Returning Journey

Wishes you best of Eid al-Adha…

Thanks for these holidays, I got some time to rest and rejuvenate my body. Though there were few important works already planned for this morning, which is Anshu and kids’ long term passes but still I was able to get sufficient rest.

Let me start from where I have left, we were at IGI Airport (Indira Gandhi International Airport) and our flight was late. Travelling with very young kids has its own concerns; you can not afford to spend a couple of hours just waiting to takeoff. They have their timings of food and sleep and their milk has limited life span, it will either be spoiled or finished and you will be in trouble. Though all airlines provided food for kids but a slight change of taste and kids will reject it and this is not just that’s it, after this be ready to take their cry. Though we (Anshu and me) are quite "use to" of it, but it will be unwanted entertainment for fellow passengers and this will be something really embarrassing πŸ˜€ .

Anyways we took off at approximately 1:15 AM, 2 hours late from scheduled departure. We reached KL calmly. Airliner was courtesies enough to provide use breakfast and lunch coupons with new boarding pass at KL, but our flight to Singapore was after 2 hours, means 2 more hours of wait again. While having our breakfast Anshu informed that milk for kids is spoiled, thanks to her she was carrying dried milk powder. I used all my coupons to get sugar and hot water from Burger King.

The terminal from where we have to take off was far away from the place where we had our breakfast, moreover later they announced that the gate have been changed to just opposite to the gate from where we were waiting to board and here I noticed stress on Anshu’s face πŸ˜‰ . It was not at all smooth landing at Changi, I guess there was little turbulence at ground level, and plane landed like someone punched it from top to runway. I heard a scream just before touchdown and pin drop silence for some time afterwards. Anyways "All well if it ends well".

Few lessons learned, avoid travelling with young kids as much as possible at first place, never ever book a ticket with break journey and always get direct flight, pram comes handy all the time, carry dry milk powder and make your kids use to it in advance, always keep sufficient number of diapers in your cabin baggage πŸ˜‰ .

India Trip Day 15 and 16

Posting for 21st and 22nd November

I spent some good time on 21st shopping things which I can not get here and few medicines, doing packing and providing support to Anshu in her packing on-phone throughout afternoon. Elder brother AK was also returning to Delhi same day and on same train. I called my youngest bro-in-law to drop my family at railway station. Train (Prayagraj express) was on time and so were we; boarding was done without any difficulty.

22nd November; train arrived 2 hours late due to fog, there was no one expected to come to receive us as brother AK was traveling with us, so hired coolies and cab to. I was kind of "in need" so did not bargain, later brother AK pointed out that we have overpaid both coolies and cab.

Called Anurag, Rajkumar, Farhan and Ragini in afternoon, was thinking to meet them but as there was no plan earlier so could not make it.

We have started for IGI airport as soon as brother AK returned from his institute, it was around 7:30 PM, while getting boarding pass came to know that flight was approximately 2 hours late. It was a flight from Delhi to Singapore via KL, I was sure that I won’t be able to pick connecting flight from KL to Singapore. 

India Trip Day 14

19th November was date of wedding, though I was not one of the important people in this event, but still spend my entire night with the process of wedding. A typical Hindu wedding process is very tiring, core ritual of marriage starts early morning (around 2-3 AM), but other events start way early. Barat, Dwarchar, Jaimala, dinner, Fere (+other sub processes), Kohbar and then Vidayee are events which happens in within of 12 hours and all of these in night.

I was awaken entire night watching every thing, I was bit late so missed the Barat, Dwarchar and Jiamala part of it. I was not in mood of photography but took my camera out of car when the actual process of wedding started. Here is one of best (in my opinion, ok???) of Groom, Mr. Shikhar Γ’β‚¬β€œ

I was sleeping entire day after retuning back in the morning, thought to explore international food options available in evening; there are 2, not sure about others…

McDonald (in Allahabad)

Dominos (in Allahabad)

Here is another one fresh and typical vegetable shop, which I have taken last night. 50mm F-1.8 gives more than expected results every time Γ’β‚¬β€œ

Have to start for Delhi this evening and to Singapore tomorrow. Will try to log if got time.

India Trip Day 13 (ii)

I decided to play with my 50mm F-1.8 today, and got some satisfactory results.
Here I have few cheerful faces for you… all of them are around me since I am here πŸ™‚

He is “Pandit Ji” (Priest) who will perform wedding tonight.

