Covid Experience

It was the day of Holi when we have got the news that my elder brother-in-law passed away due to cardiac arrest, we have rushed to my hometown, Prayagraj. He was sick for some time but we were not expecting that it will turn so bad. The train was not an option I have decided to drive. This was about the time when the covid second wave started picking up. After reaching Allahabad came to know that 3 of my relatives from my parent’s side have already passed away in the gap of few days.

Few days after reaching to hometown, my father, elder brother, and I all fell sick, it was Typhoid as per pathology lab, but it had all the symptoms of Covid, we called a lab to send someone for sample collection but no one turned up, my entire neighborhood stared coughing in few days, luckily all recovered except 3 unlucky ones. All 3 people who died were living not more than 10 feet away from my house.

I was constantly in touch with my friends in Ghaziabad, the situation here was even worst. My building alone had at least 15 deaths in April and May. We were only getting news of the deaths of many close and far relatives, friends, and known people in these 2 months. At one point I have lost hope for my life.

With the grace of God, the covid is slowing down and life is again coming back to normal, but fear of Covid returning is there.

As we have rushed to my hometown unplanned, so could not carry much, just a few sets of clothing, a work laptop, and a mobile, and spend more than 2 months there, the longest since I have left my hometown back in 2002. All these photos were taken from my below-average phone Redmi 6 Pro.

A sadhu is seen at the bank of river Yamuna. Prayagraj
New branches and leaves growing from the cut trunk
An old mansion sighted in Civil Lines, Prayagraj
Brother Balkrishan and Dr. Sharad chilling between berry bushes in the alluvium of Prayagraj
My car condition after returning from alluvium
An air-cooler shop and owner in Katra, Prayagraj
Company (East India) Garden, later renamed as Chandra Shekhar Azad park
Ram-Janki Temple
A couple of temples at the edge of Prayagraj alluvium, approximately 1 KM from my home. It was visible from my home rooftop in my childhood. The entire stretch is now packed with houses.
Flowers on Cactus
An old building in new Katra, Prayagraj
Sangam, Prayagraj
Dr. Sharad on his morning walk
All Saints Cathedral, Allahabad (Prayagraj). A gothic style beautiful building in the Civil Lines area
Keoti Fort, Sirmaur MP
Monsoon and roasted corn, one of the fond memories of childhood
Tea after our morning walks

Freedom Trip

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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

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