were the usual form of community for societies that practise subsistence agriculture, and also for some non-agricultural societies. . In many cultures, towns and cities were few, with only a small proportion of the population living in them. The Industrial Revolution attracted people in larger numbers to work in mills and factories; the concentration of people caused many villages to grow into towns and cities. This also enabled specialization of labor and crafts, and development of many trades. The trend of urbanisation continues, though not always in connection with industrialisation. Villages have been eclipsed in importance as units of human society and settlement.

The village life style depicts its purity and closeness to nature .It’s farm ,houses gives sheer peace to mind and existence. The village has its own mens to livelihood agriculture being the most important occupation followed by village craft,carpentary,dairy farming ,bee farming etc.

The Patna Post

33


Mar

G

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

overnment from time to time has taken initiative for the villgage folks to create imployment;anganwari and narega being few of them ; both these occupation schemes have beeen welcomed by the villagers.

V

illage transport is yet another thing to be experienced ;bullock carts tractors and ofcourse village boats to ferry them to nearby towns and villages. Yet some love their original buffaloes ride.

The Patna Post

34


Mar

V

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

illage schools and hospitals have changed the face of our rural India

The Patna Post

35


Bolly Gupp

Mar

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

B

ollywood's star couple Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan have been signed to play the lead roles in film 'Ladies & Gentlemen'. The film will be directed by ace director Rajkumar Santoshi who would also be producing it. It is all set to hit the floors in the month of July. Earlier buzz was that Bollywood's macho man Salman Khan and Deepika Padukone were under consideration for the lead roles in the above mentioned film. However, Ash and Abhi are said to be confirmed for the lead roles. So, the Bachchan couple are all geared up for the project for they are once again playing an on screen couple.

A

ctress Sonakshi Sinha may have recieved a lot of praise for her performance in Dabangg,but it was when one special lady complimented her that she was completely taken aback. A source says that during a recent trip to Delhi, Sinha was appreciated by none other than former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin. The young actress was surprised to learn that Palin became her admirer after hearing her speak on stage. At a gala dinner in the capital, Sinha seated with her parents Shatrughan and Punam Sinha when she met Palin. A source present adds, “Sarah seemed impressed by Sonakshi. Both ladies chatted about women empowerment and how it can change the world. Palin was also speaking on how it was high time that women should take the forefront in terms of making fundamental changes in the system, be it the political or in any other field.” The source furthers, “Though Sarah admitted that she hadn’t watched her film, she was reportedly taken by surprise at the actress' popularity. Sonakshi too added that she wants to do her bit in creating awareness amongst the masses, especially with regards to education and women’s health-related issues.” She also added that she was amazed at how a young girl, who is a star, feels so much for the upliftment of women. It looks like daddy’s girl is all set to make him proud, not just in the gupp’s ink acting department, but by also stressing on socially relevant

The Patna Post

36


Mar

Film on Tagore to be made soon

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

'I think it's too early to talk about it. It would be on a small section of his life, on the years he spent in England and it can span out to be a bit larger,' Datta told in an interview. 'Life Goes On' is the first film in which veteran actress Sharmila Tagore worked with her daughter Soha Ali Khan. The film made an extensive round of festivals in India and across the world. Due to some contractual compulsion, she had to release it in India after opening it in the US and Britain, said Datta.

A

film on Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's life is to be made soon. In the year of the poet's 150th birth anniversary, director Sangeeta Datta plans to capture the bard's literary excellence on camera. 'The project that I am getting inspired to start work on is something on Rabindranath Tagore's life,' said Datta, whose directorial debut 'Life Goes On' was released in India March 25.

The Patna Post

'We had a long festival circuit, you know. We were travelling almost the whole of last year. In December, it was released in the US and in mid-march it was released in Britain. 'That was the plan anyway: to show it first abroad and then to bring it to India. The condition of the producer and distributor abroad is that you cannot open the film in India first,' said Datta. The story, script and screenplay are by Datta. The film details the prejudices and Islam-phobia still deeprooted among certain sections of immigrant Indians in London. It is

37


Mar

a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's 'King Lear', but it has a hopeful ending.

