Chhath Puja in 2021 | Chhath - The Festival of People’s Faith & Enthusiasm

Chhath Parva  or Chhatha Kartik is a Hindu festival being celebrated in Shukla Paksha. This unique Lokpwarv of Sun-UPasana is celebrated mainly in eastern areas of Bihar, Jharkhand, Eastern Uttar Pradesh and Nepal. Gradually this festival has become popular in the entire Indian Diaspora as well as in the world.


Naming

Chhatha Vachha Chhath, is a disfigurement of the word Shashthi, named as 6th day after Deepwali. The most difficult and important night of this four-day fast is the Kartik Shukla Shishthi being celebrated after Diwali of the new moon of Kartik month. Due to the celebration of the festival of Kartik Shukla Paksha, it was named as Chhath.

Why the Festival of Chath?

Chath is a famous festival of sun-worshiping in India. Originally it is called Chhath due to Shasti's fasting. This festival is celebrated twice a year. For the first time in Chaitra, and the second time in the month of Kartik.  The festival which is celebrated on Chaitra is known as Chaiti Chhath whereas the festival that is celebrated on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Sashthi, is called Kartiki Chhath. This festival is celebrated for achieving family happiness and prosperity.


Chath Pooja: A Gender-neutral Festival

Men and women celebrate this festival equally. Many stories are prevalent to Chhath Fast.  According to one of them, when Pandavas lost their entire palace in gambling, then Draupadi kept Chhath fast after being told by Shri Krishna. Then their wishes were fulfilled and Pandavas got back the palace. According to the tradition of the people, the relation between Sun God and Chathi Maiyya is of brother and sister. The Sun worshiped Chathi Maiyya firstly and after that a tradition of worshipping her became prevalent.

The Scientific Angle of Chath Pooja


If the Chhath festival is seen from a scientific point of view, special astronomical transformation takes place on  Sishthi (Chhath) date.  At this time, the ultraviolet rays of the Sun are collected in the greater quantity on the surface of our earth. The fasting on this day provides us the  ability to protect as much as possible. Celebration of festivals is possible to protect the animals from the harmful effects of Sun’s light (ultraviolet ray).

In normal state, the amount of ultraviolet ray reaching the surface of the earth is in the limit of tolerance of humans or organisms. Therefore, it does not have any particular harmful effects on humans in the normal state, but the harmful germs die by that sunlight, which benefits humans or life.

How do Chhat days are celebrated?

This festival is of four days. It starts from the third day of Bhaiyya Dooj. On the first day, Senda is taken as salt, vegetable curry of Arva rice and pumpkin made from ghee. Fasting starts from the next day. Vrati renounces food and water throughout the day, after about 7 p.m. in the evening, after offering the pooja, they receive the Prasad, which is called Kharna.

On the third day, the devotees offer milk to the Sun. Purity is taken special care of on all four days; Garlic, onion is strictly prohibited. Women sing Chath Songs in the house of those devotees who take fast and observe penance. On the third day, the setting sun is worshipped whereas on the fourth or final day, the rising day is worshipped. Offerings of worship are provided to the people.

Format of Celebration

Chhath Puja is a four-day festival. It starts with Kartik Shukla Chaturthi and ends with Kartik Shukla Saptami. During this fasting, the fast continues for 36 hours. During this time the devotees  do not even accept water.

Nahaye Khaye

On the first day, Kartik Shukla Chaturthi is celebrated as 'Naray-Khay'. Firstly, the house is cleaned and things of religious offerings are kept there. After this, the Chathvratis start their fast taking a pure vegetarian diet after taking bath. All the members of the house take food after the Vrati takes her/his food. Pumpkin-pulse and rice are taken as food. This pulse has  to be of gram.


Lohanda and Khanna

On the second day, in Kartik Shukla Panchami, after  the fasting day, the Vratis take food in the evening. It is called 'Kharna'. All the people nearby are invited to take the offerings of Kharna. In the form of Prasad, with the rice molasses made of sugarcane juice, milk, rice pitcher and ghee are made of chapadi bread. It does not use salt or sugar. During this time, special care is taken to clean the house.

  Sandhya Arghya

On the third day, Kartik Shukla Shishthi is made to offer Chhath in the day. In addition to Prashad, the rice laddoos(Thekuwa) are also prepared by the devotees.  Apart from these, the mold and fruits brought in the form of offerings are also included as Chhath Prasad.

