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Friday, May 20, 2016

Gulmohar Volleyball Academy, McCluskiegunj

At his first visit to McCluskiegunj, he fell in love with this bungalow and land measuring fourteen acres that belonged to a retired professor, Prof. V.S. Parmar. The place was occupied by dense bushes and a few fruit trees.

Why would he buy such a big plot of land in the Gunj? What was his intention? And the best question, who is he?

We are talking about Jharkhand Ratna, International Volleyball Coach, General Secretary Jharkhand Volleyball Association, Vice-President Volleyball Federation of India, Former Director of Physical Education Ranchi University, and who at present holds the post of Coordinator Sports Ranchi University, Shekhar Bose.

Son of Sri. Jagdish Chandra Bose a retired army personal, Shekhar is originally from Ranchi. The capital city of Jharkhand State. Since he has held so many positions in his sports tenure and still holds on to sports so much especially volleyball, it is obvious that he is an asset for us people of McCluskiegunj and a big hope for the new and newer generations in the field of sports. Shekhar wishes to introduce in to the system of sports, a separate wing within the Youths Sports and Affairs Department. He has made arrangements for students to practise and train under his guidance and has also come up with a hostel for his players. This hostel can accommodate 24 to 32 players and is on his premises.

Many young boys and girls have been coached by Shekhar Bose and have already played in state level competitions. In the past many of his players have participated in International Sports. Achal Tirkey, Sangeeta Toppo, and Rajini Kumari are players trained at Gulmohar Volleyball Academy where Shekhar Bose is The Director.

Shekhar wants volleyball to get more popularity, and is sincerely working on it. McCluskiegunj is fortunate to have the man at home. 50 players from McCluskiegunj have played for the National Volleyball Championship. McCluskiegunj is spreading it's name far out in the field of volleyball and more and more people are coming to know of the place as a result of the hard work of Shekhar Bose.

Shekhar has so many interests apart from volleyball and it can be seen here. His flower garden is new and is beautifully designed. Roses of seven varieties, Hibiscus of twenty varieties, and I wish I knew the names of the rest of the beautiful flowers and various plants. His fruit trees, two fish ponds, hybrid goats and cows, a number of vegetable fields and GULMOHAR VOLLEYBALL ACADEMY, where he trains to be volleyball champions, all together make his world a world of its own.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

McCluskiegunj Main Road being Broadened

Work on broadening the main road from Chama to McCluskiegunj has started. This road measuring 35 feet in width is to go upto Balumath via the Gunj.
Once this road is completed, the traveling time between Ranch and the Gunj will be as less as an hour depending on traffic.
It will become safer too, in the sense that the Chama -Gunj road is noted for it's road holdups which are much rare now but still exist.
The location of these pics are between the junior section of Don Bosco Academy and the Roman Catholic Church...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

"A Death in the Gunj" or 'Taksaal kaa Khotaa'?

This is interesting... Konkona's movie is based on a true incident that occurred in 1979. This is well known by the residents who were in the Gunj then and are still living.
Vikas Kumar Jha, a journalist from Patna who is the author of a Fiction novel called "McCluskieganj" claims that he has written many stories based in McCluskiegunj including ''Taksaal  kaa Khotaa" and Konkona's movie is based on it.
Though I haven't read ''Taksaal kaa Khotaa' yet, so I don't know if the story is based on the same incident that was concerning the Sen Sharma failmy or not, but doubt it.

Monday, March 7, 2016

A Death in the Gunj - Shooting over

It has been wonderful and profitable for the people of McCluskiegunj to have had the opportunity to meet renowned Bollywood actors and also getting into the film.

Kitty Teixeira, Nelson Paul Gordon and his wife, Malcolm Hourigan, Sunil Prasad Sahu, Dev Lal Ganjhu etc.  were among the few locals that did side roles such as bread woman, post master, policemen, servants, shopkeepers etc...

Its hard to say how many people got selfies with actors. But the no. is big.

Almost all the hire vehicles were hired sparing just a few. The shooting lasted for a month and a half. It is the first movie to be shot in the Gunj. Meaning a complete movie.

Just this much for an update... Please wait for my next post on my experience with the movie team... A good story...

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Bollywood Stars Shooting in McCluskiegunj

Konkona Sen Sharma is down directing her hinglish film A Death in the Gunj since 24th January.
The cast of the film include Om Puri, Tanjua, Tillotama Shome, Ranvir Shorey, Gulshan Devaiah and Kalki.
The stars were just returning after a shoot.

Child Marriage in McCluskiegunj

Friday, January 29, 2016

Rajkumar 15 to marry Seema 14, today!!!

Today, two students of the Aadarsh High School here are getting married to each other.

Rajkumar and Seema are class 9 and 8 students who are getting married at the Lohra Toli Bast in McCluskiegunj today.

According to the Principal of their school, neither of them are older than 15 years of age.

It is shocking to know that nobody seems to have any objection. I mean the local public. Nobody seems to realise that this will turn into a trend.

If anybody sees this post in time maybe it can be stopped!!!!