12 July 2016


Long before James Bond became young Indian’s hero, Brooke Bond was a more a familiar name and had concurred India. Arthur Brooke chose the name because it was his 'bond' to customers to provide a quality tea; hence he named it Brooke Bond. In 1903, Brooke Bond launched Red Label in India.
This tea drinking habit story was narrated by my grandfather-Bholanath Satpathy.
                                                                                                 “After marketing the brand Brooke Bond tea in towns, the company realized that the biggest market was in the villages of India. There was no direct communication from towns. A couple of white men would come from the Tea Company on horses back or bullock carts with milk, Brooke bond tea, sugar, few glasses, a saucepan, spoons and a kerosene stove for demonstrators on how to prepare tea. There was a live demonstration of tea making for the villagers and children who flocked to watch this new magic potion and imported idea. People were offered tea for free, no compulsions. Some took it others ran away telling that –“they will make us Christian through this English drink.” The advantages of drinking tea were also highlighted to the villagers, mostly to the women. (Till 1972 there was an English poster which mentioned the benefits of drinking tea at Balasore Railway station. This is what it said. 1. Makes you feel fresh 2.You feel strength in you 3.Good to drink because it keeps you awake4.Use it in place of water to prevent water borne diseases 5.It suppress your appetite 6.Increases your memory power.) I think the same benefits might have been told to the people of Pandhda village during 1913, during those live demonstrations.”
“It took time to educate the villagers. They were convinced once they came to know that the nearby villagers have started taking it along with ‘Mudhi’ (puffed rice) as breakfast. Tea with ‘Mudhi’ became a common breakfast item during those days, biscuits came much later. The company people gave free tea bags, milk powder and sugar to the villagers and returned to make sure they have used it and listen to their side of the story on ‘Brooke Bond’-parrot brand tea.”
My grandfather narrated further  after another dose of dukta (tobacco leaf)“initially we tried to avoid but when we watched others are taking it without any side effects but with some benefits, we too started to drink it once in the morning and subsequently twice, that became a habit. We fell in to the trap and got attracted to tea, like a moth to a flame. If there was delay in taking tea we used to get headache. The tea and the milk powder were given free to each family for three months then slowly company people stopped coming. Brooke Bond became another name in the Indian society. Some people even named their children as ‘Tia’. Subsequently the culture changed the society, offering tea to the guests and relatives became a status symbol and as a mode of entertaining the guests. Some house wives became famous for making good tea. Usually tea was not offered to children. Few years after Brooke bond came to Indian market another brand called Lipton was available but it was not that popular.”
Remember the tea which we take at present in shops and at home were not the original method of making tea but it has gone through many modification and evolutions. Some tea addicts think more milk, more sugar and more tea means a good tea: that’s individual choice not the original idea.
My grandfather is no more but his legacy of drinking tea and family bondage still continues through Brooke Bond India in our family. I was fortunate to have heard many stories from our Grand Father not only about tea but also about ghosts and tiger.
Sanjoy Satpathy
PS: This article is dedicated in the name of my grandfather-Bholanath Satpathy. Remember the tea which we take at present in shops and at home were not the tea which was the original method but it has gone through many modification and evolutions. Some tea addicts think more milk, more sugar and more tea means a good tea: that’s individual choice not the original idea.

11 July 2016

Progressive Odisha

No principals in 84 of 100 model schools
Friday, 13 May 2016 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar

None of 11 Govt varsities has NAAC status

Friday, 13 May 2016 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar

No regular Lecturers appointed since 1999

Friday, 13 May 2016 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar
Friday, 13 May 2016 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar
Friday, 13 May 2016 | pns | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar
Aggrieved farmers destroy Omfed milk in Bargarh
Friday, 13 May 2016 | PNS | BARGARH | in Bhubaneswar
Friday, 13 May 2016 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar

Because the people of the state are always in festive mood.