And finally “Ladies and Gentlemen”, here is the most important person and most important place in my entire trip. This is place where I am having all my dinners. For those who don’t know what this is, let me tell that this is a “Chat Shop”. ItÒ€ℒs a typical mobile fast food shop you can find in Northern India. They are loved for their spicy and hot food mainly “Tikiya” and “Golgappy” (Golgappyes has many other names, known as “Fulki” in Allahabad) πŸ˜‰

India Trip Day 13 (i)

ItÒ€ℒs the day of wedding. Will be very busy afternoon… there will be some camera work also… will post later… may be tomorrow afternoon… here is on this morning…

These are Shreya, Ayushi and Arush from top to bottom (My nieces and nephew)… Ayushi and Arush are in Delhi and arrived this morning with Brother AK…

India Trip Day 11

Another rest day… and there will not be any other excursions afterwards, need to settle few things at home before I return to Singapore.

Here are few on-demand photographs of Sanctuary…

This is full view of Rajdari fall, suggested by bro. BK –

This is another landscape, just before our uphill drive to Vindyachal Range, suggested by Dr. Sharad –

This is a group of monkeys at the entrance of ‘Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary’, I liked them πŸ˜€ –

This is our group, from left brother BK, Dr. (Prof.) Rajat, Dr. Sharad and me (behind Camera). Without these 3 it was impossible for me execute my plans. My heartily thanks to them.

India Trip Day 10

Posting for Monday 16-Nov

We have checked-out at 7 AM from BHU guest house to continue our journey to ‘Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary’. Driving uphill on Vindhyachal Range was a pleasure. There was a bad news at gate of sanctuary it self, "there is no water in 2 of its falls namely Rajdari and Devdari", informed by ticketing officer. I was thinking that we are going to repeat our Rewa trip here. While driving-in jungle, I noticed that there was no other tourist group than us, may be because of Monday. We four were the only group in 78 square KM of Jungle…

Luckily there was little water in the fall, just enough for me to create milky effect. This is of first fall Rajdari –

This is second one ‘Devdari’ is approximately 1 KM away (downhill) from Rajdari –

There is barrage constructed on the Chandraprabha River, which controls water flow to falls and used for irrigation purposes. Due to nexlites, security remains on alert all the time.

It started drizzling when we were walking on the barrage and turned into heavy rain while we were driving our way back to Allahabad, resulting into little delay. We returned back at 6 PM.

Here is flower of Beyhaya (English – Shameless) for you, I don’t know the English name it, but these plants can grow from stem and in any condition. We just need to throw a piece of stem.

India Trip Day 9

Posting for Sunday 15-Nov

Sharad has suggested to visit a famous and old temple around 60 KM from Allahabad and as always I was ready. Earlier we were planning to visit ‘Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary’ but things didn’t get worked out due to sicknesses all around.

We have started for temple afternoon as Sharad has to open his clinic in first of half of Sundays. Dr. (Prof.) Rajat was not with us, he was busy in some family matters.

While on the way we were thinking about reviving our earlier plan of Wildlife Sanctuary, to start this evening, stay in Varanasi at night and cover Sanctuary next day and return. It is approx 200 KM from Allahabad, and needs 3+ hrs of driving. I was aware that from Monday onwards everyone will be busy in their offices and probably will be able to spare their times. While talking to Sharad on this we have somehow manage to convince him to scarify his first half of day of clinic and promised him that we will return by 5 PM Monday, so that he can continue in second half. Luckily Dr. Rajat also freed himself in the evening, he was as supportive as he was for our Rewa Trip πŸ™‚ . It was decided that we will start for Varanasi at 5 PM this evening. I turned the car back while driving to temple; our trip to the temple was canceled now.

It was a super smooth ride to Varanasi, thanks to the project ‘Golden Quadrilateral’, now we have Varanasi and Kanpur connected with Allahabad by a concrete expressway. Thanks to Rajat also, he manage to get a suite in guest house of BHU (Banaras Hindu University). We had our dinner in Varanasi and good sleep in cozy blankets of BHU guest house. What a delight!!! πŸ˜‰

India Trip Day 8

ItÒ€ℒs a complete waste of the day, no activities, no outing, nothing. It was drizzling through out the day, went to Civil Lines for some car repair in the evening.

Sickness is all around, Aashi was sick, now Anshu… its just flu but concern is always there, moreover they are not with me. I pray it stops here itself and do not get spread any further.

Here at home, Shreya (Bro BK’s daughter) got some food poising… medicines and medicines… and more concerns… expecting ZERO activity for Sunday also.

If all goes well, then will go to Annie Besant School in afternoon, the school where I have studied from 3rd to 8th and have some beautiful childhood memories attached with it.