What Mirzapur reminds me of the most is my childhood. More than anything, the raw freshness and the fresh rawness is all I needed as a perfect environment to grow in. In one picture, it is where I grew running up and down the stairs, hiding near the verandah, growing bone by bone, inch by inch. The fondest of my memories are the ones with my nani and nana, my grandparents, and everyone else around in it. And even though I’ve been there so many times, but this time it was an extraordinary journey, the kind that is unforgettable, and inexplicable. My journey starts off from Navi Mumbai, a city growing on the outskirts/far end of Mumbai, Maharashtra, where I take my local train to get off at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus. We board the train, and next day's evening, I find myself in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. From there, we take a cab that takes approximately two and a half hours to reach Mirzapur: The Town of Ghats. Located by the river Ganges, Mirzapur is a Muslim dominated, small town, a little ahead of Cheelh. One can get there from Varanasi/Banaras as well. The three day trip to Mirzapur, also my mother's hometown, has left me in awe with the colors, scents and the freshness of the town. It's not a surprise if you spot various cows and street animals on the roads. The roads constantly flowing with wires over head, the fragile corners of the streets, the peculiar narrow lanes between buildings, the ghats, everything in Mirzapur is beautiful in its own unnerving way. What seemed to trigger my head the most was, the waters, the architecture and the culture. India is particularly a country rich in heritage, and the essence of its beauty lies in its ethnic and authentic vibes, which Mirzapur definitely tries to represent.
By core, I am a writer, a traveler and a musician. I write poems, and stories, of fascination, of optimism, of dark times as well. I am curious about my surroundings, and I fantasize about moving around to see what nature has for us. Travelling is one thing I cannot survive without.
Among the days that are dull, I explore food. Search new places up and travel. There is absolutely nothing that can stop me from getting up and getting out, because I feel so strongly and passionately for travel and literature.
Literature. Travel. Music. Food. Art. Design.
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