In November of 2008, I had my third visit to India in nearly 18 years and the second in less than a year. In my previous two visits, I could barely pass by Bihar; but this time around, I was able to tour the state for two weeks. In the cities of Darbhanga, my home town; Bhagalpur, my in-laws' place; and Patna, I had a chance to observe the changes over the years and talk to people randomly.

हमारा देश सांस्कृतिक दृष्टि से एक समृद्ध देश है। इसकी वैविध्यपूर्ण संस्कृति हमारे विभिन्न त्योहारों और पर्वों में झलकती है। यहाँ होली, दीवाली, दशहरा, पोंगल, महाशिवरात्रि, क्रिसमस, ईद इत्यादि अनेक त्योहार मनाए जाते हैं। भारतवासी ये त्योहार पूर्ण उत्साह और धूमधाम से मनाते हैं। हमारे इन सभी त्योहारों और पर्वों में महाशिवरात्रि का त्यौहार विशेष महत्व रखता है।

Former Governor of Goa and litterateur Mridula Sinha has passed away recently. A blend of committed political affiliations and unparalleled literary sensibilities, she was born on 27th November 1942 in the Chhapra Dharampur Yadu village in the Muzaffarpur district of Bihar.

Renowned celebrities and social figures are followed by their fans for the popularity they acquire by dint of their hard work and long drawn out struggle to make a mark in the society they live in. They are in a way sometimes called Icons of that society. Their lifestyle, way of working, approach towards life, etc. bear a deep impact on their followers and the people who like them the most.

Crisis of Covid-19 has, if not entirely, but partially changed our living habits more especially habits relating to food consumption. Since moving out from homes is almost controlled due to lockdowns and curfews, you may not take the risk of going out to a restaurant to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner now. You have to remain contained with what is cooked and served to you at home. Ordering food from outside, too, involves high risk and is not advisable.

In a pre-planned attack by the Chinese army on Indian soldiers with nail-studded sticks and iron rods (as per media reports) recently, is a cowardly act and should be strongly denounced. India's twenty brave soldiers sacrificed their lives in Galvan valley face-off for the honor of their motherland. There have been more casualties on the other side, as well.

हर टीवी चैनल और सोशल मीडिया पर अभिनेता सुशांत सिंह राजपूत की आत्महत्या की लगातार चर्चा हो रही है। वे ऐसे थे, वैसे थे, महान कलाकार थे, धोनी के किरदार को नए आयाम दिये आदि-आदि। शोक व्यक्त करना अपनी जगह ठीक है, मगर इतना भी विह्वल न हों कि असली वीरों को आप भूल जाएं।

करोना-जनित संकट की मार को और अब ज्यादा न सहने के फलस्वरूप अपने-अपने ठिकानों से घर-गाँव जाते और रास्तों में फंसे मज़दूरों का मर्मान्तक हाल लगभग हर चैनल अपनी लच्छेदार/भावपूर्ण कमेंटरी के साथ इन दिनों दिखा रहा है। शायद अपनी टी-आर-पी बढाने के लिए।