I returned from Lucknow late evening on
August 15th (our Independence Day).
It poured heavily all day and I missed the earlier buses. Sonia and I waited more than 2 hours at the
bus station , once I got a seat everything was OK.
In spite of rain, I had a lovely time with Sonia and her family. I will post pictures of the places we saw. I was visiting after a gap of 10 years, much has changed in that city.
I travelled by a very comfortable AC bus and tried to take photos through the closed windows.
Lucknow is 205 kms (kilometers) from
These pictures are of the River Ganga flooded
in the middle of the monsoon. All the low lying areas and villages are submerged.
The village roads were very muddy and slushy.
While the cities and urban areas are developing at a very fast rate and everywhere you can see signs of wealth, prosperity and advancement, the villages are far behind and neglected.
Before leaving I had made arrangements for Mama and Aunt Maya , ensuring their comfort and ease (even Sheeba). Mama was very worried and kept calling me on my cell phone.
On entering Lucknow we passed through
a newly developed area which is a memorial park, I told her so. Mom was puzzled by that and thought the bus driver was taking us through a wrong route. She rang up my sister and brother-in-law and had another person call them. So there was a lot of telephonic activity during my approach to the city.
My mother was only satisfied when I told her that I had met Sonia and Abner at the bus station.
Up till then my poor mother was thinking I was lost, kidnapped or hijacked!
After all I had left town after ten years.