Just wanted to say sorry for the break I didn’t warn anyone about. So much has happened since my last post: multiple short-term illnesses, and an eye-opening, passion-fuelling trip to rural Karnataka being the most notable among them.
I’ll focus on the latter because there’s nothing to write home about regarding the former.
I went to Gadag, a district in north Karnataka, for what my college has termed a “deprivation trip”: covering deprivation and poverty is important for a journalist. It is also important for a country like India, where people and the media are harping about “ease of business” when the majority of the nation has almost nil access to basic necessities such as clean drinking water and primary health care.
What I saw affected me, it affected my classmates (30 of us went there).
I intend to bring their stories to light, to make people sit up and take notice.
I will be publishing the stories here as and when my prof finishes reviewing and editing them.
Some saddening and some inspiring stories lined up. There is a common thread though: these people have learnt to be happy in spite of their circumstances, and they have the largest of hearts. I do not wish to glorify this aspect, I see that as a disservice to them. But the human spirit was on display, and that moved me to tears. I hope you like them.
Wishing you all a belated Happy New Year, and belated Happy Pongal/Bihu/Lohri/Makar Sankranti! 🙂