April 2008


The return of a prodigal to his native village in faraway Rohtas district of Bihar has not been that smooth. It is something like a heart transplant. Love-hate scenario is pronounced. The village has a unique feature as it enjoys the cultural heritage of states of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Hedged in a remote corner of resurgent India, the village ‘prides’ in poverty and squalor. The rain-god has not been kind to the area; more often than not he plays truant and farmers scan the sky endlessly as clouds hover above and go off without shedding a single drop of rains even during the Monsoon season. Click to continue reading …

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Itis harvesting time. Villagers all over Bihar are up on the nine clouds. The occasion has special significance for my village. Bandu has have bumper paddy crops after almost five years of drought or semi-famine. My co-villagers are going gaga. The biting winter winds come as cosy as the autumn fragrance. Heavy dew-drops fail to deter them from start early morning harvesting. Click to continue reading …

Crimson ball of the nascent Sun ebbs out majestically. Its tiny hands paint a vast sheet of sprawling water golden with a heavy ting of red roses. The Mother Nature has spread a gargantuan red carpet to welcome the Sun. It is a historic occasion. Sun has come to the house of his son Shani, who is the king of Makar Rashi on the 15th day of January, 2008. It the first time in 99 years that the Sun god came to his son’s house full 24 hours late. Normally, Sun makes it a point to meet Saturn on the 14th day of January every year, albeit these father and son do not ordinarily get along nicely. Click to continue reading …