Wednesday, December 8, 2021

P.N.Sharma ji


 The  memory  flashback  takes me to the year  1986, when  on completion of my two year training in November,  I received my posting orders as Tehsildar  Pooh, District Kinnaur. I was at Ghumarwin at that time.  Much against the  well meaning advice of my seniors to approach some Minister for adjustment  at some other place, I decided  to join.  I spent the joining time at  Shimla with my parents at Shimla. As the  days for my departure for the new place  were drawing near, my  father-in-law  Sh. P.N.Sharma who we lost just three days back , sensing the difficulty that we might face on the way as also on arrival volunteered to accompany us. And difficult it was with even  minimal  household goods loaded on bus top  and a seven month old  baby in the lap. I had not gone beyond Rampur Bushehr before and Pooh was at a further distance of 149 Km from  Rampur

We boarded the Shimla–Kaza  night service bus on 26th of November which started at 8PM. The journey went on smoothly till Tapri, which was also the Regional HQ of HRTC at the time. To our utter dismay, we were told that due to blockade of road  the bus would not proceed further. To add to woes were the house hold effects loaded on bus-top. My father- in-law, unlike me of an open friendly nature struck conversation with the bus conductor who as it turned out was from the Arki area , which also is the native place of my in-laws. The good Samaritan helped us offload the household items and arranged to  keep them in HRTC shed to be transported by us later.I may add that the said conductor after some days met  with a fatal accident with many other passengers on board  at Kingal , leaving us all sad.  With some clothes and other important paraphernalia, later in the day we boarded another bus which  dropped  us at  Powari, where we had a forced  stay of  two nights  amid snow in a Federation guest house. There also a kind GREF employee invited us for breakfast. At last we made it to Pooh on 29th November, where we had to stay put in  PWD rest house for days together  as the accommodation was not vacated by my predecessor after the board examination of his son was over. Father in Law returned to Shimla after two days. This is just one instance. 

He also kept visiting my parents when they fell sick by turns  keeping me posted with the developments  through letters as there was no other way of communication available. He was quick enough to accompany me and my wife to   hospital when I had severe jaundice attack in 2007 and also kept visiting as I was recovering. 

A gentleman always immaculately dressed in neatly ironed suit and a tie , always sporting shining shoes, he was a regular on the Mall and at the Indian Coffee House accompanied by two-three  friends. 

A sociable , friendly and generous soul, he had no dearth of friends. Honest to a pie,  I never saw him haggling over price with any shopkeeper . The carpenter, electrician , plumber whom he engaged  from  time to time for work always went satisfied as he would always pay them over and above the amount initially agreed upon.  

Now only memories remain !!

Monday, November 8, 2021

नोट बन्दी के पाँच वर्ष

 

आज से पाँच वर्ष पूर्व 8 नवम्बर 2016 को एक तुग्लकी फ़रमान के द्वारा 500रु के प्रचलित नोट को व्यवहार में लाने से प्रतिबंधित कर दिया गया था, जिसका उद्देश्य तथाकथित कालेधन के प्रचलन को रोकना और आतंकवाद की रीढ़ को तोड़ना बताया गया था । यह निर्णय कितना कारगर साबित हुआ, रिज़र्व बैंक द्वारा जारी आँकड़ों से कोई पुष्टि न हो पायी और न ही आतंकवाद को कोई लगाम लगी । इस निर्णय के दो दिन बाद ही  फेसबुक पर पोस्ट्स की भरमार देखने को लगी  जिनके द्वारा कुछ महानुभाव इस बात पर गर्व करते दिखे कि उनके पास जमा कराने के लिए 500रु का कोई नोट  था ही नहीं। इस प्रकार मानो सरकार के साथ साथ वो भी  यह साबित करना चाह रहे थे कि 500रु का नोट पास में होना गुनाह हो । खैर मैं सपत्नीक इस गुनाह में शामिल था क्योंकि हम दोनों के पास  बदलवाने के लिए 500रु के नोट थे और हम न केवल कतार में खड़े हुए बल्कि अपने ही जमा खाते से 4000/- रु प्रति के हिसाब से भीख/ दान भी प्राप्त किया ।नोटबंदी के परिणाम स्वरूप अर्थ व्यवस्था पर जो दूरगामी असर पड़ा वो पड़ा पर सबसे दुखदायी बात यह रही कि नोट जमा कराने के लिए लंबी कतारों में खड़े लोग जिनमे अधिकतर मजदूर, कर्मचारी वर्ग, छोटे व्यापारी, दुकानदार आदि ही  शामिल थे, उनका सार्वजनिक तौर पर भाषणों में भी मज़ाक उड़ाया गया, मानो वे ही काले धन वाले हों । बड़े लोगों ने इस काम के लिए proxy में और लोगों को लाइन मे लगा दिया होगा या और हथकंडे अपना लिए होंगे । इन्ही लंबी कतारों में खड़े असंख्य लोगों मे से एक सौ से अधिक लोगों की विभिन्न कारणों से हुई मौत पर आँसू केवल परिजनों ने ही बहाए । अन्य किसी ओर से संवेदना प्रकट किए जाने का तो कोई प्रश्न ही नहीं उठता , न उठा । अढ़ाई वर्ष बाद दुबारा सत्ता में आयी पार्टी की सरकार को अपनी तरफ से जनता ने ही legitimacy प्रदान कर दी । सत्ता को और क्या चाहिए !!

