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Jagriti Yatra | D -25

If you are wondering what Jagriti Yatra in the title is,  Read the below definition from their site.

Jagriti Yatra is an ambitious train journey of discovery and transformation that takes hundreds of India’s highly motivated youth, especially those who are from small towns and villages of India, on a 15 day, 8000 km national odyssey to meet the role models – social and business entrepreneurs – of the country. The vision of Jagriti is ‘building India through enterprise’. – http://www.jagritiyatra.com/

This will explain better

This would explain better

Now, coming to second part of the title. Jagriti Yatra starts on December 24 from Mumbai and There are 25 more days to countdown for the D Day to come. That’s why its D -25 (using Rocket.CountDown.Convention)

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courtesy : Shrihari

 

Me interviewing my My Mind Voice (MV)

Me : Why are you writing all these things about Jagriti Yatra ?
MV : Because I got selected for the Jagriti Yatra this year.

yay, got selected !

yay, got selected !

Me : Are you excited ?
MV : Definitely YES, I am too excited. Never travelled this far and this long.

Me : What excites you more ?
MV : Of course, It’s meeting and traveling with other 449 awesome yatris for 15 days. Also excited about ideas, experience and lots of learning to come.

Me : Want to thank anyone for this ?
MV : Family and Friends by default, other than them, quite a lot of people. Firstly, my friend Aswin for inspiring me to apply for the Yatra. Then, the selection panel for selecting me and the sponsorship panel for granting me a partial sponsorship. And, my office for approving 15 days leave ( hope they don’t revert it back 😛 )

Me : Any idea about your co-yatris?
MV : They are from all over India and a few from other countries too. Got to interact with few via FB and WhatsApp and Even meet few from Chennai too. They are awesome, excited and energetic. One of the co-yatri is my best Buddy. Looking forward to meet them all.

Me : So, All set for yatra ?
MV : Just booked tickets to and fro from Mumbai, Nothing other than that. My biggest worry is, I never packed for these many days. Lets see.

Me : Anything that concerns you more ?
MV : Yes, The winter in north.

Me : Fine, Shall we expect updates in your blog ?
MV : Sure, Why not ? Will also try to blog during the yatra.

Me : Any concluding words ?
MV : I’m too tired of you asking me too many questions. Need some rest, You can leave now.

Jagriti Yatra | D -5

Have no idea about the title ? Please refer my previous blog post .

OMG !!! Just 5 more days for the yatra to start and 3 more days to depart from Chennai.
Right now, my mood just swings between excitement and panic. I am excited for obvious reasons mentioned in my previous post.

So, Why am I panic ?
As my work consumed most of the time this week, what I got is just couple of days to shop, pack for yatra and to strike off a huge checklist.

So, Why am I spending time in writing this post, instead of doing some pre Yatra preparations?

Whenever I am in trouble, I am lucky to have people around who help me out of it. So I am taking time to thank a few who helped me this time.

It’s my office friend Lakshmi and my neighbour Mr Syed who came forward to help me with my bag problem. I didn’t have a big bag that could hold clothes for 19 days as I have never been that far and that long. When I was about to buy a new one and burn a big hole in my pocket, they came to rescue. Mr Syed also lent me his travel pouch, jerkin and few valuable travel tips. So, many thanks to both of them.

One thing that I am extremely concerned about is the winter in the north. It would be ungrateful if I fail to thank this ex-Yatri who inspired me to apply for Yatra, then wrote the guide “How To Keep You Warm (In-JY)” and also lent his Jagriti Yatra Hoodie to me. Thanks AswinYogesh.

At home, I was talking about buying a new sleeping bag. To my surprise a sleeping bag was delivered straight to my office few days later. It’s my sister with whom I fight day in and day out ordered it out of her own earning. Thanks Janani, It means a lot to me, but the fight still continues 😀 .

Troubles, tough times, problems, hurdles, whatever you call them, let it be there, yet the journey continues and the blog posts too 😀 .

Jagriti Yatra | D -1

Today, It’s like  a dream come true. I am in Mumbai to join my fellow Yatris for Jagriti Yatra 2014. Sooper excited I am, Just a day left for the D Day.

Earlier this Saturday, I left my office with bit of excitement just like a school kid who’s leaving for his summer vacations.

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Wait for me, Will be back soon

My whole Sunday was spent on  shopping and packing for the trip. Thankfully my mom helped me so much and made sure that I didn’t miss anything.

