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A monthly E-magazine

EJIA
THE

RORRI

VOL I, OCT 2015

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INDEX

PATRONS:
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SHRI DEBJYOTI CHOUDHURY, CE&HOP


SHRI CHANDRASEKHAR TRIPATHI, CE(O&M)
SHRI GOUTAM KUMAR CHANDA, CE(CS)

ADVISORS:
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SHRI JAWAHAR LAL, SE(M)


SHRI KAUSHIK KONAR, SDE(IT)

FUNCTIONAL COMMITTEE:
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SHRI ANANYA CHAKRABORTY, SDE(M)


SHRI ARIJIT KUNDU, EE(E)
Ms SANJULATA MOHANTY, EE(E)
SHRI SNEHANSHU SARKAR, EE(C&I)
SHRI RAJIV RANJAN, EE(E)
SHRI BIDHAN PAUL, DM(F)
SMT DEBASHREE BANERJEE, EE(M)
SHRI AVNEENDRA KUMAR, DD(HR)
SHRI RAVI PRAKASH TIWARI, AD(HR)

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FEATURES
YOURS TRULY
FILHAAL..
TECH-TALK
SHOOT AT SIGHT
VERSUS
THE TRIP REGISTER
NO MANS LAND
KOMAL KALAM
CHHUPA RUSTOM
DOWN THE MEMORY LANE
TERA SAWAAL MERA JAWAB
BACKFEED

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DISCLAIMER
THE MEJIA MIRROR MAGAZINE COMMITTEE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR
ANY OF THE VIEWS, OPINIONS OR ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS EMERGING
FROM OR FOR ANY CONCLUSIONS DRAWN IN THE VARIOUS ARTICLES, AS
THESE ARE ENTIRELY INDIVIDUALISTIC TO EACH AUTHOR/CONTRIBUTOR.

We are all gripped by a bout of feverish excitement as the curtain finally


goes up on THE MEJIA MIRROR a monthly E-magazine exclusively of
MTPS, solely by the members of MTPS but hopefully, not only for MTPS. It is a
tiny step in a relatively uncharted territory, taken with a few trepidations in mind
but many an expectation in heart. We know everything may not fall in place right
from VOL:I, but we are ready to learn the ropes as we move along & we would
lend a receptive ear to anyone & everyone with a say on the magazine, right from
our staunchest critic to our strongest supporter.
But what does a magazine actually signify? Well, a bit of Googleing on its etymology reveals that the word
is derived from the Arabic makhzin (plural of makhzan meaning storehouse) which in turn has its roots in
another Arabic word khazana, whose meaning we are all familiar with. So it seems that a magazine can be
literally & figuratively embodied as a treasure trove of information. Now, we all have our own precious, little
boxes full of nuggets of wisdom & knowledge, tips & tricks, infos & fundas which we pick up on the way
through the journey called LIFE. How wonderful it would be, if we lend & share & borrow from each others
boxes to build up a storehouse, a magazine a collective effort to not only proudly exhibit to the outside
world but also to open up a few creaky windows of our minds, hold a mirror before ourselves & introspect on
the reflection. Hence the name of our magazine & as the tagline suggests we would strive to be thoda hatke,
both in our perspective & our approach. We intend to be informative without being preachy, inclusive
without being nosey & entertaining without being crass. For that, we need the help & support of each &
every member of the MTPS family to whom we fervently appeal to be prolific in their contributions &
scathing in their criticism. Else it wont take much time for this sapling to wither out. Please do remember
this is neither yours nor theirs. This IS & has to be OURS. So lets nurture it likewise. Thank you.

TEAM TMM 3

filhaal..
The passage of days in our lives is, in a way, similar to a journey by a night train where the world outside the window
zooms past in the darkness mostly unnoticed. Going through the grind mill of everyday responsibilities, we find ourselves
turning into recluses, confined to the narrow boundaries of office and home. The television and the internet keep us up-todate with news from around the world, but many of us would be stumped when asked about the events in our immediate
neighborhood. This section is an attempt to make us realize that so much is actually happening right outside our windows. 4