A part from Sharmila Tagore and Soha, actor Girish Karnad, Om Puri, Rez Kempton, Neerja Naik, Mukulika Banerjee, Christopher Hatherall, Stef Patten and Aria Gitanjali Banerjee Watts played pivotal roles in the film. Elated by the rave response from the festival, the director said that the film has bagged the best feature film awards in the Pravasi Film Festival in Delhi and the London Asian Film Festival. 'Festival responses have been very good. The audience across the world has responded very positively, be it in India or abroad. The Pravasi Film Festival jury gave us the award of best feature film. In the London Asian Film Festival, we won the audience award for best feature,' said Datta.

coming project, she said: 'One project I have already written is also about an Indian musician, who stays abroad and then due to some reasons she makes her journey back to India. It's a woman's story, it's a struggle story. It needs more funds to make the film; so I would be meeting producers for that.' She is yet to speak to any producer for either of her projects. 'I was planning in my head but haven't gone out to speak about it to the producers as I told you that 'Life Goes On' is a tiny budget project and I am travelling with it in the festivals. It takes so many weeks of preparation to release it in Britain that I got stuck. But I am hoping to start off very soon,' said Datta. (feature desk with agency Inputs )

The film opened only in the metros and the A-cities of the country. 'At the moment we are opening in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad.' Talking about her other forth-

The Patna Post

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

38


chalchitra/Theatre

Mar

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

M

onica stars actress Divya Dutta as Monica Jaitley - a very ambitious woman unlike her slipshod husband Rajit Kapoor. A journalist, Monica breaks hearts more than the news. She mixes up with ease with politicians, industrialists and power brokers of the like of Ashutosh Rana, Kitu Gidwani and Sandeep Misra. The movie, some say, is in fact based on the real life drama of Indian Express journalist Shivani Bhatnagar. Though, female journalists aren't new to either the industry or even Bollywood movies. The most recent success has been Rani Mukherjee playing one in 'No One Killed Jessica'. Monica plays all the odd roles likes of a wife of an alcoholic, a victim of child abuse, mother of an illegitimate child, a sleeping partner of a big politician and also an associate of a lady industrialist. Monica marries Raj Jaitley played by Rajit Kapoor for love, but leaves no stone unturned to reach power. She entices Aseem Ray played by Tinnu Anand, seduces Pamela Garewal played by Kittu Gidwani and surrenders to Chandrakant Pandit played by Ashutosh Rana for acquiring power. The movie starts with courtroom drama wherein lawyer Yashpal Sharma accuses the politician-industrialist nexus for killing Monica Jaitley. The proceedings flashback into Monica's ascent from small town to become an investigative journalist in the circuit of big powerbrokers, including telecom minister Chandrakant Pandit and industrialist Pamela Grewal. The movie excels in both subject and performance for which credit must go to director Sushen Bhatnagar. Sushen ensures that his characters don't end up as bad guys, irrespective of their bad roles! The two main characters - Divya Dutta and Ashutosh Rana shoulder the movie with brilliant acting. Others in the cast aren't much behind. Rajit Kapoor plays a dignified husband, Yashpal Sharma a brilliant lawyer, Kitu Gidwani an industrialist and Sandeep Misra a power broker. Dadhi Pandey in the role of Ashutosh Rana's confidante fares very well. So does Tinnu Anand. Saurabh Dubey as Ashutosh Rana's rival politician is excellent. Even in his brief role, Ashish Kapoor leaves an impact though he is a killer. Kunika is average but Yateen Karyekar excels. Chandan Goswami's cinematography stands out and so do Sushen Bhatnagar's deftly written dialogues. The city of Lucknow and the hill resort of Nainital are been richly portrayed. Sushen's dialogues may well be lipped audiences. The movie attracted controversy even before its release with corporate lobbyist Niira Radia saying that it's based on her persona. A court rejected her plea. Earlier, politicianfilmmaker Kush Bhargava also denied the accusation. The story is not one of anyone dead or alive. It is perhaps inspired by many stories like Shivani (Shivani Bhatnagar was an Indian Express journalist killed in 1999) and Madhumita Shukla (Lucknow based poetess who was also killed). Overall, the movie is good and worth watching. chalchitra desk

The Patna Post

39


Open Space

Vol.1 Issue 5 Mar

28- Apr 06, 2 0 1 1

Photo/Prashant Ravi/biharphoto.com

The Patna Post


/tpp_mar_28-April%2006_2011