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Suicide Of A Worker In Allahabad: Hope It Does Not Go Unnoticed!!

 

This power plant is generating more controversy than energy!!

This power plant is generating more controversy than energy!!

Shankargarh, an area falling in Allahabad district, has gained notoriety for being in news for all the wrong reasons. This area is infamous for illegal sand mining. If that’s not enough labourers in this area keep dying due to consumption of cheap liquor. We also often hear about fatal road accidents happening in this area, which make many families lose their only bread earner. Very recently, a police officer posted in Bara Tehsil of Allahabad was murdered by dreaded criminals in this region. And now it’s in limelight again after suicide of a worker named Ramesh Tiwari previous week. He was working for Bara Power Project, managed by Prayagraj Power Generation, a subsidiary company under aegis of Jaypee Group,

The exact reason for his suicide remains unknown. It’s learnt that he was working at this power plant since last two years. For past one year, he had allegedly been irregular at work due to medical reasons. His falling physical and mental health did not permit him to gain regularity, leading to financial crisis at his home. Incidentally at the same period a group of farmers, who had previously registered their protest for land acquisition done for construction of this power plant, entered into fresh sit-in-protests at the head office of this company situated at Bara Tehsil. Among many demands the most pressing was regularization of workers who have been working at this power plant. They also demanded for hike in their salary. To avoid the confrontation between management and workers attaining a vulgar shape, a meeting was convened by the company which made workers, management and local government officials sit together to solve the impending crisis arisen out of sit-in-protest. However, the talks failed. That led to pale of gloom among the workers.

It appears that Ramesh Tiwari on hearing about failure of talks became hugely depressed and before anybody could think of making him gain normalcy, he committed suicide. The farmers who were already agitated in regard to sad developments lost their cool on hearing about death of this Ramesh Tiwari-a farmer turned worker! They took possession of the dead body, not allowing the police officials to carry out the regular process. In the form of procession, they all reached to company’s main gate and there they staged a dharna (sit-in-protest) placing the dead body there. They wanted to have dialogue with company’s officials to seek assurances about proper compensation and job guarantee to one member of the deceased family. Strangely none of the officials of this company thought about diffusing the latest crisis. The company officials did not arrive on the spot to have words with the demonstrators.

Farmers make lots of sacrifices and compromises! But what do they finally get? Nothing.

Farmers make lots of sacrifices and compromises! But what do they finally get? Nothing.

Soon huge number of police officials appeared with Sub Divisional Magistrate who first ordered mild lathicharge, followed by the order to forcibly take into possession dead body of the worker. That’s how body was sent for postmortem. It’s a tragic coincidence that few weeks ago at the same power plant a welder named Lal Bahadur Singh met with serious accident. After preliminary treatment at local hospital, he got hospitalized in Allahabad, wherein he succumbed to his injuries. That time too workers had gone berserk, forcing the management to grant compensation of Rs Ten Lakhs.

This is travesty of natural justice that farmers who were first made to give up their lands in name of land acquisition are being made to face this sort of animalistic treatment once they have decided to be part of power plant as workers. They would have never imagined about receiving this sort of discriminatory behaviour, This area is also reeling under environmental crisis after this power plant came into operation. Many serious health issues seem to have started bothering residents of this area. However, people who made many sacrifices to make this power plant a reality, have been left at the mercy of fate!! In case of Ramesh Tiwari, an official of this company, on condition of anonymity, said that this worker had already left this company few months back and thus management can do nothing about him.

This has become order of the day that MNCs and some well-known Indian companies are prone to act of omission and commission in wake of fatal accidents occurring on their premises. Their immediate effort is to sweep the incident under the carpet. At this point I come to remember tragic death of Ambika, who died on 31st October, 2010. She was a permanent employee of Nokia Telecom Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Sriperumbadur in Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu. She met with fatal accident after she was allegedly compelled to work at panel loading machine in the factory. Originally she was handling task assigned to a assembly line worker and she did not at all have the expertise to get involved with technical task associated with panel loading machine. Unfortunately, call her bad luck that she met with terrible accident which killed her. A joint investigation by State Labour Commissioner and Factories Inspectorate swung into action but management at that point of time decided to play safe by engaging in shrewd manipulations.

Coming back to suicide of this worker, I am not sure what’s going to be the fate of this case. However, right now the situation remains tense in Bara Tehsil of Allahabad. Shankargarh area is once again in grip of volatile developments. Let’s hope Ramesh Tiwari gets justice. Let it not be one of the cases wherein death gets unnoticed.

( With inputs from Shri Rajendra Mishra, Human Rights Activist And Senior Journalist,  Kashiwarta,Varanasi )

Negative side of generating power!!

Negative side of generating power!!

 

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बारा पॉवर प्रोजेक्ट में कार्यरत मजदूर ने की आत्महत्या: शुरू हुआ लीपापोती का खेल!!

Suicide of a worker in Allahabad: Hope it does not go unnoticed: LinkedIn

Sangharsh Samwad

Dainik Jagaran

Bebak 24

Bara Thermal Power Plant

Death Of Another Worker At Bara Power Project

Death of Ambika: Kafila Publication

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बारा पॉवर प्रोजेक्ट में कार्यरत मजदूर ने की आत्महत्या: शुरू हुआ लीपापोती का खेल!!

बारा पॉवर प्रोजेक्ट : हादसों की उर्जा से ग्रसित!

बारा पॉवर प्रोजेक्ट : हादसों की उर्जा से ग्रसित!

( Also Published On A Prominent Indian Website Related With Cause Of Workers, Sangharsh Samwad, On October 30, 2015 )

इलाहाबाद के शंकरगढ़ क्षेत्र का दुर्भाग्य ये है कि ये अक्सर गलत कारणो से सुर्खियों में रहता है. कभी अवैध खनन की गतिविधियों को लेकर तो कभी सड़क हादसों को लेकर तो कभी दूषित पानी पीने को अभिशप्त लोगो की व्यथा के कारण. जहरीली शराब के कारण होने वाले हादसे भी इस क्षेत्र में अक्सर घटते रहते है. इलाहबाद का चर्चित एसओ हत्याकांड जो बारा में पोस्टेड थें भी इसी शंकरगढ़ क्षेत्र में खूंखार अपराधियों द्वारा दिनदहाड़े कर दी गयी थी. इस बार की घटना बारा पॉवर प्रोजेक्ट जो मिश्रापुरवा गांव में सक्रिय है से जुड़े एक कर्मचारी के कथित रूप से आत्महत्या कर लेने की  है. बारा के मिश्रापुरवा गांव में बारा पॉवर प्रोजेक्ट चल रहा है जिसे जेपी ग्रुप से जुड़े प्रयागराज पॉवर जनरेशन नाम की कंपनी चला रही है. सूत्रों के मुताबिक इसी कंपनी में गाँव कपारी का तीस वर्षीय युवक रमेश तिवारी काम करता था. विगत एक वर्षो से स्वास्थ्य कारणों से वो कंपनी में अपनी उपस्थिति पूर्व की भांति नहीं दर्ज करा पा रहा था. उसकी आर्थिक और मानसिक स्थिति बिगडती जा रही थी.

इसी बीच इस पॉवर प्लांट से प्रभावित आसपास के गाँव के किसान जो कि पहले ही पॉवर प्लांट से जुड़े भूमि अधिग्रहण के लेकर बवाल काट चुके है और इस क्षेत्र में इस पॉवर प्लांट से वातावरण को पहुच रहे नुकसान को लेकर अपनी गंभीर चिंता जता चुके है बारा मुख्यालय पर उन्होंने कुछ दिनों पहले धरना प्रदर्शन किया था. इस धरने प्रदर्शन में कुछ मांगो के अलावा जो किसान इस पॉवर प्रोजेक्ट में कार्यरत थें उन्होंने अपने को स्थायी करने की मांग भी रखी. इसके साथ ही उन्होंने वेतन वृद्धि की भी मांग की. इस बाबत बुलाई गयी वार्ता में कंपनी के अधिकारी, मजदूरो के प्रतिनिधि संघटनो और उपजिलाधिकारी बारा शामिल हुए  पर वार्ता विफल हो गयी. इससे मजदूर वर्ग काफी आहत हुए. इनका आक्रोश अभी ठंडा पड़ता तभी इस किसान ने कथित रूप से आत्महत्या कर ली. बताया जाता है वार्ता विफल होने से ये किसान  अवसाद की स्थिति में पहुच गया था.

किसान की आत्महत्या की खबर ने किसानो में खलबली मचा दी. आक्रोशित किसान शव को लेकर कंपनी के मिश्रापुरवा गेट पर धरने प्रदर्शन पे बैठ गए. वे कंपनी के जिम्मेदार अधिकारियों से वार्ता करना चाहते थें लेकिन मौके पे कम्पनी का कोई भी अधिकारी नहीं आया. प्रदर्शनकारी चाहते थें कि उचित मुवाअजे सहित किसान के परिजनों में से किसी को नौकरी दी जाए. पुलिस के आला अधिकारी क्षेत्राधिकारी बारा सहित घटना स्थल पर तुरंत पहुचे लेकिन प्रदर्शन कर रहे किसानो ने उनकी एक ना सुनी. बाद में उपजिलाधिकारी बारा श्रीमती सुशीला ने हलके लाठीचार्ज के बीच शव को अपने कब्जे में लेकर पोस्टमॉर्टेम के लिए भेज दिया. इस घटनाक्रम में बारा क्षेत्र को अशांत कर दिया है. किसानो में फैले आक्रोश ने स्थिति तनावपूर्ण कर दी है.

इसे आप दुखद सयोंग कहिये कि अभी पिछले महीने ही बारा पॉवर प्लांट में कार्यरत एक वेल्डर के घायल हो जाने के बाद काफी हंगामा मचा था. वेल्डर लाल बहादुर सिंह, निवासी ग्राम मड़हान, जिला जौनपुर,  जो कि बॉयलर सेक्शन में था अपने ऊपर लोहे की रॉड गिर जाने के कारण गंभीर रूप से घायल हो गया जिसकी इलाहाबाद में इलाज़ के दौरान मौत हो गयी. मौत के बाद उपजे हंगामे के चलते 10 लाख रूपए मुआवजा राशि दिए जाने के आश्वसन के बाद आक्रोशित मजदूर शांत हुए.

ये खेदजनक है कि भूमि अधिग्रहण की मार झेलते, प्रोजेक्ट से उपजे पर्यावरण में व्याप्त प्रदुषण सहते किसान जो इतना कुछ सह रहे है उन्हें आये दिन कोई ना कोई विपदा कंपनी के गैर जिम्मेदाराना हरकतों की वजह से झेलनी पड़ रही है. कुछ सूत्रों ने जो कंपनी का पक्ष लेने की कोशिश में लगे है ये बताया कि किसान जिसने आत्महत्या की है उसने ढेढ़ साल पहले ही प्लांट में काम करना बंद कर दिया था.