Doctor Friends of Sanjoysanjoy





10 July 2016


The Good and the Bad and the Ugly aspects of News papers:
In 2011, India led the world in terms of newspaper circulation with nearly 330 million newspapers circulated daily. The greatest numbers of news paper subscribers are in India. Around 75 of the 100 best selling newspapers are in Asia and seven out of top ten are Japanese newspapers.
Here is in brief article on our own news papers and our reading habits.
When one gets a news paper in the morning, the first thing we do varies from person to person. During our younger days we used to go to wheeler in the railway station just to look at the photograph of a lady on the last page of Blitz, later on the hawker stapled it. Every educated house in cities and large towns used to subscribe to news papers. The statesman was for its editorial and good English. The Hindu and TOI news papers were for their volume and resell value. Some of my class mates who became IAS in later part of their life used to read the editorial of Statesman news paper. At the end of the day their father would ask them to summarize what they had read in the news paper.
During 60s there were only 3 Odiya news papers, Samaj, Matrubhumi & Prajatantra. Only Samaj has stood the test of time. Similarly there were few English news papers, Calcutta edition of The Statesman, The Hindustan Standard, Delhi Edition of TOI, Madras edition of The Hindu. Very few people subscribed to other news papers which were published in India but were not so popular in Odisha because of stale news.
The working class would read it in the common room of their office. Some hire the news paper from their friendly neighbor’s wife along with a cup of tea. The house wives in those days had no time to look at the news papers because they had hardly any spare time, with five or more children to look after, one more growing in the womb, taking care of cows, housekeeping, cooking, house and floor cleaning and many more. The house wives were not interested in news which did not affect them or their family. If some were interested in news then they would hear it from AIR-radio or from their neighbors or husband. During that period one would get two to three days old news papers in villages and small towns. Some used to subscribe through book posts. They used to say –news is news until you know it. Due to delay in delivery of English news papers from Delhi and Madras the Statesman and Hindustan Standard were subscribed by most of the educated mass and institutions in Odisha, Assam, Bihar and Bengal. Keeping news paper cuttings, of some interesting photographs, news or editorial were a good hobby by few of the school going children not any more. Many of the students learnt new words and sentence making from news papers.
Coming to present news paper readers we will divide them in to five categories. The first group mostly the working house wives. They just skip the pages and take a glimpse of all large lettered headlines & ‘Rashi Phala’. Younger generations do not believe in reading hard copy news paper, at best they see the score board of the cricket match played previous night, or read it from tablets or smart phones if there is a Wi-Fi around. The third group is our senior citizens, who after coming back from morning walk would search for the news papers like a lunatic. Many of the septuagenarians would love to read the obituary first, to know how many people of their age group have died recently and political development in the state. There is another group 4th-who read the editorial first, but that number is limited. Good editorials are a rarity now days because of different reasons. Fifth group is common, loves to read negative news and the rest enjoy reading adverse ‘Modi’ news or some with positive aspects of inauguration photographs with news of white clothed CMs of different projects which may take 20 to 30 years to start, but they are happy as if the project would start from next day ! Some feel excited to read the present USA, President Election fight between a lady and a business man, as if the result of that election/selection would lift India to Mars. Due to Television the excitement of reading news paper is no more; it’s just like smoking a cigarette before going to toilet. Some  steal the neighbor’s news paper read it and replace it, as all the members of that house have gone out and the poor ‘news paper’ goes on hanging at the main gate grill till the color of the paper gets changed by evening. With face book around one need not subscribe to any news paper, its being posted by one and all. In some places one news paper cost is being shared by three families. Some clients spend their waiting time in saloon looking at film magazines, debonair and some old news papers.
There is a page which is the main attraction of the young and old—the raunchy picture page. Many of the news papers are difficult to differentiate whether they belong to a film magazine category or a news paper? Majority of cheap and sadistic readers love to read burglary, rape, accidents, earth quacks, bomb blasts and price rise news, their numbers are slowly raising so also the sell of news papers. You get all sorts of funny news like a 3rdgrade Hindi film hero has a surrogate child or an actress is going to be a mother for the first time at the age of 56 years! The divorce news or court news of the film heroes takes the headlines of front pages of almost all new papers. News papers make heroes out of zeros. They make trouble makers and law breakers as innocent citizens and the police and army as villain. Animals are also projected as great villains even though they are killed by innocent villagers though high voltage current. Just to fill up the pages many old out dated news are also published or copied from internet, so do not believe what news papers say, next day there may be a foot note saying ‘sorry’.
Another group sits down with a calculator and aid up all dead due to terrorist attacks, accidents and snake bites. During 1980s, some news papers were sold to the kabadiwalla for one rupee, the paper price being two rupees. These old news papers were being used by the sari making industry of Banaras. Now you know why certain news paper is the highest selling news paper, it’s the price, volume and raunchy photographs? The writers for different columns are fixed and they write on the same topic in the same page. Only the English professors or journalist from Oxford can understand the head and tail of those articles. Few news paper believes in—“Sardar saatar saals se aap ka nimak khaya hey”-philosophy.
Lastly as long as Indians are there, News paper Industry will never die because they go mad without a news paper. This is a form of addiction, very difficult to give up. So friends, I wish you a happy reading of Indian news papers.
PS: This type of articles will never get published in any news papers in India  as the writer is neither a professor of English, ex.MP, nor a retired administrative officer.

