Monday, February 28, 2005

Marris Road

Marris Road is indeed one of the most important streets in Aligarh. The distnguished status of this street comes from the beautiful, large and palatial bungalows and Kothis situated on the both sides of this road. According to a very senior Aligarian in Hyderabad, there used to be days when Marris Road was called Paris Road because of the rich and elite who inhabited those bungalows. All of them were highly educated, cultured and sophisticated and had an exquisite taste of art and literature.

Coming to my time of Aligarh, most of these kothis and bungalows had lost their charm and grandeur but some of them simply couldn't resist telling the stories from their glorious past. With vicinity to city's railway station and the most happening commerical area - Centerpoint, most of these kothis are now being shrouded by shops and shopping complexes coming up on the roadsides and in some way, helping the majestic bungalows in hiding their pitiful state.

While, there is one reason which accounts for the loss of value of Marris Road, there is another gaining importance and momentum. The Women's college and Abdullah Hall (AMU Girls' Hostels) have their main gates on Marris Road. Most of new and happening Eating points and dating spots are like adding more taste to the relishing gravy.

So, the reasons may change but M for Marris Road remains the same - the place to be, that is.

~ Qais


Blogger riz said...

Qais Bhai, what better way to start describing AMU than to put Marris Road amongst your early posts on AMU ! Come to think f it, That is in essence, the Road that links some of the most vital Departments and Landmarks of our alma mater.
It seems as if you are even now, pointing the ways down,towards memory lane, when we as ex-students have only fond memories of passing by Marris road every day, while we were blessed to be its proud students...

Wednesday, March 02, 2005 2:18:00 AM  
Blogger Qais said...

Thanks a lot, Rizzie. It's nothing else but penning down the memories from our beloved alma mater while they are still fresh in my mind.

I am so grateful that it could vibrate some chords in your heart.

~ Qais

Wednesday, March 02, 2005 11:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Tuesday, October 23, 2012 10:37:00 AM  
Anonymous M. Krishna said...

'Marris Road'at Aligarh was named around 1926 after Sir William S. Marris,the then Governor of U.P. (1922-1927)by the Aligarh Municipal Board under the Chairmanship (1924-1933) of Babu Sohan Lal (later Rai Bahadur). Around same time another Road, Samad Road (Eye Hospital to present Center point) was named after another dignitary, Nawab Samad Ali Khan, father in law of the Late Nawab of Chhattari.
M. Krishna (84 yrs.old)of Aligarh

Thursday, May 07, 2015 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very True Qais Bhai.. :)

Thursday, February 16, 2017 1:06:00 PM  

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