रमेश तिवारी नाम के मजदूर की आत्महत्या से भड़के परिजनों/ ग्रामीणों को समझती पुलिस!!

रमेश तिवारी नाम के मजदूर की आत्महत्या से भड़के परिजनों/ ग्रामीणों को समझती पुलिस!!

ये अक्सर देखा जाता है कि बड़ी बड़ी कंपनिया मजदूरो से जुड़े अहम् मसलो को लेकर बहुत उदासीन और गैर जिम्मेदार रहते है. सबसे ज्यादा आश्चर्यचकित करता है कोई घटना घट जाने के बाद इनके द्वारा लिए जाने वाला रुख. ज्यादातर मामलो में कंपनी के लोग मामले में लीपापोती करके मामले को ठन्डे बस्ते में डाल देते है. मुझे इस तरह के हादसों से जुड़ा एक उल्लेखनीय मामला याद आता है जो अम्बिका नाम के महिला कर्मचारी के दुखद मृत्यु से सम्बंधित है. ये महिला कर्मचारी नोकिया टेलिकॉम स्पेशल जोन ( SEZ ) श्री पेराम्बदुर, जिला कांचीपुरम, तमिलनाडू, में कार्यरत थी. इसकी दर्दनाक मृत्यु पैनल लोडिंग मशीन में हुए एक हादसे में हो गयी. कहा जाता है काम की अधिकता की वजह से इसे इस सेक्शन में जबरन काम करना पड़ा जिसके बारे में इसे अधिक टेक्निकल जानकारी नहीं थी और ये हादसा घट गया.

बारा पॉवर प्रोजेक्ट से जुड़े कंपनी के अधिकारी इस मामले में क्या रुख अपनाते है ये तो वक्त ही बताएगा लेकिन फिलहाल अभी तो किसानो में भारी आक्रोश व्याप्त है घटना को लेकर और घटना के बाद प्रशासन और कंपनी के भ्रामक और गैर जिम्मेदार रुख के कारण. उम्मीद है इस मजदूर के साथ न्याय होगा.

क्या थर्मल पॉवर प्लांट से उपजे प्रदूषण की चिंता है किसी को?

क्या थर्मल पॉवर प्लांट से उपजे प्रदूषण की चिंता है किसी को?

( With Inputs From Sri Rajendra Mishra, Senior Journalist, Kashivarta, Chunar, Mirzapur )

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[ I am really thankful to Mr. Rajendra Mishra, senior journalist, Kashivarta, published from Varanasi, for giving me a chance to work on story pertaining to suicide of worker at power plant run by Jaypee Group. Mr Mishra is also a well known human rights activist. Initially I was reluctant to work on it since writing news reports is not my strength and they are also not my on par with my taste which likes to deal more with features and columns. Today I was informed that news report written by me has found place on a very prominent website of India, “संघर्ष संवाद”, which deals with cause of workers. Feel glad about it. Efforts did not go in vain!!! ]

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References:

Dainik Jagaran

Bebak 24

Bara Thermal Power Plant

Death Of Another Worker At Bara Power Project

Death of Ambika: Kafila Publication

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Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission: Let’s Hope It Regains Its Lost Glory!

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The “Y” Factor Killed The Reputation Of Commission!

For a writer it’s a matter of great satisfaction if the issues raised by him get snowballed into crucial developments at grass-roots level. I am really happy that Allahabad High Court quashed appointment of Chairman of Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission on grounds that it was “arbitrary” and “”breach of provisions of Constitution”. I had taken note of the grievances of agitating students much before it turned into a sub judice affair. I had kept a close eye on the affairs pertaining to the world of students besides taking note of key developments taking place inside the corridors of Public Service Commission. There was a personal reason as well. My father had served this institution and therefore issues related to it meant a lot for me at emotional level. It was really upsetting for me that such an impartial constitutional body had become playground of vested interests. The key posts went to people with chequered past. But none could raise objection since it was an autonomous body enjoying immense power. Of course, everybody knew that it was being controlled by “Y Factor” ( Yadav factor )

Being resident of this city, I always met students who informed me about the malpractices going on unabated inside Commission. The whole examination process for various examination had become a farce, interviews were being conducted in most discriminatory way. That meant end of road for meritorious students wishing to be part of system as  government officials. Although I do not believe in being head on with district administration, I was devoid of saner choice other than asking students to demonstrate on the streets in a ferocious way. Fortunately, the agitations took the same shape with students going berserk! Number of petitions got filed in the court regarding the misuse of power and abuse of constitutional provisions. Like always Court had the last laugh when it showed the door to Secretary and Chairman of Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission within gap of few days. The High court set side appointment of  Chairman treating it to be “ultra vires” of Article 316 pertaining to the guidelines related with appointment of Chairman and other members of Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission.

I came to vigorously pursue this issue through my writings. This post The Tragic Transformation Of Public Service Commission Into Yadav Service Commission! which first appeared this website on July 29, 2013, referred to dirty games and shady deals happening on the premises of Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission. I dispatched this article to offices of mainstream newspapers but none dared to show enough guts to take anti-government stance in such a brazen fashion! Luckily, this article elicited huge interest of readers on my website. Obviously, now when High Court has finally ensured that natural justice and rule of law are above dubious interests of political masters by quashing the appointment of Chairman, I feel a deep sense of satisfaction within. At least, it makes me have this realization that pen is mightier than sword! That written words never go in vain if they truly represent anguish and dissent.

I need to clarify that Allahabad High Court dealt with this issue on entirely different grounds as ones raised in my article, “The Tragic Transformation Of Public Service Commission Into Yadav Service Commission!,  published on July 29, 2013. However, in the end, it culminated into the end as desired by me.Let’s hope constitutional bodies come to serve the people instead of serving political masters!

Real Credit Belongs To These Students Who Protested On Streets And Took The Matter To Court!

Real Credit Belongs To These Students Who Protested On Streets And Took The Matter To Court!

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I am posting below my article which first appeared on this website on July 29, 2013.

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 The Tragic Transformation Of Public Service Commission Into Yadav Service Commission!

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission is a constitutional body, which has been assigned the task to make selections in various governments department at a State level. One expects it to discharge its duties in impartial and sound manner. However, of late, this prestigious constitutional body has become like a caged pigeon in the hands of its incompetent officials, who are acting at the behest of political masters. The latest reservation policy row provides insight into the mindset of officers working at this prestigious office. The implementation of caste-based quotas at the preliminary level of many important examinations, mainly to benefit certain “caste”, without worrying about the collateral damage caused by it is an ominous sign. It’s supposed to act in neutral manner so as to ensure that the selections take place in a fair way. However, the new mantra for it seems to be that “foul is fair”. The appeasement of political masters is more important than selection of meritorious candidates through right process.

This government agency some decades back enjoyed a good reputation of conducting examinations, and later, making final selections in honest way. It had such an impressive track record that many other government agencies sought its help in making proper selections in their own departments, granting it the authority to conduct examinations. However, the scenario inside the office has changed dramatically in last few years, especially in the regimes of Bahujan Samjwadi Party and Samajwadi Party- the political parties which were in control of Uttar Pradesh in last few years. Their casteist approach demolished the reputation of this prestigious body. In their regimes, the key positions went to officers who played havoc with the selection process.

The students who ensured that controversial reservation policy gets scrapped are absolutely right in demanding that a high level inquiry committee should be formed to take note of the irregularities made in selections during last few years. The students need to be appreciated for their act of seeking relevant information in this regard under Right to Information Act. At present two officers from Yadav community are holding key positions in this office. Isn’t it highly shameful that students now treat Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission as ” Yadav Selection Commission”? Most of the bright students after completing the graduation go in for examinations conducted by Public Service Commission since selections to most of the the key administrative posts are made by it. Don’t these corrupt officials realize that by making selections in such arbitrary manner they are causing irreparable damage?  First, they are destroying the future of genuine applicants, and second,  they are paving way for incompetent people to act as government servants in future. What sort of decisions such government officials would make who got selected through such flawed process?

The reservation was introduced by makers of the Constitution for a specific period to enable marginalized castes attain a dignified position in the society. The sentiments of people, who introduced reservation, were really aimed at the welfare of weaker sections of society. However, that’s not the case now. It’s the most effective tool to destabilize societal structure. It’s the instrument to remain in power. It’s a weapon in the hands of dirty political minds to ensure that they remain relevant in political landscape. It’s high time courts and conscious citizens teach fitting lesson to corrupt political leaders and bureaucrats, who are demolishing the image of constitutional bodies.

Is That's The Way Youth Icon, Akhilesh Singh, Play With Future Of Students By Appointing Such Tainted Officials?

Youth Icon, Akhilesh Singh, Playing With Future Of Students By Appointing Such Tainted Officials!!

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The Tragic Transformation Of Public Service Commission Into Yadav Service Commission!

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Not Many Feel So Consciously About Leaving A Glorious Legacy For Future Generations In Legal Landscape !!

From Left To Right On Dais: Devendra Kumar Tiwari, Advocate & Author; B.N. Singh, Advocate, and Mr. Jaiswal, Advocate.

From Left To Right On Dais: Devendra Kumar Tiwari, Advocate & Author; B.N. Singh, Advocate, and Mr. Yogendra Jaiswal, Advocate.


Normally, I hate to be part of any election campaigning. That’s the reason why I am always at a safe distance from anything remotely associated with election process, no matter what’s the nature of it. That’s because I prefer to be a neutral and an independent observer. It’s something which gets severely affected once you somehow, much against your wishes, get associated with election process related to one particular group or, for that matter, any individual. Keeping my approach in mind, I have maintained a respectable distance from ongoing ferocious campaigning pertaining to Allahabad High Court Bar Association Elections.

Having said that, a deep curiosity drew me towards an election meeting organized in favour of Devendra Kumar Tiwari, whom I recently met during a book-launching ceremony. Devendra Kumar Tiwari besides being an advocate is also a  noted author of many specialized books on legal matters. Recently, he penned a book “Lawyer’s Referencer” for wannabe lawyers who wish to attain excellence inside the premises of High Court in an easy-going way! I attended the book-launching ceremony of this book and that’s the time when I  first became aware of this author’s heartfelt progressive views! His keynote address delivered on this book-launching event  was very moving one! It was not charisma of oratory, but, in reality, it was reflection of deep concerns for betterment of legal world. Precisely that’s the reason why I preferred to be part of the election meeting organized by Devendra Kumar Tiwari even as I was initially pretty reluctant within. I wanted to hear him more and that made me attend the meeting!!

