A journey of reality, happiness, anger, frustration, togetherness. Best can be quoted as “ANUBHAV” of a lifetime
Like a part of any other research project, This Bihar field work was also very important with regard to the project outcomes but it remained in our memory as a unique experience which we (Preeti, Anjali, Subhash, Negi ji) gained in this one and half month’s field work.
Being a social work professional, we always look for more than just the collection of data in our field work and this also happened in our Bihar Visit. For clarity, it is important to mention that we visited 6 districts of Bihar named Patna, Ara, Samastipur, Vaishali, Begusarai and Lakhisarai. Prior to the field work, we have heard a lot about these places as to “how unsafe and safe the rural and urban spaces of these town are…the kind of lodging facility prevails there…Local conveyance etc.”
Time passed by, we went one after another town for collecting data and we went to knowing more about agriculture, observing the rural beauty of Bihar, learning from the patience and politeness of people, loving their hospitality and experiencing the whole of it.
Being in a team of three girls and later two had kept the spirit alive and we went on accomplishing our targets. After visiting field for an around 20 days, a time had come when one of us used to get disenchanted, bored, then the other used to encourage and quote what our Sir has said “Ye Bhi ek Anubhav hai” and used to end up with a grand laughter, sometimes both of us used to be silent (with some retrospective-introspective thoughts in our head). Nevertheless, we were able accomplished our job, that too with positivity and happiness.
Would just like a share a small incident from the district of Begusarai. It is important to mention that the popular notion about this town is that is “thoda Dabang type” especially after the flashing of that daily soap after the name of this town on an entertainment channel. On the first day of our fieldwork in Begusarai When we entered in one of the village named “Iniyar” and as soon as our vehicle stopped and we were about to get down, a group of school boys were passing by. They must be in the upper primary classes. One of them said to the group “Hume to Aapnon ne loota, Gairon mai Kahan Dum tha, Hamari Kashti Bhi Wahan Doobi, Jahan Paani Kam Tha”……It was the moment….we were shocked, astonished that how confidently a small boy can recite a nazm…it was then that we said to ourselves that “Welcome to the district of Begusarai…this is the grand opening.”
Preeti Mishra & Anjali Mishra
On 25th August on a hot summer day, the employees at New Concept came together to understand and practice the use of a fire extinguisher during an emergency. A small plant pot filled with burning paper was used as the practice target. Everyone who attended the session was asked to try their hand at the fire extinguisher.
A one hour training session was held earlier in the year by Firefighting experts and this mock drill was part of the continued effort by New Concept to ensure that everyone working here is well aware of how to use an extinguisher and also help others if a fire break out. The different types of fires were explained once more during the session. Another session on how to prevent and contain a fire will be held again soon.
On 21st February, an old friend and colleague Dr. Manisha Priyam launched her book: “Contested Politics of Educational Reform: aligning opportunities with interests”. The book was launched in Teen Murti House and was attended by many luminaries, including academicians from NUEPA, and the London School of Economics.
New Concept was also invited and we were proud that our organisation’s contribution to the book has been acknowledged by the author. New Concept teams in Andhra Pradesh and Bihar provided primary data from these two states in 2005-06, through interviews and focus group discussions. Mention is also made of 2002 policy study on Grant-in-aid schools in Kerala that New Concept was engaged in.
Tim Dyson, Professor, Department of International development (LSE) states: “this is a ground breaking study…involving painstaking documentary and field research. The book contains crucial lessons for both the formulation and implementation of educational policy”.
About the Author: Manisha Priyam teaches Education Policy at the National University Education Planning & Administration, New Delhi. She is a doctorate from LSE, and has worked on various education projects of the government of India and with the World Bank. She is a regular political commentator in the electronic media on issues of development policy and politics.
The New Concept Calendar 2015 is out now! This year’s theme is “Millets” A soft version of our calendar can be downloaded here.
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Old Delhi, or purani dilli, has had a long, close and warm relationship with food. A walk through the by-lanes will lead you to innumerable joints and hole-in-the-wall eateries that serve tongue-tickling culinary delights. Some recipes are hand-me-down for generations, time-tested, carefully guarded, secret ingredients that satisfy the taste buds of countless loyalists. The aroma of the food and the hustle bustle of hungry patrons hits you as you step in. The flavours and the atmosphere are truly exhilarating. A foodie’s paradise, definitely not for the calorie-conscious.
Some vegetarian joints that I have frequented over the years:
Natraj Dahi Bhalla Wale, Opposite Paranthe Wali Gali, Chandni Chowk for dahi bhalle and aloo tikki
1. Babu Ram Paranthe Wale, Gali Paranthe Wali, Chandni Chowk for over 25 varieties of paranthas
2. Sita Ram Diwan Chand, Chuna Mandi, Paharganj for chana bhatura
3. Gole Hatti, Fatehpuri, Chandni Chowk for cholle chawal palak
4. Giani Faluda, Fatehpuri, Chandni Chowk for rabri faluda
5. Pandit Ved Prakash’s Nimbu Soda, Opposite Town Hall, Chandni Chowk for tangy nimboo soda
There are many, many more….
Non-vegetarians, don’t be disappointed. Your turn next.
By Romi Mukker
Opening Excerpt from 9 minutes silent film on the the World Health Organisation’s fight against TB in South East Asia.
Produced by New Concept Information Systems, India for The WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION – South East Asia Region Office
Design, Direction and Music: Shyam Banerji
Post Production: Ruma Dasgupta
Vision Mixing and Animation: Vipin Raghuvanshi