Friday, 15 January 2016

Jagriti Yatra 2015

JY is about living life with some 450 random strange souls.
It is about that feeling of owning the whole train.
It's about that care a random yatri shows, when you are freezing in the cold nights of Deoria.
It's about exposing oneself into the rural sands of India, while all you did until now was visiting malls.
It's about being introduced in new cultures, states and languages.

JY is about exploration of self and outside.
It is about hidden heroes and unsung stories of India.
It's about letting go of your own personal opinion and putting oneself in other's shoes.
It's about couples, lasting relationships and business partnerships.
It's about summarizing 15 days into 'Who are you?' , 'What do you do?', 'From which part of the world, do you belong?'

JY is then about forgetting a fellow yatri's name with whom you had an introduction hour before.
It's about sleeping in the bumpy buses, moving trains, longer sessions and comforting auditoriums.
It's about those continuous complaints regarding food which we can't stop eating.
It's about looking for friends from all the states and 23 countries to crash, while traveling
It is about breaking myths and stereotypes about middle India and their real problems

JY is about that bio-gas plant working in a self sustainable village of Bihar.
It's about that family business being replicated around the world.
It's about realizing the fact that not only bitcoin, but clothing can be used as a currency
It's about interaction with grandmothers who never learned to read and write, but pursuing careers as solar engineers
It's about stories that defines success in variable terms

JY is about physical strain, mental boggling and transformation, no matter how little
It's about that yatri who is keeping record of 450 numbers, e-mails and adding friends on facebook
It's about thousand selfies everybody took on their voyage of exploring India.
It's about learning French and teaching Hindi to an Algerian woman.
It's about forming new opinions

JY is about celebrating new year's eve in train that one will never forget,for life
It's about a conversation with both not knowing each other's languages
It's about having meals on the platform and days of continuous eating
It's about that experience of bathing in the train and hanging clothes around
It's about reminiscing this feeling of owning the train,every time one steps onto a station.

for some, it's life changing
for others, a travel exploration
for some, it's about new friends
for others, new ideas and enterprises
for some, meeting inspiring role models
for others, those ever lasting bonds
for some, that feeling of not missing home
for others, finding a new comfort zone

We learned to unlearn
we demystified, we criticized
we agreed to disagree
we brainstormed, we pondered

JY is about resonating with same views, ideas and people
JY is about ordinary souls with an extraordinary story
JY is just about a train with a very crazy idea.