Riding High and Eating away

In three months’ time I’ll hit 30 and the weight of slowly and steadily stepping into middle age seems to burden me sometimes. That is why whenever I get the smallest opportunity to relive the childhood that I once had, I seize it promptly and wholeheartedly. One such thing which was an integral part of my childhood (and all of you too I’m sure) was visiting those typical Fun Fairs…more commonly called as Anand Nagari at our place.

As kids we waited eagerly for any such fair to come up since it promised us lots of enjoyment; all kinds of fun rides, games and unrestricted binging on junk food. Mom and Dad were lenient and didn’t mind us getting overtly demanding and vocal. We could buy anything of our choice; clothes, accessories, games. I remember buying cute hand carved pen-stands and hair clips for myself from there and guarding them with my life. What fun!!

This time when I went back home I got a chance to visit one such Anand Nagari. I did enjoy myself, but what I enjoyed more was A Jr’s excitement and insistence to see each and everything! Here are some pics from back there. Do you miss these too??

One would expect a kid of his age to be scared of a merry-go-round but he simply loved it!! I had to hold on to him tightly to stop him from dancing in the moving riders. I’m sure he had a better time than I did 😛
This one was my personal favourite. The ride was probably not more than a minute long for one round and the ride had 6-7 such rounds. I always insisted on riding it over and over again but gave it a miss this time 😦
A Jr had the first baraf ka gola of his life. A mix of Rose and Cola flavours, he devoured it and slurped it greedily. Needless to say his whole dress was drenched in the sticky liquid, but watching him have it so diligently made me ignore all that 🙂

We girls have a radar which detects any chaat stall immediately. Without the slightest care of an already upset stomach and even more calories I ate and ate lots of pani puris. This one is the pic of the chana chor stall. Had some of it then and there and carried some back home too 🙂
I bought lots of beautiful bangles too, but was so busy selecting and buying them that taking a picture didn’t even click me, pun unintended! 😛
My parents just couldn’t get enough of his antics. Even at this age my father took him around everywhere. He was physically drained but had a proud smile on his face throughout. Ditto with my mother. She was the one who fed him that baraf ka gola. Loads of patience, I must add. But that’s how grandparents are, right? 😀
And such was an awesome fun-filled evening. Tell me, did I take you back into your childhood too??

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24 thoughts on “Riding High and Eating away

  1. Yes you certainly did :)Good to see how you enjoyed the fun fair with junior A,with those rides and sweet and spicy treats :)I so wanna do it all myself :DHave a great day ahead Varsh!!

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  2. Absolutely did! Wonder when I will find time to go to a fun fair next. Glad you had fun with Jr. A and gave him a glimpse of what fun life can be 🙂

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  3. mela or amusement park whatever it is it always creates excitement…few days back i had a chance to visit one of the amusement parks in noida with my special friend….but v reached early….it was not opened yet..enjoyed readn and seeing pics…thnks sharin.

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  4. Till I ws in Blr, I used to go to such a fair in Mysore very yr. Its very famous there during Dasara 🙂 Chatsss … drooling 😛 I actually cnt see anything else nw LOL ;)Its really nice that A.Jr enjoyed so much 🙂

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  5. @G: I'm not the one to encourage an overdose of video games and all…I want him to see and have fun with such things…and he likes them alright!

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  6. @BS: Awww..I hope the next time you plan you do get to enjoy in the amusement park…its a whole different world…makes us go back to our childhood…I loved sharing them..Glad you enjoyed 🙂

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  7. @Swaram: Ohh he did…and he loves puris too! (without the pani) So we both enjoyed…I absolutely love chaats…All girls in fact like I said 😀

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  8. You sure did, Varsh. I couldn't stop thinking about those fun filled days of childhood after reading this post… 🙂 Nice that A Jr is enjoying his share of Fairs too 🙂

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  9. I loved fun fairs and still do! Only 4 years ago I went to Luna Park in Sydney which has the ferris wheel, roller coaster and all the other stuff… 🙂 Absolutely love it. You took me down memory lane though with your pictures…

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  10. That sounds like sooo much fun and I am sure A Jr. had a blast.. I can well imagine all the running around and the eating. And CHAAT..let me stop here before my drool covers the keyboard.. 🙂

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  11. @PB: Riding ferris wheel at this age is even more fun, don't you think?? Glad you enjoyed it…and as for the pictures…first time I took pictures at a Fair…and I'm happy I did…all my blogger friends seem to like them 🙂

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  12. @Comfy: Oh yaaa Comfy…he was hard to control..kept running around and banging into people and poles :DAnd he likes Chaat too! His eating habits are heavily inspired from me…not very good 😦 😛

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  13. We girls have a radar which detects any chaat stall immediately. this is so true !!!I lurrve pani puriii !!YummmmYes childhood memories did flash..and why childhood..Have recently been to a fun fair..and it's always the same feeling:amazing 🙂

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  14. @Nu: Me toooooo…Mom lost me in the crowd and very confidently stood at the chaat stall since she knew i'd come there for sure :PYou went to one too…coooool…yes it is always lot of fun..like my Post title…Riding High and Eating Away 🙂

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  15. You did take me back in time Varsh! and don't go feeling blue about entering middle age! What should i say then? We can have all the fun we want whatever the age, the perspective changes, that's all. Look at how your parents enjoyed it! Oh, i love barf ka gola! My mother never let me have it as a kid, so I gorged on them after becoming an adult and a mother, much to the amusement of MY kids!

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  16. Wow…..this is in A'bad???…..must have a look see!!! Since im at home all day!!Newayz I always make it a point to keep the child within me alive at all costs. To hell with what ppl say, one must always remain young from within!!Ohh…and the pics of the chaat totally made my mouth water!!! yum!!! (one reason I will never go abroad again!!!)

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  17. @zephyr: I've always believed that one must age gracefully and being young at heart is most important. May be having to get matured and the responsibilities alongwith bog me down a bit sometimes :PYesss…my parents enjoyed a lot…and hope I will too when my time comes.Yes, on the pretense of kids we can get to do things too 🙂

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  18. @Vyazz: Yes it is A'bad!! It is not a hamlet my friend! :)I don't think it is there still, but next time I get to know I'll definitely inform you so you can go there…it is mostly held at the Zilla Parishad ground near Nirala Bazar.Oh yes…I looooove chaats too…who doesn't 😛 and most of the time its because of them that my diet plans do for a toss 🙂

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