Needless to say, the time I spent there, listening his election speech did not appear to have go down the drain! I noticed that there were many other speakers who also spoke about improving “Bench and Bar” relations in aftermath of elections but none sounded so genuine as Devendra Kumar Tiwari, contesting for prestigious post of “Secretary”. Unfortunately, the meeting was devoid of suitable decorum, being marred by lots of disturbances, which made it almost impossible to hear the speech with proper concentration. However, even amid such chaotic atmosphere, some of the speakers spoke very eloquently and, powerfully too, for the cause of lawyers reeling under tyranny of Judges, who are using “contempt proceedings” in mindless manner! It was a great experience to hear them, to notice their genuine sentiments for improvement of happenings inside the Bar.

Pandit Kanhaiyya Lal Mishra, Advocate. He commanded huge respect even in courts outside Uttar Pradesh!

Pandit Kanhaiya Lal Mishra, Advocate. He commanded huge respect even in courts outside Uttar Pradesh!

 

What’s so unique about Devendra Tiwari is that he can speak at great length without any written note, yet at no stage he sounds out of tune or less authentic! That shows his genuine involvement with welfare of lawyers. On this occasion, he made important revelations. He was pretty unhappy that owing to fractured mindset of present generation of lawyers, the Bar is on verge of total collapse. It has got limited to vested interests of petty minds. That’s quite alarming since future generations would curse previous generations for leaving such a dark future for them, wherein nothing seemed inspiring! If that remains the case, parents will not prefer to see their child emerge as a lawyer since in their eyes it would be a sheer waste of  costly education which they ensured for their child after bearing so much troubles!! That’s why Mr Devendra Tiwari so rightly pointed out that this generation needs to make “choices” in most judicious manner, keeping in mind the interest of future generations. He said that when he or the senior lawyers entered in this profession they had got a stable and strong bar in legacy. Today most of the institutions (like Board of Revenue) are facing identity crisis, having been weakened by corrupt powers in a systematic way. The same corrupt forces are deliberately eroding the influence of High Court, which can only be controlled when we have responsible people in Bar!

He sounded so true that representatives who get selected in aftermath of elections are reflection of thought-process exhibited by the lawyers. Hence, it’s futile to condemn their elected representatives inside the Bar after a certain period! After all, they got elected because of our own “flawed choices”. That’s the reason why we need to be highly conscious while making a choice! Allahabad Bar Association in the past has been associated with legal luminaries of great stature who went on to represent most important constitutional posts of this nation. R. S. Pathak, who belonged to this Bar, served as a Judge at International Court of Justice. Pt. Kanhaiya Lal Misra, belonging to this Bar, commanded huge respect to an extent, that whenever he appeared to argue in courts other than ones prevailing within Uttar Pradesh, the sitting judges used to stand up in admiration! No wonder it’s the responsibility of present generation of lawyers to add new dimensions in the stature of Allahabad Bar Association. That will remain a distant dream, if we keep making bad choices, taking into consideration flimsy aspects!

 R. S. Pathak from Allahabad High Court (Second From Left). He served as a Judge at International Court of Justice

R. S. Pathak from Allahabad High Court (Second From Left). He served as a Judge at International Court of Justice

 

B N Singh, a very conscious and experienced lawyer, who spoke on this occasion, in support of candidature of Devendra Kumar Tiwari, referred to extraordinary power vested in young minds of new lawyers. The young lawyers constitute a huge section of lawyers practicing at Allahabad High Court. Unless they make decisions, based on equity, it would not be possible to change the face of Bar. The young lawyers need to sharpen their fighting spirit in a right way, by marginalizing all those elements which misguide and mislead them. A better and a strong Bar Association is need of the hour. The young lawyers will play a pivotal role in ensuring its emergence! Hope these young minds do not act like a drop of lemon juice added into boiling milk! Let’s pray that right people get placed inside chambers of  Allahabad Bar Association, who ensure that future generation can boast of illustrious legacy! I need to end this post by praising Shashikant Kuswaha, a promising young Advocate, who worked really hard to ensure that no mess prevailed during the meeting of lawyers! I also need to point out perfect coordination of the event done by Advocate Mr. Yogendra Jaiswal, who also happened to be quite young!

Reference:

The book review can be be read here:

Lawyer’s Referencer: A Prefect Book For The Upcoming Lawyers

Writer of this post i.e. myself,  Arvind K. Pandey, Writer & Advocate,  with Devendra Kumar Tiwari, author of the recently launched book.

Writer of this post i.e. myself (second from left), Arvind K. Pandey, Writer & Advocate, with Devendra Kumar Tiwari, author of the recently launched book.

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पिता को समर्पित दिवस पर अपने ह्रदय की कठोर बात!!

अपने पिताजी के साथ कालेज के दिनों की तस्वीर: मेरे पिता मेरे लिए पहले भी आदर्श थे और भविष्य में भी रहेंगे मतभिन्नता के बावजूद!

अपने पिताजी के साथ कालेज के दिनों की तस्वीर: मेरे पिता मेरे लिए पहले भी आदर्श थे और भविष्य में भी रहेंगे मतभिन्नता के बावजूद!

पिता को समर्पित दिवस, जिसे आज  २१ जून को पूरे विश्व में मनाया गया, पर अपने ह्रदय की कठोर बात!!  अपना इलाहाबाद शहर विचित्र है. हम कहते कुछ और है लेकिन हमारे मित्र तक वही बात पहुचकर वो बात हो जाती है जो हमने या तो कही नहीं होती या फिर वो चीज़ हमारे साथ होती ही नहीं वैसा ही उस बात का स्वरूप हो जाता है. आश्चर्य तो इस बात का है कि मित्र सक्षम है दूध का दूध और पानी का पानी करने में लेकिन वे भी जो बात का आशय नहीं होता या फिर जो वस्तुस्थिति नहीं होती उसी की चर्चा करते है. अपने पिता से मेरे सिर्फ वैचारिक मतभेद है और होना भी चाहिए लेकिन इसका स्वरूप विकृत नहीं है जैसा मेरा कुछ मित्रो ने दुष्प्रचार शहर में कर रखा है.


नजदीक के मित्रो से अपेक्षा ये होती है कि वो जो सच है उसी का पक्ष रखे ना कि मिथ्या या भ्रामक बातो को फैलाए. मुझे मित्रो से कठोरता से बात करने में कोई दिलचस्पी नहीं लेकिन अगर वे इस तरह का भ्रम मेरे बारे में फैलायेंगे तो उनसे दूरी बनाने में मुझे कोई झिझक नहीं होगी. मेरे पिता मेरे लिए पहले भी आदर्श थे और भविष्य में भी रहेंगे मतभिन्नता के बावजूद. ये शायद मेरे सक्षम मित्र हज़म नहीं करना चाहते, समझना नहीं चाहते, महसूस नहीं करना चाहते. ऐसे मित्र फिर ना तो मुझे जानते है और ना ही मेरे जीवन के किसी पक्ष से उनका कोई सही लगाव है.  शायद इसीलिए वे मेरे और मेरे पिताजी के संबंधो का सतही आकलन करने भर में ही ज्यादा दिलचस्पी रखते है. खैर ऐसे लोग ना मुझे ही जानते है और ना मेरे पिताजी को!! एक पीढ़ी और उसके बाद की जो पीढ़ी होती है उसमे वैल्यूज को लेकर उठा पटक तो रहती है और ये रहनी भी चाहिए विकास की धारा को नए आयाम देने के लिए. बस कुछ इसी तरह की बात है अपने और अपने पिताजी के बीच. लेकिन ये कभी भी विकृति के स्तर पर नहीं पंहुचा  और उस स्तर पर पंहुचेगा भी नहीं. हा जो लोग सिर्फ और सिर्फ नकारात्मक ख्यालात के चलते इस तरह की कल्पना के लिए विवश है वे सोचने के लिए स्वंतंत्र है लेकिन ऐसे लोगो का उस  हकीकत से फासला हमेशा बना रहेगा जो मेरी तरफ है.

चलते चलते इससे इतर बात कहेंगे. आज हम ये देखते है, खासकर कोर्ट केसेज में, कि बच्चो के अधिकार को लेकर पति पत्नी आपस में लम्बी कानूनी लड़ाई लड़ते है जो शायद ना उनके रिश्ते के लिए ठीक होता है और ना बच्चे के भविष्य के लिए. बच्चे के बेहतर भविष्य के लिए आवश्यक है कि बच्चे को माता-पिता का साथ बराबर अनुपात में मिले. ये भी एक खतरनाक ट्रेंड के रूप में उभरा है कि माता पिता अपनी अपनी काबिलियत को प्रमाणित करने के लिए अपने अपने कार्य क्षेत्र में इतने व्यस्त है कि बच्चे की परवरिश अपूर्ण तरीके से हो रही है. इस लाइफस्टाइल से क्या हासिल हो रहा है ये अभिभावकों को गंभीरता से समझना होगा. शायद इसी वजह से समाज का बिखराव कुछ निश्चित सा हो चला है.

पिता को समर्पित दिवस पर अपने ह्रदय की बात!!

पिता को समर्पित दिवस पर अपने ह्रदय की बात!!

An Evening With Friends At Historic Coffee House in Allahabad (Photo Feature)

“The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.” (Charles Kuralt) That’s one of the reasons why I always look for moments when I can be in company of my old friends. Their company helps me to assess my one’s own growth in better light. It’s interesting that one always looks for substantial cause to enter into celebrations. That’s something which makes me uncomfortable since I love to celebrate even if there is no such weighty reason around! This time I managed to persuade all my old friends to be at historic coffee house, Allahabad, all in the name of celebrating grant of fellowship by Aavartan Research Institute, Gorakhpur. That was enough to tame the curious minds of some of my friends too anxious to know the exact reason! The real reason, however, was to spend some fun-filled moments with them. Life has become so hectic that it does not allow two individuals, however close they may be as friends, to sit together and get lost in old memories. That was the ultimate purport of organizing this get together with some chosen friends!

Why Coffee House? Allahabad has recently developed a lot having so many bright and glamorous food outlets but I selected Coffee House simply because being there means becoming part of its glorious history! This place is always occupied by legal hawks, writers and journalists during noon hours and by evening well-known oldies occupy the seats for long hours. This place in the past since early 50s witnessed development in lives of well-known geniuses belonging to Allahabad. Eminent literary figures like Firaq Gorakhpuri and Harivansh Rai Bachchan were frequent visitors to this place. Apart from them, the place has also witnessed rise of new creative wonders! The vibrations there ensure that there is no dearth of good souls in future!