Sanjoy Satpathy.M.D

03 July 2016

Basanta Satpathy Memorial Lecture

On 2nd July2016 a meeting was organized by Sikhya Sandhan at Bharatiya Vidya Bhaban.Prof.H.S.Shivaprakash was the speaker He gave the Basanta Satpathy memorial doctor.Prof Jatindra Nayak and AnantaMohapatra  can be seen on the dias.His son Prof Sumanyu Satpathy was also present.A drama written by Basanta Satpathy--PiliSaja was staged for the first time at that place.

02 July 2016

Drug Olympics

                                                               Drug Olympic

             Human body has certain limitation as regards physical strength, endurance, reflex and stability but experts say with drugs these limitations can be over come, hence the doping test in sports. 

                              Imagine an Olympic with drugs. Here all athletes are allowed to take any thing they like; there will be no restrictions on drug and no dope test as the name signifies. Even the public will be allowed to take beer (free with tickets, maximum 1000ml), it will be like the IPL cricket tournament in India.
There will be no boring events like marathon race, walking events, sword fight, and animal participation. Total period will be for five nights only.
 Except the referees, camera men, officials’ rest of the people in the stadium can smoke, take drugs. The athletes will not be asked which drug they take, not even the champions. There will be no sex bar. Ladies too can participate along with men and there will be no separate events for ladies but for each event there will be special prizes for ladies. An event where a lady comes first then the males participating in that event has to drink the urine of that lady. This is done to discourage under performance by male athletes and substandard participants. There will be no dress codes for participants.
What is the advantage of this type of Special Olympics?
You save the agony of the athletes. Millions of dollars are saved as laboratory staffs and chemicals will not be required for the dope tests.
As such most of the champions of past and present used performance enhancing drugs but went Scot free because of wrong sampling, faulty technique, bribery, money power and political interference. Take the case of Mario Jones, she was a different type of lady to have confessed about taking drugs other wise I think eight out of ten famous sports person take some form of drugs, be it in form of a diet (dogs meat, bull’s fat, tiger’s testes etc) or medicines or other methods which is not known to the doping experts.
If that be so let’s see, what maximum a human body can achieve in field events or other games and then compare them with the so called drug free sports stars? But the question is, was there a really drug free Olympic in recent years, say in last twenty years?

So friends lets wait for the sponsors to have an Olympic that will have retired or not getting a chance(dropped)  or banned athletes or those who do not want to participate in drug free Olympics. The prize money will be $50000(1st prize)$25000(2nd) $10000(3rd) but if tested negative for drugs he or she will be disqualified for next year. This Special Olympics will be held just six months prior to the main Olympics.
The peculiarity of this “Olympic” will be maximum 50 athletes’ will be allowed to participate from one country, no officials. The leader from each country has to be from the participating athletes of that country. Any individual can participate for any country but he has to become a citizen for at least two years before the event.
An event like this can only be held in a country where drugs are freely available and there is no punishment for drug users.
After an internet voting, the venue for the first “drug Olympic” will be decided. The dates will be informed in due time.
I wish some business house picks up this” golden Hen” and start the event before it’s too late. If a human body can run 100 meters in 5 seconds with drugs, then let it be why to stop this exciting future prospect of science and human limits? I think it’s worth it to get a gold and $50000 with drugs then lead a drug free life with out achieving any thing in life!!, why not die young(adverse effects of drugs) doing some thing which people will remember for hundreds of years, the choice is yours—“go and get it”. After the ‘Drug Olympic’ there will be analysis with other Olympics, if no statistical difference then no point in drug testing in further events.
NB: This is a satire but who knows it may be a reality in future.

Written by Dr.Sanjoy Kumar Satpathy
House no4, Plot401/2362
At post: Patia
Bhubaneswar751031, India