"A Man and a Storm never issue a warning before descending on you".
The statement jumpstarted my lazy sunday morning. LOL!!!
Apart from the statement, the article also made me think about my horrendous U.P trip(experienced way back in college days)...personally it was a very overwhelming trip, trip full of emotions...from happiness to sadness to disgust to fear..everything.
I had gone to attend a wedding. The wedding was at a place called HAPUR(less than 80 kms from the capital). I was excited for the trip..excited because I had already heard some shocker of the news before we even planned our trip. News like there were two marriages that were suppose to happen in 2 consecutive days....One of my friends neice and second of my friends younger brother......looking for the shocking part????? here it comes....His neice was just 16 and considering we were in college doing our masters i think his younger brother wouldnt be older than 20-21. I had already asked my friends a zillion questions ...Questions about the hurry they were in, and why were they doing this to them ...but he had only 1 answer to all my questions..."Thats how it happens in my place"..and i wasnt buying that answer cuz he was "in college" and still un-married...a Virgin for that matter...so if that was the case, he should have been married to...but me being me ...didnt wanted to take it to an argumental level and decided that I would see for myself.
So coming back to this article I read in todays newspaper, it so true that people dont have anything to do..i mean out of 24 hours, the so called "posh areas" get electricity for mere 4 hours and that too from 2am to 6am...wow!!!!
The site and sound of the place still haunts me....There were children everywhere...everywhere you see...and if u sit in ur room and close ur eyez..the only sound you can heard was of children...some crying..some playing..some laughing....so to beat this cacophony me and my friend, who had travelled with me from college, decided to go for a walk...walk in the fields...In countryside, especially in India, you cant miss two things:
- Lush green farms and
- Children playing cricket
Me and my friend both are from farmer family so we decided to goto farms and see what kind of tools do they use ..you know like picking the best practices :) ...U.P is known for its sugarcane production.....and we were surprised to see 10-12 foot high sugarcanes...i mean we do sugarcane plantation in our state as well, but the max we get is a 5-6 footers...so that was really impressive..and immediately got us thinking that how could a state so rich in plantation be so poor....we had just one answer...Population!!!
anyways, we went over to the kids who were playing...seeing us come towards them, they stopped and asked us if we would like to play..we played with them for a while...and then after we were done, we sat near a tubewell and asked them about their names and schools they study in...all of them were from the village school..and told us that even though it was a wednesday, there was no school for them ...REASON??? It was sarpanchs(village heads) daughters wedding :) ...
We asked them about their favourite cricket players....they stared at us with a blank face, as if we had asked them to spell