In the evening,  all the items of offering are bedecked in a basket of bamboo , and with Vrati, the family and all the neighbors go towards the Ghat to pay obeisance to the God Sun and offer Him the religious offerings. Almost all religious people gather around the Ghat and the entire area gets emerged in religious festivity. During this, a fair-like scene is created for a few hours.

   Usha Arghya

On the fourth  and final day of Kartik Shukla Saptami, the Vratis throng the Ghats in the wee hours, well before the sunrise time. The entire gang of religious people follows them. Again the process of the previous evening is repeated. All the devotees take a holy dip in river, pay obeisance to the only visible God of the universe, i.e., Sun, offer him the things that they prepare in their homes, seeks His blessings for their loved ones and after that they come back. Prasads get distributed in the people who pay a visit to Ghat and those who stand in the path welcoming the Vratis.
                                                         
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Diwali @ 2021 - Significance of Diwali in Today's Time

All festivals, esp. the festivals of Hindus, have an underlying symbolical meaning and connotation. Though it sounds pretty frivolous to associate festivals with specific man-made faiths, there's no denying the fact that Hindu festivals have deeper emblematic ramifications and manifestations. Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan called this, ' Positive hydra-headed moments of joy and mirth.' Every festival has this streak and spirit of merriment embedded in its bowels. 


Two festivals of Hindus that vindicate the spirit of boundless happiness and auspicious aura are Holi and Deepavali.


Deepavali carries even more significance in the sense that it's a crystal clear symbol of light/brightness/goodness triumphing over the Stygian darkness of evil:


Prakasham parabhootam timiraachhanam iti devanaam vadanti (When light eclipses darkness, divine effulgence spreads in all directions).


Deepavali is goodness triumphing over all that's bad, undesirable and negative. A section of readers may be aware or some may even be astonished to know that the earliest 'Diwali', in its other avatar/s, predating symbolical connotation of present-day Deepavali, came into being even before Vedic Hinduism.


There're hoary old texts in Prakrit, a language some opine existed before Sanskrit, available at Poona's BORI (Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute) which suggest that Mahavir's enlightenment (deepam mandam jwalant pragya rit, prakasham chahun disham) made the world rejoice in enlightened brightness. Classical Jainagams (Jain texts) call Deepavali, a festival of individual enlightenment and associate it with teerthankars or evolved souls; so it has a Jain origin!!



Whatever may have been the reason of Deepavali coming into the lives of our ancestors, one thing must be remembered that the coruscating power of wisdom, the brightness of goodness, the sparkling glory of beauty and the light of all that has been good in human consciousness were enshrined into this magnificent festival that is aptly called 'Festival of lights' (jashn-e-charaaghan/shab-e-charaanghan).


The enlightened Mughal prince Dara Shikoh wrote in his Persian treatise (he later translated that into his impeccable Sanskrit):


Choon adaz iften az-gizaaf ifn-unsiyaat-e-shab roshan 


(Who'll not fall in love with the divine light of lamps embellishing the night of glorious brightness?).


He elsewhere said, 'Shee astam mee nizaaf-e-bahisht/ Goyam mein aftaabam behar na 'eest' (I've not seen the brightness of heaven/But I dare say, it can't be better than the light ensued by scores of lamps on the night ofjashn-e-chaaraghan). Some scholars and historians like Muhammad Mujeeb, Gooch and Collingwood believe that this Hindu-inclined statement angered his fanatic brother Aurangzeb so much that he decided to eliminate Dara, also refer to Askari's 'Mughal Saga', 1953, Patna: Khudabakhsh Library, Ashok Raajpath) 


Let's celebrate this brightness and pure light by evolving ourselves to the point of having no darkness and prejudice even in the hidden crevices of our existence. This is the pledge we must take on the forthcoming Deepavali and also on subsequent Diwalis.


'Aao karein roshni ki hi baatein/Zulmaat se thak gaya hai insaan'


(Let's talk only about light/Man has had enough of darkness).


Urdu poet Sahir penned Deepavali so beautifully:


'Roshni se roshni badhaein/Taqayamat Diwali manayein'


(Let light enhance lights/May we be able to celebrate Deepavali till the Doomsday)


Diwali greetings and messages for your friends and family:    
·       May the beauty of Deepawali fill your home with abundance of everything that you desire and the very festival of light can prove to be a harbinger of joy and prosperity for the coming year
  • ·       A festival that symbolizes enlightenment

   Paves the Way for Progress
   And makes a heart full of ecstasy
   May this Diwali be the dawn of heyday for the rest of your life
  Wishing you and your family A Very Happy Diwali!

