The fabled town of Jhumri Telaiya

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#1 Apr 6th, 2014, 11:41
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I was born in kolkata but I was brought up in the town of fables Jhumri telaiya. I arrived at this place in a bundle of clothes and became a native. This place is real some people still don't believe that such a place exists, "ay mazak mat karo yaar sach me jhumri telaiya?" I've heard this comment many a times. The reason behind this is a person named Rameshwar prasad barnwal whose passion for music led an obsession of sending song requests to vividh bharti and radio sri lanka. Jhumri telaiya has since passed into folklore, immortalized in film songs and in a different other ways. Now back to the point, this place is suffused with so much beauty and serenity. This place is urbanizing very quickly, so the sooner people visit this place the better.

Now to some of the places to visit in and near Jhumri Telaiya. The first and foremost will be telaiya dam, which was inagurated by jawahar lal nehru, the first dam built in this country, the sunset there is to die for, take a boat and roam around, whatever price they ask must bargain. On a night of full moon this place looks heavenly. Now some of the pictures I've taken over the years.
These photos are taken in december 2011 and back then I was a very bad photographer so bear with me





The island on far right side is called Cha Cha Nehru Island but with time it became chuchuru


This is called bundu


the dam itself


towards jawahar ghat on the ranchi patna highway towards Ranchi (NH 31)




The jawhar ghat bridge just before this the hilly road starts it continues for about 6 km, a drive through this road in the wee hours of the morning can freeze one's mind.








jwahar ghat itself

Now there is a place which people may not be able to visit that is the Sainik school campus, but uncle used to be a chemistry teacher there so I've visited the place lots of time, if visitor have relative friend or student in the campus but you have to write the exact address where you are going.
There is a small temple in the campus with a lotus pond.
These photos were taken in june 2012 and my photography improved




my sister, the pond and the temple in the backdrop






the school campus, and the lights on the far back is of the dam

Now there is a temple in Jhumri Telaiya, samanto kali bari


some of the additional pics of dam taken in 2013 with bad mobile camera






the dam


from the top of the dam

To be continued... next installment about some really unknown places around telaiya
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Jhumritilaiya disguises itself as Koderma(KQR) on the railway system. That is why people think it doesn't exist even though they may have passed through it several times and even stopped there. And I think you should refer to the radio station as Radio Ceylon as it was called in the days of Aap Hi ke Geet (8:30 am daily). Other regulars on this programme and on Vividh Bharati's Manoranjan (2pm) were Preetam Singh Deepak from Panipat, Jamaluddin Sahil from Karimnagar and Sakharam Mithaiwala from Naya Jalna.
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Bah ! Nice BTW It was called Radio Ceylon ! and was really a broadcast studio in Bombay from where popular host Amin Sayani used to do his recordings.
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Binaca* Geetmala!

(*later name changed to Cibaca, which never did sound quite right actually).
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Binaca* Geetmala!

(*later name changed to Cibaca, which never did sound quite right actually).
I was out of range by then Never heard Cibaca.
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Surely going to be a nice & enjoyable thread ! Waiting for more to come from our most senior IM ers ..

Thanks Morichika for presenting this beautiful Thread & old photos !
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Bah ! Nice BTW It was called Radio Ceylon ! and was really a broadcast studio in Bombay from where popular host Amin Sayani used to do his recordings.
That was just the Binaca Geet Mala on Wednesdays. Other programmes were actually broadcast live from Colombo. I remember Noor Jehans's appearance on a programme at the height of the Bangladesh crisis in 1971.
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@Morchika- How far from Ranchi? Dam looks like Damodar Valley Dam which itself is very beautiful!
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Great stuff Morichika! I've heard of Jhumritilaiya but never really imagined it as a real place!

This could turn into a lovely thread with your writing and photos interspersed with people's radio memories .
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Originally Posted by Morichika View Post .... in the town of fables Jhumri telaiya .....

and Amin Sayani...

That what I knew about Jumri Talaiya

You pictured an 'roopkotha-r jagat' (world of fables) on earth Nice recalling Morichika.
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Great thread.

Not just to Binaca, but people from Jhumri Telaiya seemed to send regular requests to Vividh Bharati (All India Radio, Vividh meaning 'various' or 'miscellaneous', and Bharati meaning 'Indian' )- and which I, with then my childish humour, used to call Vidhva Bharati (Vidhva meaning widow)

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Re: The fabled town of Jhumri Telaiya

You have hit a cord with such finesse. It's not at all about the place, it's about the time for me. The eighties, adolescence, yearly vacation in sleeper class with a big family , the changing landscapes, the amazing convenience of olive colored holdall, the indrajal comics, the tinkles and amar Chitra kathas, the long maintenance stop at mughal serai at night , the rush to fill the water bottles on in unnamed stations, the chai chai... I was transported to that long lost time. Brilliant and I'm waiting for more
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Binaca Geet Mala was not a request programme. The request programme on Radio Ceylon was called Aap hi ke Geet. Amin Sayani made his weekly appeaqrance at 8pm on Wednesdays. On other days this slot used to be moderated by a gentleman whose name I forget. The programmes used to be Jab Aap Gaa Uthe, Ek Shabd, ek Geet, Badalte hue Saathi etc. These were broadcast from Colombo. In fact Radio Ceylon had a fairly complete collection of 78s of Hindi film songs from the forties and early fifties which All India Radio had missed out on.

There also use to be an English language channel on Radio Ceylon. amin Sayani's brother Hamid used to moderate the Binaca Hit Parade on it.
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Hamid Sayani was also the compere of the Bournvita Quiz Contest when a proud me participated (early/mid seventies). After he died, Amin Sayani took over, I think.
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I always knew a real town named Jhumri Telaiya existed somewhere in Northern India (like 'Timbuktu' existed somewhere but unsure) but didn't know that the first dam in India was constructed there. So many things to know...

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Originally Posted by Golghar View Post These were broadcast from Colombo.
Why were these Indian programs broadcast from Sri Lanka?. I understand hindi movies had/still has a wide audience through out the sub continent and middle east from the 60s. Many afghans I know have detailed knowledge of hindi movies/songs and actors from even 50s but why were they aired from Colombo?.

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This reminds me of an interesting encounter with a Sri lankan gentleman I met on a melbourne train 5/6 years ago. I didn't even realize he was Sri lankan as he was a complete albino and was surprised that he voluntarily introduced himself, and sat opposite to me and then started talking about India. I thought he must be a brit going by his indepth knowledge of India but his accent didn't sound english. He later said he is from Srilanka and then started talking about hindi movies, and that there is a big following for them in Srilanka. He recollected so many hindi songs and all those radio program names you mentioned, almost all the hits one can think of in the 60s/70s and that his teenage daughter won several prizes for singing them in her school. His depth of hindi movies is incredible and recollected directors/producers/actors/actresses/side actors/locations/musicians/lyricists and every body else and his personal favourite was Rajesh Khanna and Mala Sinha. He also rued about this transformation of hindi movie industry to 'bollywood' and was surprised that I had such good knowledge of old hindi movies/songs despite my age, and I was amazed at what I was hearing.

And about the radio programs, what about 'Mann Chahe Geet/Bhule Bisre Geet'?. Fond memories of this late night program with my dad trying to become mukesh/rafi 2!
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