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A transgender from West Bengal, Manabi Bandopadhyay, made history on June 9, 2015, when she was made the college principal at Krishnagar Women’s College in Nadia district. She is the first transgender to have achieved this feat.Ever since childhood, Manabi took preference to feminine habits and showed signs of being a girl. However, this irked her father who wanted her to work and earn, since she was the only son of two sisters.

Oppressed by her father, Manabi, who had just finished schooling, decided to visit a psychiatrist on her own to fight the dilemma she faced. But, since psychiatry was at its nascent stage in India, most psychiatrists told her to forget about it. One even told her that if she does not put this behind her, she might kill herself.
In 2003, she gathered enough courage to undergo a sex-change operation which cost her a whopping Rs 5 lakh at that time. After the long continuous process in which she had to also undergo multiple sessions of counseling, Manabi finally felt free.

Manabi understood the importance of education and focussed all her energies on excelling professionally. Despite the constant ridicule, she continued to excel at her studies and completed her MA in Bengali. She also became the first transgender to complete a Ph.D. in West Bengal. When Manabi applied at the Vivekananda Centenary College in Jhargram, she was coerced to apply as a male lecturer. Soon, she became a lecturer, and was, yet again, the first transgender to do so.

Manabi started a magazine, Ob-Manab, specially made for transgenders, in the year 1995. She was also briefly married to a man who soon started feeling uncomfortable because of the nosiness of neighbors, and they eventually separated. She has an adopted son.

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युवा लेखक आशीष को नेपाल में अंतरराष्ट्रीय साहित्य सम्मान

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युवा लेखक आशीष

मित्र देश नेपाल के प्रमुख वाणिज्यिक केंद्र बीरगंज में आयोजित दो दिवसीय नेपाल-भारत साहित्य महोत्सव में प्रदेश के युवा लेखक व ग़ज़लगो आशीष राज सिंघानिया ‘तन्हा’ को साहित्य के क्षेत्र में उनकी लगातार सक्रियता व बेहद कम समय में हासिल किए गए तमाम उपलब्धियों हेतु प्रथम नेपाल-भारत साहित्य रत्न सम्मान 2018 से बेहद गरिमामयी समारोह में सम्मानित किया गया.

युवा लेखक आशीष

युवा लेखक आशीष

नेपाल के नवनिर्मित प्रदेश क्रमांक 2 के प्रथम मुख्यमंत्री लालबाबू राउत सहित अन्य विशिष्ट अतिथियों व लब्धप्रतिष्ठित साहित्यकारों ने दोनों देशों के विभिन्न वरिष्ठ साहित्यकारों का सम्मान उक्त आयोजन के अंतर्गत किया. नेपाल में प्रथम बार आयोजित इस महत्वपूर्ण आयोजन के द्वितीय दिवस के प्रथम सत्र में आयोजित आलमी मुशायरे में आशीष तन्हा ने अपनी शानदार ग़ज़लों व नज़्मों की प्रस्तुतियों से नेपालवासियों का दिल जीत लिया. बेहद कम समय में हासिल अपनी तमाम उपलब्धियों के बीच आशीष तन्हा ने अपना यह प्रथम अंतरराष्ट्रीय सम्मान अपने दिवंगत पिता को समर्पित किया. उक्त अवसर पर अपने उद्बोधन में उन्होंने आयोजन समिति के प्रति आभार जताते हुए साहित्य व अदब के प्रति अपनी प्रतिबद्धता को दोहराया व खुद की क़ामयाबी का श्रेय अपने प्रदेश के लोगों द्वारा मिल रहे असीम प्यार व लगातार सहयोग को दिया.

 

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Music Is Life

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Music is life

Where words leave off, music begins

Music is life

Music is life

Music is the fine art of expressing ideas, thoughts, and emotions in significant sound forms by using the element of rhythm, melody, and harmony through voices or instruments or both.

Music plays a huge role in everyone’s life. It keeps us busy in spare or busy time and makes our life peaceful. There are various forms of music which we can enjoy according to our need and requirement. Everyone wants to listen to music in their free time to get some enjoyment and relief their mind. Music helps us to get prevented from the mental and emotional problem.

