Monday, May 28, 2007
Coincidences: Pan incidence
Coincidences: Pan incidenceMithila s famous for Pan. Makhan and Manchh but I am not only a vegetarian but also do not take pan. Particularly, I do not like spitting by pan-eaters and also most of them take tobacco in the form of zarda of various varieties which is the most important cause of cancer in south-east Asian countries yet if you are with a Maithil you will have to stop somewhere he would take a pan.On 25.5.2007, Dhirendra stopped at a pan-shop and I too had to on his bike.While the panwala was making betal for for him, I asked in Maithil,"Kanha Gam achhi?""Bihar.""Kat?""Rajnangar lag.""Sonbari.""Nam?""Ramnarayan.""Rasnarayanji ke janit chhiyainhi?""Hunke sang rahit chee." He was thus firth such panwala at Bengaluru whom could incidentally know.Many years back someone had told me that in Bengaluru most of the panwalas were Maithils and hence I could guess and my guess was right on such places though it was wrong also at some of the betal-shops.Regular kirtans are done there and they are planning building a community hall and temple there. They also celebrate Durga Puja every year in the Vasant Nagar area near the Cantonment station.It also shows how community help can make many more employed in a distant land.They have also purchased a community land at Bengaluru some times back in Tawrekere area which would be of the rice of around one crore now.There are many more Maithils of upper echelons in this city but they could not organize themselves so nicely, mot of them remaining encrusted in their nuclear families and aloof from even their relatives not to talk of villagers.Though there are two or three families I know here who did take care of there family and they are many members of their families are established in job in this city.This is the story of almost every city not only of this city. One can say it is pan-incidence unlike Pan incidence which you will find for Maithil panwalas at Bengaluru.