A nice article by Sri Amitava Bachchan




My Greatest Motivator, Laxman

I have been writing this blog for last six months, I have so far only 6500 views. By Internet standard it is miniscule.  In this background, naturally, a tall and smart young reader is my very favourite. His name is Laxman, a Marwari boy from an established business family in Naigaon. They have a chain of businesses in this Naigaon Village, a small hamlet of fisherman community. This family came to Naigaon from Rajsthan  way back in eighties. You can make an idea of remoteness of Naigaon in those days judging by the fact that  Naigaon Railway station came up in 1995 only.

They established a chain of businesses in this Naigaon, comprising provision stores, medicine shop, real estate etc etc, at a time when very few people started living here. Without sharpest business acumen none could invest their wealth in that period. They took a lot of calculated risk, and it paid off now, and presently, holding a leading position . Everybody want to join a business when it is already established or at a time when there is no more risk, only profit effortlessly flowing in. There is no credit in such a borrowed achievement. Marwaries only can run businesses so successfully, hats off to them………….I have seen in HILI , in remote corner of West Bengal –where even now very few Bengalis made access , Marwaries started a number of  Rice Mills which still now successfully running. I came in contact with them when working in FCI.  One Agarwall family started Balurghat  AirTransport in those days, from the same remote place. It was leading Air Transport in Eastern India in those days, right after our independence.

Statue of Liberty and New York City skyline : Stock Photo

My reader Laxman, while having a hands-on training in their family businesses, pursuing his college education. Studying pharmacy, soon he will be a holder of diploma certificate from Rajasthan University. His other three brothers are equally good, and holds a great future in businesses. His parents are my friends, they have raised them to be perfect gentleman with nice temperament for businesses. At last I thank him to be a great reader of mine. I wish this business family a great all out success.


This is how communal harmony in the country may improve, with a little bit of dispute resolution engineering.


Members of the Buddhist community have filed a petition before the Supreme court claiming that the disputed land at Ayodhya is actually a Buddhist site. The petition says the claim is based on the four excavations, carried out by the Archaeological Survey of India, at the disputed site, with the last one being held in 2002-2003.
The petition claims that there was a structure relating to the Buddhist religion at the site before Babri mosque was constructed there. “The ASI excavation revealed the existence of stupas, circular stupas, walls and pillars which are distinctive features of a Buddha Vihar,” said the petition.

My point is different here, and it is solely to improve the communal harmony of the country. After Babri Masjid, it has touched the bottom. In this background, hard followers of both religions, are working overtime to whip up the religious sentiments keeping an eye to vote bank. Any time it may break into a civil war. Now, the present petition to Supreme Court may resolve the issue permanently, if my word is listened to.

A decision on the current petition, in favour of Buddhism may dissuade Hindus and Muslims—the warring community, from any possibility of  festering the wound further. If facts are in favour, all the best. Even if it is otherwise, SC may interpret the evidences in such a fashion so that betterment of society prevails. This can happen if Buddhism wins, neither Hindus nor Muslims.

I remember the time when A N Roy was made the chief Justice of India by superseding many of his seniors in 1972. There was a hue and cry throughout the country. Indira Gandhi, the ablest Prime Minister of India, told us that being senior in position, and of higher merit, should not be the only criterion for selection of judges of India, he must have social commitment, right kind of social philosophy, which will influence his decision connected with the welfare of society. Now it is time of social disharmony due to religious sentiments, decision on the current petition, should be such that Ajodhya should go to Buddhists.

Finding truth is important, more important is to establish the course of society towards welfare of all citizen.





Mumbai Municipal Corporation works impartially and fearlessly.

At least me, think that BMC works impartially without doing any favour to high and mighty. Usually big people take law in their own hand, and distort it to suit their own end, without any fear of punishment. This is the norm in our country generally.