  • ·       Diwali is the darling day for all of us

       As we enjoy the entire day with delight from dawn to dusk
       As we know that when the darkness creeps in, we have
      The all pervading illuminating lights that make us ecstatic
      With boundless of joy and the pleasure that is all-pervading and                    contagious

      Happy Diwali to You All

Happy Diwali to all the readers. May they enjoy it to the hilt and spread light of universal bonhomie everywhere. We need this all the more in these benighted times when the whole world is in the throes of pains, sufferings, intolerance and scourge of violence. 
                                                          ---Sumit Paulpaul


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A Full-stop Needed on Attacks on Bihari Migrants: Dr. Birbal Jha


Addressing a gathering of hundreds of migrants at Laxmi Nagar in Delhi, noted author and social worker Dr. Birbal Jha said, “The recent attacks on Bihari migrants in Gujarat, the land of Bapu, known for non-violence, is a blot on the democratic structure and values of the country and such a violence and hatred towards any community in the country of billions must be dealt with iron hand. The hands and masterminds behind such anti-social and anti-national acts must be identified, prosecuted under the appropriate law in place and punished for the sake of national integrity. Those guilty of sabotaging the social fabric and taking undue advantage of the situation for their personal gains, must not go scot-free.” 




“Safety, security and the rights of mobility of citizens from one place to another in the country enshrined in the constitution of India must be ensured. It is obligatory for the government in place to ensure that every citizen has the freedom to move freely throughout the country, reside and settle in any part of the country and also practice any valid profession or to carry on any occupation, trade or business”, added Dr. Jha, Chairman of Mithilalok Foundation, a non-governmental organization based in New Delhi, working for socio-economic and cultural development in the country.



“Bihari migrant workers are a workforce to reckon with as they play a big role in raising local economy and industrial growth, adding value to the place they move and relocate in search of jobs in order to eke out their livelihood. Many of human resource-based industry will instantly collapse and see the shut-down in the case of destabilizing them outside their home state, where they work. We always  take pride in asserting that India is one and a union territory as well mentioned in the constitution, why is there such a discrimination with people from north India?”, thundered Dr. Jha, who has been working for Bihari migrants for last twenty-five years with his social enterprise British Lingua providing a platform for skills development.




 The cultural activist Dr. Jha, known as Paagman, further demanded from the government a full-stop on attacks on Bihari migrant workers spread in different pockets all across the country in the interest of unity, integrity, and well-being of the nation. Moreover, he appealed to the people in common and Bihari brethren not to take law and order in their hands and maintain brotherhood and sisterhood.

---- Subramanian





Your Fashion Represents your Personality


Fashion is a popular style, especially in clothing, footwear, lifestyle, accessories, makeup, hairstyle and body. Fashion is a distinctive and often constant trend in the style in which people present themselves. A fashion can become the prevailing style in behaviour or manifest the newest creations of designers, technologists, engineers, and design managers.
According to fashion psychology, fashion and personality are closely related to each other. We have heard it a lot that ‘shoes define our personality’ but   it’s not just about a pair of shoes or boots, whatever accessories we wear, the kind of clothes we prefer can define our personality.  It can also affect our personality and behavior to a great extent.

CLOTHING
According to Mary Sheehan warren,  personal fashion consultant and author of ITS SO YOU.  There are four main style personalities—expressive, romantic, classic, and relaxed—but most women will have elements of two or three personalities. The varying fashion personalities explain why women have different tastes in clothing and styling.

Those with an expressive fashion personality choose bold articles of clothing and often find fashion as an art form. Every day is a chance to create a unique masterpiece! Not afraid to try trends or stand out in a crowd, expressive gravitate toward bright colors, funky patterns, and chunky jewelry. The expressive will also go through phases of different looks. For example, they might go bohemian for a month, then switch to 1950s retro, and then surprise everyone with a nineties grunge look.

Romantics will gravitate toward twirling midi skirts, floral patterns, blushing pinks, silk blouses, pearls, and antique jewelry. The romantic loves to enhance her natural beauty by incorporating feminine details and flattering fits. She isn’t just frills and bows—her personality is expressed through many different styles and finds inspiration from vintage Hollywood, the Victorian Era, the country, 18th-century France (a la Marie Antoinette), and many more.

