Category Archives: Wanderlust

Tales From An Ancient City ~ III

(This concluding piece on the Allahabad-story is an exploration of what makes Sangam special~) Rituals of riverside bathing find mention in almost all our ancient texts and scriptures. From our parents, specially my father and mother-in-law who had spent much … Continue reading

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Tales From An Ancient City ~ II

“India as a country,” wrote Shashi Tharoor many years ago “manages to live in several centuries at the same time”. Sangam~the river-confluence~ that lies on the outskirts of Allahabad is a living example. Mythological time, historical chronology and this hi-tech … Continue reading

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Tales From An Ancient City ~ I

Some words, some names, even some places draw quirky flash-cards from your memory. So it is with the city of Allahabad. Every time i hear or read that name, a memory of a childhood pencil and paper game pops up. … Continue reading

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# Day 351 (A travel story of a ‘sentinel-spirit’ ~II)

How a humble, low-ranking Sepoy Harbhajan Singh came to be deified and venerated as Baba Harbhajan is a narrative that straddles military mythology, religious beliefs and the credulousness with which mountain-people (being a ‘pahaari’ by birth i can relate to … Continue reading

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# Day 350 (A travel story of a ‘sentinel-spirit’~ I)

Every army person posted in the north-eastern sector of the country has heard of the legend of “Harbhajan Baba.” Those serving in and around Nathu La pass and the Sino-Indian border between the state of Sikkim and Chinese occupied Tibet, … Continue reading

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# Day 284 (Corbett Stories I)

For long the image of Jim Corbett in my mind was that of a “hunter”. This was mostly due to an association with the memory of a school-hindi-textbook lesson based on one of his many jungle encounters. The story was … Continue reading

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# Day 283 (Corbett photo diaries)

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