Every sixth person in the world lives in India;
Every sixth Indian lives in the State of Uttar Pradesh;
Every sixth person in Uttar Pradesh lives in Eastern U.P;
And Mijwan is in Eastern Uttar Pradesh ;
And Mijwan needs you…
HOH YATRA- TRAVEL JOURNAL #11
MY VISIT TO MIJWAN VILLAGE , UTTAR PRADESH
It was year 2004 when I first visited Mijwan Village in Uttar Pradesh. I had rented a taxi that was very basic and bare bones and I recall how bumpy the ride was as the taxi zigzagged around open pot holes which made me dizzy. That was a time of no digital era ... there were no cell phones except for a rare pathetic looking phone booth.
After that, I decided to take the overnight train from Delhi .
Today, after 12 years I have again embarked on a road journey from Allahabad. I rented a taxi and I was pleasantly surprised at the nice looking Inova Car with a unformed driver that greeted me with his fancy smart phone. The impact of Digital Era was truly evident .
I looked forward to a pleasant drive but was again surprised to see the roads showed minimal to mild improvement .
“God crumbles up the old moon into stars,” they said in his village. Ask the girls of a village in India called Mijwan where Kaifi Azmi grew up and they will tell you it is true.
The old moon had dreamed for them. He had dreamed they would be independent little women when they married not pubescent girls. He had dreamed they would be informed mothers and not child-mother leading the child. The old moon had spawned a number of stars. Stars that glitter in the dreams the girls embroider into the muslin cloth on their laps. Glit-glit-glittery wrists and toes slip into their woven blossoms and sashay down runways in tinsel city Mumbai.
Mijwan Welfare Society got an all-around boost towards faster mobility during a five day visit of Ms. Shabana Azmi to her ancestral village and epicentre of all activities, from 20th to 25th February 2016. She was accompanied by her brother & sister-in-law, Mr. Baba & Ms. Tanvi Azmi, both equally famous and familiar names in Hindi Film Industry, Mr. Manish Malhotra- a famous fashion designer and Ms. Namrata Goyal.