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

हेमन्त कुमार


 हिन्दी और बंगाली सिनेमा के महान गायक,संगीत निर्देशक हेमंत कुमार की आज जयंती है । अपने करियर में हेमंत कुमार ने न केवल एक गायक के रूप में नाम कमाया बल्कि  कुछ यादगार फ़िल्मों में संगीत भी दिया । एक गायक के रूप में उन्होंने गुरु दत्त, देवानंद, सुनील दत्त, बिस्वजीत,प्रेमनाथ, राजेश खन्ना जैसे अभिनेताओं के लिए गीत गाये । उनकी एक विशेषता यह भी रही कि गीत एकाध अपवाद को छोड़ कर दूसरे संगीतकारों के निर्देशन में गाए । 

तीन फ़िल्मों नामत:  बीस साल बाद, कोहरा , और  ख़ामोशी का निर्माण भी किया । फिल्मों से हट कर रवींद्र संगीत में भी खूब नाम कमाया और एक अन्य गायक पंकज मलिक के समान लोकप्रियता प्राप्त की । 

26 सितम्बर1989 को कोलकाता में इनका निधन हुआ ।

महान  गायक/ संगीतकार को हमारी विनम्र श्रद्धांजलि !!

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

RANDOM MUSINGS

 Perhaps we are on the right track when the news of  incidence of Covid infliction and resultantly occurring deaths send a shiver down our spine and make us scary. The converse is equally true as we again put  on the mantle of complacency and adopt devil may care attitude when there is a slight relief in terms of statistics with regard to reduced infliction and figures of deaths occurring. The second reaction is far from desirable as the danger still lurks. We see people throwing all caution to the winds as they move about without caring to put on mask as the minimum basic requirement and safeguard.

Death by Covid is also a kind of unnatural death one finds difficult to come to terms with . In case of long suffering due to some other ailments,or simple age factor, one may compromise but not in case of Covid. The age factor does not count here. The death of a nonagenarian may affect  mentally as much as that of a  younger one. 

We are literally sitting on the cusp, insecure and unsafe.We can't give a go by to the much touted term 'Covid Protocol'.

We can at  least care to observe the protocol .

Rest is the will of God !!