VISHWAKARMA PUJA CELEBRATIONS


The occasion of Sri Sri Vishwakarma Puja on 18.09.15
has yet again inspired the best of creativity in Mejia
Thermal Power Station to surpass past standards by
considerable distance so much so that we had more than
seventy opulent Pujas around the station!
This year, MTPS has revelled in Theme Pujas
conceived with utmost care for details and accuracy, the
most noteworthy being CHP # 1-4 employees Puja
replete with an unbelievably realistic model of stacker
cum reclaimer, while CHP # 5-6 displayed a whole coal
rake on its way, chugging along accompanied by engine
whistles and sirens. Praiseworthy efforts were displayed
by CHP # 1-4 Electrical Contractors, who designed their
Pandal nestled amid an uncanny reproduction of old ruins
housing an ancient banyan tree and a real beehive!
Technical Section, MTPS, meanwhile opted to go in for a
mellower version of a tragic dummy who sat with his
head in his hands, as he struggled to devise plans to put
up with the rapidly changing technological and technical
sides of his job areas.

The best thing about the Vishwakarma Puja was that it


attracted a sizeable audience from among the family
members of our employees, who otherwise seldom get a
chance to be acquainted with the enormous affection and
emotional involvement the DVC family displays for
everything related to the organization.
While everyone associated with the Puja enjoyed his own
way, be it through decorations, lighting, creative inputs,
financial management or delicious Prasad distribution,
each Puja Pandal was graced by the the presence of our
Honble Chief Engineer & Project Head, Sr. D.
Choudhury, Chief Engineer (O&M), Sri. C.S. Tripathi,
Chief Engineer (Common Services), Sri. G.K.Chanda,
Chief Engineer (R&D), Sri. D. Biswas, and a number of
higher officials. All considered, this Vishwakarma Puja
has been an event to fondly remember in terms of
innovative approaches and unending enthusiasm.

TEAM TMM

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A comprehensive drive has been launched at MTPS by the


HR department of MTPS to bring all the contractual
workers under the ambit of social securities of Employees
State Insurance Act, 1948 wherein almost all the
contractors including the vehicle contractors have been
issued ESI code and to facilitate speedy coverage of the
same a smart card making camp was organised in the
month of August, 2015 at DVC Recreation club in
collaboration with the ESI authorities.
MTPS being a flagship project of DVC also attracts many
students to undergo their vocational training/summer
internship. Since April, 2015 HR department has
successfully arranged vocational training/summer
internship for a staggering 1464 students of different
educational institutes.
A new community centre named BANABITHI has
recently been inaugurated by the Chief Engineer & Project
Head, MTPS and dedicated in the service of the employees.
Mr. Swapan Kumar Roy, Chargehand (BTA) took his
retirement on 30.09.15 after serving DVC for 36 years. We
on behalf of the MTPS family wish him all the best for his
superannuated life.

TEAM HRD, MTPS.

HIV/AIDS AWARENESS PROGRAM


An awareness program on AIDS was arranged on 16.09.15 at
MTPS Hospital where an Integrated Testing & Counselling
Centre (ICTC) - a joint collaboration of DVC & WB State govt.
was inaugurated by our Honble Member(Secretary), Shri
P.K.Mukhopadhyay in presence of Jt. Director of State Health
Sevices, Dr. D.Goswami. Shri Mukhopadhyay in his address
cautioned against this disease reaching epidemic proportions
across the industrial belts among the low income populace. The
ICTC has been planned to counter this trend where anyone can
have free & discreet counselling & testing regarding HIV/AIDS.
The occasion was also graced by Shri A.Ghosh, Addl Secretary,
Shri Prabhat Kiran, CE & I/C (HR) & our Chief Engineers.

The program was attended by a large number of personnel from


various organisations as well as CISF jawans. Dr. A.K.Agrawal,
DHS, DVC elaborated on the guidelines of the NACC(National
AIDS Control Council) which would be followed in the ICTC.
Dr. (Smt) Kajari Bose, MS & Dr. S.Kundu, MO I/C, MTPS
placed their views on the topic illuminating on the probable
causes & cure of AIDS which as per WHO remains one of the
world's most significant public health challenges.
As per statistics published by WHO, globally, an estimated 36.9
million people were living with HIV in 2014, and 2.6 million of
these were children.
Subsequent to the conclusion of the programme, Honble
Member(Secretary) visited the power plant & held discussions
with the Chief Engineers & sectional heads at Conference Hall.

