Saturday, April 12, 2014

Brahminy Mynas Getting Ready....


From my archives... 21 Jan 2012 A pair of Brahminy Starling (ब्रह्मणी मैना Sturmus pagodarum) 
enjoy the morning sunlight...


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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Royalty is Royalty....



04 March 2014, Tuesday
Army Despatch Rider's Royal Enfield Motorbike in Malwa Market Mhow


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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Old houses, old memories...


November 28 2013
That old bungalow at one end of Post Office Road.... If only its walls could speak....
Clicked with my mobile phone camera...
I remember visiting this house in 1971 when a family was living here... 




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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

A Church in Mhow.. St Anthony's Church

Tuesday November 5 2013:
I enjoyed the sunset sitting outside St Anthony's Church, Mhow. One of the lesser known churches in Mhow this is in the Infantry School Mhow campus. It was built in 1892 for troops from South India especially the Tamil troops. St Anthony of Padua is a revered figure in South India.


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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blade Runner Major D P Singh and the Infantry Run

Infantry Run held as part of Infantry Day Celebrations 2013
A Photo Essay....

Major D P Singh, India's first blade runner who lost a leg in the 1999 Kargil War was the star attraction in the Infantry Run conducted in Mhow on Saturday 26 October 2013. This run was part of Infantry Day celebrations conducted in Mhow by the Infantry School - the alma mater of the Indian Infantry. D P Singh participated in the 10 km run and was a figure of admiration for each one of us who was there.
A majority of people who were there would not remember who the actual winners of the 3 km and 10 km race were... But we can forgive them after all it was DP's day... I too dedicate this blog post to the indomitable spirit of the soldier in Major DP Singh...

With Army officers before the run began...

With members of the NGO Swayam Jyoti which assisted Infantry School in conducting the Infantry Run...

With Lt General Rajesh Pant, AVSM, VSM, Commandant MCTE (Military College of Telecommunication Engineering) Mhow and Senior Colonel Commandant of the Corps of Signals. 




Encouraging and accepting the greetings of the participants of the 3 km race....


Some of the young participants in the 3 km run.


This group of ladies was also raring to go.....


Some of the veterans who participated in the run.


The Equestrian Squadron of the NCC (National Cadet Corps), RVC (Remount and Veterinary Corps)
was also in action helping in the smooth conduct of the run.  



Loosening up after the race. Nobody expected DP to go out of the stadium and he was left alone (something very unusual for this visit of his) for quite some time. 




Above and below: With some of his innumerable admirers.....


With a young subaltern...

Major DP Singh with Lt Gen A S Nandal, UYSM, AVSM, SM, Commandant Infantry School, Mhow


Major DP Singh being felicitated by Lt Gen A S Nandal, UYSM, AVSM, SM, Commandant Infantry School Mhow


                                        
The winner of the 10 km race young Pankaj Kumar Pardesi .... Wishing him many more successes in the future...

                             
Smartly turned out soldiers of the Sikh Regiment who made sure that the event went off peacefully.
Hats off to them....


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The Infantry school, Mhow organised an Infantry Run on Saturday 26 Oct as part of the Infantry day celebrations, which falls on 27 October, and is celebrated every year to commemorate the landing of first elements of the Indian Army at Srinagar airfield on 27 October 1947  thus preventing  Kashmir from falling into Pakistani hands.

 Approximately 5000 people from all spheres of life including defence personnel, civilians and school children participated with full zeal and enthusiasm. The run was conducted in two categories of 10 Km and 3 Km. Mr Pankaj Kumar Pardeshi in age group of 18 to 35, Nb Sub Amarjeet Singh in age group 35 to 45 and Nk AN Pandey in age group 45 to 55 came first in 10 km category whereas 3 Km run was won by Kumari Seema Awase in girl child category, Master Naveen Chauhan in boys category, Capt Sadhana Singh in ladies category and Mr N Sanjeev in senior category.  

 Many senior army officers and civil dignitaries participated in the run to support the spirit of Infantry Men who always leads from the front and are always ahead in war, counter insurgency operations or humanitarian relief during natural calamities.

 Major DP Singh, the first blade runner of the country and a Kargil war veteran also participated in the Infantry run as a special invitee and was felicitated by Lt Gen AS Nandal, UYSM, AVSM, SM, Commandant Infantry School.

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Yashwant Nagar Talab... Beautiful and unspoilt...

Sunday Oct 27 2013
A visit to Yashwant Nagar Talab with a visiting friend.
The dam you see below was constructed by the Maharaja of Indore during the British Raj.
I came here for the first time in 1969 as an eight year old boy. The occasion was the festival of Holi and a group of officers from MCTE (Military College of Telecommunication Engineering) had arranged a picnic.
My parents were not part of that group but my friend Bunny's father - who was  then the Commandant of MCTE Brigadier Talwar had requested my father to send me and my younger brother with them.

When  I returned to Mhow in 1979 I remember an occasion when I and my classmates bunked college and cycled down here. One of us had even jumped off the dam (where the water can be seen overflowing now) and swam across the lake. I have cycled till this lake quite a few times. This lake has also been part of treks in the beautiful countryside sorrounding it. 


The Rest house of the Irrigation Department  ... Unchanged since many decades...


Love the sight of these stones which make these steps...

                                       The watchman's quarters attached to the  Rest House  

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

An Image from Colonial Era Mhow

Sola topis and doggie mascot ...   Mhow of the colonial era. A group photo by Guerra and Sons. Pre-1920.
Just love the tiled roof....

Owner: FIBIS Source: Original postcard owned by Valmay Young. Licence: CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 Unported. 
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Mhow Barracks in the early 20th Century.



A peek into the early 20th century. Wellesley Barracks (WB1 and WB2) where the British soldiers were kept  aka Gori Paltan (White Battalion) as opposed to Kali Paltan (Black Battalion) in the present day Infantry School area where the 'Native' battalion was kept. The highest point of Mhow. 

P
resently part of the  MCTE (Military College of Telecommunication Engineering),  which was known as the School of Signals till 1967. The highest point of Mhow.  One reason the British Battalion was kept here was that they could overlook and protect the road to Bombay (Presently the road to Badgonda and then Mandleshwar).




Photograph by Guerra and Sons pre-1920. 
Printed glossy (black and white) (137mm x 87mm)
Author: FIBIS, Source: Original postcard owned by FIBIS; 
Licence:CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 Unported;
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