My short trip to Delhi was spiced up by a 3 day detour to Kanpur. It all started at earlymorning 0500 hours when I boarded Shatabdi Express from New Delhi to Luckhnow, with my journey ending at Kanpur. What followed was a nice experience of a town sleepily immersed in a small town mentality; amicable people strolling at leisurely pace, congested roads, almost lack of public transport facilities except auto rickshaws and six seaters and a power supply which was inconspicuous with its absense almost the same amount of time as it was actually present.
The mornings were spent with lengthy walks in the adjoining Agricultural University, which had almost endless farms in which the crops were the decor for the large part of the land. Thanks to the controlled irrigation, cultivation and other agro based technologies being practised the fields were almost picture perfect with greenery splattered woith hues of golden yellow and bright shining grain stalks.
The farming practised is extensive in nature and exhaustive rotation of crops also takes place, as a result a variegated spread of plantations are easily visible across the vast strech round the year .
I also spent a totally usable evening watching an equally useless movie at the aole decent M ovie theater in Kanpur : Rave3. I watched a stupifyingly decayed and stale movie called 'UMAR' hence no wonder thatin the total hall apart from us there were only four other people who had turned up towatch the film.
The good thing about this however was the fact that we got to see the Rave3 and the associated shopping complexes and make knick-knack purchases.
Overall kanpur was a very interesting experience for a Big city Dweller like me. For someone who has spent his entire life in metropollis such cities really facinate with the curt set of offerings in terms of culture shocks and challenges it throws up and with the pleasant homliness even the ost desolate corner of the city has to offer.