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Bihar Connects…INDIA

Randomness... Randomness by Nimita Pandey Bihar Connects…INDIA Amidst the Foggy clog, the cab drove me out of the Indira Gandhi Domestic Airport Terminal towards the whims and fancies of Karol Bagh, a settlement in Delhi. While the cold winds oozed through the windows, I broke the minutes-long silence and asked: “Haan to Bhaiya, kahan ke hain aap?” The cab driver, with great hesitation uttered: “Madam, hum Bihar se hain, Vaishali district!” I was glad; there was no sense of amazement, as it has not happened for the first time. During many trips to New Delhi, I have encountered lot... 

CAT, MAT…and now CSAT??

By Nimita Pandey CAT, MAT…and now CSAT?? An Introspection of the present schema to that of the past… With months-long contemplation and all formal considerations, the Union Public Service Commission finally declared the much awaited Syllabus of the Civil   Change in IAS exam pattern... Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) for selecting Indian administrative officials. With the dawn, on 18th October 2010, the remarkable day in the Indian History was set forth, sufficing the initiation of the ending of the British administrative system. The readers might take this note with astonishment... 

‘Aashiyana’ of my Dreams, on Patna’s Streets!

by Nimita Pandey Slum dwellers- they too need Ashiyana “Abhi to maidam hum Jhopdi mein rehte hain. Agar Sarkaar pakka ka Makaan dilwaa deti, to bahaut upkaar hota hum log pe” (Madam, as for now I stay in a hut. But would have been obliged, if government provides a pucca house). I was stubbed by the agonising statement of an auto-rickshaw driver, driving down the Bailey Road of Patna, when asked about his residence and living. While roamingaround the city of Patna, if one is mesmerized by the emergence of high-rise buildings, he cannot let the entire gamut of Jhopadpattis (slums), be left... 

Patna, Where art thou?

by Nimita Pandey Patna sun set My father and I are people of different eras, having our own set of ideologies and perspectives. But one thing that binds us is the pride of being a BIHARI. Shah Jahan once quoted Kashmir in his beautiful verses: Agar kahin jannat hai, to bas yahin hai, yahin hai, yahin hai… And we feel the same for patna!! Wondering why? Well, it can be felt by someone who has seen the city-beyond its political camouflage, beyond its societal tantrums. Walking down the memory lane, the realisation is very evident- Patna badal gaya hai. But then change is inevitable and if for... 
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