I must thank to my friends from core of my heart that despite being trapped in busy schedules they managed to be part of this informal event at right time! It’s habit of the guests to worry the organizers with a deliberate delay! Mercifully, that’s not the case with events organized by me. I am spared this harassment for which I am really grateful to my friends. I must mention this fact that most of the friends who were part of this event have been my old friends and it makes me really happy when I state that they have all emerged as achievers! It was a moment of satisfaction for me to find them hale and hearty!

Obviously, the event was not solely attributed to dine together! We had some thought-provoking discussions. My friend Sheel, pursuing research in philosophy, rightly suggested that philosophy should also be taught at school level since that goes well with cultural legacy of this nation. Rajesh Kumar Pandey, legal correspondent associated with The Times Of India, lamented that Philosophy, of late, has become popular only because it helps students get good marks in competitive exams! It’s really hurting that a nation which is mired in philosophies of highest types has no mention about it at school level! My friend Ashish Nigam, on the other hand, asked me as to what was the method involved in my fellowship. I promptly informed him that besides books I was involved in interviewing concerned individuals. He also came to throw light on the glorious past of Coffee House, mentioning that visitors at this place love to sit here for long hours! It would not be out of tune to inform that most of the friends who gathered here were advocates associated with Allahabad High Court, who were also once upon a time had been my batch-mates!

There were some hilarious moments too when my childhood friend Pintu, lawyer at district court, got engaged in circulating images which showed us together as students in nursery days! Sangarsha Srivastava, who in past was a  ferocious Communist leader and now an advocate, made everybody laugh by exhibiting that Coffee tastes less sweeter if you add more sugar in it! The only thing you should ensure is that stir it not well enough with a spoon and then drink it fast! Advocate Susheel Kumar Tiwary, Advocate Shashikant Kushwaha, Advocate Satyahdhar Dubey, Advocate Vinay Vishwakarma and Advocate Neeraj Shukla, who happens to be my brother-in-law, spent some qualitative time with me rising above constraints of time and without worrying about the fact that they have to return back home traveling long distance in night hours only to face ire of their anxious wives! It was heart-warming to hear Satyadhar ji asking me to make visit to this place till fag end of my life this way just like the oldies engaged in deep and interesting conversations sitting beside our gathering!

In the end I need to make special reference to contribution made on part of Arvind Kushwaha, advocate/computer programmer, and Arun Prakash Srivastava, District librarian. Arvind ensured that moments get captured in his camera while Arun ji ensured that all goes well in terms of management. Happily, the event ended on a high note with so many good feelings. That’s not possible without grace of Lord and, therefore, let’s thank the Almighty too for successful culmination of this event! “Take no pride in your possession, in the people (at your command), in the youthfulness (that you have). Time loots away all these in a moment. Leaving aside all these, after knowing their illusory nature, realise the state of Brahman, and enter into it. (Sri Adi Shankara in Bhaja Govindam; Verse 11)

With Friends At Historic Coffee House In Allahabad!

With Friends At Historic Coffee House In Allahabad!

Happy to find old friends for one more time :-)

Happy to find old friends for one more time🙂

It's a hearculean task to ask friends to be present at one place on a working day! And they all appeared at appointed time!

It’s a herculean task to ask friends to be present at one place on a working day! And they all appeared at appointed time!

Between interesting talks from philosophy to business we also ate :P :P :P

Between interesting talks from philosophy to business we also ate😛😛😛

The ambience inside Coffee House permits deep and meaningful talks! You can see few people engaged in deep talks :P :P :P

The ambiance inside Coffee House permits deep and meaningful talks! You can see few people engaged in deep talks😛😛😛

This time I did not say anything and simply enjoyed the whole affair. My friend Sangharsha did say few words in hilarious style :P :P :P

This time I did not say anything and simply enjoyed the whole affair. My friend Sangharsha did say few words in hilarious style😛😛😛

Coffee House Is Best Known For South Indian Dishes :-) Dosa is so delicious :P :P :P

Coffee House is best known for South Indian dishes🙂 Dosa is so delicious😛😛😛

Sheel Could Not Resist The Temptation Of Riding Royal Enfield :P

Sheel Could Not Resist The Temptation Of Riding Royal Enfield😛

Some of us  decided to sit again and taste Coffee for one more time :P It's called partying after party gets over :P :P :P

Some of us decided to sit again and taste Coffee for one more time😛 It’s called partying after party gets over😛😛😛

The Party Virtually Ended :-)

The Party Virtually Ended🙂

Now Only The Memories Of This Get Together Prevail!!

Now Only The Memories Of This Get Together Prevail!!

The Party  Ended On A Blissful Note! I Am Really Thankful To Lord For Sucessful Culmination Of This Event! Hope All My Friends Remain Hale And Hearty In  Post-Party Life :-)

The Party Ended On A Blissful Note! I Am Really Thankful To Lord For Sucessful Culmination Of This Event! Hope All My Friends Remain Hale And Hearty In Post-Party Life 🙂 Let me mention names of people who gathered: (From Extreme Left) Rajesh Kumar Pandey, Sangharsha Srivastava, Pintu Jaiswal, Sheel Kamal, Swajit Gupta, Arun Prakash Srivastava, Pankaj, Shashikant Kushwaha, Neeraj Shukla :-)  The Author Stands In The  Middle😛😛😛 Those who are not in the frame Arvind Kuswaha, Satyadhar Dubey and Vinay Vishwakarma.

 

A Brief Meeting With Dr. Genady Shlomper- Hindi Instructor In Israel!

 In company of an academician:  Met Dr. Genady Shlomper who happens to be a Hindi Instructor at Tel Aviv University in Israel!

In company of an academician: Met Dr. Genady Shlomper who happens to be a Hindi Instructor at Tel Aviv University in Israel!



Dr. Genady Shlomper came to Allahabad both as a tourist and as a person with purpose! He was here to attend a function organized to mark Hindi Divas on September 14. I could not be part of this function since I had to attend another event organized in a different city. As a result of that I could not meet the professor at this event, but next day I got an opportunity to meet him. It was a hurried affair since he was about to leave for Ayodhya. Anyway, it did not deter me from asking some interesting questions. Interestingly, it was a memorable experience to seek an appointment with a foreigner in my own language. The few minutes of talk over telephone in Hindi to fix time for the meeting was an unique experience.

This time too when I met someone from foreign land I noticed remarkable simplicity. Right in the beginning he confessed that he is no big guy! True, he might not be a celebrity but you need not to be a celebrity to enjoy a dignified stature! Speaking about his love for Hindi he stated that there was no emotional reason to learn Hindi. He embraced this language because he found it to be useful in scheme of things about to unfold in future. The market is growing and more and more job opportunities get concentrated in Asian countries. Therefore, it’s always going to be beneficial to learn Asian language instead of learning European language! It appears “Capitalism” has proved to be lifeline for Asian languages languishing under weight of English! 

Speaking about the influence of Hindi in Israel he said that it’s not very commonplace to notice Hindi speaking person there. However, in modern times there is always a  greater space for assimilation of newer ideas from other nations and people in Israel are not hesitant to fall in love with Hindi! On a different note, speaking about the specialties of Allahabad, he said that he found nothing fascinating about it! The only striking thing about this city was confluence of three rivers at Sangam area! Hearing this I was but compelled to ponder about one of the ills of globalization: That it’s fast making cities across the globe to lose their uniqueness! All cities are simply becoming clone of each other!

This brief meeting ended in few minutes but it gave rise to so many ideas as food for thought. That’s the plus point of being in company of academicians!

P.S. :-  Dr. Genady Shlomper is a Hindi Instructor at Tel Aviv University, Israel. 

Allahabad: A City Wherein Global Salutes The Local (Photo Feature Part 3)

I have no hesitation in admitting that Allahabad (ancient name Prayag) redefined my beingness.It made me down-to earth, allowing me to view life in its true shades. Although I tried my best to capture all the shades of Allahabad, I am sure I would have missed some beautiful locations. I hope  future writers would explore these untouched places in a colourful way. However, in the last part of the photo feature, I have shifted my attention from modern landscape of Allahabad to areas which still remind of the ancient times. Infrastructural bottlenecks prevented me from using state-of-the-art technology in capturing  the images and that made me bit depressed. However, now in the aftermath of the publication of photo features, I feel pretty satisfied that I still came to do some good work. These photo features are a tribute to great city Allahabad- my birthplace. A city that taught me how to emerge successful in rising above contradictions to have glimpse of the Absolute!

 

Such roads making their way through dusty colonies of Allahabad remind me of Varanasi! This road connects Anand Bhawan area with Katra.  Katra is area very ppular among middle class section of Allahabad. It's also most favourite destination of student; after all, it lies close to Allahabad University :-)

Such roads making their way through dusty colonies of Allahabad remind me of Varanasi! This road connects Anand Bhawan area with Katra. Katra is very poular among middle class section of Allahabad. It’s also most favourite destination of students; after all, it lies close to Allahabad University🙂

This area resembles Varanasi city in its style and mannerism!

Katra resembles Varanasi city in its style and mannerism!

It was  cold and foggy when I came to visit Katra but observe the rush at this place.  On ordinary days, this popular crossing at Katra is so full of  people that traffic policemen are reduced to caricature of sorts while managing them!

It was cold and foggy when I came to visit Katra but observe the rush at this place. On ordinary days, this popular crossing at Katra is so full of people that traffic policemen are reduced to caricature of sorts while managing them!

This road needs no introduction for Allahabadis :P It's University Road :-)

This road needs no introduction for Allahabadis😛 It’s University Road🙂

One of the eminent hostels associated with Allahabad University. It's named after Sir Sunder Lal, who in 1906 became the  the first Indian Vice Chancellor of Allahabad University!  He was by profession an advocate, who later also served as High Court Judge.

One of the eminent hostels associated with Allahabad University. It’s named after Sir Sunder Lal, who in 1906 became the the first Indian Vice Chancellor of Allahabad University! He was by profession an advocate, who later also served as High Court Judge.

Right in front of one of the gates of Allahabad University!

Right in front of one of the gates of Allahabad University-Oxford of the East !

 

One of things which separates Allahabad University from Benaras Hindu University is the quality of roads spread in University area :P :P .. The streets adjacent to Benaras Hindu University are so much in love with potholes that all the time you have to look downwards with fear ha..ha ..ha ..That's not the case in Allahabad :P :P :P

One of the things which separates Allahabad University from Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi,  is the quality of roads spread in University area😛😛 .. The streets adjacent to Benaras Hindu University are so much in love with potholes that while walking  you have to look downwards  all the time with fear ha..ha ..ha ..That’s not the case in Allahabad😛😛😛

On The Campus Of Allahabad University :-)

On The Campus Of Allahabad University🙂

Once upon a time I always ventured on these beautiful situated on the Allahabad University's Campus :-)

Once upon a time I always ventured on these beautiful  roads situated on the Allahabad University’s Campus🙂

 A beautiful park on the campus of University..Notice no love birds are present :P :P :P

A beautiful park on the campus of University..Notice no love birds are present😛😛😛

In my days it was not a Central University.  Today, it has attained the status of being a Central University!