Thursday, June 3, 2021

कॉरोना चिन्ता

 कल 2 जून  था/थी और हस्बे मामूल दो जून की रोटी को ले कर कुछ हंसी मज़ाक वाली  पोस्ट्स भी नज़र से गुज़रीं ।कोविड महामारी के चलते दो जून की रोटी का जुगाड़ भी एक समस्या का रूप ले चुका है विशेषकर रोज़ कमा कर रोज़ खाने वाले मजदूर वर्ग के लिए।   गत वर्ष की तरह इस वर्ष मजदूरों के पलायन की ख़बरें मीडिया पर सुनने को नहीं मिलीं । क्या हालात इस बार कुछ बेहतर हुए हैं कि पलायन वाली स्थिति उत्पन्न ही न हुई !  निजी क्षेत्र में लाखों करोड़ों लोगों की नौकरियां  ज़रूर गयीं हैं, और जिनकी नौकरी चल भी रही है, उन्हें वेतन में कटौती का सामना करना पड़ रहा है। विडम्बना यह कि बड़े बड़े उद्योगपतियों के लाभ और आय में वृद्धि दर्ज की जा रही है । कुल मिला कर आम आदमी के लिए स्थिति चिंताजनक बनी हुई है । कोविड से होने वाली मौतों का सिलसिला थमने का नाम नहीं ले रहा जो एक विचलित करने वाला तथ्य है | लोग फिर भी पूरी सावधानी नहीं बरत रहे व खुद को और दूसरों को भी जोखिम में डाल रहे हैं ।

न जाने भविष्य के गर्भ में क्या छिपा है !!

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

HUMBLE TRIBUTES TO A KARMAYOGI

 

 


I had known Anand Dhwaj Negi- A.D.Negi for short - through a friend Sonam Ringchain Negi, another gem of a man who retired as Engineer in Chief , HPPWD  some years back.

In fact Mr. A.D. Negi had hosted both of us when we stayed at Pooh overnight in 1997while covering the tour of the District by the then Chief Minister Sh . Virbhadra Singh, as part of the District Administration.

He came across as a shy straightforward man indulging only in meaningful talk. 

Later I met him  in his office at HIPA , Fairlawns,  Shimla in his office in 2002,  he being posted as Deputy Controller ( F&A)  being a member of State Accounts Service.

The very next year i.e. in 2003 when he had about four years of service left, he sought voluntary retirement and devoted himself to the onerous task of developing Thangkarma, a cold desert area near Chango in Hangrang sub- tehsil of Kinnaur District bordering Spiti. I had known about some of his activities there, comprising Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry.

After reading of  his sad demise in the Newspaper , I googled A.D.Negi on internet and a whole lot of links opened up before me in the shape of write-ups, Articles, and video clips highlighting his wonderful achievements.

Thanks to the sincere efforts of this, honest, sincere, hard-working former Government officer, the 90 ha. area is now full of about thirty five thousand plants of various types including apple. Mr. Negi successfully cultivated Rajmah, chuli and peas, apart from rearing cows, donkeys and a herd of Tibetan goats.

His death the other day at Chandigarh due to brain stroke leaves many shocked and grieved . The late detection of brain stroke and the time lost in transit is said to be cause of his passing away.

Those interested in knowing about his remarkable contribution and achievements may google A.D.Negi and they find valuable material written about him.

My humble tributes to the real Karmayogi !!


(Photo courtesy- Google)

Sunday, May 23, 2021

CORONA MUSINGS

It is fourteen months now since the serious thinking about finding the remedy and relief from the Covid Pandemic started and the first 21 day lockdown was ordered to be observed. The Pandemic had taken the world unawares and resulted  not only in massive loss of human lives, but also economic slowdown, huge loss of jobs and employment, mass exodus of Labour , a stop to all educational activity as a result of forced closure of all institutions like schools and colleges. 

Amid all the disastrous consequences , there was a lurking hope that the  Vaccine which was in the vigorous process of being developed would see the light of the  day, hit the market and provide much needed relief if not prove a panacea. There was some respite in the months of October & November which continued through January and some part of February. Come March and the start of Vaccination drive  throughout the country  and the Pandemic strikes again with much more force and intensity. Also on the flip side are the avoidable elections and the large scale state sponsored celebration of Kumbh Mela, the gatherings in both cases throwing all caution to the winds .No doubt till this time we had Covid centres and Hospitals established and running, and some semblance of a system in place. Unfortunately we lost many Corona warriors to Pandemic.

As of today, are we any better than last year? I think rather worse, with the panicky situation arrived at due to shortage of oxygen required to be administered to serious patients and many losing life due to this only.

As if this was not enough, close on the heels have arrived Black Fungus and  White Fungus to add to the woes and suffering.

In short, the Covid has outsmarted all human endeavour.

God save us all !!