Thursday, June 13, 2013
This year we have quite a good crop of mangoes but still it is nothing compared to the olden days. This year it is estimated that McCluskiegunj will grab around fifty lakhs from the market, if not more.
Mangoes are being sold by nearly all the villagers. They buy the fruit from grove locally and venture out selling the same at railway stations like Khalari and Tori. Some sell in trains.
This year the size of the fruit has shrunk compared to other times. The reason is another subject for later...
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Well, I recon I have translated the Hindi version of McCluskiegunj to English. It's Mikeloosekeyganj!
Its' shameful to see the results of written work done by the government when it comes to important records and documentation. The government gives the responsibilities of filling up of vital information of citizens in to computers or registers to such persons who can not write a sentence in Hindi without making a mistake, leave alone English.
Recently, the Unique ID Cards were being processed here. Many people's names have been misspelt causing them botheration for rectifications. Then same was the case with the voter ID cards. Names like Malcolm was spelt Mailakam and Hourigan was spelt Horgen. This is the case almost all over the country but Jharkhand and Bihar are the worst at it. I have a newspaper cutting with some news and a picture of our M.L.A., Mr. Glen Galstaun inaugurating the computer section of the Hindi medium high school here. The news is in Hindi and Galstaun is spelt Glasstin therein. (Glass + Tin)
Electricity bills issued by the Jharkhand State Electricity Board (J.S.E.B.) have spelling mistakes in names. Ramsbottom is spelt Rambollan… Its' strange that words that can be written in Hindi exact to the pronunciation in English are written quite different to the actual word.
Now, in the case of McCluskiegunj! McCluskey or McCluskie are English surnames. Mc is certainly not Mike. And if it is then other famous names such as McDonalds or McDowells would be Mike Donalds or Mike Dowells respectively.
The bottom line of the story is that the government should not hand over responsibilities of entering data into computers or registers to persons without checking their ability to carry out important government written work.
I hope one day the Hindi spelling of McCluskiegunj at the railway station will be rewritten correctly. McCluskiegunj was spelt like this in the earlier years. Now it ends with ganj. That can be considered but not the name of the person who set up mini London
The boards on the platforms at Khalari railway station (7 km from here) displays Khalari but in police records you will find Khelari.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Chintu Mukherjee, a member of one of the old non Anglo Indian settlers of McCluskiegunj passed away after a long ailment. He suffered from malaria and jaundice . He was the brother of Mona Mukherjee (better known as Mona Bangali).
Chintu was the owner of the Mukherjee Hostel at Konka.
May his soul to rest in peace.