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Tusar Nath Mohapatra

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Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum SRA-102-C, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad - 201014 (UP) India + 91 96500-65636 Aadhaar No. 3628 2075 7337 SELF posits a model of counselling and communicative action as an instrument in order to stimulate the public sphere. The model aims at supplementing the individual’s struggle for a successful social adjustment with more aspirational inputs so as to help one take an informed and balanced attitude towards life as well as society. Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Memory and Senses

Tusar N. Mohapatra - October 22, 2014 at 1:24 pm One response to “Odia Travel Literature: A Few Basic Facts”
I remember to have read a book by Sriharsha Mishra of Prajatantra visiting England which had impressed much when in school. [TNM55]

It’s Paschima Diganta where Kuldip Nayar among others is also his co-traveller. [TNM55]

While browsing through “Indian Philosophy and the Consequences of Knowledge” yesterday, I noticed that reference to Sri Aurobindo is absent while Gandhi (as mandatorily) is there.

@SavitriEraParty 11 October 2014 The stretch from the Saket Metro Station to the Garden of Five Senses is in such a bad condition that it literally takes one's breath away.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thinking vs. memorizing

Wrote about the situation in India, yesterday: [TNM55]

Institutions don't hang in air but are manned by human beings. If the author joined politics, others too are tempted to please political masters. Nothing unusual for subordinates. [TNM55] a day ago at The fallacy of autonomy - Yogendra Yadav, Hindu

The greatest valour lies in devouring by means of renouncing - tena tyaktena bhunjitha (Isha Up. 1)- what loftier economic prescription?

Friday, July 05, 2013

Goodbye to Google Reader

 3 Jul  I respect your sensitivity & right to protest but I have my own compulsions to express my "subjective" views which most just ignore.  View conversation

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Odia Mahamanch media

Report by OdishaDiary bureau, New Delhi: Odia community in Delhi today urged the Delhi police official to arrest the culprit of  alleged sexual assault upon an Odia girl. A delegation of Delhi-based Odia organsation Odisha Mahamancha meets DCP at Sarita Vihar under the leadership of Gobardhan Dhal.
Gobardhan Dhal, Tusar N. Mohapatra, and Dr. Sonaleesa Satpathy adressing the media.

Report by Kamala Kanta Dash; New Delhi: Around 30 leading Odia organizations met at Orissa Niwas, New Delhi to create a larger forum that would provide a global platform to all Odias. Designed to provide a voice and to represent Odia causes, this federation has been appropriately named as Odia Mahamanch (Global Platform for Odiyas)... This body, which has been a product of a long drawn out process of vigorous discussion and deliberation aims to work with the governments, corporate bodies, civil society organizations and media houses to facilitate development of Odisha in particular and Odias in general.
Orissadiary is proud to be associated with this worthy initiative and extends its support to the consensually appointed team of leaders and volunteers of the Mahamanch. Orissadiary will keep the readers regularly updated on the activities of this Mahamanch. Please keep visiting this space for the updates on events and meetings.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

CV of an average Indian

After a year of Pre-University in BJB College, Bhubaneswar, I joined Regional College of Education (now RIE, Bhubaneswar) run by NCERT for a Four year Integrated B.Sc.B.Ed course with Botany honours and Agriculture as vocational education, besides Statistics. It was really an integral atmosphere with students from all the Eastern States including undivided Bihar and teachers from all over the country. The library was a blessing which exposed me to a wide range of journals catering to diverse interests.

After one year as a science teacher in the same school in my village in which I had my schooling, I joined Punjab National Bank at Sundargarh as Agricultural clerk. The professional CAIIB exam gave the opportunity to study alien subjects like Commercial Law, Economic Geography, and Accountancy etc. apart from Management lessons imparted through in-house training. After 23 years in various capacities, I opted for VRS in Y2K and then these 12 years steering the SELF has been life-altering.

Since my schooling was in the Odia medium, grappling with English remains a stumbling block to this day. Further, dabbling in philosophy with the kind of educational background I have, would also seem hilarious. Nevertheless, whatever has been possible, thanks to Google and The Mother's Grace, is squarely amazing as well as humbling. [TNM55] Posted by Tusar N. Mohapatra at 10:44 PM Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Location: Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

On 12/22/05, Tusar N. Mohapatra wrote:
Thanks for the kind enquiry. I was a science student and served a commercial bank but with an abiding interest in the arts and humanities. VRS from PNB five years back has offered me the opportunity to focus on Philosophy in general and Sri Aurobindo in particular. Searching for the meaning of life is normal for every individual and I am no exception. Now that the evolution debate is hotting up, we all would be forced to probe deeper. Fraternally, Musepaper [TNM55]

Tusar N. Mohapatra 6th among 3 brothers & 4 sisters born to Lakshmi and Chintamani (then, a teacher at Christ Collegiate SchoolCuttack, Odisha).

