We then decided to visit the Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, which is situated in Georgetown and close to the University of Allahabad. By this time, during the trip my kids got fond of the driver of our hired car. His name was Varun, a guy in his mid twenties and he was a local. The kids called him Varun bhaiya all the time and he reciprocated with much love and anticipation. He was the one who informed us about much of the places to visit in Allahabad, out of which the Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, Allahabad was a much interested option.
When Prince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh, visited the city of Allahabad, the park was built to mark his visit. It was formerly called the Alfred Park. It was renamed after the legendary freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad, who gave up his life there. Nevertheless, I found out that the name Alfred Park was still famous among the people of Allahabad. When I visited the park the name of Chandra Shekhar Azad was ringing in my brain like an inner bell due to which a sense and significance of nationalism occurred in my unconsciousness. I felt the pride of being a citizen of a country, which has given birth to some of the greatest leaders and heroes of the world. It was a state of natural high.
The Chandra Shekhar Azad Park is the biggest park in the city of Allahabad and it is also amongst the most wanted destination spots for tourists visiting the city. While walking towards the centre of the park, my kids directed me to two huge statues of Victoria and George V. It was said that during the imperial rule, official ceremonies were held there along with musical performances. “Azad” lost his life in this very park during an encounter with the British police. His contributions to his motherland can never be forgotten even in the busy life of the 21st century.
Being at the Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, Allahabad was a memorable experience. I was glad that my children got to know something about their country’s history and the people who made it free. Some things were beyond the knowledge of what books provided as it was meant to be felt.