Meerut - Where politics takes precedence over directions
Meerut is a town situated approximately 70 Km from New Delhi in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It has been a special town of sorts for me because my family comes from Modinagar which neighbors the city. Although I was born and raised in New Delhi, my father has told us numerous stories of his childhood which feature them (he comes from a large family of 10 brothers and sisters) traveling to Meerut. The city became all the more prominent in my life when I ended up marrying a girl from Meerut. So, in the last 5 years, since I got married, I have been to Meerut a number of times.
Last week I drove to Meerut (about 3 hours) to surprise my wife on her birthday as she was visiting her parents at that time. What was supposed to be an overnight stay at my in-laws turned into a two night stay because apparently they had some work that required Anubha (my wife) to stay another day? I just think it was all planned to make me stay another day :-)
Nevertheless, not to let go of an opportunity, I decided to take my brother in-law along with my wife and daughter for a drive around Meerut in the evening. The poor soul had no choice, but being a gracious host that he is, he drove me around the city as I took some moving (we were after all in a car) photographs.
In the history books, Meerut is famous for the Indian Rebellion of 1857, aka The Sepoy Mutiny, wherein Indian sepoys in the British East India Company revolted against them for having to use rifle cartridges that had a coating of animal fat. It is also termed as the First War of Independence.
The city has transformed a lot over the last few years. With malls and new residential developments coming up all over, there is certainly a change towards the positive. Unfortunately it is also a city that is in the news at times for all the wrong reasons. Not to disappoint or discourage, Meerut makes for a great day trip from New Delhi, especially for fans of sports and history.
To End the drive, here are some random photogrpahs...