Binod Bihari Verma

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Template:Infobox Writer Binod Bihari Verma(1937 - 2003) was a Maithili literateur by soul, medical doctor by profession and a defence officer by career. He was born on 3 Dec 1937 in the village Baur, by the river Kamla Balan, in Madhubani District (then undivided Darbhanga District) of Bihar. He was the second son in a maithil Karna kayastha landlord family of three sons and two daughters. His father, Rameshwar Lal Das, was a freedom fighter, a prominent Gandhian and tireless worker for the upliftment of the poor, and he inculcated these values in his children as well. These values are also reflected in the writings of Dr. Verma. He had command over a number of languages including Urdu, Sanskrit, Oriya, Assamese and Bengali and scripts of various Indian languages viz. old Maithili, Assamese, Gurmukhi, Oriya and Nepali.

Biography

After finishing his primary school, which was at the Rasiyari village (across the mighty Kamla Balan) - there being no primary school in his village, he moved with his father and uncle to various places in South Bihar (now Jharkhand) who were trying to spread Gandhiji's message of achieving freedom through self reliance and nonviolence in the remote tribal areas of Chaibasa, Ranchi, and Singhbhum areas of South Bihar. He developed a close bonding with the tribal children of these places which gave him a rare understanding of the lot of the poor and the underprivileged and which is depicted so picturesquely in his writings. His sojourn in the villages and the tribal areas also gave him an insight into the diversities of human nature which was reflected in his writings. He initially studied at the District School, Chaibasa.He finished his secondary schooling at the missionary school of St. John's at Ranchi.He studied his senior secondary school at Langat Singh College, Muzaffarpur. Subsequently he joined the Darbhanga Medical College and graduated in 1962. Those were the heady days of Chinese invasion (Sino-Indian War) and he joined the Indian Army and was commissioned into the Army Medical Corps in 1963. The service life gave him ample opportunity to visit remote far flung border areas and gave him a rare insight into the lives of the people of Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Punjab, Assam and Goa among others. He was in effect, a life long student of the culture and language of all the various peoples he came in contact with. He tried to understand their language and read their folk tales and poetry. All these issues are vividly imbibed in his writings. He took part in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and the IPKF operations in Sri Lanka in 1988-1990, where he commanded the 404 Field Ambulance at Vavuniya. His dynamic leadership and clinical skills in these conflicts won him respect both from the men he commanded and from his seniors. He was greatly admired for his integrity and honesty. He took premature retirement from active army service in 1990, partly disillusioned with the war in Sri Lanka. He settled in Bhubaneswar where he started his clinical practice and undertook literary tasks with renewed vigour. Post 1990 was his most prolific literary phase with regular publishing of novels, biographies, and contributions to Maithili magazines.He taught Biochemistry in a Dental College in Bhubaneswar during this period. He died on 09 November 2003 at Bangalore, fighting a long battle with cancer.

Pen Names

Marriage & Children

  • Married to Pratibha Verma at Patori Village (Saharsa Distt), Bihar on 4 July 1965 in a traditional Maithil wedding
  • Children: Three daughters and Two sons
    • Archana Verma:Daughter
    • Sharad Verma:Son
    • Varuna Verma:Daughter
    • Savita Verma:Daughter
    • Rohit Verma:Son

Major Influences

Life time interests and Researches

Places where posted while in Army

Places where stayed in civilian life

Major works

  • Nayanmani A novel describing the rural scene in Post Independence bihar.Initially published in parts in "Mithila Mihir" from February 1968 to April 1968.1997.Bhubaneswar.

Articles

External links

  1. Maithili
  2. Mithila Online
  3. Balaanak Bonihar O Pallavi
  4. Maithil Karna Kayasthak Panjik Sarvekshan
  5. Nayanmani
  6. Tapasa Vai Ganga

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