In my days it was not a Central University. Today, it has attained the status of being a Central University!

Road adjacent to Allahabad University...When you move ahead on this road arrives Prayag Railway Station!

Road adjacent to Allahabad University…When you move ahead on this road arrives Prayag Railway Station!

Loitering on these University Roads was one of the main activities of College Days!

Loitering on these University Roads was one of the main activities during College days!

Don't be confused :P We are still inside University's Campus :P :P :P

Don’t be confused😛 We are still inside University’s Campus😛😛😛

Notice the activities on main Univesrity Road.  Streets remain the same but faces of students get changed!

Notice the activities on main University Road. Streets remain the same but faces of students get changed!

Main Katra Market!

Main Katra Market!

A prominent Goddess Kaliji temple  at  Katra, Allahabad !

A prominent Goddess Kaliji temple at Katra, Allahabad!

This time Lord Hanuman Ji is resting inside the Temple : -)

This time Lord Hanuman Ji is resting inside the Temple : -)

One of the street crossings at Katra :-)

One of the street crossings at Katra🙂

A glimpse of life at Katra!

A glimpse of life at Katra!

Lonely Road in Allahabad :P

Lonely Road in Allahabad😛

 The most prominent Sports Complex in Allahabad! It's named after movie superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who hails from this city :-)

The most prominent Sports Complex in Allahabad! It’s named after movie superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who hails from this city🙂

Maharana Pratap Crossing :-)

Maharana Pratap Crossing🙂

It's getting dark :-)

It’s getting dark🙂

CMP Degree College in Allahabad- a constituent college of Allahabad Univesity.   It has produced great students in past.  And so when I hear about stories of viloence, disruption of studies on its campus, it really sadddens me!  I have been student of this college and we remember that in our batch most of the students came to score more than students of Allahabad University!

CMP Degree College in Allahabad- a constituent college of Allahabad University. It has produced great students in past. And so it really saddens me when I hear about stories of violence, disruption of studies on its campus.  I had been student of this college and we remember that in our batch most of the students came to score more than students of Allahabad University in prominent subjects like Philosophy, English Literature, Physics and etc. !

great discussions.  Long Live This Cute Tree :P :P :P

And under this great tree Philosophy and English Literature students often had great discussions. Long Live This Cute Tree😛😛😛

At this place it was so hard to control the tears..At this place I found some great teachers like Anand  Srivastava Sir, Ghatak Sir  and many others who imparted so many  values to young and fresh minds like us!  In fact, they were generous enough to give additional lectures in staff room during lunch hours!

At this place it was so hard to control the tears..At this place I found some great teachers like Anand Srivastava Sir (Philosophy), K K Ghatak Sir (English Literature), K C Srivastava (Ancient History)  and many others who imparted so many  values to young and fresh minds like us! In fact, they were generous enough to give additional lectures in staff room during lunch hours!

Road that led to English Lectures in those days :-)

Road that led to English Lectures in those days🙂

The park in which my science department friends played cricket during Chemistry hours :P

The park in which my science department friends played cricket during Chemistry hours😛

 I hope new students who become part of this great college would keep its standards high. I am happy to notice that most of my friends from this college of that batch, from both Arts and Science Wings, have done exceptionally well in their post college lives!  And I should not hesitate that I also fell in love with someone at this place :-)

I hope new students who become part of this great college would keep its standards high. I am happy to notice that most of my friends from this college of that batch, from both Arts and Science Wings, have done exceptionally well in their post college lives! And I should not hesitate to state that I also fell in love with someone at this place🙂

 

This cute Krishna Temple in Meerapur area makes me smile. That's because this area has prominent Shakti Peeths of Allahabad: Lalita Devi Temple And Kalyani Devi Temple!

This cute Krishna Temple in Meerapur area makes me smile. That’s because this area has prominent Shakti Peeths of Allahabad: Lalita Devi Temple And Kalyani Devi Temple!

Entrance gate of Krishna Pranaami Temple :P ..Name itself is so cute :P

Entrance gate of Krishna Pranami Temple😛 ..Name itself is so cute😛

Goddess Lalita Devi Temple In Meerapur Area!  It's one of the Shakti Pithas in Allahabad!

Goddess Lalita Devi Temple In Meerapur Area! It’s one of the Shakti Pithas in Allahabad!

Goddess Lalita Deviji :-0

Goddess Lalita Deviji🙂

Actvities like Ved Paatha always takes place inside Lalita Devi Temple :-)  Sadly, I could not get a better image :-(

Actvities like Ved Paatha always takes place inside Lalita Devi Temple🙂 Sadly, I could not get a better image😦

Outside Kalyani Devi Temple :-) Beautiful structure :-)

Outside Kalyani Deviji Temple🙂 Beautiful structure🙂

Inside View Of The Kalyani Deviji Temple :-)

Inside View Of The Kalyani Deviji Temple🙂

Another view of Kalyani Deviji's temple :-)

Another view of Kalyani Deviji’s temple🙂

And life goes on at its usual pace outside Kalyani Deviji's temple!

And life goes on at its usual pace outside Kalyani Deviji’s temple!

Road Adjacent To Ewing Christian College!

Road Adjacent To Ewing Christian College!

On the way towards Muthiganj :-)

On the way towards Muthiganj🙂

Life in another part of Allahabad away from the glamour of elite areas like Civil lines :-)

Life in another part of Allahabad away from the glamour of elite areas like Civil lines🙂

Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission Sevashrama, Allahabad. It was established by by Swami Vijnanananda in year 1908! He was a monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna!

Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission Sevashrama, Allahabad. It was established by by Swami Vijnanananda in year 1908! He was a monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna!

Front View Of This Important Spiritual Center in Allahabad :-)

Front View Of This Important Spiritual Center in Allahabad🙂

It has got its own wonderful library! No wonder this Mission is so popular among students!

It has got its own wonderful library! No wonder this Mission is so popular among students!

Meditation room inside this Mission having images of Sri Ramakrishna, Ma Sharda Deviji, Swami Vijnanananda ji  and Swami Vivekananda ji!

Meditation room inside this Mission having images of Sri Ramakrishna, Ma Sarada Deviji, Swami Vijnanananda ji and Swami Vivekananda ji!

Books For Sale Inside The Temple :-)

Books For Sale Inside The Temple🙂

Close Look At The Books :-)

Close Look At The Books🙂

Havana Taking Place On Occassion Of Vivekananda's Birth Ceremony At The Mission :-)

Havana Taking Place On Occasion Of Vivekananda’s Birth Ceremony At The Mission🙂

Swami Nikhilatamanandaji, current head of this center in Allahabad, giving lecture on relevance of Swami Vivekananda's views in modern times!

Swami Nikhilatamanandaji, current head of this center in Allahabad, giving lecture on relevance of Swami Vivekananda’s views in modern times!|

Very Conscious Listeners :-)

Very Conscious Listeners🙂

 Swamijis at Ramakrishna Mission  are very well-infomed, highly educated and down-to-earth  people!

Swamijis at Ramakrishna Mission are very well-informed, highly educated and down-to-earth people!

This tea stall has photo of Anna Hazare :P :P :P

This tea stall has photo of Sri Anna Hazare😛😛😛

Sri Krishna Selling Jewellery :P :P :P

Sri Krishna Selling Jewellery😛😛😛

Khusro Bagh in Allahabad...A place that glimpse about Mughal architecture.  It has tombs of tombs of Khusrau Mirza (died 1622), eldest son of emperor Jahangir, Shah Begum, Khusrau's mother (died 1604), a Rajput princess and Jahangir's first wife, and that of Princess Sultan Nithar Begam.

Khusro Bagh in Allahabad…A place that gives glimpse of  Mughal architecture. It has “tombs of Khusrau Mirza (died 1622), eldest son of emperor Jahangir, Shah Begum, Khusrau’s mother (died 1604), a Rajput princess and Jahangir’s first wife, and that of Princess Sultan Nithar Begam.” (Text borrowed from Wiki)

 

This place cultivates best varieties of Guava. This park is about to get the status of National Eco-Knowledge Park!

This place cultivates best varieties of Guava. This park is about to get the status of National Eco-Knowledge Park!

It has been rennovated to attract tourits :-) I am happy that it is close to my house :P

It has been renovated to attract tourist🙂 I am happy that it is close to my house😛

Peace  prevails here :P

Peace prevails here😛

Besides Guava trees  a large number of mango trees are found here!

Besides Guava trees a large number of mango trees are found here!

As informed earlier such parks in Allahabad are often occupied by students preparing for competitive exams...See how they are engaged in studies :-)

As informed earlier such parks in Allahabad are often occupied by students preparing for competitive exams…See how they are engaged in studies🙂

Eco friendly Hanumanji inside Khusro Bagh :P

Eco-friendly Hanumanji inside Khusro Bagh😛

One of the tombs situated inside the Khusro Bagh!

One of the tombs situated inside the Khusro Bagh!

Green house plantation inside the Khusro Bagh!

Green house plantation inside the Khusro Bagh!

Very old Banayan Trees inside Khusro Bagh...If you sit under them you are bound to engage in deep meditation :P

Very old Banayan Trees inside Khusro Bagh…If you sit under them you are bound to engage in deep meditation😛

Very Beautiful Scene Inside Khusro Bagh...Leaves Everywhere...A Very Striking Image Both Philosophically And Aesthetically :-)

Very Beautiful Scene Inside Khusro Bagh…Leaves Everywhere…A Very Striking Image Both Philosophically And Aesthetically🙂

It was a delighful sight for me to see cricket match going at such a romantic place :P

It was a delightful sight for me to see cricket match going on at such a romantic place😛

Cricketers giving  a pose :P :P :P

Cricketers giving a pose😛😛😛

I had a hard time bringing this squirrel under the lens :P :P :P

I had a hard time bringing this squirrel under the lens😛😛😛

Such Scenes Make You Fall In Great Romance With Nature :-) :-) :-)

Such Scenes Make You Fall In Great Romance With Nature🙂🙂🙂

Another Tomb Inside Khusro Bagh!

Another Tomb Inside Khusro Bagh!

