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Prayag

I am in my hometown Prayag (earlier Allahabad) for 3 days visit. Went on a short drive with Dr. Sharad. Tried to capture few unique things about this city, posting here –

First 2 photos are of a snake charmer and after that, there is a series of photo of a very popular still side food (snack) of this city which is healthy and always prepared fresh known as Chabaina.

A snake charmer with a Cobra
A snake charmer with a Cobra
A snake charmer with Cobra
A snake charmer with Cobra

Recipe of this snack is very simple, brown rice, dried grams, dried peas, and dried peanuts are showered with little water in advance and then roasted in raw salt. Then mixed with mustard oil, onion, salt, lemon, and green chili paste. It is consumed hot when it’s crispy.

Brown rice and dried peas are being roasted in raw salt
Brown rice, grams, peanuts and dried peas are roasted in raw salt
Filter of mix after roasting
Filteration of the mix after roasting
Collection of each ingredient of mix at one place
Collection of each ingredient of the mix at one place
Putting everything in a pot to mix spices and oil
Putting everything in a pot to mix spices and oil
finally adding mustard oil, onion, salt, lemon juice and green chili paste into mixture
finally adding mustard oil, onion, salt, lemon juice, and green chili paste into the mixture

Garhwa Fort

Garhwa fort is located in town Shankargarh, approximately 50 KM south to Allahabad. It was built in year 1750, but it has few remains of structures of Gupta dynasty (240-605 CE).

“I think stones have a lot more experience than any living being, you just need to sit with them and have your ears open to listen the tales.”

A ruin of temple in Garhwa fort
A ruin of temple in Garhwa fort
A ruin of temple in Garhwa fort
A ruin of temple in Garhwa fort
A ruin of temple in Garhwa fort
A ruin of temple in Garhwa fort

A morning around Sangam, Allahabad

I am in my hometown to attend a ceremony organised post death of a relative. He was old and on bed for sometime, died peacefully.

Dr. Sharad drove me to Sangam… there are a lot of stories happening at that place even after Maagh Mela is over. Tried capturing those stories –

A Cucumber seller

A Cucumber seller

A barber shop under a banyan tree
A barber shop under a tree
Papaya vendor and makeshift shop in backdrop
Papaya vendor and makeshift shops in backdrop
Off season struggle and stress, little or no tourists. Difficult months till January 2019
Off season struggle and stress, little or no tourists. Difficult months till January 2019
A pilgrim, all the way from Karnataka.
A pilgrim, all the way from Karnataka
A boy with baby Python
A boy with baby Python
Two girls posing as goddess
Two girls posing as goddess

Yearly ritual – part 1

Happy new year !

I guess it’s the best way to start the blog, its first post of year after all.

Well, there were 2 long weekends first of x-mas and then new year, took few offs in between and got 10 days of break from 23 Dec 2017 to 1 Jan 2018.

Few years back I came up with thought of giving sometime to myself, to slow down a bit and spend some time with friends, nature, wildlife or whatever I love to do, actually live a different way of life all-together and do whatever I can do to relax and since then it has became a part of my yearly plan, which happens only in winters.

Reached  to home town (Allahabad) on 23 Dec. Visited Sangam with brother and my ancestral place with dad on 24 Dec. Finalized my trip with brother BK and Dr. Sharad. Posting few photos taken on 24th.

A Sadhu at Sangam
A Sadhu at Sangam (Allahabad)

My great grandfather was the one who first moved in to my ancestral village from somewhere, got some land which was very cheap or even free that time and started farming. He had 3 sons, my grandfather and his 2 younger brothers, once grown up they built their own houses next to each other, they all had 3 sons, but slowly my fathers generation and my generation started moving out of the village and now not a single person lives there. Those 3 houses are now started turning into ruins. The front of house and the place between house and well is turned into a mini forest. I remember, when we use to visit the village in my childhood, we were not having enough space left to put a Charpai (a portable bed) to sleep, ironically only snakes and scorpions lives in that area now.

Well build by my grandfather and his 2 brothers
Well build by my grandfather and his 2 brothers
Temple build by my grandfather and his 2 brothers
Temple build by my grandfather and his 2 brothers
Cluster fig (hindi. Goolar) tree, we use to spent our summer noon on branches of these tree in childhood
Cluster fig (Hindi: Goolar) tree, we use to spent our summer noon on branches of these tree in childhood
House of our neighbor blacksmith, like all others he has also moved to some city for job
House of our neighbor blacksmith, like all others he has also moved to some city for job

We once had mud-wall house like this one, these are very comfortable in summer and we use to sleep on dry paddy plant to keep our selves warm.

Dusk
Dusk

I have visited this place many time since childhood and was fascinated by beauty of this place, this is a very large ground next to river Ganga, due to flooding every monsoon no one lives there.

First day in Allahabad and second day of this yearly ritual was dedicated to dad :). Will post about 3rd day later. Keep watching this space….

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

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