On privacy

Privacy in a legal world is a myth. We never know what code has been written behind those ACCEPT button on privacy maintenance terms and conditions page. Or how the identity documents we provide for obtaining services will be used. Though we are protected by the law against unlawful usage of such information, detecting the leak takes time and often goes undetected. Right to privacy is just the colourful wrapper given to the masses.

Siddhnath Ki Dari - A weekend getaway from Varanasi/Allahabad

Siddhnath ki Dari, a waterfall with a plunge of about 100 ft. is one among the scenic waterfalls on the Vindhya range. It is named after Siddhinath Baba who is supposed to have used this serene place for meditation. The waterfall is located in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh, about 20 km from Chunar. The falls can be accessed easily by road from both Varanasi (30 km) and Allahabad (120 km). Alternatively, one can also take train upto Chunar Jn. or Mirzapur railway station, both of which lie on the Delhi-Howrah main line. Compared to Chunar Jn., Mirzapur railway station has more train stoppages. From Mirzapur to Chunar one can take auto or bus (33 km, ₹30/-) and then from Chunar continue by bus till the falls (20 km, ₹25/-).

A summer weekend trip to Varanasi and Sarnath

In the hot summers of June 2018 I made another trip to Varanasi. Touching down for the third time. This time I was accompanied by a friend from my PG back in Allahabad. We started from Allahabad on Saturday at around 4 pm on board the UPSRTC bus. Thanks to the ongoing highway development projects the usual 3 hours journey to cover the 125 kms took nearly 4 hours. Yet we were not dropped at the Varanasi Cant. Bus station. The buses to and from Allahabad now terminate 4 kms before the bus station ever since the disastrous accident - the collapse of the under construction flyover took place. Next I was to look for auto to Dashashwamedh Ghat nearby which I had booked a guest house. We found an auto that agreed to take us for ₹20/- per person on sharing basis. It took around 30 minutes to reach our destination. The famed Ganga aarti had just ended and a sea of people was returning from the ghat.

Crowd at Dashsshwamedh Ghat