A flower fallen on ground yet it  has such a bright smile :P ..We should be like this flower: Broken and dejected yet always smiling :-) :-) :-)

A flower fallen on ground yet it has such a bright smile😛 ..We should be like this flower: Broken and dejected yet always smiling🙂🙂🙂 Anyway, it’s called flower of Semal Tree (Bombax cieba)

Khusro Bagh Has Awesome Sight :P

Khusro Bagh Has Awesome Sight😛

PINKISH BLISS :P :P :P

PINKISH BLISS😛😛 :P…

 

That's called Cotton Tree (Bombax ceiba). In India it's called Semal.

That’s commonly called Cotton Tree (Bombax ceiba). In India it’s called Semal and we often notice this tree along the road in Allahabad!

Noticed this depressed motor bike inside Khusro Bagh :P :P :P  "Girls don't trust me"  :P :P :P

Noticed this depressed motor bike inside Khusro Bagh😛😛😛 “Girls don’t trust me”😛😛😛

May Lord Always Give Enough To Eat These Unfortunate Souls! I wonder why state-governments do nothing for these abandoned souls?  It's really sad scene!

May Lord always give such unfortunate souls enough to eat! I wonder why state-governments do nothing for these abandoned souls? It’s really a sad scene!

And these are fortumate souls, who came to take a dip at Sangam during Kumbh Mela..Now they are happily returning back to their respective places!  They come from distant lands, facing all sorts of hardships!

And these are fortunate souls, who came to take a dip at Sangam during Kumbh Mela..Now they are happily returning back to their respective places! They come from distant lands, facing all sorts of hardships!

Unlike women from cities, these rural woman are quite tough both physically and mentally! The city women are usually bit lazy types :P :P :P

Unlike women from cities, these rural woman are quite tough both physically and mentally! The city women are usually bit lazy types😛😛😛

Varanasi sees foreign visitors throughout  the year but in Allahabad foreign visitors come only special occasions like Kumbh Mela, International Conferences and etc.  Here they are seen waiting for train at Allahabad Junction!

Varanasi sees foreign visitors throughout the year but in Allahabad foreign visitors come only during  special occasions like Kumbh Mela, International Conferences and etc. Here they are seen waiting for train at Allahabad Junction!

Hope they had nice experiences in Allahabad :-) :-) :-)

Hope they had nice experiences in Allahabad🙂🙂🙂

A Bird's Eye View Of My Locality From Rooftop Of My House :-) :-)

A Bird’s Eye View Of My Locality From Rooftop Of My House🙂🙂

This pic is especially for the likes of Sucheta ji, living in foreign lands :-) I hope Suchetaji, living in USA,  at least come to notice one cute activity taking place on Indian roof :P :P

This pic is especially for the likes of Sucheta ji and Carmenji living in foreign lands🙂 I hope Suchetaji, living in USA,  comes to notice at least one cute activity taking place on Indian roof😛😛 Kids from my family having a great time on the rooftop🙂

Allahabadis love flying kites :-) View of the beautiful sky over my roof :-)

Allahabadis love flying kites🙂 View of the beautiful sky over my roof🙂

And these are students of the year :P :P :P

And these are students of the year😛😛😛

Kids engaged in serious discussion right in the middle of the street! Kids have become so serious nowadays :P :P

Kids engaged in serious discussion right in the middle of the street! Kids have become so serious nowadays😛😛

This corner at my locality remains quite busy during festivals :-) :-)

This corner at my locality remains quite busy during festivals🙂🙂

walking in the middle of the railway tracks! That's why tragedies  take place!

A Railway Over-bridge close to my locality!! And notice one guy walking in the middle of the railway tracks! That’s why tragedies take place!

Sports Stadium Belonging To Railways!

Sports Stadium Belonging To Railways!

 

And evening prevails :-)

And evening prevails🙂

On the road near Baluva Ghat!  This area is in old Allahabad!

On the road near Baluva Ghat! This area is in old Allahabad!

Activities Near Baluva Ghat. Well, ghat in India signifies that we are close to the bank of a river!

Activities Near Baluva Ghat. Well, ghat in India signifies that we are close to the bank of a river!

Lord Hanumanji in the making :P :P :P

Lord Hanumanji in the making😛😛😛

Ma Yamuna ji ..She is very dear to Lord Krishna...And I am really disappointed to see so much garbage on its banks..Let's not forget that it's a very busy place owing to religious ceremonies taking place throughout the year.

Ma Yamuna ji ..She is very dear to Lord Krishna :-)  And I am really disappointed to see so much garbage on its banks..Let’s not forget that it’s a very busy place owing to religious ceremonies taking place throughout the year.

Who has allowed black beauties ( read buffaloes) to take dip in Yamunaji  :-( :-( :-(

Who has allowed black beauties (read buffaloes) to take dip in Sri Yamunaji😦😦😦

Scenes around Baluva Ghat made me feel I have traveled back in time!

Scenes around Baluva Ghat made me feel I have traveled back in time!

Black Beauties Have Now Attained  Regular Moksha :P :P :P

Black Beauties Have Now Attained Regular Moksha (liberation) 😛😛😛

Myself at Khusro Bagh :-)

Myself at Khusro Bagh🙂

India is land of great rivers and great mountains. It's our duty to keep them clean. Why are we so casual in keeping them in good shape?  Hope Sri Yamunaji remains evergreen in this nation.  Just see what we have done to her in Delhi area?  Let's not the same happens to her in Allahabad. Jai Sri Yamunaji..Pranama to Everybody: Sri  Radha Krishna, Gopas, Gopikas And Cows  :P :P :P

India is land of great rivers and great mountains. It’s our duty to keep them clean. Why are we so casual in keeping them in good shape? Hope Sri Yamunaji remains evergreen in this nation. Just see what we have done to her in Delhi area!  Let’s not the same happens to her in Allahabad. Jai Sri Yamunaji..Pranama to Everybody: Sri Radha Krishna, Gopas, Gopikas And Cows😛😛😛

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Allahabad: A City Wedded To Realism (Photo Feature Part One)

Allahabad: City Of True Beauty, Real Romance And Mysticism (Photo Feature Part 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allahabad: City Of True Beauty, Real Romance And Mysticism (Photo Feature Part 2)

Many find Allahabad a very tough place to live an honourable life. That’s because  even though it came to enjoy a wonderful divine legacy, it never  ensured  a desired vibrancy for average souls. It never created any scope for living a truly fun-filled life, being all the time involved in dry intellectual activities.  Lack of  proper encouragement on the part of city towards its vast pool of talented brains have now given way to brain drain sort of affair. Many great souls remained an unsung hero in this city. However, what’s amazing is that it keeps on producing great souls at a regular interval! In nutshell, it’s a city of true beauty, real romance and mysticism. The city teaches you how to remain true to life in a real way, making it very clear to any conscious soul that life is not a bed of roses and it is meant to discover new mysteries of nature. Naturally, average souls running after money, fame, beautiful girl, big house, big car and many other cosmetic affairs would always feel disappointed to be part of this city. Having said that, I hope this city learns to truly honour its exceptional souls and also learns to be bit more blissful!  

 

That's one of the major Lord Hanuman Ji's  temple situated in the heart of the city.. Anyway, it's so ironic to see love birds engaged in romantic talks at this place  :P

That’s one of the major Lord Hanuman Ji’s temples situated in the heart of the city.. Anyway, it’s so ironic to see love birds engaged in romantic talks at this place😛

The Streets Of Civil Lines Makes People Of Other Areas Jealous :P

The Streets Of Civil Lines Make People Of Other Areas Jealous😛

Hard To Forget This Guy...During university days, I came to buy so many  greta classics, costly magazines at very reasonable rates..And this person made way for all sorts of desired adjustment.  He proudly told me that someone from Times of India also came to click image of  his magazine corner...This shop is hot favourite among  students!  Although Internet has affected the sales.

Hard to forget this guy…During university days, I came to buy so many great classics, costly magazines at very reasonable rates..And this person made way for all sorts of desired adjustment. He proudly told me that someone from Times of India also came to click image of his magazine corner…This shop is hot favourite among students! Although Internet has affected the sales, it was good to anticipate the great spirit of his father, also seen in the pic, who digested the change in philosophical way. Now that’s called wisdom!

Quite a romantic place to have tea!  It's adjacent Company Garden!

Quite a romantic place to have tea! It’s adjacent Company Garden!

 

When I say it's a romantic place I really mean it too..Just close to this tea shop in Civil Lines are we have many beautiful plant nurseries.. So the air is full of fragrance :P

When I say it’s a romantic place I really mean it too..Just close to this tea shop in Civil Lines area we have many beautiful plant nurseries.. So the air is full of fragrance😛

Allahabad Museum Inside Chandra Shekhar Azad Park ( Alfred Park or Company Garden). This musuem displays the vehicle which carried the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi for immersion at Sangam and many other articles of great historical significance!

Allahabad’s museum inside Chandra Shekhar Azad Park (Alfred Park or Company Garden). This museum displays the vehicle which carried the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi for immersion at Sangam and many other articles of great historical significance!

This park established in the memory of great revolutionary  Chandra Shekhar Azad is now favourite place for morning walkers living in the heart of city.. In the noon time, one notices  new- age romance :P Anyway, it's a great place for an outsider wishing some isolated hours!

This park established in the memory of great revolutionary Chandra Shekhar Azad is now favourite place for morning walkers living in the heart of city.. In the noon time, one notices new- age romance😛 Anyway, it’s a great place for an outsider wishing some isolated hours!

At such places, like this old man, one gets lost in deepest memories hidden in subconsciousness!

At such places, like this old man, one gets lost in deepest memories hidden in subconsciousness!

Company Garden has the honour of having this wonderful  Government Public Library.  This majestic building built in Gothic style was designed by R. Roskell Bayne.  This building is of immense significance since here only Legislative Council for the North Western Province and Oudh held its first meeting on January 8, 1887.  Let's not forget it was capital city from of United Provinces from 1902 to 1920! Anyway, I am happy that in my college days and even now I am the most frequent visitor!

Company Garden has the honour of having this wonderful Government Public Library. This majestic building built in Gothic style was designed by R. Roskell Bayne. This building is of immense significance since here only Legislative Council for the North Western Province and Oudh held its first meeting on January 8, 1887. Let’s not forget that Allahabad was capital city  of United Provinces from 1902 to 1920! Anyway, I am happy that in my college days I was the most frequent visitor! Even now also I can be seen here😛

It's not that one notices only romance in parks..Here most of such parks are occupied by serious students preparing for competitive examinations!

It’s not that one notices only romance in parks..In Allahabad most of such parks are occupied by serious students preparing for competitive examinations!

And those students who are not studying inside Company Park are seen ferociousely involved in Cricket match :P ..This is the biggest park of Allahabad.

