It’s one of my passions as a blogger to visit old cemeteries and dig out history from each of the tomb and epitaphs. For me, each of these tells a story which needs to be told, forgotten with time I hope to bring back some of the interesting characters that once had a legacy which needs to be reminded. I had traveled to Gooty as a part of a tourist circle covering Belum Caves – Gandikota Gorge – Gandikota Fort – Gooty Fort. It was at Gooty that we have this famous hilltop fort which I have already blogged about and at the foot of the hill is this European Cemetery.
After the defeat of Tipu Sultan, the forces of East India Company looked to consolidate all the southern principalities and Gooty was one of them. The strategic position of Gooty fort at a hilltop resulted in a fierce battle and commanding that was Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Bowser (1749-1833). Gooty Fort was captured by Lt. Col. Bowser’s detachment in August 1799, this battle resulted in some casualties and it was these dead soldiers and officers that were first buried at this European Cemetery.
Gandikota which is most famous for its Grand Canyon-like gorge has also another important tourist attraction which is the Gandikota Fort. The ruins of the fort and its structures lie right next to the gorge, in fact, the fort was purposely built in this location so that the gorge acts as a natural defense on one side. The different remaining structures inside the fort complex is spread out and if you want to see them properly then can take nearly half a day thus prepare and plan accordingly. Gandikota fort forms a part of the tourist circle which comprises of Belum Caves – Gandikota Gorge – Gandikota Fort – Gooty Fort.
I distinctly remember that during the early 90’s till about the new millennium the usage of postcards was very common for me. The 90’s saw many quizzes and completions on television and newspaper which required the individual to respond on a postcard. Later due to their increasing popularity the postal department had rolled out special Competition Post Cards which cost a lot more than the ordinary postcard. However with the new millennium and the advent of Internet in the country saw the dominance of postal service slowly declining. Emails were slowly replacing letters and private courier services with better service took over the role played by Indian postal department.
Major-General Robert Clive a name synonymous with East India Company and the British India had a very different job with the company at the beginning and had nothing to do with battlefield or the conquest over the Mughals. Being from Kolkata I was well aware of Robert Clive and his role in the city for defeating Siraj Ud Daulah and recapturing Fort William(old) but it did not strike me that much before his accomplishment in my city he had done something dramatic in the city of Arcot.
Last year in the month of November I made a short day trip to Chuchurah along with my wife and daughter. This was a road trip and since I do not drive myself I hired a car to take us around. I had two main intentions, one to visit Bandel Church and the second to visit my cousin brother who stays with his family in Khamarpara, Bokultala. My brother knew that I am into photography and blogging thus he asked me to plan it in a way so that in one day we would be visiting them as well as covering some old Dutch heritage sites.
Instead of writing about multiple locations within one blog which makes the blog really long and difficult to read I have decided to write in parts. I will be writing about:-
It was time to say goodbye, the train was about to leave, I had gone to Howrah station to drop my wife and daughter as they were going to Ranchi to my in law’s place for the Durga Puja vacation, unlike any other year we always travelled together for a vacation but this year it was scrapped. My daughter would just not let go off my hand and I could feel the tear drops rolling down her eyes and drop one by one on my feet. She just wouldn’t stop sobbing and kept begging me to come. Just to cheer her up I told her not to worry as I would take the next train to Ranchi as I did not get a train ticket in this one. She stopped crying and held my hand; then she asked me to promise that I would be coming in the next train. I had to say yes as the train was about to leave but she kept reminding me that I had promised to be with her when she opens her eye the next morning from sleep.