Saturday, December 25, 2010

Onion's Rate at Allahabad

Onions are selling at Rs 37/- per Kg at Spencers in Allahabad today. The quality was good. The salesman told the the maximum selling price at Spencers had been about 55-56.
I do not eat onions, so not aware of the prices in market; but it does not look like it had been Rs 90-100!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Where has Aaloo gone?

Jab tak rahega samose main aaloo.
Tab tak rahega Bihar main Laloo.
Where has Aaloo gone? :-)

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010


These neatly bundled uniform sized pieces of firewood were on the platform of Allahabad. A woman nearby was having one bundle on her head. Bringing firewood to the city must be a business. No parcel booking; so money to defenders of law and order - GRP and RPF.

Anyway; I liked neatly formed bundles. Beauty.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Naini Lake

Yesterday I was not impressed by the Naini Tal. But today when the sun rays are lowering on the hills and have almost reached the lake; I am glued to the view from the window of my room. Tea has gone cold.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Good or bad, we are still sharing road with Ekka (horse driven carriage) in Allahabad.

Monday, October 18, 2010

McDnoald Burger Up Side Down

I found this ad up side down on the corner of a road crossing. No idea if it is a eye catching strategy or work of men doing shoddy job.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Standardization of mobile chargers

I saw a car driver using multi-output mobile charger. It can be used with 6 different kinds of mobiles in use. What advantage mobile companies get by their unique chargers? Why cant it be standardised?

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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dogs resting with lord Shiva

Hindus are struggling for Rama's temple. But the temples already there are in poor shape and scant respect. This is Koteshwar Mahadev temple. At place where lord Rama worshiped lord Shiva at Prayag while returning from Lanka. Lord Shiva is in august company of street dogs. :-(

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Phaansi Imli

This is trunk of an old tamarind (imli) tree by the side of road. I see it while going to office. This is named as Phaansi Imli. Its branches (which are no more) were used for phansi(hanging) of the people opposing the British rule.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Camera shy bull

This bull was looking straight in my eyes. But when I adjusted my mobile phone to take his photograph, he shifted his head.

Stray cows usually look at you in expectation of getting something to eat. Bulls do not expect anything. Typical show of male independence?

Monday, August 09, 2010

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

These are school children in my neighbourhood having mid day meal.
I wish I could join them someday.

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Friday, August 06, 2010

Traffic jam by cattle on Phaphamau bridge

In the morning I found Kanwarias (the pilgrims walking barefoot carrying holy water for the lingam of lord Shiva) blocking half the road on the Phaphamau bridge.
In the afternoon it was the turn of the cattle. They also have right of way.
In India common man has lowest priority every where! Lower than cattle?!

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Clouds with elongated prostate

Clouds are in the sky. Dense, but providing hardly any rainfall in Allahabad.

They look like old man with elongated prostate gland problem. Not able to ejaculate with full force and amount.

I am not sure if this analogy came to mind of Kalidass at any point of time!

Today also looks like just another day.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Where is Bandh?

I am on my way to office. The traffic is as usual. City buses and rickshaw-tempos at normal pace. Eating joints are open. People are going to their work. Schools are not open. There may be headlines of Bandh tomorrow, but it is not visible today morning.

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Saturday, July 03, 2010

Eluding monsoon

The rains are elusive. No clouds bearing rains. Even if they are, they go away as they come, without much downpour. Where is Kalidass? Where is Meghdoot?

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010


These are three kids of construction workers. They are entering my office. Plastic bottles in hand. They are going to get water from the water cooler. The weather is sultry. Sticky heat is persisting for more than a week. Efficiency of human being is at the lowest. No rains in sight. No eastern wind. As if the time has come to a stand still.
The kids are happy, however.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Naxal menace

On my sick bed I could concentrate on one article in indian express stating that empowering local police against Naxals, instead of use of military power, is the solution to the problem. I disagree. Today again they blew railway track. Derailed a goods train. Which collided with express train coming in opposite direction, involving death of 56 innocent civilians. I dont know what human right people are going to say about it, but I feel drastic action is called for. Unlike terrorists, Naxals are in jungle. Areas are identified. Air strikes will cause heavy damages to them. No doubt some innocent will die. But that cant be avoided. This coupled with coordinated army action on ground will be lethal for them. This, of course, needs tremendous will power. Something like we saw in operation against LTTE.
With innocent civilians getting killed, and economy badly affected, this is badly needed. Addressing the problems of tribals is also needed in parallel.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

People coming to see sick in hospital.

