Jagriti Yatra 2013: What’s not to miss?

You miss girlfriend/s, parents, home, friends etc with whom you have spent a sizeable number of days… Then you miss places you visited, food you had, that bar, that restaurant, that theatre… Then you miss your teachers, some habits dependent on the climatic conditions and place of living… You also miss those long talks on… Continue reading Jagriti Yatra 2013: What’s not to miss?

Jagriti Yatra Last Day: The final takeaway

On the night of December 21, 2013 as I boarded the train to Mumbai from Delhi, I was a jobless educator unsure of the immediate future. I didn’t know where I am headed, will I get a job, do I want to do a job, should I go on this Jagriti Yatra… There were questions… Continue reading Jagriti Yatra Last Day: The final takeaway

जगता है तब भारत

भागती रेल के धड़धड़ाते शोर से जगता हूँ मैं और बंद खिड़की की दरारों पर देखता हूँ ओस की दो लटकती बूँदें जिसमें भागता हुआ जहान उल्टा नज़र आता है और नज़र आता है उसमें कोई जो मडियथ जो एक दिन केरल से उठता है और चल पड़ता है उड़ीसा के गाँवों में लोगों को… Continue reading जगता है तब भारत

Jagriti Yatra Day Thirteen: The absence of angst

Winters make Delhi a colourless capital. It was almost seven degrees when we entered IIT Delhi campus for panel discussion on education and enterprise. The panel discussion was followed by a very generic talk by Rajdeep Sardesai. I expected better words from him, however. The panel discussion hovered around three things: education, skill, enterprise. The… Continue reading Jagriti Yatra Day Thirteen: The absence of angst

Jagriti Yatra Day Eleven & Twelve: The Deoria flavour

Moving in from the chill of Patna to Deoria in UP must have been some experience for our friends from the warmer South. In Deoria we stayed at Jagriti Sewa Sansthan Chairman Shashank Mani’s ancestral village at Barpar village. His family hosted the girl Yatris and boys were made to stay at the nearby school… Continue reading Jagriti Yatra Day Eleven & Twelve: The Deoria flavour

Jagriti Yatra Day Five: Still waters run deep

A third of the #JagritiYatra is over as we leave Madurai after meeting Dr S Aravind and Dr Ravichandran, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care Systems. The morning started with a news that the train changed its route and instead of heading to Madurai, it ended up in Chennai. And so, the train had to re-route to… Continue reading Jagriti Yatra Day Five: Still waters run deep

Two journeys in one Yatra

A great day. An unusual day by all means. Unusual but inspiring and positive as a day before Christmas should be. What usually happens when we come out of a conference, show or gathering is we get out and move, meet a few people and leave. Here, there are 450 individuals who all want to… Continue reading Two journeys in one Yatra