And those students who are not studying inside Company Park are seen ferociously involved in Cricket match😛 ..This is the biggest park of Allahabad.

Just see the vastness of the park that many teams are playing at the same time :P :P :P

Just see the vastness of the park that many teams are playing at the same time😛😛😛

Saint Joseph's College View Which Lies Adjacent To Company Garden :P

Saint Joseph’s college  which lies adjacent to Company Garden😛

That's the road which connects Company Garden To Civil Lines-the heart of  city dominated by glamour and modernity!

That’s the road which connects Company Garden with  Civil Lines-the heart of city dominated by glamour and modernity!

The Mall Culture In Civil Lines!

The Mall Culture In Civil Lines!

Well, this new age glamour does attract me but not for long!

Well, this new age glamour does attract me but not for long!

Statue of Subhas Chandra Bose Amidst Mall Culture :P

Statue of Subhas Chandra Bose Amidst Mall Culture😛

Laxmi Book House Is First Choice Of Any Journalist! By the way, how many times do you notice cinema hall and prominent magazine/newspaper corner close to each other :P :P :P

Laxmi Book House is first choice of any journalist! By the way, how many times do you notice cinema hall and prominent magazine/newspaper corner close to each other😛😛😛

Palace Theatre enjoys a great place in the memories of all good cinema lovers. It's one of the oldest theaters in the city. However, it's old charm has given way to this new modern appearance ! My choice also witnessed drastic changes  from "Thodi Se Bewafai" (1980) to " Ship of Thesus" (2012)  at this Palace :P :P :P

Palace Theater enjoys a great place in the memories of all good cinema lovers. It’s one of the oldest theaters in the city. However, its old charm has given way to this new modern appearance ! My choice also witnessed drastic changes from “Thodi Se Bewafai” (1980) to ” Ship of Thesus” (2012) at this Palace Theater😛😛😛

However, this historic cinema hall in old Allahbad, Niranjan, failed to start again.  This hall needs to be rennovated at the earliest.  Two prominet movies which I came to see when they got realeasd were Richard Attenborough's Gandhi(1982) and Steven Spielber's Jurassic Park (1993).

However, this historic cinema hall in old Allahbad, Niranjan, failed to start again. This hall needs to be renovated at the earliest. Two prominent movies which I came to see here when they got released were Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi(1982) and Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park (1993).

Indian Coffee House enjoys a special place in hearts of all literary class.  It has witnessed many great literary and political figures carving a niche for themselves at global level since late 50s!

Indian Coffee House enjoys a special place in hearts of all literary class. It has witnessed many great literary and political figures carving a niche for themselves at global level since late 50s!

Resting place of capitalist forces :P

Resting place of capitalist forces😛

Worried about your future :P Consult him in Civil Lines under this tree :P

Worried about your future😛 Consult this astrologer  at Civil Lines under this tree😛

A Tree taken aback by pomp and show at Civil Lines :-(

A Tree taken aback by pomp and show at Civil Lines😦

Public Service Commission - an office where my father worked as an officer. And we lived in the residence situated on the huge campus of this office. Later, we shifted to Lucknow branch of the same office! Allahabad is city devoted to prominent government offices in Uttar Pradesh. Civil Lines area is mainly occupied by such government institutions.

Public Service Commission – an office where my father worked as an officer. And we lived in the residence situated on the huge campus of this office. Later, we shifted to Lucknow branch of the same office! Allahabad is city devoted to prominent government offices in Uttar Pradesh. Civil Lines area is mainly occupied by such government institutions.

Allahabad is also known for coaching institutes!!

Allahabad is also known for coaching institutes!!

And that's the place where I work:  Allahabad High Court :P

And that’s the place where I work: Allahabad High Court😛

Greenery is in abundance at Allahabad High Court :P :P :P

Greenery is in abundance at Allahabad High Court😛😛😛

Nearly all newspapers have their offices in Civil Lines area. However, Northern India Patrika's  office holds a special place in my heart.  This is one of the oldest newspapers in India which started in year 1868. It was then named Amrita Bazar Patrika.  Today, all good news editors and journalists are by-products of this newspaper.  Today it's not that financially successful but editors like V.S. Datta have kept its standards high.  V.S Datta, seniormost jourmalist from Allahabad, is its editor since early 60s. And when my first article appeared in print in this newspaper he was the one responsible for its publication. I owe a lot to him for all my accomplishments to him as a writer/journalist. May Lord give him long life and good health!

Nearly all newspapers have their offices in Civil Lines area. However, Northern India Patrika’s office holds a special place in my heart. This is one of the oldest newspapers in India which started in year 1868. It was then named Amrita Bazar Patrika. Today, all good news editors and journalists are by-products of this newspaper. Today it’s  financially not that successful but editors like V.S. Datta have kept its standards high. V.S Datta, senior-most journalist from Allahabad, is its editor since early 60s. And when my first article appeared in print in this newspaper in year 1995 he was the one responsible for its publication. I owe a lot to him for all my accomplishments  as a writer/journalist. May Lord give him long life and good health!

A Journalistic road..The road running parallel to Patrika House!

A Journalistic road..The road running parallel to Patrika House!

Lawyer's Hanuman Temple :P :P :P It's situated close to Allahabad High Court.  Most of the lawyers firts have Hanumanji's blessing and then proceed towards their respective chambers :P :P :P ...Well, it's time for now to take a litle break before I come back with Part three of photo feature related with Allahabad :-)

Lawyer’s Hanuman Temple😛😛😛 It’s situated close to Allahabad High Court. Most of the lawyers first have Hanumanji’s blessing and then proceed towards their respective chambers😛😛😛 …

Geeta Niketan Temple In Tula Ram Bagh!

Geeta Niketan Temple In Tula Ram Bagh!

 

These areas are so over-crowded that one thinks twice before paying a vist ! This place is called Kotha Parcha. Courtesy telphone department that I have to come here to buy phone related instruments quite often :-(

These areas are so over-crowded that one thinks twice before paying a visit ! This place is called Kotha Parcha. Courtesy Telephone Department that I have to come here quiet often to buy phone related instruments 😦

One of the busiest rail bridge!

One of the busiest rail bridge!

Pathar Chatti Ramleela Committee's Venue which hosts many programmes related with cause of Hindus! It's situated in Ram Bagh area of Allahabad.

Pathar Chatti Ramleela Committee’s Venue which hosts many programmes related with cause of Hindus! It’s situated in Ram Bagh area of Allahabad.

This Hanumanji's temple in Rambagh is also quite well-known temple in Allahabad :-) Hanumanji rocks in Allahabad :P

This Hanumanji’s temple in Rambagh is also quite well-known temple in Allahabad🙂 Hanumanji rocks in Allahabad😛

Cute Street At Rambagh!

Cute Street At Rambagh!

It's a place which gives rise to new doctors :P :P :P

It’s a place which gives rise to new doctors😛😛😛

Allahabad has proper roads, any doubt?  :P :P

Allahabad has proper roads, any doubt?😛😛

Theosophical Society in Allahabad. " Blavatsky portrayed the Theosophical Society as being part of one of many attempts throughout the millennia by this hidden Hierarchy to guide humanity – in concert with the overall Intelligent Cosmic Evolutionary scheme – towards its ultimate, immutable evolutionary objective: the attainment of perfection and the conscious, willing participation in the evolutionary process."

Theosophical Society in Allahabad. ” Blavatsky portrayed the Theosophical Society as being part of one of many attempts throughout the millennia by this hidden Hierarchy to guide humanity – in concert with the overall Intelligent Cosmic Evolutionary scheme – towards its ultimate, immutable evolutionary objective: the attainment of perfection and the conscious, willing participation in the evolutionary process.”

 

Roads teach you a lot!

Roads teach you a lot!

This place bears testimony to meeting of Rishi Bharadwaj with Lord Rama...However, this park is nowadays chosen spot of lovers :P ..Anyway, meeting of Sri Rama, Sri Vishnu's incarnation,  would always remain one of the most significant moment in the history of Prayag!

This place bears testimony to meeting of Rishi Bharadwaja with Lord Rama…However, this park is nowadays chosen spot of lovers😛 ..Anyway, meeting of Sri Rama, Sri Vishnu’s incarnation, with Rishi Bharadwaja would always remain one of the most significant moments in the history of Prayag!

 

Sometimes some places in Allahabad give you the feeling that you are moving in Kashi :-)

Sometimes some places in Allahabad give you the feeling that you are moving in Kashi🙂

That's the ancestral home of India's first prime minister Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru which Indians know as Anand Bhawan. It played a significant role in Indian freedom movement. That's why visitors never miss this place :-)

That’s the ancestral home of India’s first prime minister Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru which Indians know as Anand Bhawan. It played a significant role in Indian freedom movement. That’s why visitors never miss this place🙂

Hope new generation gets right message from being at such places. This place also has a  famous planetarium.

Hope new generation gets right message from being at such places. This place also has a famous planetarium.

Places like Anand Bhawan are not picnic spots but these places are now best remembered for spending few hours in fun-filled way..Anyway, historical legacy  has ensured survival of these small shopkeepers selling eatables!

Places like Anand Bhawan are not picnic spots but these places are now best remembered for spending few hours in fun-filled way..Anyway, historical legacy has ensured survival of these small shopkeepers selling eatables!

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Reference:

Allahabad: A City Wedded To Realism (Photo Feature Part One)

Allahabad: A City Wherein Global Salutes The Local (Photo Feature Part 3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allahabad: A City Wedded To Realism (Photo Feature Part One)

Allahabad enjoys a glorious legacy. It’s a city that has been dominated by best minds since time immemorial. Its ancient name Prayag is associated with Rishis (saints) and Devas (demigods) eager to have an opportunity to live in this city.  Sri Rama, incarnation of Lord Vishnu,  and, Sri Shankaracharya, incarnation of Lord Shiva,  both came to interact with this city in their own ways.  Needless to state about Kumbh Mela, which provides it a global appeal.  And who can forget its role in Independence movement? And in post- Independence  era, it still continues to dominate the course of this great nation by giving birth to remarkable thought patterns. Leading politicians, top bureaucrats, great literary figures and etc.  all belong to this city. This city wedded to realism is very very slow in embracing ultra-modern changes, but now it has  started accepting bizarre changes all in the name of being in tune with time!

Even Allahabad's Skyline Above A Busy Corner Of The City Speak About Saints :-)

Even Allahabad’s Skyline Above A Busy Corner Of The City Speaks About Saints🙂

This city has imbibed secular spirt so well without any adherence to so-called secularism demonstrated my modern India's so-called secular leaders. It's beauitul Central Methodist church located in Civil Lines.

