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is a small town located in district Munger of
Bihar(India),with a population of about 1.5 lakhs. It is
located on the banks of Ganga, which flows through
Munger, 9 kms from it . It is 466 km from Calcutta, 170
km from Patna and 1170 km from Delhi.
The railways have been an integral part of Jamalpur's
life and almost every Jamalpurian has got something to do
with it . This small, non-descript town is home to Asia's
first and largest railway workshop;
strategically located as it was ,on the first railway
line linking the summer capital of Shimla to the winter
capital of Calcutta. Railway fundas abound- Magadh
Vikramshila exp. & HWH-JMP (optimistically called
Super) are choked much beyond capacity on Friday
afternoons. An un-mistakable bridge divides the
proletariat Railway colony portion
from the rest of plebian JMP.
Jamalpur is a place where the legacy of the RAJ still
lives on, albeit in a more moderate form. Roads still
bear names like Albert road, Warwickshire road, golf
marg, club road; bearers of the officers club wear white
and red turbans. Wednesdays & Saturdays are still tie
The grave of the British officer who was killed while
fighting a tiger in (what is now) the Golf course is
symbolic of the days that used to be - adventure,
elitism, royalty, power, domination.
For all that, however, Jamalpur (Jamal
..in urdu means beautiful) is an incredibly beautiful
place - hills, lakes, water falls -all
add to it's picturesque beauty.
Famous throughout India is the 'Sholay
tunnel' , a tunnel where , you guessed
it, a scene in the megabuster SHOLAY was shot . Immortal
also are actor Sanjeev Kumar's
words- "jab main Jamalpur main inspector
Talking of words, the lingua Franca of the place is a
dialect of Magadhi , quite similar to the elusive Bihari
Sports is an integral part of Jamalpur's agenda - club's
like 11star, ,5-star,little-Tendulkars abound. Football
is the most popular sport, followed by cricket.
Jamalpur's doorway to Bolly &Hollywood are the two
cinema halls -Awantika & NI ( the
national institute) , which normally screen movies which
are (at least)a year old. Tickets are moderately priced,
those for balcony are available at Rs. 3 apiece, with
black marketeers having a field day at Rs 5.50.
From entertainment to inner harmony, Jamalpur's very much
there - Munger has the WORLD'S first yoga university
called the BIHAR SCHOOL OF YOGA , which has contributed
to making yoga a part of many lives.
The bottomline is that despite
all it's smallness , Jamalpur, because of our sheer
sentimental attachment to Gymkhana, will always occupy a BIG place
in our hearts.
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