When Banarasis Meet Banaras.
A Joint Social of VRT 196 and VRRT 218
Date: Jan 25th 2015
According to Hindi Mythology, and a belief dearly held by many locals, Banaras, is the land of salvation. Many come here to die. Many come here after they have already accomplished the feat and want निर्वाण (Nirvana. No. Not Curt Cobain silly) from the cycles of life & death. And many, of late, have come here for other reasons. They win. They become the PM. They lose. They become a CM. But amongst this motley crowd of mortals visiting this ancient city once in a lifetime, there are some who visit us every year, not for religion, not for salvation, and not the least for garnering votes. They come for survival.
They are the Siberian Cranes.
Thousands of these migratory birds travel thousands of miles across the continents to reach the indo-gangetic plain for a warmer climatewhen their home freezes over. In what is a mere survival exercise for them, they add a new dimension to this beautiful city of Benares. A dimension not explored by many Banarasis. A dimension that we, the Tabling community of Varanasi, decided to discover on a lovely Sunday Morning.
Ohh the setting. A cold Sunday Morning. Dense white fog. The Mystic River. Discretely arranged (and newly cleaned) Ghats. A Jumbo Bajra. Live Banarasi Breakfast. And the Birds.
Painters. Photographers. They all have tried, tried hard, and failed. It’san experience, a canvas that cannot be captured into two dimensions.Sounds surreal. Doesn’t it. It does and it is. But all this comes with a great sacrifice. A great battle. People have lived and people have died. Generations have gone by. But a battle not many could conquer. Not even dared fight. Including that day. Getting up early on a Sunday morning!!! Really?? What kind of a rascal would expect you to do that? I did. And I am glad I did. And so are those who made it (I hopeJ).
The proceedings in a nutshell. We all assembled at the beautiful AssiGhat at 8:30 am.
Boarded. Clicked. Ate. Clicked. Clicked. Ate. Sang. Ate. Clicked. Clicked. Ate. Retuned. Ate. Clicked.
Description? Did I miss out mentioning in the previous para?Writers. Have failed too.
Conceived and organised by VRT 196, I am really thankful to ChairmanTr Saurabh Chakraborty and the Tablers of 218 who accepted to be a part of the event and made it possible at a short notice of 2 days. Co-ordinator for 218, Tr BhagirathJalan was “instrumental” in setting up the “stage”. (Mind it. The words in quotes always accompany the name.) I must thank Tr Harsh Madhok, Chairman-VRT 196 and Tr Yaduraj Kanudia, Secretary-VRT 196, who supported the idea wholeheartedly. Really. The idea of live breakfast just turned them in. The birds? Yes Yes. The birds. They were important too. ;-)
Enjoy the images folks.
Tr Umang Agrawal
LMF Tr Sai Madhukar Rathi (RT 213)
National Blog Committee Member
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