This city has imbibed secular spirit so well without any adherence to so-called secularism demonstrated by modern India’s so-called secular leaders. It’s beautiful Central Methodist church located in Civil Lines.

Another beautiful church located in Allahabad called "All Saints Cathedral" ( Patthar Girja)!  Designed by William Emerson this church depicts Gothic style.

Another beautiful church located in Allahabad called “All Saints Cathedral” (Patthar Girja)! Designed by William Emerson this church depicts Gothic style.

A Busy Street In Chowk Area. It's always a great rush here!

A Busy street in Chowk Area. It’s always a great rush here!

Another corner of Chowk Area.  This area comes in old Allahabad.

Another corner of Chowk area. This area comes in old Allahabad.

Don't be confused! It's not a  gali of Benaras. It's Allahabad's Loknath Ki Gali :-) Here too, like Varanasi's gali, you would find Lord Shiva, Bull, Bhaang, Mithai, Chaat and sea of people :P :P :P

Don’t be confused! It’s not a gali of Benaras. It’s Allahabad’s Loknath Ki Gali🙂 Here too, like Varanasi’s gali, you would find Lord Shiva, Bull, Bhaang, Mithai, Chaat and sea of people😛😛😛

Yum! Yum! Yum! Sweets being made in Loknath Ki Gali. It's called Imarti :P :P :P

Yum! Yum! Yum! Sweets being made in Loknath Ki Gali. It’s called Imarti😛😛😛

Parrots on sale :P

Parrots on sale😛

 

This is Baldau's famous newspaper corner at very busy crossing of Johnstonganj :-) These two brothers  started this shop in late 90s and even in era of Internet they have done well to retain the flow of customers!

This is Baldau’s famous newspaper corner at very busy crossing of Johnstonganj🙂 These two brothers started this shop in late 90s and even in era of Internet they have done well to retain the flow of customers!

And here Lord is on sale..I mean their images :P :P :P

And here Lord is on sale..I mean their images😛😛😛

Hot Popcorns :P :P  Garma Garam Aur Karare :P :P

Hot Popcorns😛😛 Garma Garam Aur Karare😛😛

It's the place which defines the existence of Prayag..It's the place which bears testimony to one of the largest gatherings on planet earth called as Kumbh Mela..This is Sangam area, which is confluence of three rivers, namely, Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati!

It’s the place which defines the existence of Prayag..It’s the place which bears testimony to one of the largest gatherings on planet earth called as Kumbh Mela..This is Sangam area, which is confluence of three rivers, namely, Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati!

Visitors from distant lands arrive at this divine place :-)

Visitors from distant lands arrive at this divine place🙂

These are Pandas-the people who perform religious rituals on banks of rivers...

Usually one finds  Pandas beneath such constructions-the people who perform religious rituals on banks of rivers…However, at this time, we are noticing only the devotees😛

Well, it's a great feeling to be at this place...It fills you with positive energy!!

Well, it’s a great feeling to be at this place…It fills you with positive energy!!

 

Evening Hours At Sangam :-) So Beautiful :-)

Evening Hours At Sangam🙂 So Beautiful🙂

On Road To Sangam :P

On Road To Sangam😛

During Mela time It's absolutely  jam-packed !

During Mela time it’s absolutely jam-packed!

This routes are created during Mela days to allow  smooth passage of vehicles!

These routes are created during Mela days to allow smooth passage of vehicles!

Beautiful View Of The Sangam Area!

Beautiful View Of The Sangam Area!

Now That's The Place Which Millions Of Devotees Each Year :-)

Now That’s The Place Which Witnesses Millions Of Devotees Each Year🙂

I also left my footprints here :-) :-) :-)

I also left my footprints here🙂🙂🙂

 A Bird's Eye View Of The Sangam Area :P

A Bird’s Eye View Of The Sangam Area😛

Glimpse of Devotees At This Place. They come from various parts of India in a hope to have their wishes fulfilled.  But not without taking a dip in the icy waters :P :P :P

Glimpse of devotees at this place. They come from various parts of India with a hope to have their wishes fulfilled. But not without taking a dip in the icy waters😛😛😛

This Is Allahabad's Fort built  by great ruler King Ashoka! Now it's under the control of Indian Army!

This Is Allahabad’s Fort built by great ruler King Ashoka! Now it’s under the control of Indian Army!

This beautiful fort was repaired by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1583 AD !

This beautiful fort was repaired by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1583 A.D. !

This is famous Akshayavat Temple situated inside Allahabad Fort.  This temple has so many great stories associated with it from being the only place to survive during great annhilation of universe by the Lord to a place associated with visit of Lord Rama, Sita Maiyya and Lakshmana!

This is famous Akshayavat Temple situated inside Allahabad Fort. This temple has so many great stories associated with it from being the only place to survive during great annihilation of universe by the Lord to a place associated with visit of Lord Rama, Sri Sita Maiyya and Sri Lakshmana!

In Uttar Pradesh very few cities have beautiful roads :P

In Uttar Pradesh very few cities have beautiful roads😛

 

This is Bade Hanuman Ji's Temple located in Sangam Area. It's an extremely popular temple among the devotees!  Notice the huge number of devotees at this place!  Interestingly, it believes that every year Hanumanji, who is in lying position in this temple, is made to have total bath by Ganges at least once :-)

This is Bade Hanuman Ji’s Temple located in Sangam Area. It’s an extremely popular temple among the devotees! Notice the huge number of devotees at this place! Interestingly, every year Sri Hanumanji, who is in lying position in this temple, is made to have total bath by Ganges at least once🙂

Life around this temple. It's so colourful and serene :-)

Life around this temple. It’s so colourful and serene🙂

These three fellows were having great arguments among themselves..Later they became friends :P :P :P

These three fellows were having great arguments among themselves..Later they became friends😛😛😛

Modern upper class women might not be interested in buying any item from these shops but women from rural belts spend a long time on these shops to have their beauty enhanced :P

Modern upper class women might not be interested in buying any item from these shops but women from rural belts spend a long time on these shops to have their beauty enhanced😛

This is a temple dedicated to Sri Adi Shankaracharya ji.  Sri Adi Shankara ji was India's greatest philosopher who added new dimensions in Advaita Darshana. This temple is managed by Shri Kanchi Kamkoti Peeth.

This is a temple dedicated to Sri Adi Shankaracharya ji. Sri Adi Shankara ji was India’s greatest philosopher who added new dimensions in Advaita Darshana. This temple is managed by Shri Kanchi Kamkoti Peeth.

Entrance  Gate Of This Temple.

Entrance Gate Of This Temple.

Various episodes from the life of  Sri Adi Shankara have been shown via images carved on the walls of the temple. In this one, we find him having a dialogue with another great philosopher of his times Kumarila Bhatta :-)

Various episodes from the life of Sri Adi Shankara have been shown via images carved on the walls of the temple. In this one, we find him having a dialogue with another great philosopher of his times Sri Kumarila Bhatta🙂

Now who can forget Sri Adi Shankara's debate with Sri Mandana Misra- a great Hindu philosopher :-) :-) :-)

Now who can forget Sri Adi Shankara’s debate with Sri Mandana Misra– a great Hindu philosopher ? 🙂🙂🙂

Just close to this temple one would find this beautiful shop selling decorative items made of brass and other metals!

Just close to this temple one would find this beautiful shop selling decorative items made of brass and other metals!

It's a beautiful affair to have a lonely walk on these roads in Sangam Area :-)

It’s a beautiful affair to have a lonely walk on these roads in Sangam Area🙂

Close to the Sangam area lies Allahbad's  Daraganj area. Allahbadi's best remember it for Niralaji's presence, who happened to be doyen of Hindi literature. Notice his statue behind the vegetable shop!

Close to the Sangam area lies Allahbad’s Daraganj area. Allahbadis best remember it for Niralaji’s presence, who happened to be doyen of Hindi literature. Notice his statue behind the vegetable shop!

The rustic feeling which one gets on being streets leading to Daraganj is quite unique :-)

The rustic feeling which one gets on being streets leading to Daraganj is quite unique🙂

This street is bit cleaner without losing  its rustic appeal :P

This street is bit cleaner without losing its rustic appeal😛

And Daraganj area has its own railway station. Small stations have their own unique charm :P

And Daraganj area has its own railway station. Small stations have their own unique charm😛

And I also came to notice these very beautiful calves in Daraganj area :P :P :P

And I also came to notice these very beautiful calves in Daraganj area😛😛😛

Daraganj area has many well-known temples. One of them is associated with Goddess Shakti: Alopi Ma's Temple.  During Navratris there is huge flow of devotees :-)

Daraganj area has many well-known temples. One of them is associated with Goddess Shakti: Alopi Devi’s Temple. During Navratris there is huge flow of devotees🙂

Inside view of Sri Alopi Devi's Temple :-)

Inside view of Sri Alopi Devi’s Temple🙂

Now how can Lord Krishna remain far behind :P :P This temple known as  Rupa Gaudiya Math is part of Vaishnava cult. It's learnt that  Srila Prabhupada took initiation here from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati ji Maharaja!  Jai Sri Krishna :P :P

Now how can Lord Krishna remain far behind😛😛 This temple known as Rupa Gaudiya Math is part of Vaishnava cult. It’s learnt that Srila Prabhupadaji  took initiation here from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati ji Maharaja! Jai Sri Krishna😛😛

And the life goes on in routine way on streets running parallel to this temple :-)

And the life goes on in routine way on streets running parallel to this temple🙂

And I also came to notice this Sanskrit College Associated With Sampoornananda University, Varanasi :-)

And I also came to notice this Sanskrit College associated with Sampoornananda University, Varanasi, in Daraganj area🙂

Have you tasted Dehati Rasgulla :P  If not, then it's time for you to taste them :P. My favourite shop lies in Bairahana area..During my college days, this was my favourite place for Rasgullas :P ...And notice the huge crowd :P

Have you tasted Dehati Rasgulla😛 If not, then it’s time for you to taste them😛. My favourite shop lies in Bairahana area..During my college days, this was my favourite place for Rasgullas😛 …And notice the huge crowd😛

They taste really good :P...Just have them before I come back with Part 2 of photo feature associated with Allahabad :P :P

They taste really good :P…Just have them before I come back with Part 2 of photo feature associated with Allahabad😛😛

P.S. :- The copyright of these images rests with the author of this post. Anybody making use of them without prior permission of the author, or without giving due credit to the author, could be penalized as per legal norms.

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 References:

Allahabad: City Of True Beauty, Real Romance And Mysticism (Photo Feature Part 2)

Allahabad: A City Wherein Global Salutes The Local (Photo Feature Part 3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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