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Sep 8, 2014 - Visiting Patna in Bihar

Arriving in Patna is a shock to the system. The ground is still wet from the monsoon and the city is teeming with life even though it is evening. Samir from the church picked us up at the airport and took us to The Windsor Hotel. We went out of the muck and mire of the street, up some steps then up two flights of marble steps to the reception. We had a late night meal in the reception. The city is teeming with people of all persuasions. We climbed up the granary built in the mid 1800's to stave off starvation of the people. We got in a...

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Nov 28, 2013 - Patna

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD I’ve almost lost track of the number of times we’ve visited India, and in almost all of those visits, we’ve made the trek east to the city where Anil lived from age 6 to 16. This continued to be his family’s home base, even after he left to attend university in Delhi and then graduate studies in Canada. In fact, Anil’s oldest brother still lives and works there, and it’s very much expected that we include Patna on our itinerary. The weather is very nice in Patna in the early part of the winter and we took...

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Feb 20, 2011 - Patna

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Anil’s family has lived in Patna since the early 1950s. Anil was born in Bombay (Mumbai) in 1947, just three short weeks after the partition of the Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan. The family moved to Patna when Anil was six years old and he did all his primary and secondary schooling there. He graduated from high school shortly after his fifteenth birthday and started university in Delhi, just before he turned sixteen. He stayed with relatives in Old Delhi and later boarded at the St. Stephen’s residence....

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May 30, 2009 - High Court of Bihar at Patna

Route: Allahabad - Mohania - Arah - Patna Distance covered: 375 Kms. Place of Stay on 30.05.2009: The Ambassador Hotel, Rajendra Path, Station Road Contrary to the public perception and to be candid, to our own surprise, we infact started our journey at 5 am in the morning. Drive to Patna from Allahabad was a pleasant and uneventful experience. The only highlight was Arrah, the notorious district of Bihar which also happens to be Nanihal of Bunty. What a coincidence I must say. Infact just before reaching Arrah we got the feel of the place...

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Mar 30, 2008 - Patna

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We flew back to Patna on a flight that was routed through Ranchi. In 2001, the state of Bihar was split into two during a controversial vote in the Central government. Ranchi is now the capital of the newly formed state of Jarkhand and needs to be serviced by air even though there is low demand. Our nephew Chetan flew this route in January and had to make the final leg on an overnight bus provided by the airline because the visibility in Patna did not allow flights to land. We were happy this didn’t happen to us...

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Jan 19, 2008 - Patna

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD Arun was at the station waiting for us. We hadn't been able to contact him to tell him we had made it on the train, but he operated on "no news is good news" and met the train from Gaya. After hugs all round, I commented on the fact that this was the first time, in all the years we have to come to India, that we have arrived in Patna first. We have usually flown into Mumbai or Delhi and it would sometimes be weeks before we reached Patna. Neena was waiting at home for us, and as usual, her wonderful smile greeted...

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Apr 18, 2007 - Patna Heat

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We had a real adventure coming home on the train from the hills. We wanted to take a train that provided us with comfortable seats during the day so that we could avoid arriving in Patna at an awkward time in the middle of the night. The only option was to book seats on the Rajdhani - in the AC Sleeper Class - all the way to New Delhi. We would have to pay the full fare to Delhi, even though we would be getting off at Patna. This meant that we could have berths to sleep during the nine-hour journey, and that we...

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Oct 8, 2004 - Buddha and the Blink of an Eye

Rain is running down the train's windows, lightning is scorching the distant fields and I sit here alone ... it all seems a bit surreal. I've been away from home for a month, and India is sinking deeper and deeper into my psyche. Beauty, in forms you could never imagine, is always by my side. For that matter, so are things that churn my insides - it all depends on my frame of mind at that moment and the focus of my eye. Yesterday, heading south from the Nepal border at Raxaul, there were endless lush rice paddies and palm trees stretching...

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