TEAM TMM

PRAGATI VISIT
Our Honble Member(Secretary) Mr. R.P.Tripathi visited MTPS
on 08.10.15 along with CE(OS&U) Mr.D.Kar & other members
of the OS&U team, to instruct us on the roadmap to be followed
for PRAGATI a blueprint for performance improvement that
was launched on 27th August at DVC HQ, Kolkata. He went for
an inspection of the CHP & U#7,8 after which he met the
members of the MTPS PRAGATI (Performance Renewal
Actions through Gap Analysis, Technical Audit & Improvement
plans) committee at the conference hall in the presence of our
Chief Engineers. He stressed on the practice of knowledge
sharing & preparation of work practices to be uploaded in the
EBA system in the near future where a user can have the
detailed information regarding spares, tools, manpower & cost

involved for a specific job. He also advised on tapping the


experience & knowhow of the senior members citing the
example of guru-shishya parampara. He lauded the formation
of such a well represented team & pointed out the pivotal role
to be played by the IT cell in the entire process.
Later Mr. Samir Haq Khan, DCE(OS&U) who is acting as the
Chief Co-ordinator, PRAGATI, separately fielded queries from
the committee members mainly regarding codification, duplicity
of codes & preparation of work practice templates for
preventive, overhauling & repair jobs. The need to strengthen
the MP Cell & Condition Monitoring Cell of MTPS for proper
& successful implementation of PRAGATI & benchmark
maintenance practices at our power plant also came up in the
course of discussion.

TEAM TMM

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ECH-TALK

A FORUM TO BROADCAST & THUS RECOGNISE THE EFFORTS


OF OUR ENGINEERS & THEIR SUPPORT STAFF IN TACKLING
STUBBORN TECHNICAL ISSUES, TO BRING TO THE
ATTENTION OF EVERYBODY THE DETAILED TRIP ANALYSIS
OF MAJOR FAULTS & TO PUBLISH EXPERT OPINION ON
CRITICAL CONCEPTS.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO WRITE TO US OF ANY MAJOR
BREAKTHROUGH YOUR SECTION HAS ACHIEVED OR ANY
TECHNICAL MATTERS YOU THINK WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT.

A. BALL SCREENING MACHINE :

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MTPS (Unit I-VI) is having 18 Nos. of BBD type Coal Mills


for pulverisation of coal at zero reject. These Tube Mills are
fed with grinding media Balls of sizes 50 mm, 40 mm & 30
mm in equal proportion to achieve the optimum pulverisation
of coal.
During running of coal mills, the continuous abrasion &
impact of balls, lead to reduction of ball size from 50 mm
to 40 mm, 30 mm and even lower. Thus, to maintain the
proportion, online topping up of 50 mm balls is done at
regular interval. Along with this, the undersized balls (lower
than 25 mm) are manually screened out periodically as per
the performance of Coal Mill. However this does not ensure
the exact proportion (1:3) of different sized balls. The
constraint necessitates the use of Ball Screening Machine so
that balls of different size can be charged as per requirement
afterwards.
This Ball Screening Machine is not readily available in
the market. It had been decided to develop the machine,
in-house by using resources available at MTPS. The idea
was to fabricate two different rectangular steel meshes (top &
bottom arrangement) to facilitate screening of balls through
reciprocating motion to achieve the desired size balls. All
available resources at MTPS were explored for suitability of
this concept.

The old & broken crank shafts of air compressor were used
to produce the reciprocating motion required for the
machine. Afterwards, rejected crank shaft and its casing,
gear box mounted motor (from scrap DIPC system), rejected
drive sprocket & chain (from clinker grinder system of U#I
to III) and other structural materials have been arranged and
job of fabrication and assembling the drive system and
machine was started. Various modifications have been
incorporated during the process to get the desired features
and output from the machine.
The machine was finally put on trial operation on 03/09/15
and the performance of machine was found very satisfying
as originally conceived in the design stage. Ball screening
capacity was observed something around 12 TPH which
is very encouraging and with this it is now possible to
screen the balls for one mill requirement in a single day.

TEAM CMMS, MTPS.