I like music so much from my childhood. I still remember that during my childhood days the weekend means all the Sundays was fixed as music day. All through the day, the slow music was running in the center of the house and every family member was busy doing their work. It helps us in keeping our mind strong, powerful and busy.

Music is like yoga, it makes us joyous and helps in keeping hormonal balance in the body, relief our minds and body, thus keeps us physically and mentally healthy and fit.

Music plays a great role in making us happy in our difficult time and gives a lot of comfort to our mind.

Music is very powerful and has the ability to convey the positive message to all sorts of emotions without telling and asking anything to anyone. Music also increases or improves the concentration power of human being by removing all the negative thoughts.

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The Baghela’s And The White Tiger Of Rewa

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Life in Rewa

What fascinates me about history are not the facts and figures that have thrust on us, but the stories – especially the ones that are untold. Staring at the crumbled bricks of an old building, the faded walls, the dilapidated pillars, the rusty doors, my imagination takes me into a different era. Who would have lived here and what were their stories? Is there an unseen ghost roaming around? Are there haunting memories that just vanished into thin air?

Life in Rewa

Life in Rewa

 

Every dusty town and village in India have these stories to tell if only someone had documented them. I found myself in one of them a few days ago – a town called Rewa in Madhya Pradesh which lived under the garb of yet another unassuming city that went about its business as usual. And yet, there were stories that were waiting to be heard. I stopped at a little lake called Rani Ka Talao. An old temple emerged from the waters while there were several shrines around the lake. Families were walking, couples were on a boat ride, kids were playing while the devout were praying. I was however lost. The child in me came alive.

Stories usually start with ” Once upon a time there was a king..” perhaps, here you would say, there was a queen. After all, the lake is named after her. An incoherent watchman muttered reluctantly something about a queen who had a dream and who built a temple here based on a deity’s wish. I wondered if he was making it all up. But ruins of old monuments stood out from behind trees like shadows from the past. Perhaps there was a story here.

I walked around and other crumbling remains of a temple stood in a corner while a few boys were playing cricket. They wanted me to take their photographs. In return, they told me that the old dilapidated monument in front of me was a Kali temple that was built here by one of the queens.

Rewa I later learned is one of the princely states of India and was part of the Bagelkhand Agency created by the British. Standing in a dusty, dingy Baghel museum under the eyes of a paranoid caretaker who refused to even let us take our mobile phones out,  I saw some of the priceless treasures of the Baghela Dynasty. There were stories of friendship between Mughal Emperor Akbar and the Bagela king, Rewa Ram Singh. Birbal and Tansen came from their courts.

Life in Rewa

Life in Rewa

The entire museum was a treasure trove with old clocks and curious, porcelain from China, priceless colonial gifts from the Queen, guns that put James Bond to shame and several daggers. And I saw photographs of Shah Rukh Khan on the sets of Ashoka with some of the weapons used by the rulers. A story goes that a daring robbery in the museum which resulted in the countless loss of treasures had made the caretakers more vigilant that they do not allow you to even take notes on your mobile phone or write notes in a book.

Hunting was a passion among the kings of yore and while they loved to show their trophies, capturing a live, unusual animal probably was one of their fantasies. And so, Mohan the white tiger cub was found and captured by the Baghela Maharaja Martens Singh in the forests around Govindgarh. He decided to create an entire lineage of white tigers and brought a tigress, aptly titled Begum to mate with Mohan. Begum was not white and apparently, she gave birth to three cubs, all of them were normal Bengal Tigers. In order to keep the experiment going, Mohan had to mate again, this time with one of the tigresses he had fathered. And therein lies another tale.

Tragically, Rewa’s history has got somewhere mixed up with the story of the white tiger, at least for me. Walking around the beautiful ruins of Govindgarh, where time stood still, I wondered if the lineage of the Baghelas had more interesting tales tucked away amidst these pillars and columns which were far more exciting than stories of forcing tigers to mate and create hybrids. Perhaps I need to make another trip again.

 

 

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