Timeless pieces and structured fits attract the classic personality. The classic avoids fussy prints, trends, and attention-seeking pieces. The classic is all about tweeds, blazers, crisp white blouses, pencil skirts, dark denim, pearls, ballet flats, and menswear-inspired outerwear. She’s always prepared for every occasion.
Comfort is number one for the relaxed personality. But, the relaxed fashion personality knows that being comfortable doesn’t mean looking like a slob! Relaxed personalities know how to look effortlessly cool in cotton shirts, neutral colors, slouchy knits, drop-waist dresses, loose trousers, chambrays, boyfriend jeans, maxi skirts, and chic sneakers. If a dress is too scratchy or a pair of pants too tight, the relaxed fashion personality will pass and opt for an outfit that won’t make her squirm all night.

Even for men, fashion rules apply the same way. The design team at john players have decoded how a man’s clothes can reveal about his personality. Men who wear bright colored outfits tend to be friendly approachable and dynamic personality. Abstract print lovers are mostly outspoken and spontaneous. They are considered very creative. Men who prefer crew necks are logical but delayed decision makers whereas men who prefer v-necks are considered as very chilled-out type. Men who prefer classic formal kinda look are considered culture loving persona who are well groomed. They tend to be very sophisticated and well-organised.

FOOTWEAR
Coming to the footwear, shoes and footwear serve a practical purpose and also serve as a non verbal cue with symbolic messages. Researchers at the University of Kansas made it official earlier this decade with a published study. Yes, in fact, you can judge a person by their shoes.

In the study, participants were shown images of strangers wearing shoes, and were asked to guess the wearer’s age, gender, income, political views, social status, and other important personality traits. They were able to correctly guess an astounding 90% of the wearer’s characteristics — and all that were based just on that person’s footwear!

For men, tip top shoes in men depict fear of rejection. They are always well maintained as they fear being left alone. Funky shoe lovers are outspoken and extroverts-styled pointy toes are considered to be liberal political. These kinds of shoes are often worn by leaders and people related to politics. For men who wear high top boots tend to be less agreeable. They are not very friendly and like to be on their own.

For women, sky-high heels refer to a sense of pride in looks. These kinds of women love attention. Women who prefer wedges and platform heels are more practical, self assured and down to earth persona. Women who are keen to wearing sneakers, sports and training shoes can be athletic as well as artistic. They love to travel and explore and are always on the go.

Women who love wearing loafers and oxfords are independent, creative and versatile but introvert. Women who prefer boots more than any other style of footwear are well sociable, independent and a little aggressive. Women who love wearing flip flops and flats,are friendly, understanding, sweet. They seem to be highly extrovert but they are not.

Apart from shoes and clothes, accessories are also a part of fashion. Vogue editor kirstle clements says that the right accessory does change everything.
1.      BAGS
An oversized bag means you are a girl who is always on the go. It means the person is pratical and critical thinker. If you’re someone who dreams of traveling the world with nothing but the essentials, we guarantee you’ll love having a backpack slung over your shoulder. Tote bag lovers are opinionated. They don’t fear to put up their voice. Girls who love sling bags do not really prefer carrying bags around. For them it needed to carry only necessities.

2. JEWELLRY
Jewelry is a tool that you can use to make a statement to others about who you are. If you enjoy wearing big hoop earrings, statement necklaces, or extravagant cocktail rings with colorful lab-created gems, then it’s quite likely that you are the life of the party. Your personality is very likely to be cheerful and you are probably bubbly and outgoing. People like you because you’re so much fun If you are a minimalist when it comes to jewelry, then it’s likely that you have an appreciation for all the best things in life as well as a sense of balance. Your personality is thoughtful, and your habits tend to be orderly. You exude worldly charm despite your pared-down wardrobe..bracelets and bangles deceipt a kind of show off and extrovert personality. You are kind of person who loves chit-chatting and loves to move hands while talking so that you can show your hand accessories. Statement earings' lovers are expressive and fearless, you are a kind of person who loves attention.

