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Jagriti Yatra. 16 days, 8,000km around India on a train with 450 brilliant young Indians from diverse backgrounds.
I joined this odyssey in December 2013 as the official photographer – and what an intense, surprising and joyful photographic assignment it turned out to be. Ideas, discussions, presentations, reflection, revelations, laughter, dancing, meditation, chai, more chai… And cold bucket showers….
12 destinations where we met inspiring role models, heard their stories, saw their social and business enterprises in action – in the fields of education, health, business, sanitation, culture, the environment and agriculture. From Bangalore to Chennai, Patna to Ahmadebad and the villages of Deoria and Tilonia.
I was engaged not only to document key aspects of the project, but also to explore my own visual narrative of the journey. This selection of images illustrates aspects of daily life on the train, as well as some of my most memorable encounters and experiences off the train.