New Website!

Please use this form to apply for a Username and Password for this website.

You only need to provide information about your link to Rajdhani to become a Subscriber and access the website. To register as a Contributor you also need to write an introductory article. Please read the FAQs for more information.




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    Everyone who joins this organisation has to submit a self-introduction or personal statement. The idea is to give the other members sufficient information so they know who you are, as well as anything else that you want to share with them. Just imagine you are sat on a plane next to a person of your age and you discover they are also from Rajdhani. Write down what you would you want to tell them about yourself to make friends.[Please bear in mind that this information will be “published”, so anyone can read it therefore do not include any information that you wish to keep private.]

    • School Children and College/University Students: You can write about what you are studying, your favourite subject(s), spare time activities, and future plans.
    • Working People: Tell us what you do for a living, a bit about your past and your future plans. If you have any specialist knowledge or skills, or interests, and of course your thoughts on taking this project forwards.
    • Others (Retired People, Housewives, Long-term ill or Disabled): Please tell us about your situation so that others may learn from your experiences. If you are not able to join the website, then you can contribute indirectly by telling your story to another member as an interview or conversation.In addition, it would be nice if everyone could write a paragraph about they think of the Rajdhani Connections project – what you can bring to it and what you expect to take from it. Also any ideas and suggestions for improvement are most welcome.After you have done the personal introductory piece, you may write about any subject, fact or fiction, prose or poetry, within the following guidelines:
    1. Contributors must hail from Rajdhani or have a strong affiliation. Outsiders can contribute but the articles must be about Rajdhani or its people, or be of direct interest or benefit to the people of Rajdhani.
    2. Contributions can be written in English, Urdu, or Pahari/Pothwari using either Urdu or English alphabet. Guidance is available on request for writing Romanised Pahari/Pothwari. Written pieces should be 100-500 words. Longer ones may be serialised.
    3. Mention of any real persons (living or deceased) should be in good light and never be derogatory or libellous. You should seek the permission of the person you are mentioning or their next-of-kin in the case children or deceased persons.
    4. All work submitted for publication must be the author’s own original work. You can include quotes from others’ work (with references) but no plagiarism please.

    Thank you.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    (These are some of the actual questions that were asked by various people about the project. They have collected here for the benefit of others who may have the same questions but are too afraid to ask.)

     Question: Who is behind this idea?

    Answer: The intention is to (eventually) get all of you behind this idea, and push it as far as possible to reap its full potential. A small group of Rajdhani residents in Leeds UK were the instigators, but now have a half a dozen people from across the village who are committed to this project.

    Question: Isn’t it going to be expensive and who is going to pay for it?

    Answer: We are not embarking on a commercial venture to produce a glossy magazine. This will be mainly an online resource and every so often we will produce a printed version for the benefit of those without internet. We will also send a few copies to Rajdhani schools. The production and distribution costs will therefore be minimal so there will be no charge, fee, or chanda to pay for this magazine.

    Question: What about time, who is going to do all the work?

    Answer: Again, with the help of a few dedicated volunteers in different town and Rajdhani, we should be able to cope for the time being. As to future development and content, we are hoping you will give your time to generate content and ideas.

    Question: Why do we have to write something to join the project, can’t we just say we are from Rajdhani?

    Answer: The main purpose of the project is to get people know each other. If everybody just said “I am from Rajdhani” the there won’t much to read. It is like going to a “bring a dish” street party where everyone is expected to contribute to make it a successful party. It won’t be much fun if everyone took a packet of crisps!

    Question: I am not a good writer and am worried about others laughing at my spelling mistakes or grammar. How can I get around that?

    Answer: All the more reason to take part because “practice makes perfect!” By reading others’ contributions you will be able to improve your writing and gain confidence. Also, at this stage, we are more interested in your thoughts and ideas rather than punctuation and spelling. Alternatively, you can try your hand at writing in Romanised Paharhi, where there are no rules (as yet) about spelling etc. Just get your ideas across and you have done the job!

    Question: How about getting a fund together (based on membership fee, or voluntary contributions) to enable us to give out prizes for best writing and other achievements?

    Answer: An old Yorkshire saying “where there’s muck, there’s brass” is also often true in reverse. So for that reason we are not going to even think about money! As for rewards, similar thing applies: unless and until we have a fool-proof, trusted and transparent system for deciding the winners, it will be open to accusations of corruption. So for that reason, the only prize the writers will get will get now be the readers’ appreciation, which should be more than enough.

    Question: I am worried that people will start attacking each other and cause offence. How will this be addressed?

    Answer: The rules state that no one can write about anyone else in a derogatory fashion. These will be applied very strictly. Our aim is to get people, particularly the youth, to write good things about themselves and others, in the hope that this positive attitude will pervade our community.