4. WATCHES
If you love to wear a bright watch, then you are most likely to fall into the happy-go-lucky category. Leather straps look classy and signify stability. Girls who love to wear leather strap watches are absolute go-getters and do not shy away from a challenge. You have a more practical approach to life and just like your leather strap, you’re sturdy, dependable and do not stray from your beliefs. Watches with studded dials represent the elegant girl who loves a little drama in life. Unisex watches are becoming popular these days, and women with a strong will and drive tend to appreciate them more. You believe in absolute equality of the sexes, you’re self-driven and you love living life on the edge. You also love to travel, and exploring new places is your thing. You are surely that one person no one wants to mess with. If you love the traditional, round-dial watch with a minimalistic look, then you are old-school and completely at ease with your choices. You like to stick with age-old traditions and you’re most likely to follow rules, no matter what anyone says. Your sense of fashion is timeless and in a room full of people, you’re always the one everybody trusts.

Apart from depicting your personality, what you wear affects your behavior too. that is why there is a particular dress code for different places you g The term Enclothed Cognition is used to describe the effect that our clothes seem to have on various psychological processes like emotions, self evaluations, attitudes, and interpersonal interactions. Clothes affect our behavior and our moods because of the symbolic meaning that we (as a society) ascribe to different types of attire.

1 . FORMAL WEAR
When someone wears a formal dress, they automatically tend to act more responsible and work in an organized manner. There’s a reason tailored jackets are associated with being ‘dressed for success’. It seems that wearing formal office wear and structured clothes puts us in the right frame of mind to conduct business. Wearing power clothing makes us more feel more confident [possibly because we call it power clothing]; and even increases hormones needed for displaying dominance. This in turn helps us become better negotiators and abstract thinkers.
2.      CASUAL WEAR
Funky and casual looks make you act more relaxed and friendly. You tend to act more sociable.
3.      UNIFORMS
Any kind of clothing that is associated with a specific role activates all our knowledge and expectations about how people from that profession should behave. For example, wearing uniforms and coats can make people more conscious of their duties and encourage them to pay more attention to their jobs. Just wearing a lab-coat during an experiment encourages people to pay more attention (since lab-coats represent serious, attentive professions like scientists and doctors) and make fewer mistakes.

To improve self-image, even copying someone’s style is a good idea. Research shows that a person you consider smart and powerful and whom you really appreciate, if you emulate or incorporate their style mantra, you will feel infused with their qualities as well and you will feel more confident.

Fashion is related historically to an individual’s personality since it gives a general idea of what the person is thinking of and minimizes his personality as well. Personalities have a big and great responsibility; they represent the individual himself. Clothes help in expressing the innermost thoughts, kindness, and feelings. This is enough to know what kind of clothes and what way to wear appropriately. Sometimes we feel uncomfortable for being in a place that obliges us to be with a certain dress while we have a different life style. Fashion simply is our appearance, manners and characteristics. Fashion and personality are related and each one completes the other. So in a nutshell, we can say that fashion depict a person.
                        --Rakshika Priyadarshini


No any Party Understands the Sentiments of Shavarna: Sanjeev Jha


The national spokesman of the Purvanchal Janta Party Sanjeev Jha took a scathing attack on the political parties of today. Interacting with the people at a function organized in Shastri Nagar, Delhi, Mr Jha said, “This is not done. This is simply not done. No any Savarna can be against the upliftment of the oppressed class of the society, but that should not be at the expense of snatching the basic rights and compelling the Shavarnas to live a life of penury, dejection and rejection”.

Underlining the need of uniting Shavarna and fight for their rights, Mr Sanjeev added, “It is now or never. Every political party has made Shavarnas dance on their tunes, we are bereft of living a life of dignity, let alone jobs and other basic things that are must for the sustenance of life. If the present situation is allowed to continue, and we choose to keep mum, waiting for the opportune moment and time, we will soon find ourselves at marginalized position, nothing to lose-like situation”.

Setting all the speculations at rest, the grandson of Pandit Baccha Jha said, “Yes, I have started toying with the idea of contesting parliamentary election. As I have said, it is now or never. I have decided not to live with the repentance that I did not do my bit to raise protest against a move by the Government to handcuff Shavarnas. Where will our children go? Any one will misuse the rights(absolute) given to one class of the society and we Shavarnas will be at receiving end. Enough is enough”.

