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Reached home today!

After 40 and half hours of traveling we finally set foot into our home in Bangalore. The train journey was the best I had in years. The girl in the seat next to me was exactly my age. Plus, there was an architecture convention in Christ University, so there many college students travelling. We played chess, cards, and talked a lot. Thus, the journey was filled with laughter, smiles, and jokes. Over the past 2 days I witnessed the wonder which takes place when people decide to put down their mobiles.

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Gender Bias in My Village

As you know I am in my hometown in UP. And I couldn’t help but notice the clear gender bias on the streets. The ratio of boys to girls on the streets is too abstract. This I consider one of the major reasons for gender based violence. Not because men are given free rein, but because women are not. If there is a healthy and equal gender ratio on streets, crime rate will reduce automatically. And if let us say parents or family members find it too unsafe or unsecure to send their females out then they should also not allow their men to go out, Simple. It should be equal right? What is your take on this? Do you think I am right or wrong? Please tell me in the comment section below. 

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Arrival Day 2: Day Trip to Akshardham 

Next day we decided to visit the famous Akshardham. The Akshardham temple is built under the BAPS Sanstha which is an religious organization following the teachings of Shri Swaminarayan. We left around 2 ’o’ clock. The temple is 30km from the city center which takes about 45 minutes to cover. It was scorching hot when we reached. So me and my aunt had some juice which we had brought with us from home. But there was no need for that, since there were many lemon soda and sugarcane juice stalls outside, along with chaats, gujarati snacks, and handmade clothes stalls. While entering there was a huge queue, and we had to submit all leather items, wallets, phones, and bags in a locker, before going through scanning. Funny thing my little brother Heman had first time heard the word scanning in his life and heard it in a Gujarati accent, which is a bit like “scenning”.  So after coming out of the queue he told my “scenning” is done in a proper Gujju accent and we were all laughing. Then later we attended the temple which is approximately more than 100 years old and very beautiful with intricate carvings. Outside is a beautiful garden showcasing elephants and idols made from hedges. Inside it was like any normal temple, there was a big idol of ‘shri Swaminaryan’ in the middle. In One corner there were some idols of Hindu Gods and goddesses and in another corner of Indian mystics. On the top floor there was an art gallery on Sri Swaminarayan’s life. All the paintings were original and really beautiful. Then we went to the Exhibition. In the Exhibition there were many paintings, acts, and scenes, telling stories or giving knowledge about the Ancient Indian civilization. Till now we had some 4 hours inside and it was time for the light and sound show which starts at 7 30. When we went to the light and sound show, we were all excited since this is reputed to be the best light and sound show in India. They were narrating one of the masterpieces of the Katha Upanishad. After the show was finished we had dinner in their canteen, which was very diverse in terms of their menu, hygienic, and the food was also good. 

On our way back we saw a place with a lot of lights and stalls so we decided to stop there. The first thing we noticed were the lines of show stalls displaying heels, crocks, sandals, belles, jootis, etc. And so cheap, on average 250-350 rupees a pair, plus it was good quality and really comfortable. Inside there many traditional and western wear shops, again diverse, cheap, and good quality, honestly this place is a fashion haven. BTW, its name is Fashion Street itself. You might not believe me but the fake jewellry stalls were even better. Then we had some chole kulche and Juice, before finally leaving for home.

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Arrival Day 1 

Ho, Finally landed, what a feeling! In the airport there was a slight confusion with the luggage belt. My aunt, her son, and grandpa have come to pick me up. While leaving we were in a kind of hurry to save the parking fine of 90 INR, but alas we were one minute past the deadline:(( the queue itself was 2 mins long). While going home what caught my attention was the excellent quality of roads- very clean and big. But the traffic was equally bad, like there must have been countless times in our stay that we were almost hit. The major attraction that came our way was the Sabarmati Riverfront. When the Sabarmati river had started drying up, the government had diverted the water  from the Narmada river, and developed 10 Kms of path on both the banks for the people to walk, exercise, cycle, and simply relax. After reaching home It felt really nice to meet my grandma. Later I had breakfast after ages, since I normally don’t eat in the morning. My grandma had prepared methi ke parathe with fresh malai.The rest of the day I took off from studying and played with my cousin Hemanth. 

In the evening both my aunts, uncle, and their children went together to Riverfront flower park. Near the Riverfront the government has developed many parks, gardens, playing areas, and much more. The Flower park was especially beautiful and even more wonderful during springtime. There were many places to sit, and had a small park for children, there was even a pond. Later we went home, though we were in full mood to stop for some street side Gujarati food but Reyansh( my second cousin – 3 years old) was sick. But we couldn’t stop staring at the aromatic stalls lined with masalas, chutneys, and oils. But it wasn’t a bad decision since my grandma had prepared amazing food and the entire family had dinner together. And we all stayed up till 4:30 am the next day chit chatting!