Yearly ritual

It has became a ritual for us (brother Balkrishan, Dr. Sharad and me) to travel together once every year, this trip happens in month of December or January from last 5-6 years.

I had planned it during new year earlier, but that could not happen as everyone was occupied during that time. Planning this trip every year is really challenging, I have to take family and drop them Allahabad first which depends on the fact that every one well and there is no school tests of kids, convincing Dr. Sharad to shut his clinic for a week is another challenge. Sometimes I think not to plan this at all, just pack the bag and go and leave rest to destiny.

MP especially Orchha has became our favorite destination, it has complete package in it, slow paced and very less crowded township, has great history of Bundela kings, ruins, rocky Betwa river, great food at Hotel Sheesh Mahal and cheap lodging at hotel (which I love when travelling without family).

Sharad was little agitated with Orchha and MP but somehow we dragged him in.

After spending a day at Allahabad, we started to Bhedaghat, spent a night there and then started to Pachmarhi, stayed at Orchha for one night.

I am sure MP will be out of option from next year onward and I will miss major part of these trip which is driving.

Oh yes! forgot to mention that my car has completed 100000 KM since I bought it. Its a kind of achievement that I drove so much in last 4 years.

Posting few moments which I collected during this our yearly ritual 🙂

Kids of Dad adopted family with their pets at village, Allahabad

Kids of Dad adopted family with their pets at village, Allahabad

A sadhu at Sangam, Allahabad

A sadhu at Sangam, Allahabad

Evening at Dhoopgarh, Pachmarhi

Evening at Dhoopgarh, Pachmarhi

A priest heading towards Raja Ram Temple, Orchha

A priest heading towards Raja Ram Temple, Orchha

A family in discussion, Orchha

A family in discussion, Orchha

Dr Sharad, getting water spray after shave

Dr Sharad, getting water spray after shave

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Holm

I grew up in City of Allahabad, city situated in Ganga basin and surrounded by 2 rivers Ganga and Yamuna.

While playing with my brother and 2 of my friends we discovered a holm in our childhood. I still remember that it was winters of north India and sun was warm, wind was cool, we reached to a place where there were shallow branches of river Ganga, shallow so much that water was not even up to our knees, water was so clear that we were able to see fishes swimming in, both side of these river branches were having white sandy beaches and then mustard and pea fields on little height. It was a breathtaking site, beautiful day and we were far away from city.

It was a short but memorable childhood excursion. In this year trip, we (me and my brother) decided to give a try to reach that place again… we drove the car as much as we could but lost in fields… I am sure that place still exists and still as beautiful as our childhood memories… I will find it out in my next trip… 🙂

As this place gets flooded in rainy season, so there are hardly any trees. In winters land owners grow mustard, peas and other beans, while in summer watermelons and honeydews. So it’s all green till horizon in summer and yellow or green in winters.

Posting few photos of farthest place we were able to reach …

Mustard Field

Mustard Field

A branch of Ganga

A branch of Ganga

Pathway

Pathway

Winter Returns

I always loved winters since my childhood, sitting around 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

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 🙂

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  (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 Srivastva