TODAY -

It is like gossiping with flowers, bees & butterflies

Salam Rupachandra Singh *



When I lost my mobile phone at Delhi Railway Station, it was a total handicap for me to communicate with the rest of the world. Shri Satya Paul, the Organiser of South Asian Fraternity insisted that I attend a Conference to be held at Faridkot wherein many friends had been invited. Many known friends and new faces piled up one after another for the said conference.

The North-East people are not so fluent in speaking Hindi and when we speak English, the men in railway counters etc, it seems, give not much importance in instant response as most of the Indians speak Hindi in the mainland. Of course, booking counters are manned by persons capable of communicating both in Hindi & English, but speaking English, it seems most of them do not prefer.

The world is full of the tendency to cheat, dupe or loot in the Indian context so far as I have experienced. Though I was not experienced and accustomed to be in booking counter for the purpose, Shri Satya Paul asked us to make reservation of our current rail tickets from Delhi to Faridkot.

When I went to Railway counter, it was replied-'this counter', 'that counter' and Dr Kajal muley & myself were running here and there for the said job. Delhi experienced the maximum heat in the month of June of that year. We always prefer to travel by bus or by air to free from all such complicacy but some feel it comfortable to travel by train.

Ultimately we got the reservation of tickets done but my newly bought MI mobile handset on the insistence of my children was not in my pocket. I went to the spots where I had been but I could not find them. The pick pocketters or mobile snatchers might be so happy in finding an unexperienced person like me in Delhi railway reservation counter.

In the past, our brains were so sharp and even we could memorise a lot of things and happening. However, due to the advent of android & smart phones, only I could memorise the phone number of selected afew and as such I could communicate with my home by using mobile phones of friends.

Thus, as my condition was just like that of 'Thakur in Sholay'' I took the mobile phone of Dr. Kajal and called up home telling about the loss of my mobile phone.

The fellow delegates only showed their sorry state of affairs in my condition, they enjoyed using their mobile phones by taking photos & making calls. I missed it! When we reached Faridkot, I had insisted that some of the organisers for going together to shops to have a mobile handset fetched for me and to block my lost number.

I didn't go for the costly one but the cheapest one as a temporary means for communication with home and a few once as all the other numbers were in the lost handset. whom should I communicate with or how could I get calls from others? The gathering was fantastic.

We could visit many places like the India Pakistan Border, the place where Indian shahids showed their mights and laid down lives for freedom movement, the war wrecked railway station and a particular bridge. When we crossed it, we witnessed the confluence of a couple of rivers which signifies the word - 'Punjab'.

The other significant thing was the demonstration at India Pakistan Border point where Indian & Pakistani soldiers competed their talents in the evening. Really speaking, the ceremony was worth watching as the countrymen of the two Nations took side to their own soldiers with full applause and ear-splitting yells.

We are to say that we are lucky as we could visit the birthplace and house of Shri Satya Paul. We were pleased to see how his family members and relatives treated us with warm hospitalities and how they showered respects to this young man of eighty then.we were welcomed, encircled,offered sweets & milk.

We experienced the best way of treatment as done by Indians to their guests. Dr. Kajal is a well known Gujarati Dancer of long standing. Even in her shows in the conference, I kept vigil of what assistance she needed from me.

After faridkot Conference, the next one was to be held at Kozhikode.I didn't not attend it due to postponement out of a sudden flood even though I had already booked air tickets for myself and my son.the next one could not be held by the reason of the infamous Covid-19 pandemic.

However, Dr. Kajal Had been endeavouring to do something good for the people even during the peak time of the pandemic, she contacted many persons from the other parts of this country including myself as well as other south Asian Countries and made a video clip on the suspected root of Covid-19 for giving messages.

Besides it, she invited articles relating to the culture of Manipur saying that she would publish a book on Indian culture by compiling different articles from across the country and south Asian region. I requested people in the field in Manipur. However, due to some reason or Covid, they could not write and contribute.

To this,she asked me to write by myself and that too in Hindi.It was a very difficult task for me to write on the subject of the Dance or culture of Manipur.so I thought of sketching something on Thabal Chongba of Manipur to express the abc of it by putting my personal opinion.

The difficulty in me was, it should be in Hindi. We speak Hindi in the so-called 'Bazar Bhasha' as we generally read Hindi upto VIII standard only. The difficulty I find in the Hindi language is its gender and spelling.

