Shivnath Jha

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LIFE is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it. The following words of Mother Teresa sums up the tempestuous journey of one of India's brave heart journalist. Shivnath Jha is a story of artfulness, virtuosity and workmanship in Indian journalism.

Very little could we read into hearts and minds of a adolescent newspaper hawker, much less artistry and great skill for creative endeavors. But the boy born in Darbhanga and raised in Spartan streets of Patna defied a series of disadvantages, economic as well as emotional, to emerge with the right stuff. What talent it could take for a news hawker to become byline writer of mainstream national dailies is a stuff of the legend. And, Shivnath is the proud peddler of the roller-coaster ride. He is an iconoclast in many ways. In backwaters of Hindi heartland, there are political stories of 'rags to regime.' In the world of news media, this is the story of a boy's striving through toil and tumult of soiled streets to script a fairy tale story of smacking, star-lit sky-high success.

A post-graduate alumnus of Patna University, it was a seven-year-itch for Shivnath between 1968 and 1975 before he could wriggle out of hawking to undertake long-haul reportage for English daily, The Indian Nation. At tender age of 8, Shivnath was condemned to experience economic martyrdom. When he was denied admission to a prestigious school for lack of admission fee, he felt crucified. The tear after tear spurred the boy to lock horns with adversity. He turned rogue in the innocent chamber of his hearts as he stole Rs. 5 from his father's wallet to buy newspapers and sell them at State Bus terminus near historical Gandhi Maidan in Patna. Four hours of rough-house slugging, he earned Rs. 9.60. The adventure paid off good dividend, earning his admission to T.K.Ghosh Academy, Patna, where studied once upon a time the first President of Independent India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad.

Shivnath’s father, late Gopal Dutta Jha, was a salesman with a publishing house (Novelty & Com