BMC is a contrast. Recently, TOI reported BMC served notice to Kishore Kumar’s House in Gauri Kunj, in Juhu, as there has been unauthorised construction. Before this,  BMC issued notice to Shatrughna Sinha, a BJP MP for similar unauthorised construction. Previously, there was demolition  of Arshad Warsi, and  Shah Rukh Khan’s bungalow, even Shahrukh Khan had to pay Rs 1.9 lakh as labour charge to carry out the demolition of unauthorised portion and removal of related garbage… This all reminds me of one Mr Khairnar who once was a chairman of BMC and removed the unauthorised construction of mighty people. In a nutshell, BMC’s performance is commendable all through , it works fearlessly. I am proud of BMC.


Senior citizens—Good time is ahead.

Times of India in its report on 12.03.2018, at page 6, reported that the finance department has rejected a proposal to reduce the age from 65 to 60 to avail of senior citizen status and get state government concessions.
The social justice department had decided to reduce the age limit but it was shot down by the finance departing to avoid an additional burden on the state treasury. There are 1.5 crore senior citizens in the state and the number will go up by about 25 lakh the moment the state clears the proposal. The state provides concessions for travel by state transport (ST) buses and has two pension schemes for senior citizens. “If the state reduces the age to 60, the number of beneficiaries will go beyond 1.75 crore,” said a bureaucrat. The finance department is not ready to clear it due to the financial crunch this year.

…………I think it is a very important item of information, for senior citizens. Now, I am 66 plus, with the support of my doctor friends I am fine, but who knows what is in store for future. Many say being a good man through your life, means you won’t suffer. We love to say this to express anger to the person we have fallen out for any reason. I think this is only a small consolation of self when we have lost out to others. But it is not true, I have seen some wicked men die a happy death, many good men who served the society commendably, die a miserable death.

Take the example of Shree Ramakrishna, and Swami Vivekananda. Shree Ramakrishna, had cancer in his throat, and died a painful death, Swami Vivekananda, died at the age of 39, and had all the diseases. In old age, we need the help of the social welfare measures undertaken by the Govt. So all the welfare news of our Govt is relevant for the senior people.

I have already registered my senior citizenship. I am sure more and more social welfare measures by Govt and private parties, will/ bound to come up in near future. Wealth of the society is increasing, which will be employed to better the security of children, women and senior citizen, for, how much a society is developed is measured by how much care society is giving to its children, women, and senior citizen.


Queen’s English, Indian English &Hinglish .

English is a foreign language, yet it commands so much respect and honour  in India, that it dominates social, political and economic life of India, supported by due acceptance by people. Information board on trains, buses, medicine foils, doctor’s prescription, names of consumer articles, bear the details on it in English. There is no logic for it being so, because 70/80 percent people cannot read, write or speak the English language, logically there should have been a revolt against the use of English language in all aspects of life, by at least 60% of people, but they do not. Educated or uneducated whatever, everybody respect the language, anything said in English is widely accepted. Even to the extent, there is a slavery to it.

I want to give some example from my life. In the year of 1976, I was posted in a remote village of West Bengal—almost 4km away from the nearest metalled road, along a muddy , dusty path, in connection with a land revenue job. I was from Kolkata and posted in the village. An old man over 70 years age, once walked up to me and recited a few quotes obviously  without understanding the meaning of those quotes, just to impress that he was not less than any city bred people.  He enquired about whether I had learnt English. I read from my English newspaper, a book and many other ways to convince him about my knowledge of English, but he won’t listen, he was demanding to recite an English poem from memory. With a lot of difficulty I managed to recollect an English poem, and recited — Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are…… This made him convinced, helped me to pass muster that I really knew English, hence educated. Even uneducated loves the sound of English language.