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All packed. All set to go.

Monday morning, I am all set to leave home for an awesome journey ahead. Home is something which I will definitely MISS

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Home I am going to miss you .

Happy that my parents and my friends from office came all the way to send off me and Buddy. Their blessings and wishes are much needed.

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My awesome family.

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From Right. Kumaresan, Me, Lakshmi, Sasi, Jaishree

The chennai gang, It’s super fun with them all the way.

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Chennai Gang Me, Jaishree, Pradeep, Ranjani, Charen, Archana, Lohit, Sonal and Vishal

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Lost on thoughts, Ha ha just a pose.

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Sometime, Somewhere in train.

It’s not just us. Our co-passengers  Janani, a small girl and her grandparents who made it a great fun.

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Sooper cute Janani

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Selfie with Janani

Janani, gave all of us starts because we are all good guys 😀

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Best part is having VadaPav for the first time in Pune as our breakfast.

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Mumbai is like unbelievable, it’s vast and busy than chennai, It’s a city one must visit. Few of the achievement got unlocked today, traveling in crowded Mumbai local is one of them. In every corner you would find PaniPuri, VadaPav and chat shops, Yummy street  food and a must try ones. We visited Gate Way of India and tool a long walk at Nariman Point a.k.a Marine Drive. It was awesome meeting few fellow yatris from other parts other parts of India and celebrating a Delhi Yatri Saurabh’s birthday at midnight. Such a an awesome experience.

Note :

Just blogging from my phone, please don’t typos or grammatical errors, let me know, I will correct them

Posting delayed cos of network unavailability.

Jagriti Yatra | The D Day

It wasn’t easy to wake up earlier after a tiring day like yesterday. We got ready and reached the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). It’s a lovely green campus in the busy concrete Mumbai.

It’s really exciting to meet many of the Yatris, whom I had only interacted via Facebook or Twitter. Happy that few recognized me.

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We had our induction session post registration. The best part of it is dancing for the Yatra Geet (Yatra Song) which was choreographed by famous kathak dancer Gowri Tripathi. The steps are easy and expressive and every one of us could repeat it with sync. Wow what an energy inside the auditorium while it’s been done.

Then came the official Inaugural session of Jagriti Yatra 2014. It was filled with inspiring talks and awesome kathak dance performances.

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One more thing that caught our eyes are the few sketches which are being sketched by couple of Yatris from London, simultaneously while the speeches were going on. They made those sketches based on the key points from the speeches. #WOW

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After the flag off ceremony, we all were transported to Lokmanya Tilak Terminus to board the train.

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As there was a delay in train arrival, we spent our time on the platforms. It was fun though, Interacting with fellow Yatris, celebrating Christmas running around the platform and all those.

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At last the train arrived around 3am and we departed the station around 4.30 am for an awesome journey ahead.

Note :

Just blogging from my phone, please don’t ignore typos or grammatical errors, let me know, I will correct them

Posting delayed cos of network unavailability.

Jagriti Yatra | D +2

Like any other day, Day 3 (26.12.2014) too started early for me. But there is an advantage in waking up early in train, one need not stand in queue to occupy the toilets. We even had our fire drill in the morning at Dharwad station. Its for the first time, food is been served to us on the railway platform. After our breakfast, we had our DHISHA team who guide us to the busses which would take us to our first role model visit. I was with Mathew from France in the bus and he pronounced my name correctly. If you are wondering why I am explicitly mentioning a French pronouncing my name correctly, you must read this .

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After an hour of ride over scenic roads of Karnataka, we reached Kalkeri Sangeeth Vidyalaya (KSV), Where we would be doing our role model case study on SELCO. After boarding down from the bus, we had to do a mini trek to reach there. The sweet voices of little kids singing together in sync welcomed us and It feels really awesome to start our day with music like that, really refreshing.

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Then, we had presentations from Mr. Sendhil A Kumar and his colleague from SELCO. They explained various things about Solar Energy, Sustainability, the social Impact made by their company in rural areas, their pricing model, etc. It was very interesting to listen to them.

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Then, we ware divided into groups and was shown around various solar energy projects which have been implemented in KSV by SELCO. We had Mr Paresh & Mr First Employee (sorry I forgot his name), both from SELCO, they took us through each one of them, explained clearly and answered all our queries patiently.

