The year started same as the last 10 years. This time around it was not on a bus or a train but on an flight. Then followed by a train journey. Its been a beautiful start to the year. It is said in our culture that , the first day of the year decides the pattern of how the rest of the year will be like.
I dont know about the rest of the year, but January was very much full of travel . Literally I had only 3 days to myself in Raipur rest on the move. I was traveling on work most of the month and one small family trip. I was traveling to the following places:
- Telengana for Frank Water Work
- Yavatmal district for Rally For Rivers Work
- Family Road trip in Maharashtra
To be honest I don’t want to be complaining about all of this. I enjoy work. I am a workaholic or activity-holic. If I do not prepare myself for the time off my work days, I can actually be very lost. But it works good for my time when at work.
Telengana trip to Frank Water:
The journey I have had with Frank Water over the last 5 years has been an experience where I have seen things change in the programs over this time. This trip at some level was a reflection of the journey of Frank water and how far we have come from our RO days. Now we work with tribal people in remote areas to make them water secure villages.
If I were to tell what really makes my time during these visits, its the ripple effect of water security projects on women and children. Girl children go to school, atleast fetching water for household chores is no more is a reason for them to stop going to school!
Yavatmal visit for river revitalization work:
As a early step to assess the region, the status of rivers and also understand the geogrsphy I went with the Rally for Rivers team to this region. Visited the length and bredth of Yavatmal district visting tributaries of Godavari river and Painganga river.
I have been part of the core group since the inception of rally for rivers, as a technical and policy person. I have a good hold on what it takes to get water security projects implemented in a village. But rivers, is a different ball game altogether.
It requires coming together of so many governmental departments, diverse set of stakeholders and financial implications need polling of funds from varied sources. This entire volunteering assignment in a way has opened up so many avenues for learning and putting into use my larger environmental engineering and policy skills to use for something very real and something very NOW.
Family Road Trip in Maharashtra
After all the work trip I had my family from Bangalore visit my parents in Mumbai. So a customary Mumbai darshan trip that included lephanta caves and the cruis ride followed up some local shopping on the streets of Dadar etc and some good street food happened. After that a quick self driven road trip to Nashik region and temples around there happened. Inadvertently this trip took me to the temple where river Godhavari originates, Thriyambakeshwar. It was good to be on the road with the family.
Overall the month was quite hectic, but it was so worth it. When I see some very intense old people who seem to have more energy and bandwidth to do what they do, I am inspired to push myself further and stop complaining.