Friday, February 26, 2010

Seat belt.

I dont usually travel on front seat in road vehicle. So using seat belt is not in routine. But today I am travelling with my son in the front. I am insisting him to tie seat belt. He resists. Using seat belt in a car is not in Euporian (of Uttar Pradesh) culture.
Any way he puts on the seat belt reluctantly.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Traffic unruly as ever

It is near Allahabad High Court. Vehicles get parked both sides of main road. Sub Way not made use of. Traffic jam ever. Policemen ineffective always. Administration most ineffective at the door step of Judiciary!

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Ladies cleaning new rice

Ladies at home were busy today cleaning the new rice recieved from the village. It was full of dust and small stones. I suggested them to throw away the small pieces. They wont do that. Small pieces would be used for making Idli.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Icons of modernety

A thought process in a book suggests that Akbar, Kabir, Ramanand etc are icons of modernety.
By that logic Ram, Tulsi, Shivaji, Ranapratap etc are icons of ancient and retrograde India. Such intellectuals may be in limelight and may get attantion, but the land would be richer without them. :-(

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Daily wagers' wait

About 100 daily wage earners wait in the morning near rail under bridge at Teliyar Ganj for prospective employers of the day. Not sure if all of them would be getting picked up. Are they the most disadvantaged of the unorganised sector of labour market? Cant say. I feel they must be earning around 2 to 2.5k a month. Is there a path from their position to middle class? May be. But one ought to have middle class qualities of thrift and saving even with such small earning, I suppose.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Here is Himanshu

Himanshu Mohan is our Chief Communication Engineer. Has hands set on computor and other high tech stuff. but is not a blogger.

Writes good (excellent) in Hindi.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Do not pay Bribe

Often we come across the boards and posters suggesting not to pay bribe. I am in a position where situation did not arise to pay. And it is purely personal ethics not to take. But what about the chap desperate to get his legitimate work done?
I do not talk of the people wanting unethical or illegal in exchange of money or favour. But your legitimate work - driving licence, ration card, land papers, pension release...
I may be sounding cynical. But when one of my seniors (who once had been a C.V.O.) told me that people by and large, do not want to pay bribe, but given a chance, they will accept readily; stumped me.
I find parallel in dowry system. No one wants to pay, but most want to take!
Is that not so?

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Shiv ji ki kachehari(Shiva's Court)

This is a place with scores of shiv lings under one roof. It is in Allahabad near my house. Used to be in shambles but now in much cared and tidy shape.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010


BSNL has proved its name worth - Bhai Sahib Nahi Lagega. Broad Band service is down since morning. But usually the Bhai Sahib works reasonably well.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ladies going to Ganges bank for 'chauthi chhudana'

Chauthi chhudai is a ceremony performed by ladies after marriage ceremony is over. Ladies go to a pond with kalash and other symbols used in the marriage 'kohabar'.

I found a group of ladies going to Ganges singing and full of happiness.

Details of the sacrament only my wife can narrate. I am only putting up the still and video here.

Gattuki Sharma wagging tail

Found Gattuki the small puppy from the street inside our frontyard. He started wagging his tail once he saw me.

It is in the genes of the puppys to be friendly. I wish we humans also had tails!

Download now or watch on posterous
13022010002.mp4 (384 KB)

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Friday, February 12, 2010

The walking area in office

It is the area of after lunch walk. We discuss work related issues besides other things and usually the lateral thinking results into something wonderful.
Departmental biases take a back seat. Helping nature surfaces.
Only negative point is that the session is only for about half an hour.

Laxmibai statue.

Our Chief Mechanical Engineer Mr. K.M. Pandey retired last month. He is a man of refined taste. Knows a lot about growing trees. Has lots of animals and birds as pets. This statue of Rani Laxmibai was prepared by Jhansi Railway workshop people and was put up in our North Central Railway Headquarter concourse under his guidance.
Grand work! Is it not?

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Spring has bloomed.

It was windy. Biting cold in walk after lunch in the office compound. But the lawn showed Spring in full bloom.

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