The profession whose members stand highest for respectability and skill
is medicine. Bihari
medical men are among the best in India. The typical businessman in Bihar
is generally a Bania, a Marwari or a Punjabi. In some cases, a person
educated in a commercial college embarks his career as his father's assistant
in the shop. He earns a far larger income than the majority of professional
men. Bihari businessmen are very practical and utilitarian to a fault.
Another important profession in Bihar is the bar. The
purely professional lawyers and advocates are as a rule honest, hard working
and respectable men, leading quiet uneventful lives and are loyal to their
clients. There is a little distinction between the upper middle class
and the lower class. This in its turn lapses imperceptibly into the lowest
strata society - the peasant and the artisan.