The shodh yatras are guided by community spirit of solidarity, sharing of costs and living frugally so that we experience some of the difficulties that local communities have been living with for ages.
Voluntary suffering (if there is some at all) is intentional so that we remain humble and open to learn from within, each other, nature and common people we meet during our walk.
He is also a very good Urdu poet and was recognized for his literary skills by the former Governor of Jharkhand. Let us hope that he will be mentored by Shodhyatris in future and his talent would get due recognition in future.
We also met two sisters viz., Garima, 12th class and Hina, 9th class who had fitted a battery operated fan on the top of a pen.
Her challenge was to secure 100 in computers as her sister Rashmi, a 2010 school topper from the same school had secured 99 marks then.
This is a crime, which our generation has committed almost uniformly in the context of numerous problems faced by poor rural women. 2000/- Nowhere in the country, have we come across a small desktop machine for the purpose.
His father, Kalim Ansari is a tailor and provides his services door to door through a mobile sewing machine mounted on a cart.
"My sister has been my inspiration and guide and I always tried competing with her," she said.
Daughter of deputy manager at United bank of India, Jhalda branch Mukund Kumar Singh and homemaker mother Sunita, she wants to become a doctor and has already started coaching for the purpose.