Legend of the mountain man – Dashrath Manjhi

Legends say that only divine beings have the power to move the mountain and God Hanuman was that divine being who lifted the mountain to save the life of God Rama’s brother Lakshmana. There was one more person who dared the mountain and he was Dashrath Manjhi. He didn’t have any divine powers, but possessed an indomitable spirit, courage, hope and persistence to break a mountain and make a path for people through a mountain. Can you imagine for how many days Dashrath Manjhi was working to complete this herculean task? He toiled, facing heartbreaking pains and worked for 22 years from 1960 to 1982. Isn’t that effort worth a applaud. With hammer and a chisel to support, he worked day and night with his bleeding hands, facing the tormenting sun rays, hard winds, heavy rainfall to show a way of progress in his uncivilized village which was deprived of all the essential facilities including electricity and medical help.

pic of Dashrath Manjhi - the mountain man

A rare pic of Dashrath Manjhi – the mountain man

A resident of Bihar, Dashrath Manjhi, a landless farmer led a happy life with his wife, Falguni Devi. But tragedy struck in 1959 as Falguni Devi died due to lack of medical care. The root of this tragedy was the Gehlour mountain and there was no closest road for people to get medical attention on time. One had to travel 70 kms to reach the nearest town and receive medical facilities. This obstacle of long path had claimed the lives of many villagers who were deprived of medical attention. No one took the plunge to overcome this adversity except Dashrath Manjhi. Devastated by his wife’s death, Manjhi decided to break the mountain and pavé a path so that the villagers could get medical help on time. The path was 360 foot long and 25 foot deep.

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It wasn’t a easy job for a human being to complete this herculean task. But the affection of his late wife gave him the strength to work day and night for heart breaking 22 years to make a path for the needy villagers. His dreams turned into reality. The distance of 70 kms was shortened to 1 km. People considered him a lunatic. But rarely did they realize that this lunatic man was working for their well-being. Very few people take the plunge to live for others and Dashrath Manjhi was one of them. I had read the story of Dashrath Manjhi in a news article and from that moment this story was on my wish list. Dashrath Manjhi was came to be known as Mountain Man by the nation. This great mountain man passed away in 2007 due to gall bladder cancer. His life is the subject of upcoming motion picture – The mountain man directed by Ketan Mehta featuring Nawazudin Siddiqui in the title role.

Through this article, I have taken a small effort to showcase the life of Dashrath Manjhi and his efforts to crumble down a mountain to pavé a path of welfare for the people. Hope this inspiring article on mountain man will definitely motivate you to meet your goals.

Regards
Prashant Badiger

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Books – your trip to wonderland of imagination

“Reading book is like traveling. It’s a cheapest vacation to countless worlds. All you just need is a imagination to feel the journey” – quote

How true indeed is this thought !!! Books have that power to take you to different places, introduce you to the larger than life characters and keep you engrossed  on a journey of thrill, action and adventure. From Willy wonka’s chocolate factory, Harry potter’s Hogwarts school to the mystic land of meluha, readers have traveled all the imaginative places created by authors. Though I am not a avid traveller, but my books have took me to a ride of adventure where I traveled Monte cristo through the book ‘count of Monte cristo’, took a dip twenty thousand leagues under the sea and even visited the Transylvania castle of count Dracula. The settings, places in the novel created by authors not only take the story forward, but also make you geographically aware of the places you had least thought of. Some places in the books are product of imagination while some are based on actual places in the world.

French author Jules Verne was popularly known for writing travel based books among which ‘around the world in 80 days’ and ’20 thousand leagues under the sea’ were immensely liked by the readers world wide. There is not a single reader in the world who hasn’t read Alice in wonderland, sindbad the sailor, Gulliver travels and snow white and the huntsmen.  Every story definitely took you to a trip of imagination you had ever thought of. From the skull cave of phantom to the romantic city of Verona where Romeo and Juliet lived, every place in the novel had some connection to the characters in the novel. Sometimes these worlds look more real than the real world and I wish I had a time machine, then I would have definitely escaped to a mystic place untouched by time.

Books have that sheer magic to transport you to the world untouched by time. You only need a book by your side to travel to that place. So are you ready to take that trip?

Happy reading
Prashant badiger

Love stories that touched my heart – an anthology of emotions

‘Kya keh ke gaya tha shayar woh sayaana, aag ka dariyaa aur doob ke jaana’ – lines from movie ‘rab ne bana di jodi’

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How true !! The path of love is like a lake of fire which every lover has to cross. ‘Love stories that touched my heart’ is an anthology of love stories published by penguin books and the stories have been picked and edited by ravinder singh, the author of best selling novel – I too had a love story. After malgudi , this short story collection has really appealed to my heart.

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Short stories have their own flavor, they convey a lot to us within a short span.  This collection of love stories is love stories of people coming from various walks of life. Some love stories meet with happy ending while some end with tragic separation. Happiness and separation are phases in love that everyone has to overcome. Among the short stories, ‘flirting’ is one story which is very unique in this anthology that narrates story about a woman who has to face the mood swings of her husband who is suffering from multiple personality disorder. The other story is about teenage lovers living in a small village in Kashmir and how their love is crushed even before it blossomed.  As you start reading  this short stories of love, you will definitely move back to the times when you met your love for the first time. What happens when you come face to face with your soul mate? Your heart starts beating faster and the whole ambience turns beautiful with the arrival of your soul mate. It is said that soul recognizes its mate even in the crowd of millions and that’s why they are known as soul mates.

I thoroughly enjoyed each and every love story in this anthology and it was really inspiring and worth my time to understand the emotion called love. I highly recommend everyone to read this book and cherish the moments of love.

With love
Prashant