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B. GIRTH GEAR REVERSAL OF CM#3AB :

Coal Mill #3AB had been running with vibration for the past
few months. Though the vibration was within the limit,
attempts like drive system alignment, bearing inspection,
Girth gear backlash adjustment were made to reduce the
level of vibration. The vibration level had gone down a bit
but not to the desired extent. Afterwards the Girth gear was
inspected meticulously. The examination revealed uneven
and distorted shape of the tooth flanks and it was
conjectured that the same may be the probable cause behind
the existing vibration problem. Then it was decided to go
for reversal of the Girth gear and the pinion which is a
challenging process and cumbersome task that requires
both specialist equipments and skilled craftsmen.
Although during the erection time sufficient space in and
around the equipment is available to carry out such job with
the help of heavy lifting cranes. However this advantage is
not available in the running units due to space constraint and
therefore complex arrangements of lifting devices has to be
made to accomplish the job.
As conveyed by the OEM, M/S BHEL, the reversal of
girth gear has probably never been carried out in India.
Being relatively novice to the particular type of job the same
was taken up as a challenge.

It was an immense task to make proper lifting arrangements


to lift out a heavy mass like Girth gear weighing around 17
MT (in two segments) having diameter 6.071 m with 222
nos. of teeth. The maintenance task was not only fitting the
gear to the mill shell but it required accurate alignment of the
gear.
The whole job from disassembly of the Girth gear housing to
complete restoration of the dismantled structure was carried
out successfully and the coal mill was put on trial run on
31.8.2015.The trial operation of mill was very smooth
without any problem of vibration or sound .

TEAM CMMS, MTPS.

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OT AT SIGHT

PHOTO BY
SHRI AMIT JANA, EE(E), ES-III

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ARE YOU A SHUTTERBUG? IF YOU ARE, THEN WHY NOT SHOW OFF
YOUR SKILLS BY CAPTURING SOME UNIQUE FRAMES OF OUR
PHOTOGENIC PLANT & ITS SURROUNDINGS & SEND THEM TO US?

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VERSUS

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THE BONE OF CONTENTION:


SHOULD THERE BE A PASS-FAIL
CRITERIA IN OUR PRIMARY
EDUCATION SYSTEM?
HAVE AN OPINION? THEN PLEASE DONT RESTRICT YOURSELF BY VOICING IT ONLY IN YOUR SELECT CHA-E
PE CHARCHA. GET INVOLVED, ENGAGED & EMBROILED IN A HEALTHY DEBATE BY WRITING TO US (IN NOT
MORE THAN 500 WORDS) YOUR MANN KI BAAT ON THE GIVEN SUBJECT. DONT HESITATE EVEN IF YOUR
RESPONSE IS JUST A YES OR NO. IT WILL HELP US TO CATCH THE PULSE OF THE HOUSE ON THE MATTER.

The TRIPRegister:

NO, IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH OUR UNITS. WE PRAY THEY RUN ALONG
WITHOUT ANY HITCH. THIS IS ABOUT US, RUNNING AWAY FROM OUR
MUNDANE LIVES FOR A SHORT TRIP OR A LONG TOUR, TO GET OURSELVES
RECHARGED & REFRESHED. PLEASE WRITE TO US YOUR TRAVEL ACCOUNTS
TO GIVE US A SECOND-HAND FEEL & THRILL OF EXPLORING A NEW PLACE.
SOME OF US MAY GET ENTICED TO PLAN HIS/HER NEXT VACATION THERE.
HAPPY TRIPPING!

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RENDEZVOUS WITH CHARAMMA:


I was trying to concentrate, to empty my mind of all thoughts
and focus solely on the sounds of the jungle. I was hoping to
pick up alarm calls of deer, langoor, peacock or jungle fowl
warnings about the presence of the tiger we had crossed half the
country to see. But for a novice like me, it was a task easier said
than done. The arrival of the safari Gypsies at almost regular
intervals kept cutting into my concentration and the voices of
the new visitors and the banging of the Gypsy doors were of no
help either.
It was a quarter to three in the afternoon of 15.02.2015. We were
standing in front of the watch tower at zero point, the only place
in the Bijrani zone of Corbett Tiger Reserve where visitors out
on safari are allowed to disembark from their vehicles. In front
and slightly below us lay the dry bed of the Reethapani sot, a
seasonal stream now mostly covered with tall grass. Tiring of
the futile efforts to concentrate, my thoughts had started to drift
when, suddenly, I was jolted back to attention by someone
whispering over my shoulder Saab, jaldi chalo, cheetal bol
raha hai.
It was Arief, our driver-cum-guide. In order to be able to listen
more closely to what the jungle had to say, Arief had wandered
off a few metres from the gathering at the foot of the watch
tower to a relatively quieter spot. All this while, none of us,
including the drivers and guides of the other Gypsies, had heard