In another occasion, on my posting in a small town of Shahjahanpur, UP, I required weekly supply of kerosene oil, and for this I needed a ration card, and there would be a lengthy process for it those days. Being taught in a Bengali medium in Bengal, being first time outside Bengal, Hindi was impossible for me. I tried to explain my inability to arrange documents for ration card, in English. Immediately the inspector of the ration office prepared and gave me a ration card, later I realised the inspector was very uneasy with his English. Here my only eligibility was my English that enabled  me the ration card. Imagine what would happen to me , and my small child if I did not know English, or the Inspector had his English better than mine.  There are thousands of cases in India where English language gives the advantage of the situation to the English speaker, sometimes unfairly. In a job market, job will go to the person to the English knowing competitor, even at the cost of other requirements for the job. A salesman knowing English will sell his wares better than one with lesser skill.

Now English has its varieties. Language is automatic, evolves from its history, culture, climate, food habits, geography etc. You won’t get a word ‘Boat’ in the local dialects near any desert area, simply because boat is not required in those areas, hence no requirement for such word. Language constantly evolves, casting away old skin to grow a new one. Sanskrit was an unfortunate one, trying to maintain its ‘purity’ by not allowing others to freely learn the language, inevitable fate it met, that is, it rightly has become a dead language.

Take the case of English language. It unabashedly adopted words from other languages wherever English people went to rule or conduct their business. Many Indian words found place in the English language and have been in use effectively, some such words are—Avatar, chit, chutney, cummerbund, Dekko, Dinghy, Dungaree, Garam masala, Guru etc. etc. Moreover, due to cultural reason and local factor, a distinctive style of English language developed in India which is known as Indian English. This Indian English is quite popular in India but different from Queen’s English/ standard English.

Thus, Indian English ( teacher sitting on your head?, friend eating your brain?) like African English, Srilankan English, Indonesian English are all English-es fittest for internal communication. Many native English speakers will not understand this English . English people are liberal, they say—It’s OK with your local variety of English, but use it in a fashion so that we also can understand it. A Tamilian ‘  writes the exam’, ‘ go and come’ ( those are literal translation of tamil, keeping cultural component intact ) very frequently, but what those means really , native English speakers will endlessly keep guessing to extract the meaning. Have you ever heard a tamilian pronouncing the word ‘ bud-get’, ‘ lod-ge’ etc. English people will be completely at bay. Words containing the letter ‘V’ is mostly wrongly pronounced by a Bengali, similarly 7,11 pronounced as ‘ sevun’, ‘ elevun’ by a Bihari.

Some side by side comparison between indian English and standard English or queen’s English.

Indian English                                                      Standard English

I did my graduation at the university of London I studied for my degree at the university of London
I passed out of college I graduated
I belong to Delhi I am from Delhi
My teacher is sitting on my head [a direct translation of mera teacher mere sir pe betha hai’ Tell your teacher to get down

But there is another side to it also. In the recent past, many writers of  Indian English, won many international awards for their books. Literary critics say that Indian writers bring a new flavour to the English language so far unfamiliar to native English speakers. Different syntax, different way of construction, different way of presentation, Indian writers bring in from their mother tongue, which to English people a new experience. This made Indian English popular to the British. India is the home of second largest English speaking people after USA.

But same Indian English stretched too far, turned into Hinglish—a wild blend of English and Hindi. It involves a hybrid mixing of hindi and English within conversations, individual sentences and  even words . Example—‘ she was bhunno-ing the masala-s jub phone ki ghuntee bugee’.  Death kar gayee. Some more Hinglish words are—Badmash, glassy ( in need of drink). There are other similar varieties—Benglish, Tamlish, Punilish and many others. But at the moment Hinglish is in the news because some English students in Portsmouth, UK, will actually be studying Hinglish. It was reported in 2012 that UK diplomats have to bone up on Hinglish before arriving in India. Just imagine how it will sound when a native English speaker spouting Hinglish on our face……………. If our Sanskrit pundit had an iota of the same wisdom, they could have saved the Sanskrit language from extinction.  According to many, Sanskrit language could be the most technically suitable computer language today.Hinglish is already in use in our country widely, with international recognition its currency will increase. This Hinglish, has the glamour of English and easiness and familiarity of Hindi—together a great communication instrument for the Indian masses in  future, may soon replace Hindi as the national language even.

