27 Feb 2023

Vidisha Srivastava Aka Anita Bhabi Visits Her 100-Year-Old Home In Varanasi; How She Felt As Her Life Flashed Before Her


Vidisha Srivastava, aka Anita Bhabi from &TV's cult comedy show Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hai, recently visited her hometown, Varanasi, to seek blessings at the world-famous Kashi Vishwanath temple on Mahashivratri.

Apart from witnessing the celebrations and the city’s hustle and bustle, Vidisha went down memory lane as she walked the old by lanes of her 100-year-old house.

'This trip to Kashi has been most exciting and memorable'

An overjoyed Vidisha (Anita Bhabi) shares, “This trip to Kashi has been the most exciting and memorable. I was so overjoyed right from the start as I was coming back to my hometown. I got to seek blessings at Kashi Vishwanath, catch up with my friends and family, and relive childhood memories.”

'A lot has changed over time'

Vidisha says further, “Walking down the old Kabir Chaura lanes, I was emotional and excited. A lot has changed over time. We have a 100-year-old house in Kabir Chaura where four generations have lived. 

Anita said she feit proud to have been brought up in a place home to famous poets like Sant Kabir, Indian musicians and dancers Kishan Maharaj, Gopi Krishan, Samta Prasad, and the brothers Rajan and Sajan Mishra.

'My life flashed before me'

Vidisha said the kids playing in the lane came running to her, and several people gathered around on the streets and their balconies. “That moment was surreal and brought back beautiful memories”, she said. “My life flashed before me as we inched closer to the house and opened the door. Despite significant infrastructure development, the vibe of the place remains unchanged." 

'I went to the terrace, one of my favourite spots'

Vidisha said her old neighbours were pleasantly surprised to see her, and they all came out of their houses to greet her. "We took many selfies together. Then I went to the terrace, one of my favourite spots. I used to spend hours and hours there," she said. 

Vidisha noticed her tenants' papads drying in the Sun and remembered her mother, who used to leave papads to dry. "My siblings and I would be responsible for shooting the birds," she said laughing.

'We started from where we left off'

Elaborating on exploring the city and meeting her childhood friends, Vidisha shares, “Childhood friends are always the most special and best of all friendships. I met my friends after a decade. We started from where we left off. We didn’t feel that we were meeting after such a long time." 

'We gorged on our favouriteTamatar Chaat and Gol Gappe'

Vidisha said further, "We spoke endlessly about our good old days and all the mischief we used to do. We then headed to our all-time favourite, Kashi Chaat Bhandar, and gorged on our favouriteTamatar Chaat and Gol Gappe. We also visited the Ganga Ghat and took a boat ride during sunset. It is a must-do and always so fun and fascinating. 

"As we geared to leave the city, I was quite emotional but happy and content to make more beautiful memories with a promise to return to Varanasi soon,” added Vidisha.

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