anything worthwhile. But Arief, with his keen sense of hearing,


had picked up the alarm call of a spotted deer. The watch tower
is located in the hilly terrain on the right bank of the Reethapani
sot and the alarm call had come from the left bank, further
upstream from where we stood.
Time was at a premium and we needed to leave for the opposite
bank immediately if we were to have any chance of sighting at
all. Arief started our Gypsy as soon as I had helped my mother
climb into her seat. Not wanting a procession of other vehicles
to follow us and scare the tiger away, we slipped away from zero
point as quietly as possible. I had procured my first DSLR
camera along with a pair of lenses a few months back in
preparation for this trip. The camera, with the 70-300mm lens
attached, was now clasped ready in my hands and, as we sped

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towards the Reethapani sot, I could feel a slight tremble in my


fingers. For the first time in my life I was going after a tiger!
As part of routine post-monsoon activity every year, the forest
department prepares motorable tracks across the bed of the
Reethapani sot at intervals along its course by clearing away
grass, rocks and gravel and filling in fresh soil where required.

We took one such track to cross the sot and, upon reaching the
other side, turned left to follow another track that ran along the
left bank of the sot. There were pugmarks of a tigress on this
track, but these marks were not recent as we had noticed them
earlier while passing this way en route to the watch tower. Arief
had informed us that the marks had been made by Charamma,
the resident tigress of this region. The name Charamma literally

translates to mother of four. The cubs of Charamma were now


almost fully grown. In another three or four months, they were
expected to disperse and stake out their own territories. We had
read about Charamma and her four cubs and had deliberately
chosen to visit Corbett while the cubs were still with their
mother. Having five tigers in the same region greatly increased
the chances of sighting.
I was, therefore, fairly surprised when Arief suddenly stopped
the Gypsy and pointed excitedly towards what appeared to be
part of the same set of pugmarks. On questioning, my
misconception was promptly, though somewhat impatiently,
removed. In this set of marks, the tigress was moving upstream
like us, the exact opposite of the direction she was travelling in
case of the earlier set of marks. Clearly, these marks were fresh
and the alarm call picked up by Arief had, in all probability,
been set off while these marks were being made. We were on the
right course!
We hurried after the marks sensing that the course of events
were drawing to a climax and expecting to see the tigress at
every bend. The marks were continuous and clearly visible in
most parts, missing only in the places where the tigress had
walked on grass or stone. However, after a while, the marks
suddenly vanished. We continued further up the sot thinking that
the tigress had meandered from her course temporarily and
would return to thetrack soon. But inspite of searching for a

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considerable distance, we could not trace any more marks.


Even Arief seemed perplexed. He backed up the Gypsy to the
spot where the pugmarks were last seen and switched off the
engine. He was trying to deduce what had happened. We could
hear him murmuring to himself, weighing the different
possibilities. In less than a minute, he had reached a conclusion
and the Gypsy growled back to life.
Continuing on our course upstream, Arief explained that the
cubs of Charamma were currently hiding somewhere in the low
hills on the opposite bank of the sot. Charamma had been out
patrolling her territory and, on the completion of her rounds, was
likely to return to her cubs. The sudden disappearance of her
pugmarks could be easily explained if it was assumed that she
had left the motorable track and entered the sot to cross over to
her cubs on the other side. If we drove really hard, chances were
that we might intercept her on the right bank.
A little further upstream, there was another motorable track for
crossing the sot. Keeping the accelerator pressed all the way,
Arief swung the Gypsy onto this track. The sense of urgency
was now turning to desperation and the sot was suddenly
appearing broader its opposite shore receding further away
instead of coming any closer.
After what seemed like an eternity the Gypsy finally clambered
up from the bed of the sot to another track which bore the name
Naya Job. We had hardly moved 200 feet along it when, ahead

