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