Replying on a question on what are his roadmaps with which he will face the electorates and woo them in the 17th Parliamentary Election, Sanjeev stated: “The roadmap is on the way. We are meeting with the people, interacting with them, taking stock of the situation that has arisen against the draconian law by the Modi Government which has robed the Shavarnas of their rights. We are not here for electoral gains, we are here for creating consciousness in the minds of Shavarnas. They should say their representatives that gone are the days of lollypops. We do also have right to live, not only live for the sake of living, but with dignity. I cannot even think to harvest the unrest created in the Shavarna community, but someone should come forward and take the charge. I invite all like-minded people to come forward, join with us and do something substantial for safeguarding our dignity.”



Grateful Mithila pays homage to Atal Bihari Vajpayee


"Entire Mithila is grief-stricken to hear the passing away of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. His departure from life has caused an irreparable  loss to billions of Maithili- speaking people spreading all  across the world.", said Dr Birbal Jha, Chairman of Mithilalok Foundation while  expressing  his  profound grief over the death of former Indian Prime Minister.

Noted author Dr Jha further said, "it was Atal ji, who during his prime ministership, included Maithili language in the 8th Schedule of the constitution of India, which no Maithil can afford to forget. Each of people from the Mithila belt owes late Atal ji.

 Dr Jha , a fan of  Vaypayee's style of communications added, "the Mithila belt was divided into two parts by the Kosi River in the aftermath of the powerful and devastating 1934 earthquake. In order to bridge the division thereby created, the then PM Vajpayee affectionately laid the foundation stone for the Kosi Bridge in 2003, which was however  completed in 2012 and was then thrown open to people living on the both sides of the river ."

"Hence, after a gap of 78 years of pretty long time, Mithila, the birthplace of Goddess Sita was reunited, thanks to the visionary PM Vajpayee, who will always reside in  the heart and soul of every Maithil" , he put forth.


Dr Jha, a social worker emphatically added "Vajpayee was a statesman. He was more than a political leader. He, however, was not a student of economics but aced the economy of the country during his tenure. The initiatives taken by him are far reaching and impactful."

Dr Jha further pointed, "Widening of national highways, what we enjoy today, is a wonderful gift left behind by Vajpayee on which even the posterity will take pride on"

In order to pray for the departed soul to rest in peace, a condolence meeting was held at Dr Jha' social venture  British Lingua, an institute of communication skills, which  he heads as its managing director.
                                                           -----Sharat




New Care Foundation: The Rising NGO in Mithila


The very name Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) invokes mixed reaction to the people. Some think that it is the very tool, the moneyed and influential people use to hide their ill-gotten wealth and present their (false) image to the society. Some believe that NGOs are good, but these are not used adequately and appropriately by its operators. Some do also opine that NGOs are good, but they have not heard about any such NGO.

In the Madhubani district of Mithila, there are hundreds of NGOs with all the prerequisites of an NGO. Though almost all of them have explicit objectives, areas of operations, but what most of them lack is the ground work. They have all future plans and preparations, but not the past works, no any portfolio to display. Right from child labour to green India and Clean India, these organizations have all the subjects of social and national concern in their preamble, but when it comes to do something substantial, they all fall short.

New Care Foundation is the NGO that has made its presence felt since its inception. This NGO is operating from Koilakh, arguably the most prominent village of Mithila. Rajesh Paswan,  the secretary of the organization has been toiling hard since it came into existence and now, he seems to be getting paid for his hard work. Right from diarrhea control to environmental awareness, he has incorporated all the subjects of contemporary issues and has done justice to all.  He organizes campaigns, awareness drives, programmes, exhibition, events to not only to villages, but in the national capital of Delhi as well. Recently, he had organized a programme in Delhi Hat, which was a resounding success. 

Transparency in work and commitment is what drives me, said Rajesh Paswan while talking to Mr Ashish Jha, his schoolmate and one year senior to him in the very High School of the village that has got the distinction of producing record number of successful people since the school started imparting education. He said, “Doing job was never my priority. I was always toying with the idea of doing something substantial for our society, our village and beyond. I ask for blessings of all my seniors, I extend my hands of cooperation to all who have something to contribute, in whatever capacity they can, for the greater good of the society. I am ready to be used up fully for then only I can earn a peaceful life. Society has given me so many things, it is the time to give it something in return. I have big mission and vision for my NGO and I am quite confident that if I find the support of like-minded people, I will be in a position to achieve what I long for, one day.

(This article is based on the conversation of Ashish Jha and Mr. Rajesh)