But there is a catch in it, will the elites and the snobs accept Hinglish for communication amongst themselves??? I believe not, they have to invent their own language which masses feel complicated and uncomfortable, otherwise, how they will establish their superiority over the lower and middle class?? Language helps to divide people to form classes.







A get together on Basanta Utsav in Milon Mancha



We had a very nice evening in connection with a get -together related to Basanta utsav, on 3.3.2018, at the venue of Milon Mancha . As always it was well planned and a compact program comprising a number of cultural items , by well-known artists, with a fine dinner in the end, in a compact three- hour program, where members had paid a very minimum amount –Rs 500/- per head for it, which comprised a good evening snacks, and a decent dinner.In brief it was a well managed program without leaving out any loose end or any excesses , under the loving leadership of Rudra Mondal, Sharmista, and a few others.
We assembled at the venue of MM at 6-30 pm, we were forty. Members were welcomed with customery Abir, sweet, and then the new meets were lightly introduced to each other. Soon after, all the members moved in a group to the near-by nature park. The program started with a welcome song-“ ore grihabasi, khol dar khol” in chorus. Then followed songs and dance in a rhythmic sequence in chorus, doubles and singles as required by the items. There were many artists.


To mention a few—Surjo ( a singer, needs no introduction), Megh Aiyon ( A dancer) ,Basudev ( a khol player), Artist Smitha, of course, many many others, it was really a collection of artists , under the watchful eye of loving and understanding leadership of Rudra Mondal. Professional and non- professional all played, none was left out looking unimportant , shaky , unsafe. He was watchful, as is always, to provide healthy cultural pleasure to each of the members. Another hero of such program of Milon Mancha is Amalendu sil—he and Rudra Moldal, apart from other roles they play, have silently taken up a role upon themselves, to make look everybody beautiful in their photos—they catch their subjects in various poses, posture and moods. It is their hobby. In my photos caught by his camera , I appear hundred times more beautiful and smarter, than what I actually am. Many of you must have been watching over and over again in the confines of your home your photos. For me, I do……repent also that if I had such a photographer in my youth!!!!! Young people must note.

We came back at the venue from the park at around 9-00 Pm, We had a great dinner, ending with a serve of payes. With a sweet memory, we left for home, reached safely and now visiting, revisiting the photographs, audio and video records, a few enclosed for your remembrance. Any good things gives us multiple pleasures, first when it happens in real time, and then when we visit and re-visit those in our memory.

If anybody asks me what stays with me best about the whole evening, to select one item only with no option for the second, I would say it is the manner the programs are conducted in Milon Mancha—quality of cultural items selected, their arrangement/order, apportioning of time, and packing you back home without wasting any time in between, it’s the hall mark of Milon Mancha……………….sometimes, my mind goes back to the rural Bengal of seventies. Those time when there was no TV, one important way to be entertained was watching Jatra; mainly at the time of harvesting and festivals, village folk would go to see jatra playing important social and historical stories. There would be huge crowed for it. That time it would be a whole night affair. Whatever the content of the play it would be stretched for whole night anyhow, by starting late and giving irritating breaks. In a winter night , often people draped in chaddar in the audience, fell asleep only to wake up in the morning when all else left. Although this jatras were educative and entertaining, were not popular in cities because those were unprofessionally managed, would take much time for delivery. But in the seventies, a revolution took place, this jatras were cut down to three hours strict, like cinema shows, suddenly there were an upsurge of interest, the city elites soon joined the masses to visit the jatra shows. An imaginative approach makes people to participate spontaneously.
Conducting the cultural events of Basanta Utsav and all others, whole credit goes to Milon Mancha. LONG LIVE MILON MANCHA . The program ended with a chorus song reflecting the philosophy of MILON MANCHA, written and composed by Sri Surjo, the well known singer, who grew up in the shadow of Manna Dey , a true representative of Manna Dey to the masses..