of us on the track, we saw a group of spotted deer. The deer


were on full alert and were looking in the direction of the sot.
Clearly, they had sensed the presence of a tiger! Arief stopped
the Gypsy to observe the deer and the ensuing silence was
broken only by the thump, thump, thump of our heartbeats.
Suddenly, all hell seemed to break loose. The deer were literally
flying in all directions, filling the air with their alarm calls. My
camera nearly bounced out of my hands as I tried to photograph
the fleeing deer and I realized that our Gypsy was hurtling
forward at a pace even faster than that of the deer. Tiger nikal
raha hai was the brief announcement from Arief.
(..To be continued)

- SHRI BIDHAN PAUL, DY.MANAGER(F)

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NO MANS LAND

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IT IS SAID THAT EVERY WOMAN HAS GOT A SIXTH SENSE THE PROVERBIAL THIRD EYE WHICH MAKES HER FAR
MORE INTUITIVE THAN A MAN. WHILE THAT IS A BIT DEBATABLE, BUT IT CANT BE DENIED THAT WOMEN HAVE A
UNIQUE WAY OF LOOKING INTO MATTERS & DEALING WITH SITUATIONS. AND THAT OFT REPEATED PHRASE :
BEHIND EVERY SUCCESSFUL MAN IS A WOMAN HAS BEEN SUBSTANTIATED TIME & AGAIN. SO THIS COLUMN OF
OUR MAGAZINE IS AN EXCLUSIVE PLATFORM FOR ALL THE WOMEN MEMBERS OF OUR MTPS FAMILY TO SHARE
THEIR STORIES & THEIR CREATIONS, THEIR DREAMS & THEIR AMBITIONS, THEIR ORDEALS & THEIR TRIUMPHS.

TRANSCENDENCE
I am omnipresent...So what if my mortal eyes could not behold the
wonders of the seven continents, the mighty land or the vast oceans?
Here I am, flying at lightning speed with a bolt of thunder this moment,
and in the next, I am graciously diving in and out of the Coral garland in
the tranquil Pacific blues, singing some obscure forgotten long lost
melody, with a school of dolphins...
I stand awestruck by the splendour of the Aurora Borealis in the northern
skies wondering about the fact that, it seemed just yesterday, when I bore
witness to the marching parade of a community of penguins in a wintry
blizzard ridden polar night under unforgiving heavens streaked with the
Aurora Australis.
I stand mesmerized by the triumphant victory call of the celebrating
Masai, who have returned with a bounty of Wilde Beast, but my heart
strains to remember the memories graciously steeped in the many
flavours of the colourful Caribbean islands... I face the dilemma of
deciding which of the svelte dusky beauties stand out in my dreams,
beckoning me to join them in their celebration of life.
I saw Florence ridden with the pestilence of Black Death, I shudder at
the overbearing stench, which still assails my senses; but, I also
remember the vicious relentless whip lashes on my blood-stained back,
while working under the watchful eyes of Cuban plantation owners. I
remember regaling with peasants, dancing to the success of demolishing
the Bastille, but, strangely, I also feel the cold pulsating fear gripping me

as they marched me to the Guillotine.


I remember how Alexander the Great travelled to Delphi to ask me if
he was invincible, while, the strings of memory nag at my heart to
recollect the horror mankind witnessed after the ground shuddered
with the impact of the 'Little Boy' at Hiroshima. I remember how I
suffered there, all the while enjoying and congratulating my fellow
country-men in America. I remember abandoning all riches and
walking the paths of Kapilavastu in the wake of Prince Siddhartha,
and also having rejoiced alongside Saladin in Hattin.
I know how it felt to be imprisoned by my own son, to stare longingly
at the beauty of the moonlit Taj from behind bars, all the while
knowing the swooping liberation I felt as Apartheid was crushed by
the collective efforts of humanity in Africa. I remember being born as
wailing infants, who came to be known as Leonardo Da Vinci, Adolf
Hitler, Mohandas Gandhi or Joan of Arc, while dying as an eighteen
year old in the wet jungles of Laos, in the arms of my mates.
Believe me or not, I was there since time eternal and shall never cease
to exist... I was crying with joy at the beginning of universe, was
feeling exhilarant at the big bang and shall cry again, not out of
despair when darkness falls again, but with the lightness that engulfs a
free quantum of energy called the soul; when it feels that it has
broken free of all restrain that binds it till it derives the free will of true
glory on having completed the cycle of time and space...
- SMT DEBASREE BANERJEE.
E.E.(M), TECHNICAL SECTION, MTPS

