Winter Returns

I always loved winters since my childhood, sitting aroundĀ bonfire, drinking and eating hot stuffs, fog, clothing and list goes on… posting few photos of winter of my hometown Allahabad. Photos of events, happenings I always noticed, hope you like it…

Girls of my neighborhood around fire
Girls of my neighborhood around fire
Nieces and my daughter around fire
Nieces and my daughters around fire
Mater-Aalu (Peas-Potato)
Mater-Aalu (Peas-Potato) A popular breakfast
Sangam and Maagh Mela
Sangam, Magh Mela and Fog
Sweeper around fire at Kumbh Mela
Sweepers around fire at Kumbh Mela
My friend Dr Sharad in muffler
My friend Dr. Sharad in muffler
Watchman at Orchha Fort
Watchman at Orchha Fort
Dr Rajat at mustered field
Dr. Rajat at mustard field
Flying kite on Khchdi (Makar Sankranti falls on 14 Jan)
Bro BK and niece Flying kite on Khichdi (Makar Sankranti, falls on 14 Jan)
Red Guava
Red Guavas
New generation at Dad's farm
New generation at Dad’s farm
New generation at Dad's farm
New generation at Dad’s farm
Cauliflower, Cabbage and Carrot
Cauliflower, Cabbage and Carrot
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Maha Kumbh Mela 2013

Squeezed my time to spent more at Maha Kumbh Mela

Maha Kumbh Mela Preparations
Maha Kumbh Mela Preparations
A Pilgrim
A Pilgrim
A Pilgrim
A Pilgrim
A Pilgrim
A Pilgrim
A Pilgrim
A Pilgrim
General View of Mela
General View of Mela

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A curious boy
A curious boy
Evening at Mela
Evening at Mela
Shri Pilot Baba
Shri Pilot Baba and his followers

Posting few photos of one my relatives, she is coming in this mela from past 13 years and doing “Kalpwaas“. Kalwaas is a holy stay in mela for the month of “Maagh“, during this time pilgrims performs holy rituals, eat one meal a day, give donations, take bath in holy river, sleep on floor and spend rest of their time praying to the God. Living in these makeshift houses is quite an experience :)…

Kalpwasi
Kalpwasi
Inside Tent
Inside Tent

Annie Besant School, Allahabad

Annie Besant School Allahabad, the school where I have studied from class-3 to class-8th. It was Junior High School (8th standard) at that time, now its Girls Intermediate (12th) School.

Too many memories attached to this school. Teachers, classmates, classes, prayers, water tank, playground… Few years back I tried visiting there, but school was closed so was unable get access… was lucky this time…

It was prayer time when we reached there… the rule to form queue is from shorter to taller… Being shorter, I use to stand in first 5 šŸ™‚

Prayer Time
Prayer Time (Annie Besant School)
Main building and Prayer Stage
Main building and Prayer Stage (Annie Besant School)
Old Building
Old Building (Annie Besant School)
Place for group photo
Place for group photo (Annie Besant School)
25 Years Back
25 Years Back Ā (Annie Besant School)

First teacher from left is Ms. Shashikala Srivastva and next to her is Ms. Shashi Johri. Ms. Johri is presently principal of School. (I am in 3rd row from top and 3rd from right)

Classes 7A, 7B, 8A and 8B
Classes 7A, 7B, 8A and 8B (Annie Besant School)

Its 25 years since I left the school… most of teachers are retired now… 25 batches passed-out since then, I am sure there will be a “me” studying there in some class…

New Gen
New Gen (Annie Besant School)
Ms. Shashikala Srivastva
Ms. Shashikala SrivastvaĀ