It is also no secret that my posts harbour ample ambivalence and incoherence which I attribute to my modest education, average intelligence, and limited memory. This, obviously, is normal of human condition and finitude as theoretical finality has not been achieved in any sphere of knowledge, as of yet. Interrogating the teachings as percolated through my own course of life and permeated into the intellectual itinerary, therefore, has been a priority rather than an anodyne parroting pastime. Posted by Tusar N. Mohapatra at 6:28 PM Friday, January 27, 2012 Location: Shipra Riviera Indirapuram

The methodological quandary has been a constant companion of man since millennia and no possible remedy for it is in sight. Despite their exhaustive writings, The Mother & Sri Aurobindo – let’s face it – have not left behind some firm opinion on any specific topic. Posted by Tusar N. Mohapatra at 3:03 PM Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Location: Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sailo Jharapara to Shipra Riviera


Tusar N. Mohapatra 
  • President, Savitri Era Party. [Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.] 
  • Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum. [SELF posits a model of counselling and communicative action as an instrument in order to stimulate the public sphere. The model aims at supplementing the individual’s struggle for a successful social adjustment with more aspirational inputs so as to help one take an informed and balanced attitude towards life as well as society.] 
  • SRA-102-C, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, U.P. - 201014, India. 
  • 0120-2605636, + 91 96500-65636
  • Savitri Era 

Bragging rights

6th among 3 brothers & 4 sisters born to Lakshmi and Chintamani (then, a teacher at Christ Collegiate School, Cuttack, Odisha)




  • Savitri Era Learning Forum
    Director, 2000 - present
  • Savitri Era Party
    President, 2007 - present
  • Punjab National Bank
    Clerk/Cashier/Officer, 1977 - 2000
  • Sailo Jharapara High School
    Teacher, 1976 - 1977


  • Sailo Jharapara UP/ME/High School
    Matriculation, 1960 - 1971
  • B.J.B. College, Bhubaneswar
    Pre-University, 1971 - 1972
  • Regional Institute of Education, Bhubaneswar
    B.Sc., B.Ed., 1972 - 1976
  • Professional (Banking)
    C.A.I.I.B., 1980 - 1990

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Mother’s many volcanic ideas that shook us in the school days

One of The Mother’s many volcanic ideas that shook us in the school days and hooked us to her lasso is that the flowers decorating her photo need not be thrown away daily. Each flower, we were told, has the right to serve the divine as long as it remains fresh through shuffling and sprinkling of water. That was a radical challenge to the traditional canons of pollution consigning the basiphula to the drains round which lyricists have waxed eloquent down the years. [TNM] 1:27 PM Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Another amazing concession was offering prayers with the ubiquitous Bata slippers on without the punishing stipulation of the head touching the ground. The Mother apparently was empathetic with our being tormented by such tyranny over the youngsters during umpteen religious ceremonies day in and day out.  Many Centres still shoo away the shoes for reasons of hygiene and decorum and the genuflecting posture is a common sight. But the young ones must be rebelling still. [TNM] 1:13 PM Thursday, December 16, 2010

The ubiquitous Soviet Land in our school days used to be a coveted source of color pages for covering the text books. No one was interested in its official propaganda. [TNM] 5:11 PM Saturday, November 06, 2010

Because the truth is that I have no means to prove that Sri Aurobindo was divine; and rather out of my self-interest I attribute divinity onto him. It’s a free choice and others are equally free to treat him as per their sweet will. [TNM] 8:52 PM Thursday, October 28, 2010

Growing up amidst myriad family celebrations and religious festivals in honour of multiple gods and goddesses makes the members of the so-called Hindu society pretty credulous. Competing cosmologies drawn from diverse sources of mythology and branches of philosophy keep the embers of confusion burning in most minds. The national spirit, therefore, struggles to find its feet for ever. Nothing strong and enduring can be built as long as this love affair with perpetual uncertainty persists. The Life Divine and its worldview must rule our minds. Nothing less than a national campaign can achieve this. [TNM] 9:30 PM Sunday, August 08, 2010

The scintillating Odissi by Ramli Ibrahim and his student at Kamani yesterday showcasing labyrinths of tantric imageries was a compelling interrogation as well as dialogue between art and ontology. The age old questions, it seemed, remains unresolved. [TNM] 10:15 AM Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Without reading a single title that Heehs has so assiduously authored over the years, it is surely unfair to offer a critique of his output; his alleged misadventure in the pages of The Lives of Sri Aurobindo, however, has already made history. [TNM] 6:40 PM Sunday, August 01, 2010

Much water has flown down Hindon Cut during my five years as a blogtender, and it has been a learning process throughout. Many years back, I read something to the effect:
“No matter, if you haven’t read Wordsworth or Byron;
Neither had Shakespeare nor Milton.” 
This piece of self-help maxim has been a morale booster in general and for blogging in particular. Thanks everyone. [TNM] [Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.] 8:43 PM Saturday, June 19, 2010

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Unveiling the secrets of the ancient zodiac

[From Harish Kumar date 21 July 2011 21:22 subject A Personal Request Hi Tusar,
               As a follower of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, I would like to address the Aurobindonian Community, which is dedicated to furthering the dreams and aims of Sri Aurobindo. I have certain questions for which I would like answers from His followers. Since you are one of the leading lights of the Aurobindo Movement and have a blog which is objective and is dedicated to the quest for truth, I would like to address the Aurobindonian Community through your forum. I hope you will accede to my request. Love & Regards, Harish Kumar]

