‘Go, set the World on Fire’

‘Go, set the World on Fire’

5th January: A memorial service was held at Bodh Gaya for social worker and catholic Priest Father Sumit Edwin Menezes SJ . The event was graced by former Chief Minister of Bihar Jitan Manjhi, Jesuit Provincial Donald Miranda SJ, leading luminaries of inter-faith associations, social activists and others. In tribute, we reprint the homily given […]

Shivaji was secular, not Anti-Muslim

Shivaji was secular, not Anti-Muslim

I wonder what is not clear about the CAB (Citizenship Amendment Bill) that makes it so confusing for you. The CAB in its current form discriminates against the Muslims from the word GO. A refugee is a refugee, who is seeking a better life in our country because of persecution in his own. How does […]

Let’s celebrate Men!

Let’s celebrate Men!

Today, by the way, is International Men’s Day? Didn’t you know it? Can’t blame you, because it doesn’t receive all the hype and ‘hoola hoo’ that International Women’s Day gets! International Men’s Day was initiated in 1999 by Dr Jerome Teelucksingh, a history professor at the University of the West Indies. The thing is, some […]

Have a Happy & Safe Diwali!

Have a Happy & Safe Diwali!

This Deepawali a ‘Festival of Lights’ hold great significance for the people belonging to the Hindu faith. It is celebrated every autumn. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolises the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance”. Diwali is the occasion of joyous celebrations. The delicious […]

76 year old mends shoes in the street

76 year old mends shoes in the street

‘Sometimes I have to go home with empty hands’ said Chandra Ram, a 76 year old cobbler who sits under a tree outside Patna Women’s College. A resident of Samastipur , Chandra Ram, then in his late fifties, migrated to the Bihar capital 20 years ago after his wife died. He had enough assets to […]

Warning: True Nationalism Unites India!

Warning: True Nationalism Unites India!

‘Nationalism’ has become a hot topic in political discussions during the past several years. While a healthy debate on the subject is  welcome, we find such discussion spinning out of control. So we watch on TV  a slanging match, abuses, rants and people who look like adults behave like people suffering from ‘arrested adolescence’. These […]

Independence Day Memories

India attained independence from colonial rule on 15th August 1947. From that day onwards 15th August becomes a day of rejoicing, zeal, happiness, pride and exaltation for Indians. This day also reminds us of freedom fighters who struggled and sacrificed their lives for the motherland. On this day citizens display their patriotism and they celebrate […]

Hoo Ha about plants, what about animals?

Hoo Ha about plants, what about animals?

We have only one Earth so we need to take care of it. The 9th August is observed as Bihar Earth Day and thus Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi said that plantation of at least five saplings, provided by the forest department, would be done in every school on the day. Many states like […]

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather

“Your smile is my identity, your happiness is my pride, nothing is in my life without you, just your friendship is my life” this quote was energetically, happily and with joy shouted by Saloni Rani, the student of Patna Women’s college for her best friend. She also added that friend is very important for everyone […]

Dad’s Day, essentially Catholic!

Dad’s Day, essentially Catholic!

Someone sent me a photograph via WhatsApp this Sunday  morning from the tiny  parish of Sikandra in the Jamui District of Bihar. The Church of St. Francis Xavier hosted a Fathers’ Day event, where the Dads who came to church, whether in their 20s or their 80s were felicitated and handed flowers.  Along with today […]

Communication Day: a layman’s two bits

Communication Day: a layman’s two bits

The World Day of Social Communications was formally celebrated on Sunday 2 June – the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – which falls on the Sunday before Pentecost Sunday. That’s part of the tradition behind this annual opportunity for reflection, established after the Second Vatican Council to generate insights about how we’re all […]

Sand and sun, summer holiday has begun!

Sand and sun, summer holiday has begun!

41° C temperature, sun shining brightly on the head, scorching heat, sweaty body, is the condition of the city. People are distressed because of heat and humidity and are using every possible measure to deal with it. Going out of the house is like fighting a battle with the heat waves; still people have to […]

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