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Puja and Paisa

By Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

Money rules the roost. There is no free lunch in this world. Mentioning of these two adages here is only to signify the importance money carries in this world. Especially in the metros, money comes as lifeline. It works as oxygen supporting our life cycle. To be more appropriate, without the so called sufficient money, the mere existence turns out to be a life-and-death situation. Here, if one has to organise a small gathering, obviously it takes a heavy toll, financially.

And with the congregation of Bishnupriya Manipuri people in some pockets of the country, initiative to organise festivals has started taking place. Here again, there exist elasticity of money, money collected from few of the organisers is not enough to arrange it successfully and in grand scale. Sometimes while arranging such gathering they have to cough up enough money from their own pocket.

Interestingly, we all have been part of such celebrations, and have remained aloof to all such push and pull. We simply go, chat, unwind our mind, rejuvenate our body and come back. Nobody cares about the money that has been paid for the venue, chai-pani and in other add-on facilities, which has been arranged for all of us.

However, to the fact that the majorities of the Bishnupriya Manipuri people living in the metros are doing jobs and are not financially strong, there is a need to understand the financial mathematics involved in such celebrations. There must be a way where organisers (read individuals) do not take the whole responsibility of the finance and hence lands up burning their finger. Since such celebrations are not private and are for the people, there must be participation from everyone, in the sharing of financial costs.

More important, organisers taking the cudgel to celebrate festivals must take the step to register itself; so that all those who contribute carry the belief the money offered is not misutilised and will be appropriately spent. It is one of the reasons that most of us do not come forward to the donation box.

We must introspect and at the same time organizers must gain the belief of the common people, who throng any venue listening to the call of attending a puja.


  1. dear rishi
    I quote'...Most of us do not come forward...'
    I would like to express here my views as an organizer.In any celebration like u mentioned, one can find only a handful of people work for the success of it.
    They go for fund collections,go for marketing, for searching of locations,ordering the caterers etc.Very few of u are coming forward to take any responsibilies,may be due to work load,I do not know;but I can assure,even the people who might not have subscribed, would pass on such remarks.Every sphere of life u can find such type of disgruntle people whispering to gain cheap popularity.

  2. Hey I am glad, the issue has come over ground. Although this type of community congregation is just a recent phenomenon, still our people needs to get sensitized that in any congregation in a city like Delhi even a innocent looking chair has "time and money" written all over it and sparing a few bucks will go a long away in easing the burden of the organizers. As the movement gets strong, our organizers may also make effort to use their expertise of rich experience, use contacts, pull strings or perhaps get a corporate sponsor.

  3. ya that's a phenomenan of our lives and our life actually earning money is the main purpose of our life because without money you can't even think about to fulfill your dreams or you can't suppose anything to do.... here i would like express my views that is "for ur successful life you have to give importance to your time becoz time never waits for anyone so we have to catch it and that only can give u everything which u like to get" thanks.....nice article ...Keep moving


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