Imagine your funeral. You have to attend that many funerals as the number of people you would like in your funeral. If you fall sick and want people to enquire about you, you got to do the same with others' sickness. Social behaviour follows the law of reciprocity. Else you have to be in seat of power to obtain others' attention. People came in large numbers to see me in hospital. They came either because I had deposited enough in their emotional bank account or they were proactive in depositing first. Condition of being bed ridden and dependence teaches a lot. A great exercise in gratitude and understanding. You get overwhelmed - dont you?
I write this when it is solitude. All have gone after giving me food for thought.

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Hand bringing to ICU

This is my left palm. The background is of Allahabad Railway Hospital ICU. Yesterday, night This hand had violent involuntary movement for 5 minutes and thereafter it stopped. The palm and fingers stopped obeying commands of brain by about 90 percent. Railways acted pretty fast and took me to ICU. Lots of tests. Lots of blood taken and medicines injected through both the hands. Scans, x-rays, MRI etc. So much of activity and drowsyness of medicines that I could not brood on the possibility - what if the left hand gets permanently disabled?
My Hindi blogging gets a pause for about 10 days or more. Let me see if I am forgotten. :D
(posted from hospital bed. Using right thumb to type on mobile phone.)

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Ekka at Naini Railway Station

On the narrow road in front of Naini Railway Station a line of Ekkas was waiting. On enquiry I found out that a train from Satna side was to come. Pilgrims come and get down at Naini and go to Gau Ghat on the other side of Yamuna river. The Pandas there arrange religious tourism of Sangam area.
This poor horse (or mule) must go to heaven after leaving this body for he has helped so many in their religious karma.
May God bless him.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Participation of Railway Employees in Management

This meeting of PREM group is held quarterly. The idea is to make employer a model employer and employee a model employee. I have seen and participated in this ritual for decades. The main benefit is that employee-employer dialogue is open in cordial atmosphere. Union leaders are humane. But for the posture they have to take, they are amenable to social informal interaction.
(Photo of Union had Officers leaders in meeting)

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Shubhi's Drawing

Shubhi is young daughter of our Senior Divisional Operations Manager Mughal Sarai. Very nice color paint work by her. I can not resist putting on blog.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sweets and Coins

It was a function of fulfilment of some big wish. The boys were dancing on the road. Ladies were holding plates full of sweets. They were singing and throwing sweets on the road of procession. Some one was throwing coins intermittently. DJ was churning out loud music.
As soon as sweets and coins were thrown, young boys were leaping to collect.
Typical Indian celebration, I must say!

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Kanvariyas in Vaishakh

Kanvariya undertake their journey from one Shiv temple to other in the month of Shravan. But this Vaishakh is adhik-mas (extra month) and a few Kanvariyas are seen now in usual attire and carrying holy water for Lord Shiva.
In the picture they are seen coming to Shiv Kuti temple.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

Social Activism - Encroachment Removed at Ganges Ghat

I had reported of encroachment at Ganges Ghat of Shiv Kuti in the previous post. Today morning we succeeded in its removal with the initiative of people and support of police. Thanks to all and the God. My wife is very happy. So am I!

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

A cause for Social Activism

Today morning we found the at Ganges Ghat of Shivkuti, some resident has made a waste water ischarge line from his house to the steps of the ghat. He has also partitioned the ghat steps to carve out his personal area.

This has issues of encroachment of public land and also involves environmental degradation.

We (my wife and I) are thinking of making a police complaint against the unknown as no one is telling who is the culprit.

What best can be done?

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Boys High School and College 1861

This school must have been one of the earliest efforts of Englishmen in education in Allahabad/India.

I am late for office and stuck in traffic jam near school. All sizes, shapes, weight and colors are there in the boys coming out of the institution.

Then there are all kinds of vehicals waiting for them. There are some parents too.

It is long time I had been to a school or had some interaction with children. I am stuck with trains, rakes, wagons and engines. What a lousy way of spending day after day!

Monday, May 03, 2010


Morning 6 am. All are active at the Ganges. Day has started. But, except for these 2 dogs. They have all the time till eternity to act and react!

