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Nalin Verma is a veteran journalist who has worked at senior editorial positions with The Telegraph and The Statesman. He started his career with Hindustan Times in the late 1980s. He has written extensively on society, politics and governance in Bihar for over three decades. Of late, he has shifted to teaching and research and is a visiting faculty at many institutions of mass communications in India. He contributes to several national and international journals and digital media platforms. He is the co-author of the much-acclaimed autobiography of Lalu Prasad Yadav, From Gopalganj to Raisina: My Political Journey. His collection of Bihar folktales, The Greatest Folktales from Bihar, is published by Rupa, India. Visit his website or follow on Twitter.

Galeej, a youth hailing from a low caste, got married to a woman of the same caste and equal status.

Nalin Verma tells one of the stories from his latest book, The Greatest Folk Tales of Bihar.

“Hat, cat, rat,” Umakant would shout at the top of his voice whenever he would see cowherds around the Peepal

Here Nalin Verma recalls memories of his uncle, from his childhood growing up in Bihar.