I endeavoured writing something on the subject and requested one of my colleagues to rectify the spelling and enquire about the place where Hindi script is typed. As she told me, I went to the place. The people I met there were well versed in Hindi and I thought they might be degree Holders in Hindi. They helped me a lot not only in typing but also in reshaping my write-up.

One day, a call from Dr. Kajal came saying that her book would be published in virtual mode. I clicked the link she sent and attended to it. It was well-published on a virtual platform. I insisted Dr. Kajal Muley to make me available a copy of the book as I was eager to see my article.

When we met at Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi recently, she presented me a copy of it. When I opened the book, my article namely 'Manipur ke Thabal Chongba evam uske prabhav' meaning thereby the Thabal Chongba of Manipur and its significance occupies a space in her book. I simply expressed my opinion on the subject-matter as I was compelled to write it as a mark of acceptance to a friend's request.

The book entitled 'Pushpa Pankhuriyon Ke saath gapshap' of her is like Gossiping with Flowers, Bees & butterflies!

The uniqueness of the book of Dr. Kajal Muley, the Gujarati Dancer of popularity is her advocacy of making an art daily with the leaves and stems of plants,petals and sepals of flowers etc. to symbolize varieties of speaking objects. Some of them are in her book. It is a book with a difference in the 21st Century among the hundreds & thousands of books so far published that I have ever seen.


* Salam Rupachandra Singh wrote this article for The Sangai Express
This article was posted on December 24, 2021.


* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Descent of Radha-Krishna #36: Download
  • Violence in Manipur 2023-2024 : Timeline
  • Saraighat Bridge - An Expedition
  • Meeting with MP Dr Bimol Akoijam
  • Manipur: 11 medal (5 gold) @ Natl Taekwondo
  • Socialization and the Two "Meads"
  • The Power of Poppy - 36 :: Poem
  • Scientist of Manipur: Raghumani Ningthoujam
  • Chilli Chicken Delivers a Flavorful Punch
  • International Day of Yoga 2024
  • Antimicrobial Resistance: Top 10 health threat
  • Indo-Naga Talks (From 2012) :: Timeline
  • Taste vs Health
  • Fiasco of UGC-NET, NEET 2024
  • From NEET to NET: It's time to fix NTA
  • Great June Uprising @Kekrupat #1 : Gallery
  • Ema Panthoibi Phijol Hongba at Mandalay
  • Proposed Palm Plantation behind Jiri violence?
  • 'Why Impose War on Us'
  • Why workers most affected by scorching heat?
  • Coup of 2021 not the only push factor
  • Last chance not to fall from grace
  • Ibudhou Cheng Hongba #1 : Gallery
  • Kind attention 'Your Lordship' CJ of India
  • 'Opposition-less Govt in Nagaland is rhetoric'
  • Xorai - Assam's cultural symbol
  • Natural ways to lighten dark underarms
  • Is Delhi doing the right thing ?
  • Set the priorities right
  • Ima Keithel flood- May 30 #3 : Gallery
  • Modi's arduous journey & fate of Naga peace
  • Autism: Why fit in, when you can stand out?
  • Bloodstained Masquerade :: Poem
  • Dharamvir Singh: Forgotten hero of TV
  • What is keeping the clash going on ?
  • Warning of a coming politico-military storm
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #6
  • The Great June 18 Uprising : Timeline
  • The Great June 18 Uprising : Gallery
  • Are we on track to end AIDS by 2030 ?
  • 3 writers from Manipur for Sahitya Akademi
  • Manipur's traffic, parking: A big nuisance
  • Career in elderly care
  • Keeping the folks under a state of confusion
  • Nothing neat about NEET
  • Aid to relief camps @ Jiribam : Gallery
  • Id Festival- 'Id-Ul-Azha' :: Book
  • World Day to Combat Desertification 2024
  • NDPP did not lose LS due to local problem
  • RSS chief says, priority Manipur
  • What if not IIT ?
  • Waiting for a response from the PM
  • The test of leadership failed
  • Descent of Radha-Krishna #35: Download
  • Gastronomy tourism in Manipur : Gallery
  • Triathlon : Manipur bag 6 medals (3 gold)
  • Illegal immigrants/fugitives from Myanmar
  • Eid-ul-Adha: Embracing sacrifice
  • A solution to Meitei-Kuki-Zo conflict
  • The Power of Poppy - 35 :: Poem
  • Scientist of Manipur: R K Brojen Singh
  • Brief sketch on General Balaram Sougaijamba
  • Non-violent for peaceful, mutual co-existence
  • Homeless person ..alcoholism & defeated TB
  • Cancer on rise among young adults
  • Defending, fighting for Idea of Manipur
  • From partiality to complicity
  • Bike Rally - Sekmai to Kangla : Gallery
  • 'Modi must announce finality of Naga pacts'
  • Gliding over Brahmaputra
  • Question leaks cause stress among student
  • Home remedies for prickly heat
  • After IIT, AIIMS it is now IIM
  • Stealing spotlight from Manipur crisis
  • Tarpon chaklen katpa @ Andro #2 : Gallery
  • Strongly condemns violence in Jiribam
  • Lessons from outcome of LS election
  • Tumcho releases "Goodness of God"
  • Right diagnostic for antimicrobial resistance
  • 12th June is World Day against Child Labour
  • Hands of geo-politics ?
  • The row over NEET-2014
  • 2nd Annual Art Exhibition #1 : Gallery
  • Chilli Chicken: Film Spotlighting NE in B'lore
  • Committee of Narcotics Anonymous - Imphal
  • The Power of Meditation
  • Oceans as a career choice
  • Getting more and more audacious
  • A test of leadership
  • Education Fair @Imphal #2 : Gallery
  • Gifting two seats to Cong
  • Voters empowered democracy
  • Postcards from Meghalaya premieres
  • Milk : Essential nutrient for a healthy body
  • Failing in competitive exam not end of world
  • Delhi : A mere spectator
  • Abandoning Jiribam
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #5
  • Ima Keithel flood- May 30 #2 : Gallery
  • Mainstream in Shoes of Alternative
  • Protect the medicines that protect us
  • Lets take action for our land & our future
  • Democracy and independent media
  • Agenda at work to shut Western Gate
  • Keeping Manipur on the boil
  • Descent of Radha-Krishna #34: Download
  • The Enigmatic Journey of 'Laikhutshangbi'
  • Individual and the Social
  • An Ardent Appeal to All Concerns
  • Condemnation of Attack & Govt Inaction
  • The Power of Poppy - 34 :: Poem
  • Scientist of Manipur: Laishram Shanta
  • Alien fishes spotted in Manipur's rivers
  • Training on mushroom at Langthabal
  • Digital avatars or deepfakes ?
  • 7th June is the World Food Safety Day
  • How to prepare for UPSC after 10th ?
  • The Jiri violence
  • Beginning of a new vote culture ?
  • Bimol Akoijam (Cong) wins Inner PC : Gallery
  • BJP, NPF & other NDA pay heavy price
  • Nature is one of greatest blessings of God
  • Plantation drive in Tripura, Assam & Manipur
  • Summer beauty
  • Environment conservation & over-exploitation
  • Is Modi cut out for leading a coalition ?
  • 'Ishanou' Selection @ Cannes #2: Gallery
  • Scholarship for Johnstone Hr Sec students
  • 1st foundation day of Interfaith Forum
  • World Environment Day: Our land, our future
  • Indonesia stronger anti-tobacco measures
  • Navigating a fragile Myanmar: India's policy
  • New breed entering electoral politics
  • The road to formation of new govt
