Hala BHU!. Vignettes from a recent and a very quick tour to IT-BHU Campus. Santosh Ojha 4 th June 2009 Camp: Varanasi. Lanka is modernising…. View of the main gate from WH. This set of hi-rises somewhere behind the old Kohinoor stores.
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Vignettes from a recent and a very quick tour to IT-BHU Campus
4th June 2009
View of the main gate from WH
This set of hi-rises somewhere behind the old Kohinoor stores.
Lanka seems to have changed. Hi-rises have come up now. And also other signs of “modernity”. Do notice the signboards of Archies, Cyber cafe and DTDC in the picture on the right. Concepts which did not exist when we were at the Institute. We are O L D now!
Views of Lanka from Mahamana’s statue
Moosa’s stall now run by Jawahar
Bhairo lovingly made me a paan
The popular joints of DG Crossing where many-a-life-altering plan was made over chai and cigarettes. Gen-next has taken charge of the pan stalls now. Jawahar has taken over from Moti who is long deceased and Bhairo has taken over from his father, the late Moosa.
No Jhanna, no Bechu… Jhanna stays in Khojwa as I was told, but not running the pan kiosk at Limbdi crossing. And Bechu and his brood are also not around !!
3rd floor getting added to Vishvesvarayya
Inner courtyard of Visvesvarayya
The grand frontage of Limbdi
A view of Limbdi lobbies. Good old towels and undies hang as usual!
Mochhu is no more. He passed away nearly two years ago. The store is managed by his sons now. But the fare remains the same. I disocovered now the real name of Mochhu- Ramcharan Patel.
The location where many-a-heart palpitated. The WH! The gate had a forlorn look even at around 6.30 in the evening. Summer holidays are on.
View of the Mandir from Limbdi crossing
Shops at the Mandir entrance
The Pahalwan clan has split…
The Pahalwan family has split. Junior pahalwans now man the two shops of the split clan. Each part soliciting business aggressively as our car parked close by. The taste of the lassi is the same. The price has increased, Rs 20 per big kulhad against Rs 3 we used to pay. They do not make lawang-lata any more. Reason being the demolition of their workshop close by due to road expansion. The road (to Assi) is indeed broad- and 2 way. An expressway in the context of Banaras.
…but the lassi-making process is the same.
And about the two famous panwallah’s of Lanka? Keshav is still around, and does the honours 9pm onwards. Mahendra, the one next to Pahalwan’s has now passed away.