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!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
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
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Monday, August 09, 2010
Friday, August 06, 2010
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?!
Monday, July 12, 2010
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
Saturday, July 03, 2010
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.
Friday, May 28, 2010
With innocent civilians getting killed, and economy badly affected, this is badly needed. Addressing the problems of tribals is also needed in parallel.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I write this when it is solitude. All have gone after giving me food for thought.
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.)
Saturday, May 22, 2010
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.
Monday, May 17, 2010
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)
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
As soon as sweets and coins were thrown, young boys were leaping to collect.
Typical Indian celebration, I must say!
Monday, May 10, 2010
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.
Friday, May 07, 2010
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
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?
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
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
Saturday, May 01, 2010
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!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
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.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
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.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
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
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
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
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
The great mother, forgive me for blogging these photos and do something to the land grab in your name.
Monday, April 05, 2010
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Thursday, April 01, 2010
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!
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.