  • International Dance Day #1 : Gallery
  • Matchbox marketing mantra
  • Stop harming nature :: Poem
  • Saving for oneself & the Nation
  • Model United Nations (MUN) conducted
  • Tobacco: Threat to health & environment
  • Candidate from ruling party biting the dust
  • The verdict
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #4
  • Imphal valley districts flooded #3 : Gallery
  • Navigating Remal amidst Manipur conflict
  • We are #GenerationRestoration
  • Intl Day of Innocent Children Victims
  • Apparel Industry Skills & Innovation CoE
  • What's in a cyclone's name ?
  • Ongoing clash, the floods, the losses
  • Exit poll predictions
  • Descent of Radha-Krishna #33: Download
  • Evading flood & rethinking urbanization
  • Manipur Flood: Health Advisory
  • Onus on civil bodies to ensure NNPG unity
  • Rats also cause flood
  • Benefits of JEE Main mock tests
  • People have spoken, now the results
  • The fury of Remal
  • Ima Keithel flood- May 30 #1 : Gallery
  • The flood in our Stars
  • The Power of Poppy - 33 :: Poem
  • 'Group of people misrepresented themselves'
  • EV industry and career options
  • Scientist of Manipur: Chandrakant Aribam
  • Candy flavoured traps to hook next Gen
  • Commemorate Naga Plesbicite Day 1951 #2
  • Tobacco affects health & environment too
  • Jio extend validity for Customer in Manipur
  • Students must learn about AI irrespective
  • As vote count day approaches : Floods
  • Imphal valley districts flooded #2 : Gallery
  • Flooded : Sacrifice of Yairipok's Maiden
  • World No Tobacco Day 2024
  • Chandam Rishikanta wins NPC Nat'l C'ship
  • Flood: Helpline numbers for emergency
  • Battling body odour ?
  • Floods : Not entirely natural phenomena
  • PM Modi's purpose
  • Imphal valley districts flooded #1 : Gallery
  • June Calendar for Year 2024 : Tools
  • Flood: Control Rooms & Helpline numbers
  • Economic impact of ongoing conflict
  • Army Recruitment Rally for Manipur
  • Cut deficit, boom likely
  • Are Gods angry ? Wake up call for Manipur
  • Beating of the Retreat #2 : Gallery
  • We did Overcome: Mayhem of Month of May
  • Training on mushroom at Potshagbam
  • Famous female Mathematicians in India
  • Disinformation campaign thengnare
  • Human trafficking puts humanity to shame
  • Sky opens up in all its fury
  • Licypriya meets Italy PM & Pope Francis
  • HSLC (Class X) 2024 : Full Result
  • HSLC 2024 : Important Info & Grading System
  • HSLC 2024 : Pass % : Private Schools
  • HSLC 2024 : Pass % : Aided Schools
  • HSLC 2024 : Pass % : Govt Schools
  • HSLC 2024 : Statistical Abstract
  • HSLC 2024 : Comparative Statement
  • Combined Defence Services Exam 2024
  • Good show in Class X exams
  • Downplaying the crisis
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #3
  • Reviving Lamphelpat : Conservation : Gallery
  • Commemorate Naga Plesbicite Day 1951 #1
  • "ST status for Meetei" at Hojai
  • The Power of Poppy - 32 :: Poem
  • Insights from CUET-UG Counselling
  • International Day for Biological Diversity
  • Unseen force at work: Time to unravel it
  • Sheikh Hasina's revelation
  • The Vanishing Meitei Tribe
  • Building career in defence & strategic study
  • Why example of model code of conduct ?
  • Ownership of responsibility
  • Will pressure mount on key players in NE
  • How to save your foot after an accident
  • Children Camp @JNMDA Imphal #3 : Gallery
  • Education Fair @Imphal #1 : Gallery
  • Project Associate @ CSE, Assam Univ
  • Understanding schizophrenia
  • Advancement in Multi Objective Optimization
  • When will women in voter list increase ?
  • Making 2 plus 2 is equal to 5
  • Changing face of drug menace
  • Scientist of Manipur: Jayanta Manoharmayum
  • 25 yrs since Atal Vajpayee visit to RIMS
  • 4 Lakhs donated to support (L) Maipak Family
  • Clarification: Guwahati Meet on Humanitarian
  • Start UPSC prep after 12th for success
  • Tips to avoid melting makeup in summer
  • Giving a big solid push to ST demand
  • Time to come clean
  • Sajibu Cheiraoba: 1 occasion, 2 narratives #3
  • Khongjom Day @Khebaching #2 : Gallery
  • 'Ishanou' Selection @ Cannes #1: Gallery
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #2
  • Scientist of Manipur: Amom Ruhikanta
  • Preserving Thang-Ta :: Rare Photos
  • Regarding Human Rights Situation in Manipur
  • Malemnganbi Laishram : Science Topper
  • Featured Front Page Photo 2024 #2: Gallery
  • Thokchom Sheityajit : Arts Topper
  • Aiena Naorem : Commerce Topper
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024 : Science Topper
  • HSE 2024 : Subject Pass Percentage
  • HSE 2024 : District Pass Percentage
  • HSE 2024 : Candidates with Highest Marks
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024: Science Full Result
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024: Arts Full Result
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024: Commerce Result
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024 : Arts Topper
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024 : Commerce Topper
  • Aftermath of ferocious hailstorm #1 : Gallery
  • Radio E-pao: Manipuri Film OST (130+ song)
  • Nupi Landa Thaunaphabishing : Full Book
  • A ferocious hailstorm @Imphal : Gallery
  • '365 Days of Chin-Kuki Aggression' : Gallery
  • National Science Teacher workshop
  • Sajibu Cheiraoba Chak Katpa #2 : Gallery
  • Scientists of Manipur : Ngangkham Nimai
  • GHOST of PEACE :: Download Booklet
  • List of Kings of Manipur: 33 - 1984 AD