The 1st January, the picnic is celebrated like a festival. Going to the Pahla pul, enjoying the picnic altogether. The Republic Day – the speech of the Head Sir in Middle School and in the High School, the toffee distribution and then going to Children’s Park for parade. Saraswati Puja is being celebrated in the schools. The preparations for the cultural events, the Bundia and Sev as the Prasad, all musti and fun. Then the Holi, I really never ever celebrate Holi the way we used to in Patratu. The colour, mud, aluminium paint in the morning and then new clothes and gulal in the evening – going and eating at each others’ home; how can anyone forget?
Durga Puja, the voice of Dhaki baja in Shram Kalyan Kendra, the making of murti in Panch Mandir, the decoration at different pandals; it seems we were living in quite a different world. From Saptami till the murti visarjan roaming from one pandal to another, shram kalyan to market, mandir to Hanuman Garhi, Shah Colony to Janta Nagar…. Everywhere and everybody used to involve in the Puja. On Deepawali, bursting of crackers, sweets and all, the lights and diyas, the entire colony looked so beautiful at night. The Chhath puja when in the evening and then the next early morning at dam to offer arghya and just to wander here and there in groups of friends..how loving were those days. So many festivals were being celebrated with full heart every year. I never ever spend a single year like that. The memories of Patratu…..Patratu will be in our memories forever, forever, forever…….
The memories of Patratu can’t be completed without mentioning our great and loving teachers of our schools…Adarsh Bal Niketan, Middle School, Arbind School, Haisla Middle School, Patratu School of Economics, High School and the PTPS College. Our regards to all the teachers who taught us in a way we are capable to be rational even in adverse situations.
After recollecting the intense overflow of memories, I may have forgotten some of them, which will be added in due time…. Just to live the moments we spent in Patratu, an initiative “Patratu Connect” has been taken where we all try Patratuites will meet like a family and share the moments of past and present and will plan our future. It will be an initiative to make live the feelings of Patratu in all of us……