ऑरविल, एक आदर्श लोक: कितना सफल, कितना असफल?

पांडिचेरी से 12 किलोमीटर दूर बंगाल की खाड़ी के किनारे एक पठार पर अवस्थित ऑरविल एक ऐसा शहर है जिसकी शुरुआत महर्षि अरविंद की मृत्यु के बाद उनकी सहकर्मी एवं उत्तराधिकारी, मदर, ने 1968 में किया था। मदर ने ऑरविल के चार्टर में लिखा था कि औरेविल एक ऐसा आदर्श परिवेश होगा जहां दुनिया केContinue reading “ऑरविल, एक आदर्श लोक: कितना सफल, कितना असफल?”

Conversations with Prof Kapil Muni Tiwary 6

An eminent scholar of Linguistics, Prof Kapil Muni Tiwary was well-known for his impeccable pronunciation and speech in Patna University. But very few people know that his pronunciation was not all that great in the initial part of his career and the students made fun of him. In this episode he shares how he convertedContinue reading “Conversations with Prof Kapil Muni Tiwary 6”

Conversations with Prof Kapil Muni Tiwary 5

In the previous episode Prof Tiwary had narrated the stories of his days as a student of BA at H D Jain College Arah in the early fifties. Here he shares an experience of his interaction with a teacher in the classroom when he was a student of MA at Patna university. Me: Sir, youContinue reading “Conversations with Prof Kapil Muni Tiwary 5”

Conversations with Prof Kapil Muni Tiwary 4

In the previous episode Prof Kapil Muni Tiwary had narrated how he had become active in the student politics while he was pursuing BA Honours (English) in H D Jain College Arah in 1950. In this episode he shares a few anecdotes related to his activism. Me: Sir, could you share a few anecdotes ofContinue reading “Conversations with Prof Kapil Muni Tiwary 4”

Sea of Poppies: a review

My week-long voyage to Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh was full of excitement,adventure, learning and joy. Set in the historical backdrop of mid-nineteenth century the novel’s canvas is as wide as an ocean, carrying in its womb multitudes of stories, characters, themes, locations, languages…… yet remaining placid, cool and calm. I became interested in the book after reading aContinue reading “Sea of Poppies: a review”

Conversations with Prof Kapil Muni Tiwary 3

In the second episode Prof K M Tiwary shares how he was refused admission to BA in Patna college, even though he was eligible for the same. In this episode he throws some light on his life as a student at H D Jain College Arah. One may also get a glimpse here of theContinue reading “Conversations with Prof Kapil Muni Tiwary 3”

Conversations with Prof Kapil Muni Tiwary 2

In the first episode Prof K M Tiwary narrated what had led to his involvement in the political activities as a student at Patna College. In this episode he relates the story of why he could not get admission to BA (Bachelor of Arts) in Patna College despite his good results in IA (Intermediate ofContinue reading “Conversations with Prof Kapil Muni Tiwary 2”

Conversations with Prof Kapil Muni Tiwary 1

Dr Kapil Muni Tiwary was an eminent linguist who had worked as a professor of Linguistics and English literature at the universities in India, the Republic of Yemen and in Iraq for more than 50 years. He passed away on 26 April 2021. A scholar of English, Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian and several South Asian languagesContinue reading “Conversations with Prof Kapil Muni Tiwary 1”

Conversations with Prof Kapil Muni Tiwary 7

In this episode Prof Kapil Muni Tiwary shares the story of how he got the opportunity to study in the University of Pennsylvania, one of the top universities of the US, in the mid sixties for his PhD in Linguistics. It throws some light on the political changes that were taking place in Bihar inContinue reading “Conversations with Prof Kapil Muni Tiwary 7”

Wikipedia: what, why & how?

Source: Wikimedia Commons Wikipedia & me “Why don’t you try your hand at Wikipedia”, my teacher asked me in 2009. Wikipedia was 8 years old then. It had already raced ahead of its print counterparts like Encyclopedia Britannica or Americana in terms of volume and popularity. I was only a user of this knowledge platform,Continue reading “Wikipedia: what, why & how?”