From Tusar N. Mohapatra date 21 July 2011 22:08
If you are interested in my views then I would repeat that the “Third” claim is unacceptable and repulsive. Please disclose your age, occupation, location, contact number, and postal address so that frank exchange of views is possible in future. You may approach Robert or Lori for publishing your “Questions to Aurobindonians” article. [TNM55] 

I don’t subscribe to mythological stories and I’m not very well versed in matters esoteric

Re: Integral Leadership by Anurag Banerjee Mirror of Tomorrow by Tusar N. Mohapatra on Thu 21 Jul 2011 01:16 PM IST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
I too had heard Derrida in New Delhi in 1997 without understanding a word of his lecture, but I won’t blame him for that. The memory of meeting him, however, is now a cherished treasure. [TNM55] 1:14 PM 

by Tusar N. Mohapatra on Tue 19 Jul 2011 03:51 PM IST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
I’m not very well versed in matters esoteric, but by definition, harbouring confusion should be out of question for “unmediated experience” (to me, a theoretical construct), I suppose. [TNM55] 3:33 PM 

Re: The Lives of Sri Aurobindo says Savitri is a fictional creation by Tusar N. Mohapatra on Thu 13 Aug 2009 12:20 PM IST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
I don’t subscribe to mythological stories. As in The Secret of the Veda, I am interested in the “symbol” aspect and not in the fiction (katha) part. Again, the symbol is all. [TNM]

The phrase “Savitri Era” needs to be popularised for easy identity for all Sri Aurobindo and Divine Mother followers” and Jitendra, through his blog, has extended a helping hand. As for the socio-political matters, I am ploughing a lonely furrow with much trepidation. All the best. [TNM55] 8:21 AM 

The beauty of a blog is in its brevity, or so we suppose who prefer to take cover under the Kautilyan dictum of keeping mum being the strength of the unwise and Chaucer's to make virtue of necessity as inspiration dries up after half a line invariably every fine morning. [TNM]

Being commanded to write an essay was, no doubt, the most formidable prospect in the school. The journey began with the unforgettable, “The cow is a four footed animal,” the overall limit being ten sentences. In a blog post too, this looks like an ideal limit within which one can fairly express his opinion on a particular subject with sufficient clarity. Even the mandatory, Introduction, Argument, Conclusion etc. can be accommodated, in a nutshell. Sonnet, it seems, is the poetic counterpart of this format. The Twitter (140 characters), of course, is more popular now which can be compared with Haiku (17 syllables). 
Wordbook was an indispensable companion for learning English; its pocket size being more endearing. Once a person came to the school to sell a new wordbook which he had authored in the form of poems and recited them. Father, Mother, Brother, Sister / Aunt, Uncle, Son, Daughter / Wife, Husband, Friend, Neighbour. The fourth line, I no longer remember. [TNM] 2:40 PM 

Google Reader is a great facility and over the years I have cherry picked nearly 200 feeds, not all of them equally active. Besides, Google Alert keeps on replenishing my inbox on more than a dozen topics. Then, of course, the continual scanning of Google News and conducting sundry searches, squeezing in a few You Tubes in between. All these happen in the normal course powered by sheer curiosity, and we may safely christen it as Google Yoga! [TNM] 10:34 AM 

On a couple of occasions, I remember, Mohan Joshiji might have convinced someone for purchasing Savitri at the Book Fair, and if he insists on the Hindi translation, then the search for the book would begin. But no luck. Dr. Gyanchandra used to hide the copies and was loath to recommend them. I'm happy, therefore, to read his eulogy for the recent Hindi transcreation by Dr. K. N. Varma in the current Karmdhara. [TNM] 4:32 PM 

Rajat Kar used to offer around a dozen interpretations for each line of poetry at the Bhanja Jayanti celebrations in Cuttack. Being a school-goer then, it was not possible to comprehend them all. This year's SAHMAT celebration on January 1st was on Faiz, and I missed out on the meaning of most of the recitations. Musical renditions, however, were amply rewarding. [TNM] 1:22 PM [YouTube - Kie Dakere - Odia Song (Jeeban Sathi 1963) 16 Apr 2011 Voice: Tusar N. Mohapatra Dedicated to the memory of Pradyumna Kumar Mohapatra (1965-2011)]

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Tusar N. Mohapatra is blogging since 2005

Tusar N. Mohapatra (b. 1955) is Founder President of Savitri Era Party that draws inspiration from the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. As Director of Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) based in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, he has been engaged in blogging since 2005 for dissemination of integral approach to self-development. His comments on diverse subjects appear regularly at Savitri Era. A selection of his poems is at Tusar N Mohapatra and his voice at silikaa (You Tube). Other notable blogs tended by him are rainbOwther, Musepaper, Marketime, Feel Philosophy, & Evergreen Essays. Besides, he is Advisor of Odia Mahamanch. [TNM55]