THE MAGICAL WIND OF UDHAMPUR

 

My Udhampur

Dear Readers, This article is not completely in English. I have used the language which we generally use in our day to day life….. Hindi-English mix…. so that it does not remain, just an article…….

 AGAR FIRDAUS BAROI ZAMIEAST

HAMIEAST…HAMIEAST..HAMIEAST….

The above quote is quite famous and perfectly fits on Udhampur…It simply means ”agar dharti par kahin swarg hai toh yahin hai,yahin hai..”(for me atleast)..Jitna pyaara naam utni hi pyaari jagah…I am sure many of you will agree to this..This is not just an article..I am going to share my own experiences which I have had till now in Udhampur..

I am basically from Ramnagar,somewhat 38 kms. from Udhampur.Before shifting to Udhampur,the only thing which I knew about this place was that I had my Maternal house here…that’s it. Udhampur was totally an unknown place to me,never wanted to shift here permanently. But destiny wanted something else..my family shifted to Udhampur in 1999.

Earlier, I used to hate this place a lot,but my hatred could not last for more than a month when I started roaming here and there in the bazaars,streets of Udhampur with my school friends….Udhampur ki galiyon mein ghoomna,bazaaro ke chakkar lagana ek apne mein alag hi Ehsaas hai jo maine khud mehsoos kiya hai…Yeh Ehsaas mujhe aaj tak kisi aur bhi jagah nahin mil paaya hai,wherever I have been to….

A walk from Sailain Talab to Housing Colony….how can I forget that???The distance between the two places is just 3 kms…But whatever these 3 kms give you is not less than a heaven…Woh “Subash ke Kachalu” aur “Channi ke Golgappe”(both near Pandav mandir), Koun bhoola sakta hai unhe????

I must tell you guys,Udhampur ka saara crowd,be it youngsters or the Grown-ups,sab wahan  milte theWoh Singh Cafeteria ki Rs.20-25 ki Bread Kalarhi,jo poori duniya mein aur kahin nahin mil sakti,will I ever be able to forget the taste of it??? Woh Adarsh Colony ki Raunak,could it ever be forgotten????

There are no pubs and discotheques in Udhampur,par party karne ka mazza equally aata hai..In my personal view,I think pubs se zyada mazaa aata hai …Wahan ke chote chote restaurants mein i don’t know kya jaadu hai jo always make me feel I can never enjoy more at any other place except for  these…

When we were kids and didn’t have enough money in our pockets to spend,hum tab bhi udhampur mein hone ka mazaa lete the…kya nahin diya is jagah ne humein…There is one food point in Udhampur named “LOVENEST”…It’s just a one room Restraurant but gives the best and the tastiest fast food…When I was in Chandigarh…Even the Rs. 100 per plate of Chowmein(Hot Millions) could not compete with the Rs. 20 per plate chowmein of Lovenest…Udhampur has given me the memories which I can never forget …

However, most of the memories are gifted to me by Army Public School,Udhampur…It is one of the biggest schools of the zone. To be honest,I really loved the local crowd of the school…They all were just so genuine,not a single line of fakeness used to appear on their faces…all were “DESI” at heart..When I was in 11th Grade…that was the time I really explored  UDHAMPUR…thanx to my tuitions…We guys always used to reach the tuition before time,not because we wanted to study,but to enjoy the atmosphere all around…Like,the Physics tuition was the favorite of all..It was in the famous LAMBI GALI of Udhampur.We used to park our two wheelers outside the tuition and then after sitting on our vehicles,used to enjoy the RAUNAK of lambi gali…hmmmm…LOVELY DAYS…

View of Lower Udhampur
View of Lower Udhampur

Today I am in Germany for my Masters. People say Germany is really beautiful. But what for those people who have seen a more beautiful place than this. Whenever I walk here, every single moment I see unknown people…us samay bas yahi visualize karta hun ki Udhampur ki galiyaa kaisi hongi ab… kaisa hoga sab wahan… I really miss it  a lot… Though my friends keep sending me latest pictures of Udhampur… fir bhi yahi sochta hun ke kab khud dekh paaunga us jannat ko …

I don’t know why, I really relate the following lines of a song to my hometown:

KYUN TU ACHA LAGTA HAI, WAQT MILA TO SOCHENGE
TUJH MEI KYA KYA DEKHA HAI, WAQT MILA TO SOCHENGE

MAUSAM KHUSHBU BAAD-E-SABA CHAND SHAFAQ AUR TARON MEIN
KON TUMHARE JAISA HAI ,WAQT MILA TO SOCHENGE……..WAQT MILA TO SOCHENGE……..

I don’t know what others think of Udhampur as,but what I  know is that anybody who has ever been to Udhampur for atleast once especially in case of my friends who were from places outside Udhampur, they still miss this place the most in comparison to all the places wherever they have been to…I still remember one of my neighbors who had his posting in Udhampur around 10-12 years back,he still keeps saying that it is the best place he has seen so far,he keeps visiting Udhampur with his wife till now…UDHAMPUR,it truly has a magic in its wind that everybody falls in love with this place…so have I.

Today  I am not  staying in Udhampur because of my Masters’ course,though my parents are there only…but I still feel the breeze of Udhampur through them…

 

 

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