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Varanasi Diary: A Teacher Recalls And Laments Her ‘Lost City’

The people who have lived in this very 'Baba ki Nagri' have lost their roots. Earthly forces have denied them permission to stay close to the divine.

Varanasi Diary: A Teacher Recalls And Laments Her ‘Lost City’
Illustration: saahil

Maze of Lanes

I have worked in the Saraswati Kanya Inter Col­lege in Kashi for 25 years, the last 11 of those as its principal. Located in the Neelkanth Mandir mohalla beside the ancient Kashi Vishwa­n­ath temple complex, the school is around 125 years old and is one of the oldest for girls in the area. Our school suffered a lot during the creation of the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor. It then remained closed for Covid in 2020. When it reopened nearly two years later, the corridor had already been built. All roads leading from across town to the temple had been blocked.

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