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Freedom Trip

Apologies… my last post was on more than 6 months back.

Just an excuse that I am running an IT company since April 2018 and as happens with any business, there are ups and downs. We don’t get time when its up but get plenty when its down :D.  Being busy I missed posting a few important events and trips. But don’t want to miss this one as this is very special :).

I was fortunate to get a chance to work overseas and spend 7 years in a very beautiful country like Singapore, got many opportunities to travel to various countries of southeast Asia like Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, and others.

On the other side, when people fascinate about traveling these countries I have developed a fascination to travel and explore India. Since I came back in 2013, I keep on traveling wherever I could on holidays, though my limits are only 500KM around Delhi.

Once a year I keep everything aside and go on a road trip with friends, I call it freedom trip when everyone in the group is free to live (eat, drink or sleep) as they want to. My group is very limited to the old and close friends only in which one is Dr. Sharad and other my brother Bal Krishna. This freedom trips are happening every year since 2008, but 2018 was an exception when it did not happen. This year again, February had the perfect weather to hit the road with friends, leave the concrete jungle, noise, pollution, and the crowd behind and go to some remote area of the country.

Staying in the wilderness gives me a feeling of immense peace and happiness. MP is always our most favorite state, it has the lowest population density and has large (very large) nature reserves, where else you want to go when you wish absolute peace!

I went to Lucknow for a business trip, decided to stretch this into a vacation, called Sharad and BK and we were good. We have started from Allahabad (Now Prayag). The travel itinerary was as below –

Prayagraj -> Sagar ->  Sanchi -> Bhopal -> Panna Tiger Reserve -> Khajuraho -> Prayagraj

There was a night halt on each destination. Posting a few pics of the trip.

Scarecrow sighted on the way to Sagar
Scarecrow sighted on the way to Sagar
A ruin in Sanchi
A ruin in Sanchi
Rain water harvesting of 300 BC
Rainwater harvesting of 300 BC
We 3 at Sanchi
We 3 at Sanchi
BK enjoying nature in Panna Tiger Reserve
BK enjoying nature in Panna Tiger Reserve
Ken river in Panna Tiger Reserve
Dawn at Ken river in Panna Tiger Reserve
Dew on a flower
Dew on a flower
A bird (possible Bulbul) at Panna Tiger Reserve
A bird (possible Bulbul) at Panna Tiger Reserve
A flower and a bee at Khajuraho
A flower and a bee at Khajuraho
BK at Ghat of Vindyachal, plains of Himalaya on backdrop
BK at Ghat of Vindyachal, plains of Himalaya on the backdrop
A migratory bird at Sangam, Prayag
A migratory bird at Sangam, Prayag
Sharad feeding bird from hand
Sharad feeding bird from the hand
A Sadhu drawing something on sands at beach of Ganga, Prayag
A Sadhu drawing something on sands at the beach of Ganga, Prayag
Golden hour at Sangam
Golden hour at Sangam

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….