Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pen "was" mightier than sword contd.

We were on the subject of Jamui High School, where I studied from class 6th to 11 th. Those days matriculation will be after 11 year of schooling and higher secondary was after 12 years of schooling. I was sent to Patna for my 12th year of school .. that story later..
My initial schooling took place in Basic Schools (school based on Gandhian Philosophy where agriculture, spinning, charkha etc were part of curriculam)  of Begusarai (my maternal grand pa's place) and at Jamui. I bunked classes to Jamui Basic school, I don't know what I did not like there. gardening classes, cleaning routines or just the face of teachers.. I don't know what I hated. Soon this was known to my father. He decided to send me to Jamui high school. Kirani babu or School clerk who lived near to our house was a close friend of my father and my father took his advise on important family matters.

Kirani babu or Kirani Chacha,  late Sri Baidyanath Pandey's family had shifted to Jamui from UP. His father Sri Ramjash Pandey owned 3 houses in one his family lived and other 2 houses were on rent. Kirani  Chacha had 4 daughters and 2 sons. While elder son  "Gopal" was little mentally disturbed, younger son "Babloo" is a established contractor.
Kirani babu suggested to my father that I may be put to class 6th in June 1958. That year session was shortened to six months. I was in class 3 then. In admission test, I was asked what I knew best and I said "Tipu Sultan". I wrote what I knew and at the age of 8 years I was admitted to class 6. I was a good student from class 6 to 9 and stood 2nd or third in class.
Class 6's class teacher was Kamata babu a popular teacher. I was youngest in class (others were at least 10 year old). Kamta babu often asked me to sing the song " Sar jo tera chakraye". In fact he enjoyed my rendering "sun sun sun .. sun beta sun is champi me bade bade gun" I was a popular child who had to keep standing near the desk so as to write.. a feature which continued till class XII examination in Patna. I think I am going too lengthy .. shall I stop for today ?

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