Brought up in Rajasthan, my earliest memories of Bihar were a word from mouth from my parents mostly until now when my senses are in full-swing to give a voice to reality and consume everything that my birth-state had to offer. The cultural diversity, accommodating and ever-so hospitable nature of its residents make it so humble that for the time spent there, you feel like owning a kingdom!
Bihar has been type casted as a state of strong political influences since time unknown, but if you see our country today, which state does not possess a history of dynamic plus violent actions when it comes to power?
Bihar is pure, is raw. There is a blend of young and old, rich and poor, coward and bold. The main communities in which a family distinguishes itself in Bihar is belonging from one society out of these –Professors, Doctors, Jewellers, Farmers, Policemen, Politicians and Lawyers. Farming is a very successful realm of life in this state which gives away a wide scope for ecologists and researchers to amass facts.
It is interesting to see that most families have a legacy and are yet stuck to it. I know the world is changing, globalisation is happening, with less pros we have more cons. So can’t we be happy about a smaller world where things are just as same as they started, globalisation is a factor which is limited in this area and there is no rat race to hop on from the very tasty litty-chaap to ever-so globalised chowmein-manchurian. At least we do not have sudden income dips, bankruptcy, high attrition rates because of industrialisation.
Outsiders and locals often complain of poor electricity in the state. Trust me, locals are just as fine and outsiders panic because they are doomed to be occupied in air-conditioner clad rooms with cell phones rather than letting the sound of a bird chirping fall onto their ears with the first rays of the early sun-rising in the state. Studying with kerosene-lit lanterns in wide open terraces with amusing moonlight falling on peepal trees, sailing paper boats, fishing and swimming in floodwaters ,I can quote a hundred more!
Roads are another problem in the state. Do we even need to mention that a cities with better roads are the most polluted ones. And as far as connectivity within the state is considered, have a ride from Chapra to Patna in your car or on motorbike and you will be able to argue this throwback from past of poor roads and lesser connectivity.
Dialect is something I will proudly boast of. Bhojpuri cinema is the most sought after the South-Indian films. Given the small amount of time in which Bhojpuri cinema has expanded its roots as compared to well-established South-Indian Films, it takes all the goodies. Shiv Sena in Maharashtra is of the view to ban any other language which they feel pose a threat to their Marathi Culture, talk about Bhojpuri, the language is so humble that it is enjoyed by one and all. Testimony to this is the song “Lipistick” which by now is in the playlist of most DJs across the country.
Talking about people and their attributes, most of us have maids serving in our house. What was the maximum your last maid lasted? 3 years? We have maids serving from past 3 generations in houses of Bihar. Talk about resources, yes, we have less resources and more to depend upon. But intellect never betrays us. Everyone knows people from Bihar have acquired a place from bringing you the tastiest jhal murhi to the most efficient political systems (Dr. Rajendra Prasad was born in Bihar). The famous Bihari Thakur to journalist Ravish Kumar. Bharat Ratna Bismillah Khan to actor Manoj Bajpayee.
Kota is a well-commercialized city when it comes to JEE and AIPMT preparation, have a word with the coaching teachers and they will tell you that students from Bihar flock every year and fair well than most students.
Let us give way to a state, which demands nothing and is happy to accommodate the differences and be undisturbed to the act of acquiring which people from most states madly believe in. Bihar is inclusive of changes, but only when the whole social panorama adapts to it.
If you have resources, your mind is relaxed,
If you have a deficiency, let your passion work.