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PORTRAIT BY
SMT SHWETA SHARMA
W/O SHRI SANJEEV KUMAR
EE(M), CHES
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KOMAL KALAM
A WINDOW TO EXHIBIT THE ARTISTIC & IMAGINATIVE TRAITS OF THE
TENDER MINDS OF THE SCHOOLGOING MEMBERS OF MTPS FAMILY.

SAGNIK DAS, CLASS-V


S/O SRI NILMADHAB DAS, C/H(E), OFES
SUDESHNA HAZRA, CLASS-V
D/O SRI GOUTAM HAZRA, GR-D, ESTATE OFFICE

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CHHUPA RUSTOM
Do you have sudden spurts of creative fervor?when you frantically scribble down your thoughtswhen your feelings just flow straight out of your
heart & find their voice on a piece of paper. Do you still have such moments of ecstasy?...when you conjure up an imaginative world with a few
brushstrokes & immerse yourself in a game of wish fulfillment? Then, would you please let us in?..to get a peek into your naked, uninhibited soul?
Would you?

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PORTRAIT BY
SHRI ATANU SAMADDAR
EE(C), ASH HANDLING, MTPS

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DOWN THE
BOSS .. MEMORY LANE..
I joined DVC on 20th Nov84 as G.E.T. After getting through the
orientation program for familiarization with different Stations of
DVC, I was finally posted at BTPS A plant in Jan85 for on- job
training. However, within a couple of months I was transferred to
BTPS-B plant where Unit#1 (210MW) was being commissioned.
At that time Sri A.K.Dasgupta, DCE(M) was in charge of
commissioning. Besides being a very good engineer, Dasgupta Sir
was a very simple-hearted & noble person. He advised we trainees
to see all the equipments & different pipelines in detail. However as
we had joined directly from college, we used to ignore his
suggestions & were more interested in gaining bookish knowledge
by sitting inside the control room. Dasgupta Sir, ever punctual,
daily came to the control room sharp at 8 oclock in the morning.
After explaining the functioning of a particular equipment he would
instruct us to go to the field & see the system physically. One day I
asked him for the O&M manual with a view in my mind that once I
get my hand to it, I would get all the relevant data about the various
systems & equipments & thus those field surveys in the annoying
heat & dust wont be no longer necessary.But to my utter dismay he
flatly turned down my request saying in spite of devouring plenty of

books in our college days we are yet to attain the level to read a
power plant manual, as we are devoid of any practical knowledge
which is far more important than any theory in running a plant.
And that knowledge can only be achieved if we visit each &
every equipment, see the system with our own eyes, analyze them
in our minds & get our confusions cleared by talking to the
people working there. Then & only then we would be entitled to
go through the O&M manual. Today when I enter our modern,
sophisticated control rooms & see the newly joined engineers
stuck to their workstations, seemingly oblivious to what actually
happens with that one click of the mouse, I remember those
words of wisdom of Dasgupta Sir, which are so very true even
after thirty long years. As one of my seniors, Mr.S.K.Chatterjee
once said to me way back that one must be able to have
conversation with the equipment which will then reveal so much
to us about itself. In these days of Condition Monitoring we
deploy machines who can do just that for us but out of old habits
we still touch the body of a running pump or motor, strain our
ears to hear somethingwho knows maybe if we put our heart to
it we can really feel its pulse..maybe it will tell us its little secrets
in hushed whispers.
It is rightly said : : : one who practices
the knowledge is the real pandit or scholar.

- SHRI C.S.TRIPATHI
CE & HEAD(O&M), MTPS.

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Main hoon...
Mera gaon, mera desh...
Mere ghar me...
My Alma mater...
I Dreamt to be a...
Across the valley...
Off-duty I like to...
People like me bcoz...
Im not perfect bcoz...
Im a die-hard fan of...
A dish I cant refuse...
I would show in my big screen...
Dil chahta hai...

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