Exploring India

Posted: July 4, 2011 in going places
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The Indian Army doesn’t give the permission to reside in one area. We change house, separate from friends, leave a place we get attached to. Well, why consider all the negative sides of it, the biggest positive aspect lies, it gives us a reason to explore. Visit places, know about different people, different cultures, different practices, different states. In short EXPLORE this beautiful world!

If I sit here and recall all the places I have been to from the time the little me started recognizing the world, my mind would draw the places like Talbhet, Dhana, Dalhaousie, Mangalore, Pune, Lucknow, Delhi, where my father had been posted to. Apart from these, the whole of Karnataka, Goa, Mumbai , Dheradun, Pithoragarh, Lansdowne, Rajasthan, Bhopal, Allahabad, Haldwani, Nainita.

If I recall each moment of places I have visited, I could go on and on writing and the brief of each seems incomplete.

To get a gist of my place explorations as of now, Talbhet is a place I don’t remember about. Mum keeps pulling out incidences from this place but my mind doesn’t seem to have even gists an pieces of it.

Further I travelled to Dhana. Although if I sit and recollect moments in that place, I may be 1 or 2 years, all I remember, is my grandma making little birds of cotton and I used to get so entertained by them and then she used to ask me to look around and make me say ‘fly’ and within moments the birds used to be off. I still don’t know what she used to do or how and where that bird used to go. It was never on the ground for sure. I still sometimes think about it and wonder. The other thing I remember is, I had a toy, it was a dog, used to bark and walk. It was one of my favorites and I couln’t bear anybody touch it or play with it. My granddad thought of it as the best thing to wake me up in the morning. Every morning he used to operate that toy and I used to jump off my bed, crying for my toy and then holding it as tight as to never let it go.

Dad was attached to the Kumaon regiment then, I remember a few people to, most fondly, Bapat uncle. He owned parrots and maynas. That was perhaps the first time I witnessed a bird speak. Not only speak, speak as fluently as a human. They used to eat every possible thing. This is what I gather from the scattered pieces of mind I join.

My tour continues to Dalhousie, a beautiful place I must say. The beauty of the kala top, the rocks and water in the rock garden, the Dalhousie cantt, Sacred Heart High School, Dalhousie club, there is still many more to count. With dad being in three regiments, madras, dogra, rajrif, and staying amongst bachelors (woah!), one amazing experience, I must say. Army regimental band is something that is not seen anywhere else. Dalhousie made me meet the person 98% of girls die to meet, Mr. Shahrukh Khan, Talking to him, clicking pictures (ok, now girls, don’t be crazy). Another charming, simple and suave lady I had a meeting with the Indian Fashion Diva, Madhuri Dixit. Her beauty knows no bounds. Apart from these, Nana Pategar, Raveena Tandon, was the other few I met there as far as I can recollect.

Next I moved to Mangalore. NMPT guest house, I remember residing in this place. Visiting beaches everyday, the beautiful sunset, collecting starfish and seashells, lying on the sand, swimming in sea water, the experiences couldn’t be better. In between, I must have paid a visit to many places in Karnataka, almost the entire of it. The beautiful art and architecture, the serenity of the temples, the gardens, the musical fountain, the smell of coffee beans, the rustic look of the trees, the golgumbaz, the Mysore museum, vrindavan gardens, and many more to count, all mesmerized me.

The exploration of  Pune, Lucknow and delhi and the ‘almost entire’ India continues…

  1. Arjun Sharma says:

    ur dad is in the army too? i could sense that house in ur post about pune looked like and army accommodation. and ur right moving all over the country sure has its advantages. dad was posted to kashmir, jodhpur, bangalore, lucknow, delhi, secundrabad all awesome places. it was actually exciting to move to a whole new place and meet new people. social interaction dosnt really happen that much these days thanks to facebook. people would rather stare at screens than talk to each other.sucks i tell u. good post 🙂

  2. Sanya Kapoor says:

    Nice to see fauji kids finally growing up… 🙂

  3. Arjun Sharma says:

    LOL army brat too?? its was fun and exciting to head for a new place and make new friends. that way i believe we have a huge advantage over other folk. dad was posted all over the country kashmir, jodhpur, lucknow, delhi, bangalore, secundrabad u name it. amazing places and amazing times 🙂 good post arushi 🙂

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