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Saturday, May 01, 2010

Zero Effort Cycling

I have an itching to buy a simple but useful bicycle. Might like to see entire Allahabad on Cycle.
But I saw one man doing zero effort cycling. He was hooking on to the back of a trailer carrying logs. Pretty dangerous. No? I can not think of doing such heroics myself!

Blogging while walk on Ganges bank.

This lady has day start. Taken plunge in Ganges water. Is walking in water to island with empty Khnachies (cane containers).

She will bring back vegetables.

(Posted while returning from walk in Ganges sand.)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Patting on own back!

We are having an important meeting. One gentleman is patting his own back profusely.
It reminds me of Hambone cartoon in Business Standard today. Hambone has injured himself. Comment - "Patting yourself on the back again, Hambone?"
There are many Hambones around!

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Shiradi Sai Baba

Something peculiar happened. My confidential assistant gave me a statue of Sai Baba recently. It was a decade back one of my dear employee had given a book on Sai Baba. Today, it was not my choice, but I landed up in Sai temple. Puja was going on. It lasted for considerable time. My attention shifted from being inquisitive to indifferent to boredom to meditative musing. Sum total was I felt good.
I can not say I am converted into a Sai bhakta. But I have become more inclined to think about his phenomena.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

She sparrow near her nest

I had assumed that Sparrow family had moved away. But it was not so. Only the sound of baby sparrows had become less louder. The parent sparrows have more time to move around.
Once I saw she sparrow near the electric junction cover under which her nest existed. I was thrilled to see her.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My grand uncle breaks hip bone

He is 74+. Shri Satish C Pandey. Weak. On the top of it has right leg's hip bone broken.

A wire will be inserted by operation. Will be bed ridden for a month. Saw him as soon as I came to know.

Found that bone breakage is lesser problem. The bigger problem is breakage of Sprit. He has to be revived from depressive thoughts.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Camel the vegetable transporter

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Camel cuts water current of Ganges and goes on the islands to bring vegetables to shore.
From shore it is transported by trolley.
One trip of camel takes about 45 minutes. How much he would be bringing in one lot? Guess!

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Railway week awards.

Today was Railway Week function in North Central Railway. There was speech of the GM and distribution of awards and shields.
I just sampled the function. There must have been lots of scribes. They come and report as per the given matter. A blog probably can do better reporting and promotion. And may be more prompt. Sad. Our Chief PRO would not give me any favours given to scribes. :-)

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Road side barber shop

This road side barber shop fascinates me. The barber has one chair, one bench, a mirror and a cloth to give shade from the sun. That is all.

I find the barber always busy. His rates may be low but he must be earning in quantity of business. I never feel like going to shop for hair cut. May be worth calling this man at home even at enhanced rates.

I remember Sitaram nau of my childhood days. We kids used to sit in front of him on a brick one by one. Though very efficient and fast, he never listened to us on our preferred 'style' of hair cut. :-(

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Goddess Ashtabhuja eats footpath

Hanumanji is nominated god of land grabbing in Hinduism. But other gods and goddesses are not much behind. Goddess Ashtabhuja has eaten up the footpath hundred percent near Allahabad High Court.
The great mother, forgive me for blogging these photos and do something to the land grab in your name.

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Monday, April 05, 2010

Ear to Telephone

On my way to office I am reading Business Standard. Hambone cartoon is amusing.
"Anything I tell her goes in one ear ... And out the telephone!"

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Ten seconds with Nattu Pandey

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Nattu was about to leave home to catch train for going to Bokaro. He was aware that he was going on a journey. How can a 10 month child know?
Here is a 10 second video of him before his leaving. Nattu Pandey is back to his village Phushro. Near Bokaro.

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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Shiv Kuti Panda - Gen Next

The regular panda was not there at Shiv Kuti ghat. His daughter and son were sitting under the umbrella. The son was younger. I saw an old lady came after snan in Ganges. The junior panda gave her chandan, akshat and kusha and started reciting Sankalp - Om... Jamboodweepe, Aryavarte, Bharatkhande...
Great! The panda tradition will live for at least one more generation through this 12 year old boy!

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The city of wide roads and spacious footpaths

Allahabad, I am told, used to be the city of wide roads and spacious footpaths. No more. Footpaths have been progressively eaten up by encroachments. The roads are gasping under asthma of unruly traffic, pot holes, illegal diggings etc. It appears that entire traffic system is developing multiple clots and would need several by pass surgeries. This may be the condition of all Euporean (of U.P.) cities by and large.

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