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Post lunch, we had a Q&A session by Mr. Sendhil A Kumar and Mr Adam ( current person in charge of KSV). I should really thank the kids who performed Flute, Vocals, Sitar renditions and  awesome dance performances. It really made the evening memorable, such a talented kids.

It was a great surprise to me when we are back to train and my fav Dhokla is been served for snacks. We have a great catering team in train who work very hard and cook awesome food for us everyday. My sincere thanks to them too.

Later, we had our group meeting where we shared our thoughts on the day’s role model visits and our personal life events. And I could see our cohort  started bonding really well. We were woke up till late night discussing poetry and personal lives.

Will be visiting Bangalore tomorrow and it’s gonna be a yet another amazing day ahead.

Jagriti Yatra | D +3

The day 4 (27.12.2014) started with boarding off the train at Whitefield station, Bangalore, The IT hub of INDIA.

We boarded our respective busses to Infosys Head Quarters. It was totally fun on the way, Yatris playing anthakshari, thought couldn’t understand most of their songs, I enjoyed thoroughly. I could sense, how diverse the Yatris are. I met an artist from Kerala and another a theater artist from Bihar, as usual I forgot their name.

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It’ a beautiful campus with more than 50 buildings, I could simply call it a digital fortresses.

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Our roll model study of the day was MindTree and we had Mr Parthasarathy a.k.a Partha who is one of the co-founders and VP of MindTree. He took us through the genesis of the company and their journey so far. He also explained about their Corporate Social Responsibility and Individual Social Responsibility initiatives which was really interesting to listen to. Our group was one of the groups that was assigned to present case study analysis on MindTree. So, we got some extra time with Mr Partha to ask our queries and that session was really useful.

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Post lunch, we had an enlighting panel discussion on the topic “Engineering Beyond IT”. The panel members are rock stars in their respective fields. We had Sushmita Mohanty from Earth2Orbit, Dr V.I Bishor from UBIO and Mr Tarun Mehta from Ather Energy. They discussed on various engineering avenues like Space, Bio Technology, automobile engineering, etc. and the opportunities available in those sectors.

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Then, we were ported back to Whitefield station, boarded back in train and started to our next destination MADHURAI. It’s a city close to my heart, wondering what it got for me this time.

To Be Continued …

Jagriti Yatra | D +4

Day 5 (28.12.2014) we were at Madhurai, the temple city of Tamil Nadu. There are many reasons like Tamil, food, temple, etc., why I remember this city for. But I am sure that some thing significant will be added to my memory after this visit.

After being in between majority of Hindi speaking Yatris in train for a while, It felt really great to be around some Tamil speaking people. It just felt like home, I was singing myself loud “Madhura Kulunga Kulunga” song from the movie Subramaniyapuram, That excited I was.

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The role model of the day was Aravind Eye Care,  after a short bus drive, we reached the hospital. It was very interesting to learn about their self sustaining business model which not only generates profit, but also enable them to serve the needy by providing treatment free or in subsided rates. They have also innovated in telemedicine and in operating procedures to serve more people and reduce cost. It was also very inspiring to listen about Dr G.Venkataswamy a.k.a Dr V  who founded Arvind Eye Care in the year 1976 with a 11 bed facility, He himself have performed over 100,000 eye surgeries and been instrumental in developing cost effective Arvind Eye Care system.

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We were divided into small groups and took to look around the hospital. Our group had Mr Gyanasekaran, Manager HR to explain us the process and patient flow inside their hospitals.

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We weren’t aware that Jagriti Yatra team has got some surprise for us, I was wowed when they served us my fav Madhurai Jigartanda during lunch.

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After lunch we had a panel discussion by few founding members of Arvind He Care. They spoke about the business model, the values in their organization and about their inspiration Dr. V.

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Post that, We had an inspiring talk by Dr, Arvind who is Chief Medical Officer of Arvind Eye Care. He spoke about, how India will transform into a super power in near future and about the opportunities that will be availability.

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As we had some time left to board back on train, we were allowed to visit the famous Madhurai Meenakahi Amman Temple. As it was Sunday, the temple was too crowded, anyhow we managed to go through. After the exciting temple visit we were back to the station and boarded back the train.

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That night, back in train, our group present the role model case study of MindTree, though we had some setbacks, I feel we did fairly well. So kudos team.

Next destination is very special to me, my home town, Chennai. Super excited I am.