A Visit to the Ramnagaria Fair

The thing about fairs is that every time they are held…they are held anew. Tradition might prescribe a set of rites and rituals to be performed year after year but every person who is either a visitor or a host at the fair takes home two sets of memories – a public memory and a…

Stop at Barhan – An Old Railway Station in Agra

This was last month during a journey from Delhi back to my hometown Bholepur, located in the Farrukhabad district (Uttar Pradesh). On the morning of 19 Februrary, I packed my bags and headed to the Anand Vihar Bus Terminal (New Delhi) to catch the 10 AM Janrath Bus(Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation) . It is…

An Unexpected Stop at Mathura Junction

This was in June 2016 during my onward journey to Sheopur in Madhya Pradesh for a work trip. Initially I had planned to take a direct train to Sawai Madhopur from Delhi and then to take a bus to Sheopur which is some 65 kilometres from Sawai Madhopur Station. But due to work commitments in…

Makers of the Morning Snack- The Idliwallas of Mumbai

It is four in the morning, an eager group of formally dressed office goers, factory workers,haggard looking college students and taxi drivers stand huddled together near a tea-stall eyeing the road-turn by the Chembur local-station with mumbling anticipation and frequently questioning the tea-vendor- “When will Anna arrive?”, “Why is Anna taking so long today?”. The…